Will you be in the Berkshires for a week, a month, or two this summer? K.I. is a great place to find exciting events celebrating Jewish learning, culture and community. Whether your interests tend toward film, music, study or prayer, you are assured of a worthwhile experience and a warm welcome. Please consult the KI calendar for dates, locations and times.
Our 2019 schedule is almost finalized - check back in May for details.
Highlights from last summer (2018) included:
• The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival – For over 30 years, K.I. has screened films of Jewish interest on Monday afternoons and evenings in July and August. This do-not-miss event, created and sustained by volunteers in support of the K.I. Hebrew School, takes place at the Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.
• JTS in the Berkshires, “Back to Nature: Jewish Encounters with the Natural World” – K.I. and the Jewish Theological Seminary partner up to bring top-notch Jewish scholars to the Berkshires on four Friday mornings in July and August, with support from the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We are especially excited about this year’s theme and visiting scholars: Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Rabbi Mychal Springer, Dr. Alan Mittleman and Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, all faculty at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sessions are held at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox.
• Israel @70 – Participants will get an inside perspective on stories, triumphs, struggles and challenges that are still very much alive for Israelis by studying Israeli poetry and songs. Curriculum by Dr. Rachel Korazim, facilitated by Rabbi David Weiner on Wednesday evenings at K.I.
• Monthly Shirei Shabbat Friday night musical services, followed by delicious meals.
• Weekly, lay-led, egalitarian Shabbat morning services welcome visitors and guests for prayer as well as dynamic Torah study, 9:30 a.m., followed by a delicious kiddush lunch.
• Friendly egalitarian minyanim meet at KI on Sunday mornings (8:45 a.m.) and Sunday, Tuesday (7pm) and Friday evenings (5:45pm). Volunteers also bring minyan to the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival on Mondays before the evening screening.
• Tisha B'av falls on Saturday night & Sunday, July 21-22. Traditional candle-lit chanting of Lamentations and kinot, as well as topical contemporary readings, on Saturday night, and minyan on Sunday morning.