Please join us in supporting these two upcoming community events. Women's Interfaith Institute in the Berkshires is proud to be a co-sponsor of these events that celebrate our interconnectedness.
14thAnnual Interfaith Celebration of the
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday

Interfaith Prayers, Readings, Music, Singing

Featuring Youth from Local Community Groups:
Greenagers, Multicultural BRIDGE Youth Corps, Railroad Street Youth Project

Monday, January 21, 2013
Interfaith Service and Reception
12:00 Noon - 1:00PM

First Congregational Church (Parish Hall)
251 Main Street, Great Barrington

 Spiritual Views on Death and the Afterlife
An Interfaith Forum

This interfaith forum will present the spiritual beliefs and rituals related to the process of dying, death and the after-life as understood by many of our world religions. Presenters will include a panel of local clergy from the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Christian Community, Muslim and Buddhist faith traditions. Topics to be explored will include: customs surrounding care for the deceased; the journey of the soul after death; the relationship between the living and the dead; and what these traditions teach regarding preparation for this ultimate transition.

Sunday Feb. 3, 2013
1:30 - 4:00PM
 Fee: $10/person

Berkshire South Regional Community Center,
Great Barrington, MA

The Rev. Mr. Charles Van Ausdall, Congregational Church UCC
Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, Sacred Undertaking
Sharon Coleman, PhD,  Zen/Vietnamese Buddhism
Imam Salim Chishti,  Islam
Sister Colette Hanlon,  Catholicism
The Rev. Liza Marcato, Christian Community, Movement for Religious Renewal
Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman, Judaism

Moderator: Deborah Golden Alecson, MS
           Adjunct Faculty, School of Health Sciences,Excelsior College, Albany, NY

For more information please contact:
Deborah Golden Alecson  413 881-4065,
                 Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman  413-274-1034,

Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
Life, Death and Transformation in the Americas Huastec “Life-Death Figure” (A.D. 900-1250, Mexico), and “Wild Man Mask” (1970, Canada), by John Livingston, at the Brooklyn Museum.

recent NYTimes article of interest: Life, Death and Transformation at the Brooklyn Museum

sent in by K. Furlong


Quoting from the book of Job, Wendy Rabinowitz said:
"Look to the earth, and it shall lead you."

Former WII board member Wendy Rabinowitz weaves and hand-letters tapestries with roots in Jewish traditions. (Courtesy photo by Susan Geller)
read article here:

Berkshire artist Wendy Rabinowitz weaves ‘Shalom' exhibit - Berkshire Eagle Online

  What: 'Shalom: Weaving the Threads of Peace'
Where: Farber/Miness Gallery at the Ludwig Schenectady Jewish Community Center, 2565 Ballstown Road, Niskayuna, N.Y.
When: Through Feb. 28.
Wendy Rabinowitz will speak about her work on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Information: living threads judaica1
Rabinowitz will also display weaving/mixed-media assemblage worrk, her work, ‘Lillith,' in ‘Growl,' the Women's Caucus for Art exhibit juried by Saisha M. Grayson from the Brooklyn Museum, at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery Plymouth, N.H., from Feb. 5 to March 15.

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