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JEWISH HOLIDAYS.................................................. 6 LIFECYCLE ................................................................... 8 Burial Societies.............................................................8 Cemetery Associations ............................................8 Cemeteries ....................................................................8 Food Supervising Authorities................................9 Funeral Homes............................................................ 9 Mikvahs ...........................................................................9 Mohels ............................................................................9

YOUTH & EDUCATION PROGRAMS ..............26 Early Childhood Education ...................................27 Religious Schools ......................................................27 Jewish Day Schools..................................................28 Supplemental High Schools .................................29 After School Programs.......................................... 30 Youth Groups & Organizations........................... 30 Summer Camps & Camping Programs ........... 30 University Jewish Studies Programs ................32 University Holocaust Centers..............................32

SYNAGOGUES...........................................................10 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS..................... 16 JEWISH FEDERATIONS & AGENCIES.......... 18

Jewish Campus Organizations ............................32 Adult Education......................................................... 33 SENIORS ......................................................................34 Senior Housing & Care............................................34

Leslie Iarusso Associate Publisher Judie Jacobson Editor-in-Chief Tom Hickey President 2020 Media EDITORIAL Stacey Dresner MA Editor Tim Knecht Proofreader PRODUCTION Elisa S. Wagner Creative Director Christopher D. Bonito Graphic Designer Hillary Sarrasin Digital Media Manager ADVERTISING Donna Edelstein Senior Account Executive

ORGANIZATIONS & COMMUNITY GROUPS ........................................22

Senior Social Groups ............................................... 35

Joyce Cohen Senior Account Executive

Community Advocacy.............................................22

SIMCHAS .....................................................................38

Fraternal Organizations .........................................22

Judaica ..........................................................................39

Joan Gaffin Account Executive, Central Mass.

Genealogy & History ...............................................22

Kosher Caterers ........................................................39

Trudy Goldstein Account Executive

JEWISH ARTS & CULTURE ..................................42

Howard Meyerowitz Account Executive

Israel Advocacy ..........................................................22 Media .............................................................................23 Philanthropy ...............................................................24 Public Policy................................................................24 Social Groups..............................................................24 Special Needs..............................................................24 Veteran’s Groups ......................................................25 Women’s Organizations ........................................25

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Book Festivals ............................................................43 Choruses ......................................................................43 Film Festivals ..............................................................43 Jewish Crafts ..............................................................43 Yiddish Culture ..........................................................43

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Jewish Holidays CHANUKAH Eight-day holiday commemorating Jewish victory over the Syrians and the miracle of the rededication of the Temple, when oil meant to last for one day burned for eight. Celebrated by lighting candles in a chanukiyah.

YOM HAZIKARON ISRAEL MEMORIAL DAY

25 Kislev-2 Tevet December 11-18, 2020

A day to remember those who sacrificed their lives defending the state of Israel, as well as those who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks. The sound of a siren brings the entire nation to a two-minute standstill during which all traffic and activities come to a halt.

TU B’SHVAT

4 Iyar April 14, 2021

Biblical in origin, a holiday with environmentalist and Zionistic themes that celebrates spring-time renewal and growth. Traditions include eating fruit and planting trees.

YOM HA’ATZMAUT ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY

15 Shevat January 28, 2021

On May 14, 1948 Israel was declared an independent state. Jews the world over celebrate with parades and festivals.

PURIM

5 Iyar April 15, 2021

A joyous celebration that commemorates the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther of Persia and her righteous uncle, Mordechai, from the evil Haman. The Book of Esther is read. Traditions include costume parties, mishloach manot (gift-giving), and eating hamentashen. Some also fast on the day before Purim to remember the fast by the Jews of Persia at Esther’s request.

LAG B’OMER

The Ten Days of Repentance begins on Rosh Hashanah and culminates on Yom Kippur.

1-2 Tishrei September 7-8, 2021

YOM KIPPUR Holiest day of the Jewish year. Through fasting and prayer, Jews reflect upon their relationships with God and other people and atone for their sins. The fast ends with the blast of the shofar.

SUKKOT

28 Iyar May 10, 2021

A day that celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War.

SHAVUOT Commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, as well as the spring harvest. The Ten Commandments and the Book of Ruth are read. It is traditional to eat dairy products.

Commemorates the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring the Israelites to the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering. Many build a sukkah, a temporary structure modeled after the huts constructed in the desert. Also celebrated with the blessing of the lulav and etrog.

15-21 Tishrei September 21-27, 2021

SHEMINI ATZERET

6-7 Sivan May 17-18, 2021

Celebrated the day after Sukkot and thus sometimes considered an extension of the holiday. Marks the first time tefillat geshem (prayer for rain) is recited during services, a practice that continues until Pesach.

FAST OF TAMMUZ

22 Tishrei September 28, 2021

Day chosen by the Israeli Knesset in 1951 to mourn the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Often commemorated with the reading of names and testimonials by survivors. In Israel, the blast of a siren signals a collective minute of silence in memory of those lost.

Fast from dawn until dusk commemorating the day Moses broke the first Tablets of the Covenant because the Israelites made the Golden Calf. It also marks the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem which culminated in the city’s destruction. The mourning period known as “The Three Weeks” begins, ending with Tisha B’Av.

27 Nisan April 8, 2021

17 Tammuz June 27, 2021

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ROSH HASHANAH JEWISH NEW YEAR

18 Iyar April 30, 2021

PASSOVER

YOM HASHOAH HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

9 Av July 18, 2021

10 Tishrei September 16, 2021

YOM YERUSHALAYIM

15-22 Nisan March 28 – April 4, 2021 (first seder, March 27)

Day of fasting and mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples, both of which took place on the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av. The Book of Lamentations is read.

The 33rd day of the Omer commemorates the break in the deaths of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who were killed during the second century.

14 Adar February 26, 2021

Celebrates the liberation of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. At the seder, the Haggadah is read and symbolic foods are eaten. Jews refrain from eating leavened products and eat matzah for eight days to remember how the Israelites hadn’t the time to let their bread rise before fleeing.

