Shabbat - Hevreh
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About Shabbat


When was the last time you really unplugged from things and took a break? When our electronic devices constantly notify us at all hours and when our culture today pushes us to constantly go, when was the last time you really paused?


Our Jewish tradition calls us to Shabbat. Each Friday and Saturday, our tradition invites us to slow down so we can tune in to how we are really doing. Shabbat is that time to take stock of the week and our lives. Through meaningful prayer and song, Shabbat services give voice to our blessings and our brokenness, our longings and our achievements. In doing so, we—as a community—strive toward a touch of the sacred.


Shabbat at Hevreh is an incredible, inclusive alternative to the typical weekday. When we are focused on being productive during the rest of the week, Shabbat is that day in which we can focus on living. Come to Hevreh on a Friday evening and you will find others there ready and wanting to connect. We sing together, we share happy occasions together, and we are there for one another when we need a bit more care and love, because sometimes it’s just been a hard week. On Saturdays, we dance around at Tot Shabbat with some of our youngest community members, we mine meaning out of our Torah portion in our study groups, and often we celebrate with our young people as they are called to the Torah as b’nai mitzvah.


The word “Hevreh” means community, and we know that it takes everyone in a community to make us Hevreh. We are individuals and families. Some of us grew up Jewish, some of us chose the Jewish community on our own. We are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer and questioning. We are nursing mothers and adoptive parents. We are believers and questioners, both spiritual and religious. We are first timers, new members, and Berkshire natives. We are neighbors and friends. The Berkshires is our happy place. Hevreh is our spiritual home.


Shabbat is at the core of who we are as Hevreh. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel described Shabbat as a palace in time. It is our most sacred destination. Our community, set in the beauty of the Berkshires, is also a special destination–one that helps foster a sense of the Spiritual. We look forward to unplugging and spending Shabbat together.

Shabbat at Hevreh

Shabbat is an incredible, predictable spiritual event that happens 52 weeks a year. For each of these weeks, our schedule of services is as follows:

Friday, 6:15 pm — Shabbat Evening Services

Saturday, 8:45 am — Shabbat Morning Study

Saturday, 9:30 am — Berkshire Minyan

Saturday, 10:00 am — Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Study

Shabbat Listing with Parshas and special programming


Friday, January 5/6 — Parashat Shemot, Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

Friday, January 12/13 — Parashat Vaera, Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

Friday, January 19/20 — Parashat Bo, Exodus 10:1 – 13:16

Friday, January 26 — Parashat Beshalach, Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 / Shabbat Shira: Cantor Cohen will share a Sermon-in-Song

Saturday, January 27 — 9:00 am – Tot Shabbat / 10:00 am – YACHAD Shabbat

Wednesday, January 31 — Tu BiSh’vat

Friday, February 2/3 — Parashat Yitro, Exodus 18:1 – 20:23

Friday, February 9 — habbat Shekalim, Parashat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1 – 24:18

Saturday, February 10 — 9:00 am – Tot Shabbat

February 16/17 — Parashat Terumah, Exodus 25:1 – 27:19

February 23/24 — Shabbat Zachor, Exodus 27:20 – 30:10

Wednesday, February 28 — Erev Purim / Megilah Reading & Purimschpiel, 6:00 pm

Shabbat Special Services

Hevreh Celebrates Shabbat Shira


Ashira L’Adonai: Sing unto God

Featuring our Hevreh Choir, the Zion Lutheran Church Choir and Student Cantor Shani Cohen


Friday, January 26th at 6:15pm


A time to exploring the Jewish connections between music, spirituality, and nature.


When the Israelites crosssed the Red Sea in the miraculous Exodus story, and were finally free from the Egyptians, the first thing they did was sing, praising God through music (Exodus 15:1)! This Shabbat Shira, join Cantor Cohen in exploring what it is about music that conveys our deepest emotions, elevates our prayer experience, and connects us to our community and the natural world.


This year, our celebration features the Hevreh choir in partnership with the choir from Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, under the direction of Amy Renak. Our student cantor Shani Cohen will deliver a sermon in song.


Then, on Sunday, January 28 at 10 AM, join both the Zion Church choir and the Hevreh coir at Zion’s worship. They are located at 74 First Street, Pittsfield.

Community Shabbat – Shabbat for the Senses


Friday, February 2nd at 6:15pm


Our Community Shabbat will focus on the 5 senses of Shabbat: what does Shabbat taste like? How does Shabbat feel? What are the smells, sounds and sights that we associate with this sacred day of rest and reconnection?


Hevreh’s Community Shabbat is sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and features a catered dinner and abbreviated  Shabbat service. Community Shabbat is free and open to everyone with advance RSVP. This month, our Community Shabbat is hosted by our 4th and 5th grade classes, their teachers and families.

Pre-Confirmation Israel Trip Send Off Shabbat


Friday, February 16th at 6:15pm


Come say “N’siyah Tovah” (“have a good trip!”) to our students and parents who will be traveling to Israel with Rabbi Gordon over the February break. The travelers will receive a special blessing before they depart from Rabbi Hirsch.