The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires hosts columnist and novelist Ruth Bass at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, as part of the Federation's Connecting With Community series.

Bass will talk about her two published novels about her grandmother's life, and also read from the books, "Sarah's Daughter" and "Rose."

Bass recently finished the third book in the series.

The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon. Lunch has a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others.

Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.

For more information, call the Jewish Federation at 413-442-4360, ext. 10.