We are a warm and welcoming community located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts where people of many backgrounds and beliefs come together to worship and explore the richness of the Jewish tradition. Ahavath Sholom was founded in 1926 and is affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.
The mission of Congregation Ahavath Sholom is to support a completely participatory, egalitarian, and inclusive Reconstructionist Jewish community. While recognizing the dynamic and evolving nature of Judaism in modern life, we engage with our traditions to inspire our ethical and spiritual growth. We encourage study, prayer, and celebration, education of children, and acts of caring and social justice.
Purim Shabbat Celebration
On Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 AM, Congregation Ahavath Sholom invites you to a Purim Shabbat Celebration at the South Berkshire Friends Meetinghouse.
See the March Newsletter for details.
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Upcoming Services and Events - March
Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 AM: Café Kehillah with Rabbi Barbara Cohen via Zoom
Monday, March 6 at noon: Memoir Writing Workshop (tentative date)
Wednesday, March 8 at 10:00 AM: Café Kehillah with Rabbi Barbara Cohen via Zoom
Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 AM: Purim Shabbat Brunch/Study at the South Berkshire Friends Meetinghouse,
280 State Road, Great Barrington
Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00 AM: Café Kehillah with Rabbi Barbara Cohen via Zoom
Friday, March 17 at 5:00 PM: Erev Shabbat Service, in person at the synagogue
Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 PM: Thinking Outside the Matzah Box, at a member’s house in Great Barrington
(directions available upon registration)
Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 AM: Café Kehillah with Rabbi Barbara Cohen via Zoom
Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Morning Service, in person at the synagogue
Wednesday, March 29 at 10:00 AM: Café Kehillah with Rabbi Barbara Cohen via Zoom
On Sunday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m., via zoom, CAS presented “Autumn Spirits,” a reading of poems and short pieces celebrating the various shades of the season. Some of the writers featured were Keats, Oliver, Paley, Poe, Sexton, and Octavio Paz. CAS members Caroline Forsman, Barbara Janoff, Ellen Kanner, Carol Killian and Stephanie Sloane read. Our guest reader was Jim Frangione, Artistic Director of the Great Barrington Public Theatre. A video of the event is presented below. In lieu of a fee for this zoom presentation, we will be accepting donations for our local People’s Pantry (you can use the donate button on this page).
Listen to Rabbi Cohen's Religious Roundtable interview by clicking on the button above. The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
"CAS/Member Spotlight" February 28th interview with Barbara can be played by clicking the starter triangle below.