Renewal Project

The last several months have brought a flurry of activity to Knesset Israel. Leaders of the congregation have formed two committees – one to continue the process of designing an accessible, warmer, more functional sanctuary and the other to help the congregation come together to make this vision a reality. Click 'Read More' to download the information packet, including diagrams, project budget and dedication opportunities and join us with your pledge.

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.


Prepare Your Soul For the High Holy Days - 1 evening left

Come along with Rabbi Weiner as he explores with us the services and the imagery of the High Holiday Machzor (prayerbook).  As we all seek meaning and renewal during this special season, he will share his struggles with us, and give us the opportunity to share ours too!  Sat., Sept. 5, Selichot, at 7:00 pm.

More Information


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.

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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
To reserve your place for the next Shirei Shabbat, please click the "RSVP for..." link, above left.