Your Religion News: April 15, 2017

Published: 4/14/2017 3:28:04 PM
Yiddish classes continue April 23

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 April 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.

Area churches to perform drama: April 23-25

GREENFIELD — “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” will be staged at Greenfield Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 23-25. The drama will be performed by volunteers from area local churches. Admission is free.

The drama is a production of Reality Outreach Ministries and has been produced around the world. The Canadian-based ministry has been reaching out to the world through this drama for mover than 30 years. Described as a high impact, multi-media production with professional lighting, sounds, staging and sets, the drama includes a cast of about 40 to 50 local church volunteers acting out a series of real life drama about people who make choices throughout their lives, die, and find themselves facing their eternal destination.

The presentation is designed to impress upon the audience the Biblical reality of heaven, hell, life after death, and the importance of believing in Jesus Christ to assure a person’s eternal destiny in heaven.

Tibetan Yoga

NORTHAMPTON — The Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Studies, based in Conway, presents “Spring Yantra Yoga — Tibetan Yoga of Movement,” beginners series, continues on Monday nights through April 10, in Northampton. $12 per session; $10 for seniors and students. For details, contacct: or

Hilltown chautauqua: April 22

ASHFIELD — The Hilltown Chautauqua of Western Massachusetts will explore the roots of democracy in “Civitas: A Celebration of Democracy,” Saturday, April 22, at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Curtis House B&B. Civitas will feature three nationally known writer-scholars and intellectuals: Stephen Marini, professor and chairman of religious studies at Wellesley College; Randall Balmer, professor and chairman of religious studies at Dartmouth College, and Amy Kittelstrom, associate professor of history at Sonoma State College (Calif.). In the evening, a concert of early American music by Norumbega Harmony. For further information, visit or call David Perkins at 413-634-5716.

Khaita — Tibetan Joyful Dancing:
Tuesdays evenings

CONWAY — All are welcome to enjoy Khaita — Tibetan Joyful Dancing — Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at 18 Schoolhouse Road in Conway. Call or email first to confirm: 413-369-4473.

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