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Festival of Books

Jewish and Feminist icon Francine Klagsbrun discusses her award winning biography of Golda Meir. In Israel’s 70th Anniversary year, Golda Meir stands alone as the only female Prime Minister in its history, and Francine Klagsbrun – author of more than a dozen books, and editor of the best selling Free to Be…You and Me – stands alone as Golda’s definitive biographer. The book was named The Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year at this year’s National Jewish Book Awards.

Co-sponsored by Great Barrington Bagel and Susan and Judd Shoval

Who knew there was such a thing? Clearly Paula Shoyer, AKA The Kosher Baker, did. Join her as she shares stories and recipes from her latest cookbook, which focuses on natural ingredients, and updates Jewish classics for the modern table in a healthy way. Enjoy a light lunch featuring some of the 80 recipes
from the book.

Rabbi Judith Schindler – the Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte, NC – shares this teaching and more from her latest book, Recharging Judaism.


Co-sponsored by Gail Natoli Kiddush Lunch sponsored by The Berkshire Minyan

Saturday, July 28 4 pm Storytime and Havdala


Grab the kids and get your shine on!


Inspired by the internationally acclaimed Drag Queen Story Hour, join us for a reading of Leslea Newman’s Sparkle Boy. Children and parents will have the opportunity to get their sparkle on, and enjoy a hands-on Havdalah and some sweet Shabbat treats. As always, we welcome interfaith families, GLBTQ families, nursing moms, babies and siblings of all ages, grandparents and special people, new members, first timers, neighbors, and friends.

This event is co-sponsored by the PJ Library.

The Weight is over!

Rachel Kadish discusses her latest novel, the National Jewish Book Award Winning The Weight of Ink, an interwoven tale of two remarkable women and scholars – a 17th century Jewish scribe, and the 21st century researcher who discovers her. Kadish masterfully marries past, present, historical and fictional, and she wrote much of it right here in the Berkshires! Don’t miss this opportunity to bond over brunch with one of the most talented writers of her generation.


Co-sponsored by The Jewish Women’s Archive