Dear Friends,


     Rimon will be offering several rich opportunities for celebration, learning and prayer in the coming months. Beginning March 16th we will be offering informal monthly Shabbat afternoon gatherings to spend the last hours of Shabbat together in song, learning, conversation and, of course, eating. 

     On April 7th, we invite you to join us for a commemorative event in honor of Yom Ha-Shoah-Holocaust Memorial Day. This program will be held at Hevreh, with their generous support. Please see the details below.  

     Save the date of April 27th - Sat. evening when we will celebrate the lesser known holiday of Lag Ba'Omer with a bonfire, drumming, dancing and general revelry! More details to follow.

     Hope to see you at one or all of these special events. 

Kol Tuv- All the best,

Rabba Kaya

New Programs and Events 


Monthly Seudah Sh'lishit Gatherings

Please join us in the waning hours of Shabbat 
for singing, learning, shmoozing and eating.
March 16  at    5PM
April 13   at    6PM
 May 11    at    6PM
       June 1     at    6:30PM
First Congregational Church
4 Main St., Stockbridge
 It is a special mitzvah to have three ritual meals on Shabbat.
Seudah Sh'lishit literally means 'third meal'. It is sometimes pronounced shalasheudes
amongst Ashkenazic Jews. This meal takes place in the last hours of Shabbat, preceding
havdalah. Tradition teaches that these final hours have a special sweetness that comes from the nearness of the Shekhinah during that time. It is our custom to linger over this meal with special table songs that express our longing for and closeness to God. As we take leave of Shabbat, it is also time to enter into the Torah portion for the coming week through learning at the table. This program will be led by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman.
Please bring a vegetarian pot-luck dish to share.
All are welcome to enjoy this sweet experience of 
Shabbat afternoon followed by Havdalah.

Please RSVP to this email or call 413-274-1034

Sh'ma Koleinu - Hear Our Voices

A Holocaust Memorial Program


  more many candles

Sunday, April 7 at 7:00PM

Hevreh of S. Berkshire, 270 State Rd., Great Barrington


Please join Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman 

and Musicians Anne Legene and Larry Wallach 


 An evening of learning, poetry, prayer and music in commemoration of Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Memorial Day. The holocaust period produced a large body of responsa literature, Yiddish poetry and music. This program will share many of these voices.


Rabbi Ephraim Oshry,z"l was the spiritual leader of the Kovno ghetto during the war years and was subsequently imprisoned in a concentration camp near Kovno. Throughout this period, Rabbi Oshry received many ethical questions concerning the conduct of Jewish life under those extraordinary circumstances. He wrote down the questions and his answers on small bits of paper and buried them in the ground in the concentration camp. Sometime after the war he retrieved his writings and over time published five volumes of responsa literature pertaining to this period. Some of this heartrending literature will be explored, shedding more light on the struggles of individuals during that time.


During these years, Jewish composers also produced many works of music. Musicians Anne Legene and Larry Wallach will share music from this period for piano and cello. Yiddish poetry from the period will also be shared as well as niggunim (wordless melodies) and memorial prayers. All are invited to attend.


For more info contact or 413-274-1034.


Save the Date
Lag Ba'Omer Bonfire
with drumming, dancing and storytelling
   Lag Ba'omer
Sat.night, April 27, 8PM
205 North Plain Rd, Great Barrington

About Us

Rimon responds to the thirst for Jewish spirituality in our community by offering transformative programs and services that open heart and mind, reaching out to seekers wherever they may be on their spiritual journeys. We embrace diversity. Everyone is welcome.

Executive Director: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

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