The Berkshire Minyan provides a traditional, egalitarian davening experience for the Berkshires’ South County.
Through Summer 2021, the Minyan is meeting weekly at St. James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. Shabbat services begin at 10:00 am and end at 12 noon. We welcome only those who are fully vaccinated.
Our services are entirely member-run and participatory. Members volunteer to lead services, chant Torah and Haftarah, give divrei Torah, and handle administrative duties. Our structure provides that each service is unique, but all are inclusive, meaningful and spirited.
Morning services are held on Shabbat and the first days of haggim throughout the year (Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah). During the summer, we occasionally conduct Kabbalat Shabbat services at members’ homes. During the month of Elul, we meet weekly for prayer and study sessions in preparation for the Yomim Noraim. We also hold High Holiday services which, for 2021, are for members and their families only.
Our services are conducted largely in Hebrew. We use Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and festivals. Services include Psukei De-zimra, Shaharit, Torah reading (triennial), Haftarah, Musaf, and a d’var Torah (in English) followed by discussion.
Whether you're visiting the Berkshires for a weekend, live in the region year-round, or anythingin between, we invite you to join us.
For more information or to add your address to our e-mail list, contact The Berkshire Minyan at https://www.berkshireminyan.org/contact.