Dear Friends,


We are excited to offer the following unique programs over the next few weeks. 

Please see the descriptions below. 

Wishing you warmth and vitality through this winter season,



 Interfaith Forum

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 - 4:00 PM


Where:  Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington


Fee:       $10


A Maggid Workshop

Black Fire on White Fire
A Midrashic and Musical Journey into Torah


Lisa and Arthur

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, Feb. 13, 2013, 1:30 - 3:30PM
Where:      Chapel of the Church on the Hill,  55 Main St., Lenox
Fee:             $10
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 and has sung with many cantors and choirs. Cantor Segal performs with her husband, Maggid/Midrashist and Performer Arthur Strimling, at synagogues and venues across the country.


New Classes


13 Petaled rose
Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism
 Taught by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman
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, Sephirotic System, Angels, the Soul, Torah and Teshuvah.
Participants will need to acquire a copy of the book prior to the first class.

When:      Six Wednesdays - 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 - 10:15 - 11:30AM
Where:    The Chapel of the Church on the Hill, 55 Main St., Lenox

Fee:         $90 for the series

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