Berkshire Jewish Voice Highlights

Highlights from the Berkshire Jewish Voice

Omer and Shmita: Counting Our Way into a New Season

As the festival of Shavuot approaches, Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch of Temple Anshe Amunim reflects on the promise of return and renewal suggested by the traditional practices of counting the omer and shmita, the cycle of resting the land every seven years.

"Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore"

Fascinated by the lands from which her grandparents emigrated, Williams College professor emerita and Gastronomica editor Darra Goldstein pursued “the elemental flavors underlying traditional Russian cuisine." Our Traveling With Jewish Taste correspondent Carol Goodman Kaufman writes…

When Our Traditional Ideas of Giving and Receiving Get Turned Upside Down

Federation's executive director shares her family's COVID-19 experience and reflects on how disorienting it felt for her to be on the receiving end of care, even during a time of true need

In the Land of Israel : Amos Oz's Work Interpreted by TAMIR, April 25

In performance on April 25: Actress/playwright TAMIR will present "In the Land of Israel," her adaptation of Amos Oz's landmark portrait of Israel in the 1980s. Here she shares what it was like to know Oz, and how their professional relationship developed.

Seeking Peace Through the Trauma of Shared Loss

Sydney Pope and Gaby Ivanova of Students for Israeli Palestinian Dialogue group at Williams College share the experience of talking with two young members of The Parents Circle - Family Forum, a joint Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding network of over 600 bereaved families and individuals…