Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts will celebrate local women and their accomplishments at "13 Extraordinary Women Share Their Secrets" on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  The event will be held at Mill 1 at Open Square, 4 Open Square Way in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The 13 women will have 3 minutes each to share their formulas for success in their personal, professional and Jewish lives.  The women include:

Betsy Bertuzzi - Volunteer; Martha Finkel Ceppetelli - Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Webster Bank; Evie Glickman - Retired Educator and Social Service Professional; Susan Kimball Halpern - Vice President of Philanthropy, Jewish Geriatric Services; Amy Wallk Katz - Rabbi, Temple Beth EL; Susan Kline - Volunteer and Jewish Communal Professional; Rochel Leah Kosofsky - Jewish Educator; Julia Mintz - Filmmaker; Beverly Kimball Pava - Educator, Writer, Advocate & Community Relations, Harold Grinspoon Foundation; Barbara Sadowsky - Community Volunteer; Felicia Sloin - Jewish Music Educator; Bobi Steingart - Volunteer; Sara Weinberger - Activist, Volunteer, Social Worker & Educator

This event will feature a delicious kosher dessert buffet.  Don't miss this entertaining and inspiring evening with 13 Extraordinary Women! 

The cost to attend is $20 per person, and a pledge to the 2014 Federation Annual Campaign is required if you haven't already made one. There is no minimum gift required to attend.  Attendees also have the opportunity to honor one or more of the extraordinary women with a donation of $18 per name, or all 13 women for $180. 

Click here to register for 13 Extraordinary Women Event

Rachel's Table

The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation

On Sunday, June 1, 2014 - Join Rachel's Table Teen Board as we outrun childhood hunger. All money raised goes directly to programs feeding children in our local community, and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding childhood hunger. The race will begin and end at the Springfield Jewish Community Center Converse Street parking lot. For more information, contact Debbie Rubenstein at 413-733-0084 or drubenstein@jewishwesternmass.org

Registration:  9AM

5K Run/Walk:  10AM

1 mile walk:  10:15AM

Community Trip to Israel Video

More than 130 people joined the Federation's Community Trip to Israel on April 15-24, 2013.  Some were first-timers, and some had visited Israel many times in the past.  The group included families with children, singles and couples.  Enjoy the video below which captures some of the memories of this fabulous trip!

2014 Annual Campaign Video

Who are we & what do we do?  Click on the video below to find out.

Create a Jewish Legacy

The Jewish Federation and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts, along with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, have partnered with 13 local agencies to encourage legacy gifts that will sustain our Jewish community for future generations.  These gifts will educate our children, strengthen Jewish identity, preserve our culture and heritage, support our synagogues, protect and strengthen the state of Israel, feed the hungry, and will make a difference in the lives of future Jewish generations.  To learn more about how your legacy gift to the Federation can be designed to match your personal circumstances, please contact Scott Kaplan at (413) 737-4313. Click here for more.

What will your Jewish legacy be?

Click on the video below to watch local children discussing what it means to be Jewish.

Federation Connection E-Newsletter

Do you want to be kept informed of the latest Federation news and events?  The Federation has a monthly e-newsletter, The Federation Connection.  It's designed to be another way for Federation to connect to our donors and agencies, and includes news, information about upcoming events, and spotlights on individuals whose lives are enriched thanks to the generosity of donors to our Annual Campaign.  If you do not already receive it, we encourage you to sign up below.  The next edition will be conveniently delivered right to your computer!  To view previous e-newsletters, click here.

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Yom HaShoah ~ We Shall Not Forget

Dramatic Reading of the Shoah Scroll - A Moving Literary Work of Prayer, Poetry, Prose and Music

Sunday, April 27 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield

Sponsored by the Springfield Jewish Community Center and by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, with support from the William and Lynn Foggle Fund for Holocaust Education and the Zachor Fund of the Jewish Endowment Foundation.  For more information, contact Jeff Rembrandt at the JCC, (413) 739-4715.

Jewish Heritage Night at Fenway Park

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Join the Boston Red Sox for their first Jewish Heritage Night on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Enjoy special entertainment on Yawkey Way and Kosher concessions as the Red Sox hit home runs against the Atlanta Braves!

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis and include an official Red Sox World Series Kipah!  A bus will be leaving from the JCC parking lot at 4PM.

Jewish Heritage night is co-sponsored by Beit Ahavah, Congregation B'nai Israel, Heritage Academy, Jewish Community of Amherst, Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts, Springfield Jewish Community Center, Sinai Temple and Lander-Grinspoon Academy.

For questions please contact Michelle Everett via email at meverett@jewishwesternmass.org or via telephone at 413.737.4313 ext. 137.  Go Red Sox!

To purchase tickets, transporation and meals please click here

During these difficult economic times, your gift to the Annual Campaign makes a real difference in the lives of millions of people in Western Massachusetts, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world.  This year we face extraordinary challenges, and it is only through your support that we can serve as a safety net for the Jewish community.  Click here to donate or make a payment.

Annual Campaign:  Where You Make the Difference

According to Jewish tradition, the highest form of tzedakah or charity is givng to a central campaign, community fund, or kupah.  The impact of the annual campaign is priceless.  Millions of lives saved, cared for, reached out to and rebuilt; centuries-old Jewish traditions and values preserved for future generations.  Click here for more.

2014 Annual Campaign Progress

Number of pledges to date = 1,418

Total value of pledges = $636,518
As of March 31, 2014

"Where Does All the Money Go?"

Where Does All The Money Go?

Try A Synagogue

Try A Synagogue is a program established to encourage membership at the three synagogues in the greater Springfield area, Congregation B'nai Torah (Orthodox), Sinai Temple (Reform), and Temple Beth El (Conservative).  If you have not been a synagogue member for 3 years or more, you can join one of the participating synagogues for only $365 for the first year, and $550 in the second year.  This program is underwritten by the Federation, the participating synagogues, and a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  For more information, click here.

Western Massachusetts Jewish Ledger

Do you want to read the latest news about our Jewish community?  Click here.

The PJ Library


The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts is a proud sponsor of The PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which provides young families with children ages six months to 8 years a monthly gift of a Jewish book or CD free of charge!  To enroll your child, or for more information, click here.

Discover a wide range of Jewish-themed events in cultural venues and Jewish organizations around Western Massachusetts! Search adult learning, social and holiday events for kis and families, opportunities just for teens, speakers and films on campuses, and holiday and Shabbat celebrations.  New events added every day! Gather with friends to experience art, music, books, film, performance, spirit and more.

Visit the site often, sign up www.jewishcultureconnect.com to receive monthly highlights, and connect with the community on the Jewish Culture Connect Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JewishCultureConnect

The Jewish Culture Connect event listing is a free service support in full by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, with the cooperation of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.


New to Western Massachusetts?

The Shalom Welcome Wagon would like to officially welcome you to the area with a beautiful gift basket filled with goodies and helpful information about our Jewish community.  To request a visit by the Shalom Welcome Wagon, contact Amy Berg Nee at anee@jewishwesternmass.org.


Order a Tribute Card

Celebrate a simcha or honor a loved one's memory with a tribute card.

Click here to order.

Contact Us

Federation:  (413) 737-4313

Endowment Foundation:  (413) 732-9994

    1160 Dickinson Street
    Springfield, MA  01108