BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (Congregation Shir Heharim) is instituting a Community Education Program that will include regular events, listed below, along with occasional special events that will give people a chance to get together and to connect to the Jewish community at the synagogue in settings other than religious services.

All activities will take place at the synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St. in West Brattleboro.

-- Monthly Movie Night, Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. (and on the second Tuesday of every month). Join us for a fun movie night. Be prepared to laugh and eat popcorn as we watch modern comedies such as movies by Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and others. Admission by donation.

-- Monthly Havdalah Song Jam, First Saturday night of the month. The evening will start with Havdalah songs (and blessings) and combat the weekday blahs singing together a mix of songs, some that are lively and some that are meditative, some that involve movement, and many that involve harmonies. Musicians have been invited to accompany the singing (drummers, guitarists, clarinetists, and more.)

-- Monthly Torah Study, Saturday, Jan. 25, on the last Shabbat of the month. We will gather to study the weekly Torah portion with local and nearby scholars. In January, Rabbi Amy Loewenthal, will lead our study. Rabbi Loewenthal is in her second year of serving as rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene, N.H. She is a 2012 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, where she earned the titles of Rabbi and Teacher in Israel; a master of arts in Hebrew Letters; and a Certificate of Specialization in the Congregational Rabbinate. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to serving her new congregation,

Rabbi Loewenthal also serves an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College, teaching Introduction to Judaism; and Introduction to Jewish History. Rabbi Loewenthal also participates in the Keene Interfaith Clergy, the hospital Pastoral Ministry Association, the New Hampshire Board of Rabbis, and the New England regional and national Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

-- Learn to Read Hebrew. If there are a few people are interested in "decoding" Hebrew and learning to read prayer-book Hebrew, e-mail and a mutually-convenient day and time will be found for a series of classes.

The congregation’s religious services in January will take place on the first three Saturday mornings of the month and a potluck dessert beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. For further information about any of these events, call 802-257-1959 and leave a message.