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The 14th Annual Interfaith Celebration

of the 


Martin Luther King, Jr.  

National Holiday



Interfaith Prayers, Readings, Music, Singing


Featuring Youth from Local Community Groups:

Greenagers, Multicultural BRIDGE Youth Corps, Railroad Street Youth Project



Monday, January 21, 2013



Noon - 1:00PM


    First Congregational Church (Parish Hall)

 251 Main Street, Great Barrington



Please bring an item of nonperishable 


for local food pantries and community meals

Sponsored by: Southern Berkshire Clergy Association
        Co-Sponsored by: Interfaith Committee of Southern Berkshire
                                                        Women's Interfaith Institute in the Berkshires




Ellen Bernstein
Rabbi Ellen Bernstein
The Ecological Wisdom of Torah

Discover how the language in the early chapters of Genesis reveals a critically important ecological vision underlying much of the Bible. 

Rabbi Bernstein, dubbed the birth-mother of the Jewish environmental movement founded "Shomrei Adamah-Keepers of the Earth," the first Jewish environmental organization in 1988. She is the author of numerous books on Judaism and ecology including "The Splendor of Creation" and "Ecology & the Jewish Spirit."

When: SUNDAY JANUARY 13, 2013 -  1:30 - 3:00 PM
Where: Chapel of the Church on the Hill,  55 Main St. Lenox, MA
Fee: $20

To Register:  Please respond to this email or call 413-274-1034 

Spiritual Views on Death and the After-life

This forum will present the spiritual beliefs and rituals related to the process of dying, death and the after-life as understood by many of our world religions. 


Presenters will include a panel of local clergy from the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Christian Community, Muslim and Buddhist faith traditions. 


Topics will include: customs surrounding care for the deceased; the journey of the soul after death; the relationship between the living and the dead; and what these traditions teach regarding preparation for this ultimate transition.


When: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2013 -  1:30-4:00PM


Where: Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington, MA


Fee: $10


Rabba Kaya on the road
January 14th and January 28th
Congregation K'nesset Israel
Pittsfield, MA

Creating Sacred Community
A Learning Opportunity with Rabba Kaya

Acts of loving-kindness and compassion between individuals and their neighbors are the hallmark of Jewish communal life. Welcoming guests to our homes (hakhnasat orhim) and visiting the sick (bikkur holim) epitomize the supreme value expressed in the Torah- v'ahavta l'reiakha kamokha- You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


Beginning in session one, we shall explore texts describing the practice and spiritual implications for hospitality upon the guests and the host. In session two, we will explore the imperative and the sensitive nature of visiting the sick through study of rabbinic texts that reveal a depth of concern for the welfare and dignity of every human being. 

January 25 - 27, 2013
Isabella Freedman
Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT 

A Tu b'Shevat Celebration
at Isabella Freedman Center

Join Rabba Kaya for this weekend of celebration 
and commitment to a sustainable future.

 For more info go to:
Come for the weekend or for a day. Commuter rates are available.
About Us
We seek to enrich and support Jewish spiritual life in the Berkshire region by transmitting the richness of Jewish tradition and wisdom to the broadest audience of seekers while fostering a contemporary sensibility and awareness.


By providing educational opportunities and offering experiences in prayer, 

meditation and movement. 

By offering chaplaincy/spiritual support services to the sick, elderly and bereaved

By providing a community-wide Hevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society)


Board Members: Elie Hammerling-President, Barbara Drosnin, Myrna Hammerling, Dr. Helaine Harris, Dr. Stephen Kaufman, Susie Kaufman, Dr. Andrea Jacobson 


Rimon is an affiliate of Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 



Rimon: Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality
PO Box 502, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230