Pittsfield: Professor to share Bondy family history

Roselle Chartock, professor emerita of education at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, will share the history of the Bondy family, innovative educators and refugees from Germany who founded the Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road.

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

Max and Gertrude Bondy, both from Czech-German Jewish families, created a co-educational boarding school in Germany in 1920. In 1924, they converted to Lutheranism. After being forced out of Germany by the Nazis and re-establishing their school in Vermont and then in Lenox, they never shared their Jewish background with their students.

This talk will focus on why the Bondys kept silent and what were the responses of other family members to their Jewish heritage.

Chartock's book, "Windsor Mountain School, A Beloved Berkshire Institution," was published in 2014.

The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon. Lunch costs $7, $2 for adults over 60. Lunch reservations are required by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. Monday.

For more information, call JFB at 413-442-4360, ext. 10.


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