Choosing Joy with Helene Berger

August 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Stable at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
$15 general; $10 Mount members

Join us for an evening of inspiration, as Helene Berger discusses her book CHOOSING JOY. Most accounts of Alzheimer’s describe a process of irreversible degeneration and decline. This is a book of hope. It is a rare success story — the story of a woman who refused to surrender to the expectations of her husband’s diagnosis, instead inspiring him to join her in making every moment they had together meaningful and precious.

Helene Berger’s comprehensive guide chronicles the different elements that made this regeneration possible. Welcoming, positive, and honest, she shares her own difficult journey: her doubts and fears, failures and ultimate successes.

“Helene Berger has written a lovely book that is packed with accessible wisdom and practical inspiration. Choosing Joy can provide us all—regardless of where we are in life—with the courage to pursue happiness and the road map to find it.” – Tal Ben- Shahar, author of Happier and Choose the Life You Want


Helene Berger has held major positions of leadership throughout her life and is known as a powerful and inspirational speaker. In her home community of Miami, she has served on the first Dade County Commission on the Status of Women and has served for over forty years on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF). She was President of the GMJF Women’s Department and President of the Miami Central Agency for Jewish Education. On the national level, she was the National Chair of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA); on the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) Board and Executive Com-mittee, where she was National Chair of the CJF -Women’s Department; and for thirty years on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). She has spoken throughout the country in these capacities with the goal of marshaling help for large and diverse groups of people with a wide array of needs. CHOOSING JOY, her first book, was inspired by the unanticipated positive results her husband achieved after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email,, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.