Author Carol Ascher will speak about forgiveness and how she explored the subject in her recent novel, "A Call from Spooner Street," at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road.

The program is part of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' Connecting With Community series.

After a reading from her novel, Ascher will offer Jewish and other perspectives on forgiveness, and will lead an open discussion about the difficulty and importance of reconciliation and forgiveness.

The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon; Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others. Lunch reservations are required by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Information: JFB at 413-442-4360, ext. 10.