TISHA B’AV

SIMCHAT TORAH Celebrates the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. After finishing the last sentence of the chapter of Devarim (Deuteronomy), adults and children joyously parade the Torah around the synagogue seven times. The new cycle begins immediately with a reading from Beresheit (Genesis).

23 Tishrei September 29, 2021


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iriam Schreiber was just six years old when World War II began. When the Nazis invaded, she and her family made their way from their small village of Długosiodło in Poland to Russia seeking safety. Several of Schreiber’s childhood years were spent in a Siberian work camp, where her older relatives were forced into hard labor, and suffered from freezing cold temperatures and malnutrition. Not freed until a year after the war ended, Schreiber and her family made their way to a displaced persons camp in Germany, then finally, to the United States. After more than 50 years in West Hartford, where Schreiber, who is now 88, and her late husband Saul raised their two sons, the great-grandmother of three still has one big regret – that she was never able to go to school and did not receive a high school diploma. Schreiber finally got that kavod on Sunday, Aug. 16 when the New England J ewish Academy (NEJA) presented her with her very own honorary high school diploma. A small crowd of family and friends – masks on and socially distanced – gathered for an outdoor ceremony at the West Hartford school to witness NEJA graduate Shoshana Olkin present Schreiber with her honorary diploma on Sunday, August 9.

Don’t spend another winter alone.

Come meet new friends while being well taken care of and staying safe.

We Care! Call Christina Tuohey 413-567-3949, ext 3105 or ctuohey@JGSLifecare.org

Ruth’s House Assisted Living Sosin Center for Rehabilitation Leavitt Family Jewish Home Spectrum Home Health & Hospice Care Wernick Adult Day Health Care Genesis House for Independent Living 780 Converse St, Longmeadow, MA 01106 • www.JGSLifecare.org 2021 All Things Jewish® | 7


Lifecycle Chevra Kadisha Cemetery is one of the three Jewish cemeteries in Worcester that has been restored through the efforts of the Worcester Jewish Cemetery Improvement Association (WJCIA).

BURIAL SOCIETIES Berkshires Chevra Kadisha Rabbi Neil Hirsch (413) 528-6378 Springfield Chevra Kadisha 2 Eunice Drive Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-0036 Worcester Chevra Kadisha Joel Shaw (508) 797-1130 Lewis Lasky (508) 735-8339

CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONS City of Homes Cemetery Association c/o Elliot M. Altman, Treasurer 234 Brookwood Drive Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-9565 emacpa@comcast.net Jewish Cemetery Association of Mass. 189 Wells Ave., Third Floor Newton Centre, MA 02459 8 | 2021 All Things Jewish®

(617) 244-6509 Worcester Jewish Cemetery Improvement Assoc. Jewish Federation of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543 Dana Levenson, Chair

CEMETERIES (Central Mass. Area) Agudas Achim Cemetery 320 Rollstone Road Fitchburg, MA 01420 (617) 244-6509 Beit Olam Cemetery 60 Old Sudbury Road Wayland, MA 01778 (617) 244-6509 B’nai Brith Cemetery 55 St. Johns Road Worcester, MA 01603 (508) 756-8137 Chevra Kadisha Cemetery 78 Havana Road Worcester, MA 01603 (508) 797-1130 (508) 756-1543

Worcester Hebrew Cemetery 2 Cemetery Road Auburn, MA (508) 756-1543

(Western Mass. Area) Beth El, Beth Israel/ Kodimoh Cemeteries 350 Kings Hwy. West Springfield, MA 01089 (413) 733-4149 Bob Dashevsky (413) 736-3546 Beth Israel Cemetery 512 Walker St. Clarksburg, MA 01247 B’nai Israel Cemetery/ Hebrew Society Cemetery 476 N. King St. Northampton, MA 01060 Eddie Allen (413) 586-7844 Robert Raymond (413) 387-7204 City of Homes, Kesser Israel, and Sons of Israel Cemetery 904 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109 Elliot Altman


(413) 567-9565 Bob Dashevsky (413) 736-3546 Dave Grant (413) 562-3264

Worcester Vaad Ha’ir 120 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 981-6496 Rabbi Yaakov Blotner

Mikvah Associates 4 Huntley St. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 579-1852 Chani Fogelman

Greenfield Hebrew Cong./ Temple Israel Cemetery 276 Log Plain Road East Greenfield, MA 01301 (413) 773-5884

FUNERAL HOMES

Springfield Mikvah Association 1104 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 Esther Kosofsky (413) 262-0272 Rochel Leah Kosfsky (413) 754-3663

Jewish Cemetery of Amherst 221 Leverett Road Shutesbury, MA 01072 (413) 256-0160 Knesset Israel Cemetery 419 Pecks Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 445-4872 Rodphey Sholom 732 Pendleton Ave. Chicopee, MA 01020 (413) 534-5262 Sinai Memorial Park 616-682 Cottage St. Springfield, MA 01104 (413) 736-3619 Sons of Zion Cemetery 72 Ludlow Road Chicopee, MA 01020 Joanne Saltman (413) 323-8658 Sons of Zion Office (413) 534-3369

Ascher - Zimmerman Funeral Home, Inc. 44 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 734-5229 Fax (413) 734-0184 ascherzimmerman@aol.com www.ascherzimmerman.com Ryan Ascher, Funeral Director Robert Zimmerman, Funeral Director Richard Perlman at Miles Funeral Home 1158 Main St. Holden, MA 01520 www.milesfuneralhome.com Perlman direct: (508) 769-7017 Miles: (508) 829-4434

MIKVAHS Chabad House Mikvah at Amherst 30 North Hadley Road Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 693-3280 Yochevedrivka@gmail.com Yocheved Adelman, Shomeret

MOHELS Robert E. Braitman, M.D. 100 Morse St. Norwood, MA 02062 (508) 208-1816 bobbraitman@gmail.com mohelnewengland.com Dr. Scott Siege Amherst, MA (413) 367-6452 www.mohel.md Dr. Henry Simkin 70 Main St. Florence, MA 01061 (413) 626-1326

Integrity, Compassion, Understanding Traditional and Contemporary Jewish Funerals

FOOD SUPERVISING AUTHORITIES Massachusetts Kosher Commission 2 Eunice Drive Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-0036 Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe

Funeral Directors: RYAN S. ASCHER • ROBERT P. ZIMMERMAN 413.734.5229 • 888.827.2437

44 Sumner Avenue Springfield, MA 01108 E: ascherzimmerman@aol.com www.ascherzimmerman.com

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Synagogues The newly renovated Cantor Shames Sanctuary at Temple Beth El in Springfield.

