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Welcome to Hevreh! 

Whether you are a long-time member or a visitor curious about Jewish life in the Berkshires, we're so glad you found our home on the web. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire is a Reform congregation, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. As a Reform congregation, we feel proud that our members of many different backgrounds feel comfortable at Hevreh and are delighted that the Berkshire Minyan, an egalitarian traditional community worships here each Shabbat morning, concurrent with our service in the sanctuary.  

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At Hevreh's January 20 special congregational meeting, Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch was elected by an overwhelming margin to be our next senior rabbi. RabbiNeilHirschsmall
 
This is an exciting step forward for Hevreh. Rabbi Hirsch brings us the benefits of his broad experience as the Assistant and then Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom, a large congregation in Newton, Mass. In addition, the rabbinic team of Rabbi Hirsch and Rabbi Jodie Gordon will provide us with terrific opportunities to grow in many ways. 
 
Rabbi Hirsch's wife, Liz, will be ordained at HUC-JIR in New York this coming May and is in the process of finalizing a wonderful non-pulpit job opportunity here in the Berkshires.
 
Rabbi Hirsch will be with us beginning July 1, 2015. Hevreh leadership will be in regular contact with Rabbi Hirsch until that time so that he will be able to "hit the ground running" when he starts.
 
We welcome Rabbi Hirsch as he becomes a vital part of the Hevreh community.

We are a diverse community; some of us are native to the Berkshires while the vast majority of our members have come here from somewhere else. We are single and married, with and without children, we celebrate the fresh insights of the young and the sage wisdom of those who are older. We are gay and straight, we were born into the Jewish people, we have embraced Judaism and we are non-Jews who are part of Jewish families. We represent many different ways to define ourselves as members of a Jewish community. We have discovered what so many others have found to be true: this is a community where you can feel connected in a short time. While joyful and music-filled worship, thoughtful study of Torah and Jewish text, a time-honored connection to social justice and ongoing exploration of God and spirituality form the core of our activities and passions, we also see ourselves as a center of Jewish living and experience, offering concerts, lectures, a film series and even exercise classes. Engaging mind, heart, body and soul through a Jewish context is our goal. We invite you to explore our new website and get to know us better. Please be in touch with questions, concerns and comments. We welcome you.

 

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