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Your Religion News: March 18, 2017

  • FILE -- This Thursday, April. 24, 2014 file photo, provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), shows U.N relief workers with blue helmets and vests next to residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, right, waiting to receive food aid, on the southern edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights accuses the Syrian government of "slow-motion slaughter" of unknown numbers of Syrians trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas by willfully denying them food and health care, which it calls a war crime. (AP Photo/UNRWA, File )


Saturday, March 18, 2017
Film, ‘The White Helmets,’ Monday at 7

GREENFIELD — “The White Helmets,” a film showing the brave and dangerous work of Syrian volunteers during the bombing of Aleppo, Syria, will be shown at Second Congregational Church, M16 Court Square, Monday, at 7 p.m. Michael Cane, co-founder of Valley Syrian Relief, will speak after the 40-minute film. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Temple Israel, Greenfield.

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series continues March 22

SUNDERLAND — “Views from the Desert,” the 20th annual ecumenical Lenten discussion series, continues Wednesday, March 22, at the Sunderland Congregational Church, 91 S. Main St., at 7 p.m. Rev. Barbara Turner Delisle will present the third discussion, “Sand between Your Toes.” Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Art, Creativity and Community: March 24-26 at Temple Israel Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel Greenfield will Celebrate Jewish Arts Month with a weekend exploring the themes of Art, Creativity and Community in a Jewish context. You can participate in all or part of the weekend, which will include worship services, performances, a panel discussion and hands-on workshops. We ask for sliding scale donations of $10 to $18 for Saturday evening’s performances and $12 to $20 for Sunday’s program. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Friday features a musical evening service at 7:30 p.m. Saturday offers a creative Torah Service at 10 a.m., optional afternoon activities and evening performances. Sunday features a brunch and panel discussion from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and a variety of family-friendly workshops and children’s programming in the afternoon. For a complete schedule, visit templeisraelgreenfield.org/events/art-creativity-community.

Eventide Singers Concert: March 26

GREENFIELD — The Eventide Singers present their annual benefit concert on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., in Greenfield. Eventide’s concerts invite, provoke, cajole and ease the listener into the mystery of life and death. Music director Joe Toritto has put together an eclectic program of 20 songs illustrating the wide range of music Eventide has in its repertoire. Suggested donation: $12 to $15. Proceeds from the benefit concert are for the First Congregational Church of Greenfield as a way of thanking the church for hosting Eventide rehearsals. For more information, call 413-774-5828 or email joetoritto@yahoo.com.

Yiddish classes continue Sunday

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel of Greenfield continues its 11th series of Yiddish classes, “What Yiddish Tells Us about Being Jewish,” on Sunday morning, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled for March 19, April 2 and 23, and May 7 and 14. You can drop in at any time. The class is taught by Yosl Kurland. Classes focus on the relationship between the Yiddish language and Jewish religion, culture and philosophy and are designed to accommodate students with some, little or no familiarity with the language. Interested teenagers are welcome. Suggested tuition: $15 per session of $75 for the series for Temple Israel members; $20 per session or $100 for the series for nonmembers. Or pay what you can; no one will be turned away. Kurland studied Yiddish at the Columbia University/YIVO summer program and at UMass Amherst. Temple Israel is at 27 Pierce St.

Brick Church Organ Concert: March 26

DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present Dr. Patricia Snyder, organist, on Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. She will be playing the church’s “gem of an organ” built by Richards, Fowkes Organ Builders. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. A reception will follow. Dr. Snyder is Director of Music Ministry at Storrs Congregational Church on the University of Connecticut campus. A prize-winner of many competitions, she presents recitals in Canada, Europe, Japan and the U.S., and has taught organ at Mr. Holyoke and Smith colleges and UMass. She will play music by Bach, Bohm, Vieme and Wammes. For further information, contact Jean Pitman Turner, artistic director, at 413-774-2657.

Water Justice webcast, March 22-24

CHARLEMONT — Charlemont Forum and Rowe Center invite you to attend Trinity Institute, an annual conference that is webcast live from New York City. The location this year will be The Academy at Charlemont. Come hear speakers and participate in discussions around water justice and water as sacred gift. On Wednesday evening, local speakers will be water protectors Ashley Berry and Rhonda Anderson, an Inupiaq-Athabaskan Native American who now lives in Colrain. Suggested donation is $25. To register, contact trinitycharlemont@gmail.com or Pam Porter at 413-337-5525. Charlemont Forum is an outreach of the Charlemont Federated Church.

Wendell Berry Sabbath Gathering is Sunday in Orange

ORANGE — For Sunday service on March 19 at 9 a.m., The Community Church of North Orange and Tully will host a “Wendell Berry Sabbath Gathering,” featuring the Sabbath poems of poet, farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry. Pastor Don Erickson will discuss how sustainable farming presents society with a working model for forging compassionate and just communities. CCNOT’s neighbor, The Farm School and its string band, The West hill Woodcutters, will provide special music. For more information, contact Rev. Don Erickson at doneri@gmail.com or visit www.ccnoat.org.