Amherst Chabad House at Amherst 30 North Hadley Road Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 626-7820 www.chabadhouseatamherst.org Rabbi Chaim Adelman

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Jewish Community of Amherst 742 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 256-0160 Fax (413) 256-1588 admindir@jcamherst.org www.jcamherst.org Reconstructionist Rabbi Benjamin Weiner

Athol Temple Israel 107 Walnut St. Athol, MA 01331 (978) 249-9481 www.templeisraelathol.org templeisraelathol@gmail.com Unaffiliated Reb Sarah Noyovitz


Bennington, Vermont

Great Barrington

Congregation Beth El 225 North St. Bennington, VT 05201 (802) 442-9645 cbevtoffice@gmail.com www.CBEvermont.org Reconstructionist Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein

Congregation Ahavath Sholom 15 North St. P.O. Box 464 Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 528-4197 info@ahavathsholom.com www.ahavathsholom.com Reconstructionist Rabbi Barbara J. Cohen

Clinton Congregation Shaarei Zedeck 104 Water St. Clinton, MA 01510 (978) 501-2744 www.shaareizedeck.org Elena Feinberg, Lay Leadership Lou Blatt, President

Florence Beit Ahavah The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton 130 Pine St. Florence, MA 01062 (413) 587-3770 info@beitahavah.org beitahavah@gmail.org www.beitahavah.org https://www.facebook.com/Beit/AhavahReformSynagogueOfGreaterNoHo Reform Rabbi Riqi Kosovske Chabad-Lubavitch of Northampton 81 Milton St. Florence, MA 01062 (413) 582-0033 www.chabadnorthampton.com Rabbi Tuvia Helfen

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 270 State Road Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 528-6378 info@hevreh.org www.hevreh.org Reform Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch Rabbi Jodie Gordon, Educational Director

Greenfield Temple Israel of Greenfield 27 Pierce St. Greenfield, MA 01301 (413) 773-5884 office@templeisraelgreenfield.org www.templeisraelgreenfield.org Unaffiliated Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener

Holyoke Congregation Rodphey Sholom 1800 Northampton St. Holyoke, MA 01040 (413) 534-5262 djs1818@aol.com Orthodox Rabbi Tuvia Helfen Congregation Sons of Zion 378 Maple St. Holyoke, MA 01040 (413) 534-3369 office@sonsofzionholyoke.org

www.sonsofzionholyoke.org Conservative Rabbi Saul Perlmutter

Leominster Congregation Agudat Achim 268 Washington St. Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 534-6121 www.agudat-achim.org office@agudat-achim.org Conservative Rabbi Eve Eichenholtz

Longmeadow Bais Medrash Lubavitch 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-8665 info@lya.org www.lya.org Jeffrey Kimball, Gabbai Congregation B’nai Torah 2 Eunice Drive Longmeadow, MA 01106 Neighborhood Minyan: 124 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 567-0036 office@bnaitorahma.org rabbi@bnaitorahma.org www.bnaitorahma.org Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe Rabbi Yakov Wolff

North Adams Congregation Beth Israel 53 Lois St. North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 663-5830 cbinadams@gmail.com www.cbiweb.org Reform Rabbi Rachel Barenblat 2021 All Things JewishÂŽ | 11


Northampton Congregation B’nai Israel 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-3593 office@cbinorthampton.org www.cbinorthampton.org Conservative Rabbi Justin David

Pittsfield Chabad of the Berkshires 450 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-9899 rabbi@Jewishberkshires.com www.jewishberkshires.com Rabbi Levi Volovik

Rabbi Jeremy Master, left, and members of the caption sukkah-building crew at Sinai Temple in Springfield.

Congregation Knesset Israel 16 Colt Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 445-4872 office@knessetisrael.org www.knessetisrael.org Conservative Rabbi David Weiner Temple Anshe Amunim 26 Broad St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 442-5910 templeoffice@ansheamunim.org www.ansheamunim.org Reform Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch, Rabbi

Shrewsbury

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Chabad of Shrewsbury 6 Mohican Road Worcester, MA 01605 (774) 262-3770 shmulikfogelman@gmail.com www.chabadumass.org Rabbi Shmulik Fogelman


Congregation B’nai Torah Main Campus: 2 Eunice Drive Longmeadow, MA 01106 413.567.0036 Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe Neighborhood Minyan for Shabbat & Yom Tov only 124 Sumner Avenue Springfield, MA 01108 Rabbi Yakov Wolff

www.bnaitorahma.org

Springfield

Westborough

Sinai Temple 1100 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 736-3619 rblanchettegage@sinai-temple.org www.sinai-temple.org Reform Rabbi Jeremy Master

Beth Tikvah Synagogue 45 Oak St. Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 616-9037 www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org president@bethtikvahsynagogue.org Independent Rabbi Michael Swarttz

Temple Beth El 979 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 733-4149 office@tbespringfield.org www.tbespringfield.org Conservative Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz Cantor Elise Barber

Chabad of Westborough 54 South St. Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-0499 rabbi@chabadwestboro.org www.chabadwestboro.org Orthodox Rabbi Michoel Green

BETH TIKVAH SYNAGOGUE We’re About: “A welcoming community making the old new and the new holy”

Tradition

Jewish Pride

Torah

Come join our Beth Tikvah family!

