2014 Federation General Assembly

The GA is a unique leadership retreat for Federation leaders and professionals and those involved with the business of Jewish Philanthropy from across North America and around the world.  GA programing will feature speakers ranging from top political figures to leading intellectuals and philanthropic visionaries.  Confirmed speakers are Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Supreme Court Justices Stephen Beyer and Elena Kagan.

Please join us!  For more information please contact Meredith Dragon, Executive Director, at 413.737.4313 ext. 139 or via email at  Subsidies are availalbe.

The Jewish Federations of North America has authorized an emergency effort to raise and distribute $10 million in funds. This cash campaign will address urgent and immediate needs posed by the barrage of rocket attacks on Israel and will be deployed over the next the coming weeks.  Join us in doing our part in Western Massachusetts by donating here.

 SEND A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT.GIVE.  And, let us pray for peace in the region.

p.s.  This is a cash campaign and the preference is that you give online using one of the links above.  If you would rather donate by check, please make checks payable to JFNA noting "Stop the Sirens" in the memo line and mail to: Wall Street Station PO Box 148 New York, NY 10268 Attention: Stop the Sirens.


Federation connects generations with their Jewish heritage and homeland.  We build a community that is welcoming, ensure that seniors age with dignity, and offer support to needy families here at home, in Israel and around the world. We respond in times of danger and distress, repairing damaged homes and lives.  And we celebrate Jewish life together.  With your help, we strengthen Jewish community . . . today and for generations to come. Watch our video, see how you can help.  Donate today and make a difference.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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Happy Birthday World

September 28, 2014    10:30am to 12:00pm

Join us! Let's read stories, do crafts and pick apples while celebrating a sweet New Year!! We'll be celebrating at Easy Pickins Orchards in Endfield, Conneticut.  A rain date, if necessary, will be October 12, 2014 at the same location.  For more information and registration please contact Jillian Danishevsky at (413) 737-4313 ext. 157. 

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 = 1,746

Total value of pledges = $981,489

As of August 14, 2014

"Where Does All the Money Go?"

Where Does All The Money Go?

Western Massachusetts Jewish Ledger

Do you want to read the latest news about our Jewish community?  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 to receive monthly highlights, and connect with the community on the Jewish Culture Connect Facebook page

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


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