BRATTLEBORO >> Come join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community on Sunday afternoon, May 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, participants will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric.

Crafting for the Homeless is completing its second year of meeting on the first Sunday of the month at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim. This will be the last session until next fall.

Some people come to learn to knit or crochet, others arrive with projects already underway. Some are members of BAJC and some are not. All are welcome. Projects donated to Groundworks Collaborative.

Meetings are lively and welcoming, with adults and children of both genders who talk and work and share ideas and thoughts. Some people take yarn home to continue their work on projects. In addition to some funding from BAJC, donations of yarn and fleece welcome.

For questions or comments, please call Janet Athens at 802-254-8454.


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Second Annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day at BAJC

BRATTLEBORO >> Find out what your keepsakes are worth. Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's own mini-version of "The Antiques Roadshow" will be live at the synagogue on Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. Four experienced appraisers will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles, including books, sterling silver, silverplate, glass and art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, stamps, postcards, documents, furniture, toys and dolls, metalware, clocks, barometers and watches, rugs, tchotchkes (nick-nacks), and much more; but no weaponry or ammunition and no large rugs or bulky furniture.

The appraisers are local dealers Richard Michelman (sterling silver, glass, china), Kit Barry (paper goods, documents and ephemera), Stephan Brandstatter (art, music and entertainment memorabilia, and general) and auctioneer Sharon Boccelli (all categories). The appraisers are knowledgeable in their respective fields and will offer an accurate valuation of your personal keepsakes based on current trends and market value. There is no admission charge. The cost for each item to be appraised is $5 (cash or check made out to BAJC), with a limit of six items per person. If you have any questions or want more information, call 802-257-1959 or email getmusic@sover.net.

An interfaith service for Holocaust Remembrance Day

BRATTLEBORO >> An interfaith service for Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. Brattleboro Area Jewish Community) and the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association will offer a service in commemoration of the six million Jews and five million homosexuals, political protestors, Catholics, handicapped, and others who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis. Members of the BAJC community and of the larger Brattleboro community will light eleven memorial candles. An impromptu interfaith chorus and local instrumentalists will provide music and clergy from several religious communities will offer brief readings. Cantor Kate will sing the special El Malei Rachamim prayer for all who died in the Shoah. If you would like to join the chorus, please come for rehearsal at 5:30. There will be light refreshments in the church parlor after the service.

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim is located at 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro. For more information visit our website http://www.BAJCvermont.org.