BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) will welcome the Congregation Achavas Achim of Keene, N.H., on Saturday, Jan. 26. The service will include Rabbi Amy Loewenthal and Keene’s Music Director, Elaine Broad Ginsburg, for a morning filled with joyous song.
Shabbat Shirah will mark the occasion when the Song of the Sea, "Shirat HaYam," which tells of the successful crossing of the Sea of Reeds by Moses, Miryam, and the Israelites is chanted.
The service begins at 10 a.m. at 151 Greenleaf St. in Brattleboro.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., BAJC will be offering an afternoon of fun family activities for Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees or "Jewish Earth Day." In the Middle Ages, Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, was celebrated with a feast of fruits. In contemporary times, the day is celebrated as a day of ecological awareness in Israel and around the world.
BAJC Spiritual Leader Kate Judd will be joined by Jewish environmental educators, David Arfa and Dave Cohen. The program will include stories, food, song, study, and games for different age groups, and (weather permitting) some time outside.
Suggested donation for non-members of BAJC is $18.
For more information call BAJC at 802-257-1959 or visit its website at www.bajcvermont.org.