Conservative Rabbi Eve Eichenholtz 268 Washington St Leominster, MA 01453 www.agudat-achim.org office@agudat-achim.org 978.534.6121 Services over Zoom Thursday 8:30 a.m., Friday 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m.

Our warm, spiritual, diverse, inclusive, participatory Jewish community is open to all Interfaith, LGBTQ, Nontraditional Everyone is welcome!

Rabbi Michael Swarttz 45 Oak St. Westborough, MA 01581 508.616.9037 BethTikvahSynagogue.Org

An independent synagogue

A Synagogue that Feels Like Family... Warm, Welcoming, Diverse CONGREGATION SONS OF ZION Conservative Rabbi Saul Perlmutter

378 Maple St., Holyoke, MA 01040 • 413.534.3369 office@sonsofzion.org • www.sonsofzionholyoke.org

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Worcester Congregation B’nai Shalom 117 East Main St. P.O. Box 1019 Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-7191 Fax (855) 780-2665 www.cbnaishalom.org info@cbnaishalom.org Reform Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz Rabbi Joe Eiduson, Rabbi Educator

Westfield Congregation Ahavas Achim 577 Western Ave. P.O. Box 334 Westfield, MA 01086 Meets at Ferst Interfaith Center, Westfield State University (413) 642-1797 ahavasachiminquiry@gmail.com www.congregationahavasachim.org Unaffiliated Cantor Colman Reaboi creaboi@hotmail.com

Chabad of Central Mass. 22 Newton Ave. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 752-0904 rabbi@centralmasschabad.com www.centralmasschabad.com Rabbi Mendel Fogelman Congregation Beth Israel 15 Jamesbury Drive Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-6204 Fax (508) 757-6650 www.bethisraelworc.org receptionist@bethisraelworc.org Conservative Rabbi Aviva Fellman

Temple Emanuel Sinai 661 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 755-1257 amayou@emanuelsinai.org www.emanuelsinai.org Reform Rabbi Valerie Cohen Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson

Congregation Beth Judah, Young Israel of Worcester 889 Pleasant St. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 791-2800 youngisraelworcester@yahoo.com Orthodox Rabbi Gershon M. Gulko

661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 • (508) 755-1257 • www.emanuelsinai.org 14 | 2021 All Things Jewish®

Congregation Shaarai Torah West Synagogue 835 Pleasant St. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 791-0013 www.shaaraitorah.org brotman156@aol.com Orthodox Rabbi Yakov Blotner (508) 981-6496

Rabbi Riqi Kosovske of Beit Ahavah, the Reform Synagogue of Northampton, prepares for a socially distanced Rosh Hashana.


Rabbi Shmuel and Sarah Fogelman lead Chabad of Shrewsbury and Chabad at UMass Medical School in Worcester.

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Jewish Community Centers After 32 years at the Springfield JCC – the past 12 as CEO – Michael Paysnick announced that he would retire at the end of 2020.

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Springfield Jewish Community Center Neal Webber Building 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715 Fax (413) 739-4747 info@springfieldjcc.org www.springfieldjcc.org Michael Paysnick, Chief Executive Officer Worcester Jewish Community Center 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109 Fax (508) 754-3373 worcesterjcc.org Emily Rosenbaum, Executive Director

Fun in the sun at Worcester JCC’s summer camp.

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Jewish Federations & Agencies On Sunday, January 5, Jewish community members from Western Massachusetts attended the solidarity march against anti-Semitism in New York. From left to right: Karen Mendelsohn; Stew Bromberg, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts; Sumner Lewis; Jeff Cossin; and Raymond Becker.

JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE BERKSHIRES 196 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 442-4360 federation@jewishberkshires.org Dara Kaufman, Executive Director dkaufman@jewishberkshires.org

JEWISH FEDERATION OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-1543 Fax (508) 798-0962 www.jewishcentralmass.org Steven Schimmel, Executive Director www.facebook.com/ JewishFederationCentralMass

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n Rachel’s Table

n Jewish Community Foundation

(508) 799-7699 Fax (508) 798-0962 www.rachelstable.org Nancy Spitulnik, Chair Carla Szymanski, Director

(508) 756-1543 Fax (508) 798-0962 Steven Schimmel, Executive Director

n Young Adult Division (YAD)

Central Mass. (508) 756-1543, ext. 204 mhall@jfcm.org www.jewishcentralmass.org Mindy Hall, Outreach Director

of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543, ext. 204 mhall@jfcm.org www.jewishcentralmass.org Mindy Hall, Outreach Director www.facebook.com/groups/centralmassyad/

n PJ Library/Young Jewish

n Jewish Central: All Things

Families of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543, ext. 204 Mindy Hall, Outreach Director mhall@jfcm.org www.facebook.com/pages/PJ-LibraryYoung-Jewish_Families-of-Central-Massachusetts/13319190332

Jewish in Central Mass. Social Website www.jewishcentral.org Mindy Hall, Outreach Director www.facebook.com/jewishcentralmass

n Shalom Newcomers of


JEWISH FEDERATION GROWS, PROTECTS, AND SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY. Please give to the annual campaign. www.jfcm.org Steven Schimmel Executive Director

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JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 737-4313 Fax (413) 737-4348 (all departments) info@jewishwesternmass.org www.jewishwesternmass.org Stewart Bromberg, CEO

n Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts (413) 732-9994 endowment@jewishwesternmass.org www.jefwesternmass.org

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts Main Office: 15 Lenox St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 737.2601 www.jfswm.org m.stein@jfswm.org Maxine J. Stein, MSW, President and CEO

n Grinspoon Jewish Community Campus 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 737-2601 (No staff at JCC during Covid)

n Berkshire Office n Rachel’s Table Office: (413) 733-0084 Food Donation Line (413) 733-9165 www.rachelstablespringfield.org

n PJ Library Jewish Federation of Western Mass. PJ Library Administrator info@jewishwesternmass.org

196 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 442-4360, ext. 17

Seder in a Box, courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass.

n Citizenship & Naturalization Services Trinity United Methodist Church 361 Sumner Ave.
 Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 304-2187 (413) 737-2601 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 646 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 755-3101 www.jfsworcester.org Deb Shrier, Director

Rabbi Amy Katz of Temple Beth El in Springfield has become an important role model for Lichom Mesfin as part of Jewish Family Service of Western Mass.’s Refugee Engagement and Mentoring program. 20 | 2021 All Things Jewish®


When someone is in need Federation is there – for all people – to provide hope, relief, community, and more. In good times. In difficult times.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts has been working to help Jewish institutions, individuals, and families to weather the storm. Central to this effort was the establishment of a Healthy Community Emergency Fund (HCEF).

and funding from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts. We have distributed aid to many individuals and families. Additional funds are being used to safeguard community institutions; to ensure that even during a crisis, Western Massachusetts is home to vibrant Jewish life.

