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*** Due to recent issues with our current email addresses and with Verizon discontinuing their email server offering, we have set up a new CBI email address: Please use this address exclusively to contact the CBI office.  

Tuesdays: The Northern Berkshire Loss Support Group meets on Tuesdays from 3 to 4pm at the Harper Center, Williamstown's Council on Aging, for our 6 week series. For more information, contact Corrine Case at

Saturday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. The bat mitzvah of Emma Sandstrom, daughter of Marlene & Noah Sandstrom. Reb Rachel will lead the morning Shabbat services.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Celebrating the Many Faces of Torah

Tuesday, May 30, 8 PM

To honor the occasion of the Giving of the Torah, we will gather for a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an evening devoted to Jewish study and reflection, on Tuesday, May 30. Beginning at 8:00 PM, we will gather at CBI for candle-lighting and kiddush, followed by presentations offered by members of the CBI community. These “presentations” can come in any form: stories, questions for exploration, text study, songs, lecture, artistic creations, poetry, light physical exercise, meditation, social justice, etc.

If you would like to present something (or would like to consider the possibility of offering something that you wish to discuss), please contact Pam Wax,who will again organize the evening’s schedule of offerings. But, as always, please feel free to join us, even if you are not planning to present!

Cheesecake and other dairy desserts (a Shavuot staple) are welcome.

 Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.: The Shavuot service with yizkor will be held.

 Friday, June 2, 5:30 p.m. : Shabbat Across the Berkshires. Congregation Beth Israel will come together with our extended Jewish community for a musical, family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by rabbis, spiritual leaders and musicians from across the Berkshires. Following the service, participants are invited to share in a delicious kosher Shabbat dinner, prepared by community volunteers. Service is Free. If staying for Dinner: Adults $20, Teens (13-18 yrs) $15, Kids 12 and under, Free. $56 Family Maximum. Space is limited and advanced dinner reservations are required by May 30. Reservations can be made online at or by caling (413) 445-4872, ext. 10. No Friday night service will take place at ( your congregation) in order to encourage l members to attend this very special evening. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Berkshire Minyan, Berkshire Hills Hadassah, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Congregation Beth Israel, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Knesset Israel, and Temple Anshe Amunim.

** Our Jewish Book Discussions, hosted by Chaim Bronstein, have been discontinued due to a lack of interest. For more information, contact Chaim 

Visit for a up-to-date listing of Jewish arts and culture in western MA, including the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, and southern VT. Search events for kids and families, adult learning, on campus, spirit and holiday, and more. Then join the conversation on the Jewish Culture Connect Facebook page! 

Donations of dry and canned foods to the Berkshire Food Project can be left in the shopping cart in the cloak room. Please also support MAZON: Jewish Response to Hunger.

Each month, with support from a crew of 50 volunteers, we shop for, cook, prepare and deliver meals for 95 local residents in need. Since we began doing this work, our cost each month has increased from $180 to $240, with an individual meal costing $2.52. Join this CBI Community Service project. How can you support Take and Eat? You can do any or all of the following:

  Sign up to spend one Sunday a month helping with meal preparation or delivery
  Bring in baked goods to contribute toward the meal
Sponsor a month of meals by making a donation of $240 to feed 95 people.
Make a donation in any amount. Donations to Take and Eat may be given in honor of community simchas or as memorial gifts.

Contact Jack in the CBI office and join the team!


Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Service
11:15 a.m. Kiddush & Torah Study

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Tour of Jewish North Adams

North Adams has a rich Jewish history, 150 (or so) years of it. Starting in the summer of 2017, you will be able to take a guided tour of Jewish North Adams. Appointment necessary.

Film Series

In the summer of 2017, we will screen films on the topic of Jewish women. TBA

Guest Speakers

From time to time we present guest speaker, book readings, lectures, etc.

CBI Library

Our library has a large collection of books of a variety of topics. Members may sign out books for free.


Join us on Friday mornings from 9 to 9:30 a.m. for silent meditation interspersed with a few teachings and closing with a niggun. No meditation experience necessary.

Torah Study

Join us on Saturday mornings at 11 for Torah study after services (or: join us at 9:30 am for services, and then for Torah study!). Please note that sometimes Torah study is folded in to the service; we'll try to indicate in announcements when that's going to be the case.

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