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.

KI and Ahavath Sholom Cemetery Gates Open on 3 Days in May

The gates at the KI Cemetery (484 Pecks Road) and Ahavath Sholom Cemetery (1197 Churchill Road) will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 26.   (Gates will not be open May 24 and 25, due to Shavuot.)

At other times, the KI cemetery key is available from the KI office, and the the Ahavath Sholom Cemetery key is available from the Jewish Federation office.  (For special arrangements, contact Don Sugarman, at 413-499-4478 or

Save the Date for KI's Annual Gala

Monday, June 29, 5:30 PM

Cocktails, silent auction, dinner prepared by our own Chris Goetze, formerly of the Apple Tree Inn.  Dramatic Reading of  The Jewish Wife, a compelling story of a Jewish woman married to a German doctor in Nazi Germany and decisions they need to make, by Annette Miller and Rocco Sisto, both with Broadway, film, TV and stage experience, and currently of Shakespeare & Company.  Following the reading, our own Sig Tobias, who has had a long career in Educational Psychology, will lead us in a discussion to help process the information.
Watch the mail for your invitation.  A not-to-be-missed evening!

Multimedia Project Unveiling on June 7th

Inspired by the words of Chapter 1 in Genesis, tutored by Rabbi Weiner and Wendy Rabinowitz in nuances of the biblical text, twelve creators using diverse media have come up with glorious works of art (no exaggeration!)!  Klezmer accompaniment will link the presentations.  Don’t miss this show: Sunday, June 7 at 3:00pm.  $18 fee.  Light refreshments.  Don’t miss this one!

For more information, Click Here!

Wildman Shabbaton Weekend

Sarah Wildman, grand-daughter of Dorothy and Carl Wildman, historic leaders of the Jewish community, is now a distinguished author earning extraordinary reviews for her latest book: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.  The book, available for sale in the KI office, will be the subject of Sarah’s 3 sessions as the Wildman Scholar on the weekend of June 12-13.  Shirei Shabbat dinner reservations pre-paid as usual; no charge for Shabbat lunch but call to reserve your spot.

More Information

Are you ready to begin reading Hebrew?

For those of you who always wanted to know how to read Hebrew or who feel you need a refresher, have we got the class for you!  On Wednesdays, starting June 24, Myrna will teach an 8-lesson series to get you toward Hebrew reading fluency. 10:00-11:30 in the downstairs chapel.  $35 includes the book; $20 if you already own it.  Click Here for more information!

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Current Social Action

Berkshire Organizing Committee

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

For holidays, consult calendar. To ensure a minyan, please contact us one week in advance.
8:45 am, 7pm
7am, 5:45pm or *Shirei Shabbat 5:30
9:30 a.m. & Minha varies seasonally


Shirei Shabbat Schedule

Please join KI for our lively, musical shabbat celebrations and volunteer-prepared dinners.
Select Friday Nights, 5:30 p.m.
June 12, 2015
To reserve your place for the next Shirei Shabbat, please click the "RSVP for..." link, above left.