The Federation has allocated and raised over half a million dollars to help our community, thanks to the generosity of donors,

The Federation’s program Rachel’s Table has set up a specialized Healthy Community Emergency Food Fund, and a Feed the Front

(413) 737-4313

1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108

Lines initiative. These efforts are helping to alleviate the food insecurity problems in our community that have been exacerbated by the economic impact of the pandemic, and are giving support to those who are putting their lives at risk every day to keep us safe. Whether you need help, or would like to see what you can do to help others in our community, please visit: jewishwesternmass.org

jewishwesternmass.org

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Organizations & Community Groups COMMUNITY ADVOCACY Anti-Defamation League New England Regional Office 40 Court St. Boston, MA 02108 (617) 406-6300 newengland.adl.org B’nai Brith New England Communities Northeast Field Office 801 Second Ave., 14th Floor New York, NY 10017 (212) 490-3290 NewEngland@bnaibrith.org Congregation B’nai Israel Jewish Domestic Violence Task Force 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-3593 office@cbinorthampton.org

The Central Massachusetts Jewish community is a partner of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY endowment program designed to create permanent legacy gifts.

Latino Jewish Roundtable Jewish Federation of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543 Steve Sadow, Chair Worcester Black Jewish Alliance Jewish Federation of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543 Rabbi Michael Swarttz, Chair

FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS Independent City of Homes Association 73 East Drumlin Road Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 737-0762 Allen Mackler, Secretary

GENEALOGY & HISTORY Jewish Historical Society of Central Mass. Jewish Federation of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543 Melody Friedenthal, Chair Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts Old Firehouse 7 Sugarloaf St.

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South Deerfield, MA 01373 (413) 665-0066 info@JHSWM.org www.jhswm.org Ken Schoen, President Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society 8 Bixby Court Northampton, MA 01060 genealogy@podolsky.cc www.wmjgs@aol.com www.wmjgs.org Jonathon Podolsky, President

ISRAEL ADVOCACY American Friends of The Hebrew University One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor New York, NY 10004 (800) 567-AFHU (2348) www.afhu.org info@afhu.org American Friends of Jordan River Village Foundation A Hole in the Wall Camp in Israel 244 Madison Ave., Suite 482 New York, NY 10016 (888) 999-3054 www.jordanrivervillage.org gail@afjrv.org


American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) 352 7th Ave., Suite 400
 New York, NY 10001 Toll-free (866) 632-2763
 (212) 757-1627
 Fax (212) 757-4662 
 northeast@afmda.org Gary Perl, Northeast Regional Director American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) www.aipac.org New England Regional Office (617) 399-2562 nereg@aipac.org Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) 1751 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10128 Toll-free (800) 235-3658 judy@afsi.org www.afsi.org AMIT CHILDREN 817 Broadway New York, NY 10003 Toll-free (800) 989-AMIT info@amitchildren.org www.amitchildren.org Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds 924 Farmington Ave., Suite 205 West Hartford, CT 06107 Toll-free (800) 916-1918 (860) 656-2110 Fax (860) 236-4526 hartford@israelbonds.com www.israelbonds.com Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New England Region (617) 559-3600 Guy Ronen, Director

Jewish Agency for Israel Toll-free (866) 835-0430 www.jewishagency.org Jewish National Fund Toll-free (888) JNF-0099 www.jnf.org New England Administrative Center 78 Randall Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570 shefez@jnf.org Sara Hefez, Executive Director, New England and the Capital Region NA’AMAT USA 21515 Vanowen St., Suite 102 Canoga Park, CA 91303 (818) 431-2200 naamat@naamat.org www.naamat.org ORT America 75 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor New York, NY 10038 Toll-free (800) 519-2678 (212) 505-7700 Fax (212) 674-3051 info@ortamerica.org www.ortamerica.org Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) Partnership2Gether, Inc. Evan Wyner, Chair Amir Cohen, Coordinator office@jewishnewbedford.org

MEDIA Berkshire Jewish Voice 196 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 442-4360 astern@jewishberkshires.org Albert Stern, Editor Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS) P.O. Box 180 Riverdale Station Bronx, N.Y. 10471 mail@jbstv.org esamers@jbstv.org www.jbstv.org Rabbi Mark S. Golub, President & CEO Massachusetts Jewish Ledger All Things Jewish – Massachusetts 40 Woodland St. Hartford, CT 06105 Toll-free (800) 286-6397 (860) 231-2424 Fax (860) 231-2485 Stacey Dresner, Editor staceyd@jewishledger.com www.jewishledger.com Shirim Central Mass. Jewish Radio Program WCUW Community Radio 91.3 FM Sundays, 8-10 p.m. Streaming live on WCUW.org

n Israeli Young Emissary Program Southern New England Corsortium (SNEC) office@jewishnewbedford.org

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PHILANTHROPY The Harold Grinspoon Foundation 67 Hunt St., Suite 100 Agawam, MA 01001 (413) 276-0700 info@hgf.org www.hgf.org Winnie Sandler Grinspoon, President Hebrew Free Loan Association 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 736-6573 hfla@springfieldjcc.org Carlin Trietsch, Executive Director LIFE & LEGACY Program Jewish Federation of Central Mass. 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-1543 Lshuldiner@jfcm.org Leah Shuldiner, JFCM LIFE&LEGACY Coordinator The Wasserman-Steit Y’Diyah Memorial Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation 800 North Main St. P.O. Box 400 Sheffield, MA 01257 (413) 229-0370 maeve@berkshiretaconic.org www.berkshiretaconic.org/ grantseekers Maeve M. O’Dea, Program Director

