Dear Friends,


We are excited to be offering several new learning opportunities throughout  Feb. and March, 2013. We hope you will join us for one or many. 

Please see the class descriptions below. 


Please note, we have just recently been informed that Isabella Freedman Retreat Center has cancelled their Tu b'Shevat celebration.


Wishing you warmth and vitality through this winter season,



New Events and Classes


Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism

Taught by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

A Six- Week Series based on the book
The Thirteen Petalled Rose by Adin Steinsaltz 

13 Petaled rose

Adin Steinsaltz is widely recognized as the greatest Jewish scholar of our generation.Using his book as our guide, we will delve more deeply into the fundamental concepts that form the basis for an understanding of Jewish mystical thought. Topics to be explored include: the Four Worlds, the Sephirotic System, Angels, the Soul, Torah and Teshuvah.
Participants will need to acquire a copy of the book prior to the first class.
When: Wednesdays,  10:15 - 11:30 AM 
              2/6,  2/13,  2/20,  2/27,  3/6,  3/13
Where: The Chapel of the Church on the Hill
Fee: $90 for the complete series
To Register: Reply to this email or call 413-274-1034
Black Fire on White Fire
A Midrashic and Musical Journey Into Torah

Join Maggid Arthur Strimling and Cantor Lisa B. Segal as they lead us on a midrashic and musical journey through the Torah portion of Terumah, God's very specific and mystifying instructions for the design of sacred space. In this portion God tells Moses: "Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them." Our guest presenters will illuminate this vision through teaching, discussion, singing and play.

When: Sunday,  February 17, 2013
             1:30 - 3:30PM  


Where: Chapel of the Church on the Hill: 55 Main St., Lenox 
                   (across from Nejaimes Wine Cellar)
Fee: $10


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



Arthur Strimling is a contemporary maggid, carrying on the great Jewish tradition of transmitting and reinventing our wisdom through agadah/stories.   He has presented and taught at the Public Theater, the Jewish Museum, Symphony Space, HUC, AJR, JTS, CAJE, and at congregations, JCCs and theaters nationwide. Arthur is also the Founding Artistic Director of Roots&Branches Theater and author of Roots&Branches: Creating Intergenerational Theater. Most recently, he co-edited and contributed to Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning. Arthur is Maggid ha Makom (Storyteller in Residence) at Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn where he lives with his beloved, Cantor Lisa B. Segal.


Cantor Lisa B. Segal serves Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she was a founding member. She is the Director of Cantorial Studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) where she received her ordination. Cantor Segal has performed with a range of notable and innovative Jewish musicians, cantors and choirs. Cantor Segal performs with her husband, Maggid/Midrashist and Performer Arthur Strimling, at synagogues and venues across the country.

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


Fee: $10


Community Learning 
January 28th
Congregation K'nesset Israel
Pittsfield, MA
No Fee

Creating Sacred Community
A Deeper Look at the Mitzvah of Bikkur Holim/Visiting the Sick
Taught by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Acts of loving-kindness and compassion between individuals and their neighbors are the hallmark of Jewish communal life.  Visiting the sick (bikkur holim) expresses the supreme value expressed in the Torah- v'ahavta l'reiakha kamokha- You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


In this session 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. 

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