It may still be snowing outside, but one sign of spring, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, has begun. The festival screens films in locations throughout the Valley through April 14. The festival organizers explain that they are “… proud to present 24 outstanding films from 14 countries, including the United States, Israel, France, Germany, United Kingdom, South Africa and […]
Beit Ahavah’s Tzedek Tzedek (Social Justice) Committee is sponsoring a “Soup for Syria” event on Sunday, March 13, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Our rabbi Riqi Kosovske began her sabbatical a few weeks ago. A rabbi is often granted a sabbatical leave after six or seven years of service to the congregation. The leave provides the rabbi an opportunity to seek spiritual and physical reinvigoration. It is a time for a rabbi to pursue spiritual nourishment and a change in perspective, to deepen […]
We welcome everyone to join us tomorrow night (Wed. Dec. 16) as Rabbi Devorah Jacobson leads a discussion on “Sacred Caregiving.” Come join us 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 Wed. night.
~ HIGH HOLYDAYS 5776 (2015) ~ Our doors are open for high holy days and we welcome everyone to join us at 130 Pine Street, Florence. SLICHOT SERVICE & Havdalah Saturday, September 5, 8:30-10:00 p.m. “Moving Torah” – A Joint Community Evening to prepare spiritually for the holidays led by the three Rabbis of Congregation B’nai, Beit Ahavah and the Jewish […]
Dear Beit Ahavah Community, The historic decision was announced by the Supreme Court this morning ruling in favor of marriage equality. This Shabbat is also declared as a Shabbat of Solidarity for Charleston, as the funerals have begun this week, and we remember the nine souls who were killed in a rampage of hate. We stand with Charleston and all […]
Rabbi Anne Brener brought her insights, compassion and wisdom to Beit Ahavah last week in a workshop about “Navigating the Wilderness of Loss: The Geography of Jewish Mourning. ” It has been a difficult year for our community. In that sense, Rabbi Brener’s workshop was well-timed to help us learn and think about individual and community healing. As Rabbi Jack […]
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 […]
There were many moving moments during the peace & justice rally last weekend, including this message from Patrick Bensen, President of the Hampshire Mosque: In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful On behalf of Hampshire Mosque, I would like to extend our full support for this rally against racial and religious prejudice. The Qur’an states, “[God […]
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. […]