Adult Learning

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Adult Learning


LEFT: The Jewish Federation of Western MA celebrates 13 Extraordinary Women from throughout the Pioneer Valley.

January

Thursday, Jan 17

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Social Welfare History

Community Program

Berkshires

Social Welfare History from Past to Present
Saturday, Jan 19

Tu Bishvat Lunch Seder

Community Program

Berkshires

Bless and eat tree fruits! Experience a mystical journey through the 4 seasons and the 4 Worlds!
Saturday, Jan 19

Melton Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Class

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley

A class for parents of school-age children.
Saturday, Jan 19

Winter Party

Film Program

Lower Pioneer Valley

Enjoy a vegetarian chili dinner and the film "School Ties".
Sunday, Jan 20

CBI Adult Education presents: Wise Aging

Community Program

Pioneer Valley

Explore finding meaning in the aging process in a four-part community conversation.
Sunday, Jan 20

Improv-ing The Classroom

Class

Pioneer Valley

The Bible Players teach tools & techniques for educators of Pre-K to 12th Grade
Sunday, Jan 20

Film: “Itzhak”

Film Program

Pioneer Valley

As charming as the man himself, "Itzhak" is a loving portrait of celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman
Monday, Jan 21

Jewish Book Group: Wherever You Go by Joan Leegart

Book Group

Berkshires, Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley, Upper Pioneer Valley

All welcome- join us for our first book group of 2019!
Tuesday, Jan 22

Mind, Body and Soul II

Women's Program

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley

Warm your mind with knowledge, warm your body with warm desserts and tea blends.
Tuesday, Jan 22

Israel & the ‘Other’: Exploring Biblical Views of Non-Israelites

Study Group

Pioneer Valley

Mini-course with Joel Kaminsky, Ph.D., Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Smith College
Monday, Jan 28

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community film

Film Program

Berkshires

film: King - Man of Peace in A Time of War
Tuesday, Jan 29

A Little Love in Big Manhattan: An Introduction to Early-20th-Century American Yiddish Poetry

Class

Pioneer Valley

A 4-session exploration of the works of New York poets and writers of the early 20th century.
Tuesday, Jan 29

Israel & the ‘Other’: Exploring Biblical Views of Non-Israelites

Study Group

Pioneer Valley

Mini-course with Joel Kaminsky, Ph.D., Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Smith College
Thursday, Jan 31

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community "Turkish Kurdistan"

Community Program

Berkshires

"Turkish Kurdistan" with Chris Andersen.

February

Sunday, Feb 03

Film: “Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon”

Film Program

Pioneer Valley

At 94, Angel Wagenstein is a witness to history and an influential voice on Europe’s rocky future.
Sunday, Feb 03

Local Author Event: "Meet Me at the Well" with Jane Yolen & Barbara Diamon Goldin

Author Appearance

All regions

Meet nationally-renowned authors Jane Yolen & Barbara Diamond Goldin at Beit Ahavah.
Monday, Feb 04

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia"

Community Program

Berkshires

"Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia"
Monday, Feb 04

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Class

Pioneer Valley

An 8-session class for adults to become more comfortable participating in Hebrew during services.
Tuesday, Feb 05

A Little Love in Big Manhattan: An Introduction to Early-20th-Century American Yiddish Poetry

Class

Pioneer Valley

A 4-session exploration of the works of New York poets and writers of the early 20th century.
Tuesday, Feb 05

Israel & the ‘Other’: Exploring Biblical Views of Non-Israelites

Study Group

Pioneer Valley

Mini-course with Joel Kaminsky, Ph.D., Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Smith College
Wednesday, Feb 06

JLI Winter Course - Crime and Consequence

Lecture Series

Pioneer Valley

New JLI course dealing with Crime and Consequence
Thursday, Feb 07

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Berkshire Hillsmen Chorus

Community Program

Berkshires

The Berkshire Hillsmen Chorus.
Thursday, Feb 07

Literatour: Author Jamie Bernstein discusses "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein"

Author Appearance

Pioneer Valley

Join us as Jamie Bernstein discusses "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein".
Saturday, Feb 09

Melton Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Class

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley

A class for parents of school-age children.
Monday, Feb 11

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Class

Pioneer Valley

An 8-session class for adults to become more comfortable participating in Hebrew during services.
Monday, Feb 11

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community The Process of Aging

Community Program

Berkshires

"The Process of Aging."
Tuesday, Feb 12

A Little Love in Big Manhattan: An Introduction to Early-20th-Century American Yiddish Poetry

Class

Pioneer Valley

A 4-session exploration of the works of New York poets and writers of the early 20th century.
Wednesday, Feb 13

JLI Winter Course - Crime and Consequence

Lecture Series

Pioneer Valley

New JLI course dealing with Crime and Consequence
Thursday, Feb 14

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Working Cities Pittsfield

Community Program

Berkshires

Alisa Costa, Initiative Director for Working Cities Pittsfield
Thursday, Feb 14

Film: “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe”

Film Program

Pioneer Valley

Jewish intellectual Stefan Zweig grapples with Nazi Germany while searching for a home outside it.
Monday, Feb 18

Jewish Book Group: Tomato Rhapsody by Adam Schell

Book Group

Berkshires, Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley, Upper Pioneer Valley

