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Summer at Hevreh

This summer is all about sacred learning for sacred living. Join us to see the many different ways to engage in life at Hevreh. We are a community in which each of us can experience an engaged mind, heart, body, and soul, bringing us closer to the Sacred.

And, the summer is also the time to connect. We want to spend time with you, so please don’t hesitate to stop by for a cup of coffee or tea. We’d love to chat.


We look forward to seeing you over the summer,

Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch           Rabbi Jodie Gordon

Hevreh Hits the Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, June 15 and August 10 at 8 am


Come for the veggies, stay for Shabbat. Stop by the Hevreh booth at the Great Barrington Farmer’s Market to partake in some Shabbat sweetness. See what we’re up to this summer and catch up over challah and grape juice.

Shabbat at the Market
Friday, June 21 at 4 pm


Come on down to the Sheffield Farmer’s Market for a sweet Shabbat experience with Hevreh. It’s a wonderful place to gather everything you need for a delicious, locally grown Shabbat meal, and we’ll be there to share blessings and enjoy the sunshine together.

Hevreh’s Annual Tzedek Circle of Honor Celebration
Friday, July 5 at 4:30 pm
Tuesday, June 25 at 6 pm
The Game of Life–And Death

“Hello” is a conversation game about living and dying and what matters most. There are two opportunities to play “Hello”, a game designed to open doors of exploration and help identify what is most important to you. You will laugh, cry, and discover new things about yourself and the people you care about.
This program is sponsored by our Hevra Kadisha. Call the Hevreh office at 413-528-6378 to RSVP.

Thursday, June 27–Sunday, June 30
Scholar-In Residence Weekend with Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is a Jewish educator, spiritual activist and published author who addresses the spiritual practice of encountering the Divine spark within, the foundation of authentic living. She employs her personal story of the joys and struggles with her spirituality, gender identity and commitment to authentic living. Yiscah teaches Jewish spirituality at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, at the Conservative Yeshiva and in her home in Jerusalem.

Hevreh’s Goes to the Movies
Headed Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Sunday, June 23 at 10 am

Tickets are $10 at the door at The Triplex Theater in Great Barrington.

Challah Bake-Off Taste Off
Saturday, July 27 at 12:00 pm

Calling all challah bakers and challah tasters. Help us have fun determining Hevreh’s best challah. This is a joint event between the Hevreh Membership Committee and the Berkshire Minyan. It will take place as part of the traditional Kiddush after Shabbat morning service and is open to all challah lovers. Please bring your home-baked challot before services at 10 am to be judged and enjoyed at the Kiddush, and be sure to submit your recipe (to avoid any food preferences and/or allergies among our tasters).

The Jewish Road to Character:
A Journey into the Study and Practice of Mussar
A 9-Week program beginning Friday, July 12 at 1 pm

Over the summer of 2019, we will delve into the study and practice of the Mussar tradition’s wisdom for our lives in our times on a weekly basis. In our confusing and contentious time, many are seeking a greater sense of grounding in core virtues which can guide us, uplift us and inspire us to become the best persons we can be.

Rabbi Eric Gurvis has served congregations in New York City, Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, NJ and Newton, Massachusetts. He is a Senior Rabbi Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Rabbi Gurvis studied and practiced Mussar for over 6 years and has trained with The Mussar Institute as a facilitator of Mussar groups. He Mussar Va’adim (groups) and has served as a Scholar-in-Residence for communities around the Boston areaWestern MA, and beyond.

Tanglewood Shabbat
Fridays, July 12 and August 2 at 7:00 pm

Call the Tanglewood Box office to purchase lawn tickets at 888-266-1200.

Thursday, July 18–Sunday, July 21
Hevreh’s Third Annual Jewish Festival of Books

From The People Of The Book For All People Who Love Books

Click below to learn more.

A Life of Meaning: Exploring the Sacred Path of Reform Judaism
Sundays, July 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9:00 am

This course explores the elements that make American Reform Judaism distinct and vibrant. With Rabbis Hirsch and Gordon, you’ll study the fundamental principles that make us Reform Jews. Using a new curriculum released by the Reform Movement, we’ll study text and learn via video lecture with many of the leading Jewish thinkers in America today, exploring our history, our theology, the development of our prayer, and our mission in this world.

Advance Registration is required. $25 includes breakfast and coursework.

…and so much more. Check back all summer as we add programs and events, and go to to plan ahead for what’s to come.