PUBLIC POLICY

SPECIAL NEEDS

American Jewish Committee National Headquarters 165 E. 56th St. New York, NY 10022 (212) 751-4000 pr@ajc.org ajc.org David Harris, National Director

Friendship Circle Chabad of the Berkshires 450 South St. Pittsville, MA 01201 (413) 499-9899 Jewishberkshires@gmail.com

JINSA (The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) 1307 New York Ave., NW, Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 667-3900 info@jinsa.org www.jinsa.org

SOCIAL GROUPS Chaverim (40s-60s) of Central Mass. Jewish Federation of Central Mass. (508) 756-1543, ext. 204 mhall@jfcm.org www.jewishcentralmass.org Mindy Hall, Outreach Director www.facebook.com/groups/chaverimcentralmass

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Kehillah SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN, TEENS AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Springfield Jewish Community Center 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 315 tedwards@springfieldjcc.org www.kehillah-sjcc.org Tina Edwards, Director n Project RIDE (Recreation, Independence, Development and Equipment) Springfield Jewish Community Center (413) 739-4715, ext. 330 www.kehillah-sjcc.org Tina Edwards, Coordinator tedwards@springfieldjcc.org


VETERAN’S GROUPS Department of Massachusetts Jewish War Veterans of the USA 24 Beacon St. State House Room 547 Boston, MA 02133 (617) 727-2963 jwvdeptofmass@yahoo.com Jeffrey Blonder, Commander Jewish War Veterans of the Berkshires Louis Green Post 140 21 Hemlock Hill Dalton, MA 01226 (413) 822-4546 Robert Waldheim, Commander Jewish War Veterans Leominster Post 127 Pierce St. Leominster, MA 01453 dan.joseph@verizon.net Daniel Joseph, Commander Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Springfield - Freedman Post No. 26 20 Maple St., 4th Floor, Suite 405 Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 734-2112 Stanley R. Light, Commander attystanleylight@hotmail.com Jewish War Veterans Irving Yarock Post #32 & Womens’ Auxiliary Worcester Jewish Community Center 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 831-4229 Richard Katz, Commander Rkatz730@yahoo.com Herbert Feldman, Quartermaster

WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS Chabad Women at Amherst 105 Rocky Hill Road Hadley, MA 01035 (413) 693-3280 yochevedrivkah@gmail.com Yocheved Adelman Chabad Jewish Womens’ Circle 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 754-3663 morahk@lya.org Rochel Leah Kosofsky, Contact Hadassah n Berkshire Hills Chapter BerkshireHillsHadassah@gmail.com Rosalind Kopfstein, Presidents

n Greater Boroughs Hadassah Wendy Zingher & Robin Baer, Co-Presidents

The Young Emissaries from Israel who served in Central Mass. returned home to Israel in March after Covid-19 began its spread.

n Greater Springfield Chapter Reva Kleppel, President rkleppel@hotmail.com

n Greater Worcester Chapter P.O. Box 20653 Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 393-9682 Hadassah@charter.net Nan Gold, President

n Greenfield Chapter (413) 727-8338 Janet Hodos, Coordinator

n Northampton Amherst Chapter (413) 253-8836 hennylewin@yahoo.com Henia Lewin, Barbara Goldstein, Naomi Peleg, Co-Presidents

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Youth & Education Programs

The winner and runners-up of the National Geographic Bee at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) in Longmeadow: From left to right, Mendel Buckberg, third place; Shmarya Gesin, second place; first place winner, Mendel Wolvovsky; 26 | 2021 All Things JewishÂŽ and LYA Social Studies teacher and Geography Bee organizer, Ms. Lewis.


The following are just some of the area institutions offering developmental, religious or cultural education in a Jewish setting. Contact your local synagogue, JCC or committee on Jewish Education for more programming.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy Early Childhood Program 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-8665 www.lya.org Lilia Luzhanskiy, Early Childhood Director lilia@lya.org Gan Keshet Jewish Community Preschool of the Pioneer Valley Congregation B’nai Israel 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-3593, ext. 204 gan.keshet@cbinorthampton.org www.gankeshetpreschool.org Kate Holdsworth-Clark, Director Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Program 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 311 dcohen@springfieldjcc.org www.springfieldjcc.org Jenn McGowan, Interim Early Childhood Director Worcester Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109, ext. 258, 225

Nina Ryan, Early Childhood Director nryan@worcesterjcc.org

RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS Amherst JCA School Jewish Community of Amherst 742 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 256-0160, ext. 203 kerenrhodes@jcamherst.org www.jcamherst.org Keren Rhodes, Director of Youth and Family Education Shirah Neumann, Education Programs Coordinator

Florence RUACH Community School Beit Ahavah, The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton 130 Pine St. Florence, MA 01062 (413) 587-3770 info@beitahavah.org, beitahavah@gmail. com www.beitahavah.org Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, Director

Greenfield Temple Israel Hebrew School 27 Pierce St. Greenfield, MA 01301 (413) 772-8689 www.templeisraelgreenfield.org Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener Longmeadow Chabad Hebrew School 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-8665 www.chslongmeadow.org Mushkie Kosofsky, Director mushkiekosofsky@gmail.com

Northampton ALMA Congregation B’nai Israel 253 Prospect St. Northampton MA 01060 (413) 584-3593 Rabbi Jacob Fine, Director of Jewish Life

Pittsfield Knesset Israel Hebrew School 16 Colt Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 445-4872, ext. 15 Judith Weiner, Director

Springfield The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center of Temple Beth El 979 Dickinson St., Suite 1 Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 737-0170 sklc@tbespringfield.org www.tbespringfield.org/sklc.html Caryn Resnick, Director of Education Sinai Temple Religious School 1100 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 736-3619 jmaster@sinai-temple.org www.sinai-temple.org Kate Monge and Rabbi Alana Wasserman, Co-Education Directors

