Berkshire Jewish Voice Highlights

Highlights from the Berkshire Jewish Voice

Young Judaism: What I Learned on My Birthright Israel Trip

Berkshires native Ari Drayman, now a sophomore at American University, shares his Birthright Israel experience, funded in part by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

In My View - A Message from Federation President Judy Usow

The president of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires reflects on an eventful year with deep gratitude for our Jewish community

Irving Berlin: New York Genius, A New Biography of an American Original

A new biography captures the simplicity of the songwriter's art and the complexity of his personality

Census 2020 – Why It’s Important to Our Jewish Community

After the last United States Census was compiled in 2010, Berkshire County (and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) experienced one of the most consequential outcomes that the decennial population count can deliver – loss of a seat in the United States House of Representatives.

The seat th…

The Jewish History of Barbados, Once a Haven for Jews Fleeing Persecution

A visit to the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and the oldest Jewish burial site in the Western Hemisphere

By Carol Goodman Kaufman

It was 10 degrees back home, so I was thrilled to be sailing in the sunny Caribbean, where temperatures hovered around 85 every day. Joel and I, along with our good fr…