Services and Events
The Berkshire Minyan holds services weekly on Shabbat morning and on the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) as well as on the haggim (Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot). A Yizkor Memorial service is included on appropriate holidays. We gather for other observances during the year (Chanukah, Purim and Tisha B'Av), for community study and periodically for Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Our services are lay-led, liturgically traditional and conducted largely in Hebrew. We use Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals as our prayer book and Mahzor Lev Shalem for the High Holidays. Services include P'sukei De-zimra, Shaharit, Torah reading (triennial), Haftarah, a drash (with discussion) and Musaf.
For summer 2021, weekly Shabbat services begin at 10:00AM at Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA.
The Berkshire Minyan regularly holds services for the High Holidays and other haggim at times and locations announced during the year. In 2021, High Holiday services are open only to members and their families.
Other events and activities
During the month of Elul, The Berkshire Minyan offers weekly learning sessions related to themes of the High Holidays. Details are provided in our Weekly Email. Additionally, The Berkshire Minyan periodically presents opportunities for volunteering in the community.
Membership is not necessary (except for the 2021 High Holidays) and discretionary donations to The Berkshire Minyan are welcome and encouraged. Donations are tax deductible and should be made to Hevreh of Southern Berkshire with a notation for "Berkshire Minyan" in the memo line.