Westborough Beth Tikvah Religious School Beth Tikvah Community Center 30 Oak St. Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 616-9037 cavergon@aol.com www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org Cindy Avergon, Educational Coordinator

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Students from the New England Jewish Academy made disposal facemasks that were donated to local organizations. From left to right are Maya Oberstein, NEJA graduate Meira Goldfischer, Tziyiona Goldfischer, and Amitai Goldfischer. Eitz Chayim & Gesher (K-6th grade) Garinim (Pre-K) Congregation B’nai Shalom 117 Main St. Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-7191, ext. 204 Rabbi Joe Eiduson, Rabbi-Educator

Worcester Central Mass. Chabad Yeshiva 22 Newton Ave. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 752-0904 Fax (508) 799-7413 Mendel Fogelman, Director mendel@gmail.com

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Rimon Religious School Congregation Beth Israel 15 Jamesbury Drive Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-6204 dale.rosenberg@bethisraelworc.org Temple Emanual Sinai Religious School 661 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 755-1257 Talia Mugg, Director tmugg@emanuelsinai.org

JEWISH DAY SCHOOLS Framingham MetroWest Jewish Day School 50 Pamela Road Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 620-5554 Fax (508) 620-0945 www.mwjds.org info@mwjds.org Brian M. Cohen, Head of School

Longmeadow Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy Elementary K-8 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-8665 www.lya.org Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, Head of School rabbink@lya.org Stephanie Zolotor, Director of Education Heather Sullivan, Assistant Director of Education


Northampton Lander~Grinspoon Academy 257 Prospect St. Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-6622 Fax (413) 586-7550 office@LanderGrinspoon.org LanderGrinspoon.org facebook.com/LanderGrinspoon/ Deborah Bromberg Seltzer, Principal Ellen Frank, Executive Director West Hartford, Conn. New England Jewish Academy 300 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 231-0317 Fax (860) 236-7623 info@neja.org www.neja.org Naty Katz, Head of School

SUPPLEMENTAL HIGH SCHOOLS Longmeadow Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy Hachai Teen Club (Meets twice a month) 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-8665 rabbiymwolff@gmail.com Rabbi Yakov Wolff, Director

Springfield B’yahad Hebrew High School (Grades 8–12) 979 Dickinson St., Suite 1 Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 737-0170 sklc@tbespringfield.org www.tbespringfield.org/sklc.html Caryn Resnick, Director of Education

Westborough Chai School (7th-12th grades) Congregation B’nai Shalom 117 Main St. Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 366-7191, ext. 204 Rabbi Joe Eiduson, Rabbi-Educator

Worcester Kehillah High School Jewish Federation of Central Mass. 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-1543 director@jfcm.org www.jfcm.org

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Kids Space Springfield Jewish Community Center 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 350 mmarchacos@springfieldjcc.org www.springfieldjcc.org Maureen Marchacos, Director of Afterschool Programming Worcester Jewish Community Center 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109, ext. 238 & 231 Megan Catlin, Afterschool Director mcatlin@worcesterjcc.org Ben McCue, Assistant Afterschool Director bmccue@worcesterjcc.org

YOUTH GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS Connecticut Valley Region BBYO 360 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 389-2127 jcohen@bbyo.org CVR@bbyo.org www.bbyo.org Josh Cohen, Area Northeast Director of Community Impact Jen Kruzansky, Associate Regional Director jkruzansky@bbyo.org Springfield Chapter: L’Chayim BBYO/Springfield

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Jewish Community of Amherst (JCA) Teen Programming 742 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 256-0160, ext. 203 Kerenrhodes@jcamherst.org Keren Rhodes, Director of Youth and Family Education NCSY-New England Region 11 Broadway, 13th Floor New York, N.Y. 10004 www.newengland.ncsy.org northeast@ncsy.org North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Northeast nftyne@urj.org www.northeast.nifty.org Emily Messinger, NFTY East Area Manager Springfield Jewish Community Center 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 332 www.springfieldjcc.org Sonia Wilk, Director of Youth and Family Programs swilk@springfieldjcc.org United Synagogue Youth (USY/Kadima) HaNer Region 385 Ward St., Newton, MA 02459 (617) 964-8210 jkay@uscj.org www.hanefesh.org www.facebook.com/hanefesh Jason Kay, Engagement Associate Young Judaea (917) 595-2100 www.youngjudaea.org

SUMMER CAMPS & CAMPING PROGRAMS Camp Shemesh Summer Day Camp Jewish Community of Amherst 742 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 256-0160, ext. 203 kerenrhodes@jcamherst.org www.jcamherst.org Keren Rhodes, Director Communal Life & Learning Summer Camp & Trip Resources Free Summer Camp Placement Service 45 Sloane Drive Framingham, MA 01701 Toll-free (800) 362-2267 (508) 877-3648 judy@summercampsandtrips.com www.summercampsandtrips.com Judy Levine, Director URJ Eisner & Crane Lake Camps P.O. Box 569 Greater Barrington, MA 01230 www.eisnercamp.org (413) 528-1652 Camp Gan Israel 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 731-1381 www.cgilongmeadow.com Chanie Cohen & Faigie Wolff, Directors Camp Ramah in New England 39 Bennett St. Palmer, MA 01069 (413) 283-9771 Winter office: 1206 Boston Providence HW, Suite 201 Norwood, MA 02062 (781) 702-5290 rhondap@campramahne.org www.campramahne.org Rabbi Ed Gelb, Director


Nearly 200 Jewish teens from Western Mass. and Connecticut came together for the BBYO Connecticut Valley Region Winter Kallah convention in January to listen to speakers and participate in art, cooking, athletics, and politics programming. Springfield Jewish Community Center Day Camps 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 322 sstutman@springfieldjcc.org www.springfieldjcc.org Worcester Jewish Community Center Preschool Summer Program 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109, ext. 258 & 225 www.worcesterjcc.org Worcester Jewish Community Center Summer Day Camp Grades 1-6 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109 www.worcesterjcc.org Megan Catlin, Day Camp Director, ext. 238

mcatlin@worcesterjcc.org Ben McCue, Assistant Afterschool Director bmmcue@worcesterjcc.org

