The Berkshire Minyan provides a traditional, egalitarian davening experience for the Berkshires' South County. We meet each in the library of Hevreh of Southern Berkshire located at 270 State Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.
Our services are entirely member-run and participatory. Members volunteer to lead services, chant Torah and Haftarah, give divrei Torah, and handle all administrative duties. Our structure provides that each service is unique, but all are inclusive, meaningful and spirited.
Morning services are form 9:30 am to 12 pm on Shabbat and Haggim throughout the year (Pesah, Shavuot, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah). We also hold High Holiday services, including Kol Nidre. Yizkor service is included on appropriate holidays. Additionally, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we often conduct Kabbalat Shabbat services at members' homes.
Our services are lay-led, liturgically traditional and conducted largely in Hebrew. We use Siddur Sim Shalom 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 and Musaf. A d’var Torah in English, presented by one of the congregants, followed by a discussion, is normally a part of the service.
Services conclude at noon and are followed by a Kiddush. Our Kiddush is held jointly with congregants attending the Reform service conducted in Hevreh's main sanctuary.
We also create opportunities to engage in activities that help others in the Berkshire community, such as an annual build with Habitat for Humanity, Construct in Great Barrington or other area social causes.
Whether you're visiting the Berkshires for a weekend, live in the region year-round, or anything in between, we invite you to join us.