Join together to share thoughts and ideas as we connect over the reading.
Monday, Feb 18

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Class

Pioneer Valley

An 8-session class for adults to become more comfortable participating in Hebrew during services.
Tuesday, Feb 19

A Little Love in Big Manhattan: An Introduction to Early-20th-Century American Yiddish Poetry

Class

Pioneer Valley

A 4-session exploration of the works of New York poets and writers of the early 20th century.
Wednesday, Feb 20

JLI Winter Course - Crime and Consequence

Lecture Series

Pioneer Valley

New JLI course dealing with Crime and Consequence
Thursday, Feb 21

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Current Affairs

Community Program

Berkshires

Current Affairs
Sunday, Feb 24

Jewish Graphic Artists: A presentation and talk by Arthur Hillman

Artist Talk

Berkshires

The art and design of Jewish graphic artists such as Ben Shahn will be shown and discussed.
Monday, Feb 25

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Class

Pioneer Valley

An 8-session class for adults to become more comfortable participating in Hebrew during services.
Wednesday, Feb 27

JLI Winter Course - Crime and Consequence

Lecture Series

Pioneer Valley

New JLI course dealing with Crime and Consequence
Thursday, Feb 28

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community LGBTQIA+

Community Program

Berkshires

LGBTQIA+

March

Sunday, Mar 03

Film: “GI Jews,” with director Q&A

Film Program

Pioneer Valley

This film tells the little-known story of Jews as active participants in the fight against Hitler.
Sunday, Mar 03

Sacred & Secular Music of Salamone Rossi

Concert

Pioneer Valley

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western MA with the Five College Early Music Collegium
Monday, Mar 04

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Moving Towards Health

Community Program

Berkshires

Moving Towards Health with Thea Basis
Monday, Mar 04

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Class

Pioneer Valley

An 8-session class for adults to become more comfortable participating in Hebrew during services.
Wednesday, Mar 06

JLI Winter Course - Crime and Consequence

Lecture Series

Pioneer Valley

New JLI course dealing with Crime and Consequence
Thursday, Mar 07

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community "Tilda's Promise"

Author Appearance

Berkshires

"Tilda's Promise", a Novel of Love, Loss and New Beginnings
Saturday, Mar 09

Melton Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Class

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley

A class for parents of school-age children.
Sunday, Mar 10

Still-Life Sunday: A studio Workshop led by Ilene Spiewak, MFA

Workshop

Berkshires

Make your own still-life painting. It’s a little bit risky. It’s lots of fun!
Monday, Mar 11

Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners

Class

Pioneer Valley

An 8-session class for adults to become more comfortable participating in Hebrew during services.
Wednesday, Mar 13

JLI Winter Course - Crime and Consequence

Lecture Series

Pioneer Valley

New JLI course dealing with Crime and Consequence
Thursday, Mar 14

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Construct. Inc.

Community Program

Berkshires

Jane Ralph, Executive Director of Construct, Inc.
Sunday, Mar 17

Film: “Bombshell”

Film Program

Pioneer Valley

The story of Hedy Lamarr, film starlet and scientist who enabled cell phone and bluetooth technology
Monday, Mar 18

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community film "Watermarks"

Film Program

Berkshires

film Watermarks
Thursday, Mar 21

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Purim Shpiel

Community Program

Berkshires

"Purim Shpiel: The Whole Megillah!"
Sunday, Mar 24

Poetry Writing Workshop led by Barbara Janoff Ph.D

Workshop

Berkshires

This workshop will offer writing exercises designed to stimulate our imaginations.
Tuesday, Mar 26

"Forever Young: The Power of Food to Slow Aging"

Artist Talk

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley, Upper Pioneer Valley

Nancy Dell, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE presents "Forever Young: The Power of Food to Slow Aging"
Friday, Mar 29

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge

Author Appearance

Berkshires

Knosh & Knowledge. H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds
Sunday, Mar 31

Hazon Rabbis’ Retreat

Retreat

Berkshires

Rabbis and spiritual leaders: Join us for an unforgettable experience with new and old friends!

April

Sunday, Mar 31

Hazon Rabbis’ Retreat

Retreat

Berkshires

Rabbis and spiritual leaders: Join us for an unforgettable experience with new and old friends!
Monday, Apr 01

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community Together We Create Beauty

Artist Talk

Berkshires

Judaic artist Nancy Katz and Master Craftsman Mark Liebowitz
Thursday, Apr 04

Jewish Federation Connecting with Community The Passover Exodus

Community Program

Berkshires

Ten Plagues and the Parting of the Red Sea - A Contemporary Reconsideration
Sunday, Apr 07

“I’ve Always wanted to Act" a workshop offered by Linda Josephs, actor and play writer

Workshop

Berkshires

If you always wondered what it was like being an actor, here is your opportunity.
Thursday, Apr 25

My Father’s Memoir: From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond

Lecture & Discussion

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley

This lecture is part of our weekly series, "Museums a la Carte."

May

Thursday, May 30

The Rape of Europa: The Nazi Looting and Recovery of European Art Collections During WWII

Lecture & Discussion

Lower Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley

Stolen art of WWII

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