Category Archives: Event Announcement

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival is Here

We always look forward to spring AND the annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.   The festival includes films shown around the valley from Sunday April 12 through Sunday April 26.

Among other films, you can see Self Made at Umass Amherst on Wed. April 15.  According to the description:  “Idiosyncratic and dripping with black humor, Self Made tells the story of two women – one Israeli, the other Palestinian – who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border. ”  Weekend films include Waltz with Bashir, an amazing Israeli animated war documentary depicting director Ari Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.  This film is showing at Shelburne Falls on Saturday April 18.

You can find the full calendar here and we hope to see you at the movies!

Speak Out Against Hate and Bigotry and For Love and Peace

Beit Ahavah is co-sponsoring a community event this Saturday evening, February 28, to bring people together in the wake of recent events of anti-semitism and racism in Northampton.  The “Speak Out Against Hate and Bigotry and For Love and Peace Event” is hosted by the Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel, the Pioneer Valley Progressive Muslims and other local organizations.  As reported in the Gazette, the event comes in response to the burning of an Israeli flag in front of the Congregation B’nai Israel last August and vandalism incidents in which two juveniles scrawled anti-Semitic and racist remarks along Sherman Avenue in January.

Beit Ahavah member Jennifer Levi said about the event:  “I don’t believe there’s been enough of a public statement condemning these acts of racism and hatred…We hope this event will unify our statement that we are not the type of community that condones this type of bigotry.”

The event will begin with a traditional Jewish Havdalah celebration followed by a series of songs and talks addressing the importance of educating against hatred. Local clergy members will lead the event, but everyone who attends will be encouraged to speak up.

We hope to see you there.

Special Friday Night Service, Jan. 30: Health Needs in Haiti and How We Can Help

We invite everyone to come to a special Shabbat service this Friday night, January 30, 7:30-9 p.m., sponsored by Beit Ahavah’s Tzedek Tzedek (social justice) committee.

Beit Ahavah’s long-time members Lucy Garbus and David Slack will present their passionate work through sharing and photographs, as part of Haiti Marycare, an organization that addresses the health issues in Haiti, focusing on the town of Jacquesyl and its surroundings.  Lucy and David’s next trip to Haiti is in March.  

Rabbi Riqi will also share about the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) projects in Haiti and the Jewish imperative of “justice, justice shall you pursue.” 

We are collecting the following items below for Lucy and David  to bring to Haiti.  We will collect items on Friday night and throughout the next month.

PLEASE BRING AS MANY OF THE FOLLOWING HEALTH ITEMS (new, unopened) to our collection box at Beit Ahavah:
Automatic Blood Pressure Cuffs
Surgical Tape

Anti-fungals: Clotrimazole, Lotrimin, Nystatin, Terbinafine, Tolnaftate

Antacids:  Pepcid, Ranitidine, Tagamet, Tums, Zantac

Topical Creams: Bacitracin, Hydrocortisone, Neosporin

Aspirin (81 mg. tablets)
Benadryl (both liquid and tablets)
NIX (for lice)
Motrin (for children and for adults)
Tylenol (for children and for adults)