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Updates on our Jewish communal life during COVID-19:

Read an update letter from Rabbi Riqi Kosovske about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ways to connect HERE: “Our creative, innate Jewish ability and the history of Reform Judaism is to survive, adapt and thrive in the changing and urgent needs of our time, and we believe our community is needed now more than ever.”

Since Friday, March 13, 2020, all in-person gatherings at Beit Ahavah (including prayer services, school, events, and meetings) will not be in-person. Events are postponed or re-scheduled on-line until future notice to protect the population from the spread of COVID-19.

Beit Ahavah strongly urges you to practice strict social (physical) distancing, wash your hands with soap and water, stay at home if you feel sick and seek medical guidance, and be aware of the situation which changes rapidly. Florence Congregational Church, where we are housed, is also closed and following the same precautions. Rabbi Riqi Kosovske and our leaders are in close contact, and want you to reach out to them with anything urgent or other concerns, or just to connect and support during this time.

To reach Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, use 413-587-3770 x2 to her direct voice mail, or beitahavah@gmail.com.
We are here for you.

Please continue to check our online calendar for on-line services, events, meetings and RUACH school that can be accessed through Zoom or FB Live, and stay up-to-date on our Facebook page with links, events, support and suggestions on how to connect and support each other during this time. To stay up to date as things change rapidly, you are not already on our Highlights e-newsletter and/or Community mailing list, send your information to beitahavah@gmail.com.

We have launched Kesher Minyans for Ahavah Connectors to reach out to a group of 5-10 members with Chesed/care checkins during the coming weeks or to ask others for help such as deliveries. If you are not already on our Membership List or would like to serve as an Ahavah Connector or join Beit Ahavah, please let us know at beitahavah@gmail.com.

We are using Zoom and FB Live as platforms for on-line gatherings, services, havdalah, Oneg virtual l’chaim’s, meditation, Tot Shabbat, RUACH, Board and committee meetings, events and more — it has been very successful and adaptive so far. You can also dial in from a phone if you do not have a computer handy. Please familiarize yourself with Zoom, such as with this How-to-do-Zoom video here, or ask our Office Manager Alec for assistance (beitahavah@gmail.com).

Purim to Passover Read-a-Thon!

How: Kids simply read books — any books! Log them on the log, and get parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, relatives to sponsor you! We started this right before the difficult Coronavirus crisis, but we are so glad to have something so positive to focus on for kids during this time of COVID-19, and it can be a great activity off-line at a time when so much will be about screens. You can download the Purim-to-Passover Read-A-Thon forms below or contact us at beitahavah@gmail.com with questions or to send you forms. This amazing fundraiser is organized by Tot Shabbat mom, high school teacher and Board member Becca Herskovitz. Happy Reading!

Passover Chocolate Fundraiser!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Kosher for Passover Chocolate Fundraiser! We received 48 individual orders for a total of 324 chocolate bars sold – about $800 raised for Beit Ahavah! Todah rabbah/Thank you to our awesome community!

Thank you to Karen Adelman, Geoff Friedman and Becca Herskovitz for leading this fundraiser, and Alec Reitz our office manager for an incredible job managing orders and creating easy to use online forms!


Chocolate Bars Sold

Happy New DecadeWE are all an integral part of our congregation needed to keep the light strong (and the lights on)! Click for Membership packet for 2020 ~ 5780, or please speak with the Rabbi or a Board member for more information.  We created a flexible dues structure so everyone can be part of our community.

In The News

    • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/05/20, “The witnesses: Jewish activist group heads to U.S.-Mexico border” – Ten members of the Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice of Western Massachusetts travel in Brownsville, Texas/Matamoras, Mexico to witness, protest and provide assistance and comfort to children and families being forced to wait for months in dangerous and squalid conditions. 
    • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/29/18, “Crowds Join Vigil in Northampton in honor of 11 slain at Pittsburgh Synagogue”  – On Monday evening, well over a hundred people including the mayor walked a mile with candles in hand from the Unitarian Society downtown to join over 600 at Congregation B’nai Israel in a community vigil gathering of standing room only led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske and Rabbi Justin David in response to the anti-Semitic killing of 11 people at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. 
    • The Daily Hampshire Gazette, 9/10/18, “Reform synagogue welcomes all-comers for New Year” – Open doors are a vital aspect of the synagogue’s mission. “We encourage anyone who’s curious… and would like to come along,” Lauri Meade said. 
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