We have lived in various parts of Berkshire County for more than 20 years, but in South County since 2002. We became members just before 9/11. It was an important time to have a place to come together to heal. Our oldest children were also getting to an age where Tom and I wanted help to teach them Jewish values and traditions. I needed a support system for creating a Jewish home, and I wanted our children to feel the same sense of Jewish identity and security in their faith that I did growing up.
As soon as we walked through Hevreh’s doors, as an interfaith family, we knew we had found our place to belong. Tom is fully involved in many aspects of Hevreh life and even completed the 2014 B’Nai Mitzvah class, with our daughters chanting Haftarah in his honor. All of our children are either in Religious School or have been Confirmed. They stay involved after their Bat Mitzvah because they want to, as young teachers, in the youth groups, and volunteering. We have had three B’Not Mitzvah and another soon, and our children will tell you Hevreh feels like their second home.
Working with our rabbinic team, part of my vision for Hevreh is to ensure for others that same sense of safety and belonging and spiritual home as we had been blessed to find so many years ago.