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Dimensions of Loss and Healing

New Class facilitated by Rabbi Weiner: Dimensions of Loss and Healing

Why does evil exist? How do we live in faith, even though…? How do we heal from loss? Discussions will stem from our reading of an evocative passage from the ancient midrash, Lamentations Rabbah. Upcoming classes: Every Shabbat afternoon in September, time varies with sundown.

Walking with Justice

Join facilitator Judith Weiner for a guided journey through Jewish texts on justice. All texts will be presented in English translation. Fall: A survey of the development of Jewish languages for believing in, speaking about and working for justice. Winter: Mapping Jewish language onto contemporary American politics. Spring: Focus on issues. Classes meet on Shabbat mornings, 9-10 a.m., following the Hebrew School schedule.



It is never too early to register with Myrna Hammerling, Director of Adult Education and Programming as a host or a guest for the next Share-A-Shabbat.  This is the opportunity to choose to be a guest or host at a delicious, candle-lit and home-cooked Shabbat dinner at someone’s home.  Several times, individuals have called after the “matches” have been made and Myrna Hammerling has had to turn people away.  This is very painful for her!  So please contact her before October 27 for the Friday night of October 30th.  The Kabbalat Shabbat service that night will be led by cantorial student from Jewish Theological Seminary, Sarah Levine.  She will be visiting about 14 weekends this year introducing new melodies and methods,and teaching volunteers how to lead this service (and others).  Please call 413-445-4872 ext. 16 to register your choice of roles (guest or host) for this first Share-A-Shabbat in the new year, 5776.     View flier.

Thanksgiving Angels

Let’s fill up the bin with green beans so that Thanksgiving can be enjoyed by families struggling with food insecurity.  We have pledged to collect 500 cans of green beans for the organization called Thanksgiving Angels.  Buy often and buy many!  Be an angel!

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Build Day

The Social Action Committee is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Build Day on October 18 from 8:30 am- 2:00 pm.  No experience is necessary!  We need both builders and people interested in making lunch for our work crew.  We need 8-10 builders and 2 people willing to make and deliver the lunch.  If you have an interest in either building or making lunch please contact Lisa Udel - evenings at 413-684-3693 or email at lisa.fletcher.udel@gmail.com.

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Current Social Action

Berkshire Interfaith Organizing

Congregation Knesset Israel is proud to participate in Berkshire Interfaith Organizing. Together with our neighbors in several faith communities across the county, we are strengthening the fabric of civic life and working towards meaningful social change to alleviate poverty in the Berkshires. This effort is just beginning, so please consider joining in.. The day is short, and there is much work to do.

Service Times

Sunday – 8:45 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday – 7:00 p.m.

Friday – 7:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Saturday – 9:30 a.m.


Shirei Shabbat Schedule

Please join KI for our lively, musical shabbat celebrations and volunteer-prepared dinners.
Select Friday Nights, 5:30 p.m.
October 16, 2015 - More Information
December 11, 2015
To reserve your place for the next Shirei Shabbat, please click the "RSVP for..." link, above left.