UNIVERSITY JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAMS Clark University Jewish Studies 950 Main St. Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 793-7355 Everett Fox, Chair efox@clarku.edu Five College Middle Eastern Studies Program Amherst-HampshireMount Holyoke-Smith-UMass Amherst Five College Consortium 97 Spring St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 542-4000 www.fivecolleges.edu/middleeast

Hampshire College Jewish Studies 893 West St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 559-5282 https://www.hampshire.edu/areas-of-studies/jewish-studies Mount Holyoke College Program in Jewish Studies 201B Skinner Hall 50 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075 (413) 538-2876 www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/jewish/ Mara Benjamin, Chair Smith College Program in Jewish Studies Seelye Hall 207b Northampton, MA 01063 (413) 585-3390 jcammy@smith.edu www.smith.edu/jud Justin Cammy, Chair 2021 All Things JewishÂŽ | 31


In February, the World Jewish Congress and the Israeli Consulate in New York awarded a $10,000 grant to University of Massachusetts (Amherst) student Stephanie Margolis, for her proposal at the 5th annual Campus Pitch Competition to bring Israel to life. University of Massachusetts Amherst Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Dept. 744 Herter Hall 161 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003 (413) 545-2550 jne@judnea.umass.edu www.umass.edu/jne Williams College Jewish Studies Hollander Hall 85 Mission Park Drive Williamstown, MA 01267 (413) 597-2540 eden.dekel@williams.edu www.williams.edu/jewishstudies Edan Dekel, Program Chair

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UNIVERSITY HOLOCAUST CENTERS

JEWISH CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

Clark University Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 950 Main St. Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 793-8897 Fax (508) 793-8827 chgs@clarku.edu www.clarku.edu/departments/holocaust Thomas Kuhne, Director

Amherst College Hillel Cadigan Center for Religious Life Amherst College AC #2277 Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 348-5999 hillel@amherst.edu www.amherst.edu/hillel Rabbi Bruce Bromberg-Seltzer

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies University of Massachusetts Amherst 758 North Pleasant St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 577-0221 ihgms@umass.edu www.umass.edu/ihgms Alon Confino, Director Dina Noto, Administrative Coordinator

Chabad House at Amherst 30 North Hadley Road Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 626-7820 www.chabadhouseatamherst.org Rabbi Chaim Adelman Chabad at UMass Medical School 6 Mohican Road Worcester MA 01605 www.chabadumass.org shmulikfogelman@gmail.com


Chabad Nation at the Four Colleges 194 Amity St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 835-0085 Rabbi Shmuel and Ariel Kravitsky Clark University Hillel & Worcester Polytechnic Institute 950 Main St., P.O. Box B28 Worcester, MA 01601 (508) 793-7296 www.clarkuhillel.org clarkhilleldirector@gmail.com Jeff Narod, Director Hampshire College Jewish Student Union Spiritual Life Office, Box SA 893 West St. Amherst, MA 01002 Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, Advisor for Identity and Praxis ebernstein@hampshire.edu Mount Holyoke College Jewish Student Union 50 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075 (413) 538-3045 aender@mtholyoke.edu www.mtholyoke.edu Amelia Ender, Chaplain to the College & Advisor to the Jewish Community

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) Helen Hills Hills Chapel 123-125 Elm St. Northampton, MA 01063 (413) 585-2797 Facebook: Smith College Jewish Community Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser, Jewish Student Advisor rshapirorieser@smith.edu University of Massachusetts Amherst Hillel House 388 North Pleasant St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 549-1710 www.umasshillel.org umasshillel@gmail.com Rabbi Aaron Fine, Executive Director University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Religious and Spiritual Life 416 Student Union Building Amherst, MA 01003 (413) 545-9642 orsl@umass.edu www.umass.edu/orsl Western New England University Hillel 1215 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01119 (413) 782-1628 www.wne.edu Rabbi Elana Wasserman

Worcester Chabad on Campus 53 Midland St. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 752-0904 Mendel and Chanie Fogelman, Co-Directors

ADULT EDUCATION Jewish Institute for Learning Chabad of Greater Springfield 1148 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 rabbiymwolff@gmail.com www.chabadspringfield.org Rabbi Yakov Wolff, Instructor SAJE Springfield Alliance for Jewish Education Springfield Jewish Community Center Neal Webber Building 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715 Springfield Jewish Community Center Adult Life Programming 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715 bnadler@springfieldjcc.org www.springfieldjcc.org Beverly Nadler, Director of Adult Life

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seniors

Seniors SENIOR HOUSING & CARE Jewish Healthcare Center 629 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 798-8653 www.jhccenter.org Steve Willens, CEO n Assisted Living Residence Gery & Emil Eisenberg Assisted Living Residence 631 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 757-0981 www.jhccenter.org

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n JHC Hospice 646 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 713-0512 www.jhccenter.org

n JHC Lifecare 629 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 798-8653 www.jhccenter.org

n JHC PrivateCare 629 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 798-8653 www.jhccenter.org Bet Shalom Housing for the Elderly 475 Chandler St. Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 791-1188 Erin Lewis, Director

JGS Lifecare 770 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-6211 Fax (413) 567-0175 lpayson@JGSLifecare.org JGSLifecare.org

n Genesis House 832 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-0350 TTY/TDD (800) 545-1833, ext. 142 Fax (413) 567-7002 lpayson@JGSLifecare.org JGSLifecare.org

n Leavitt Family Jewish Home 770 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-6211 TTY/TDD (413) 565-6680 lpayson@JGSLifecare.org JGSLifecare.org


n Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence 780 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-6212 TTY/TDD (413) 565-6680 lpayson@JGSLifecare.org JGSLifecare.org

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n Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care 770 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 Home Care (413) 567-4600 Hospice (413) 565-2500 TTY/TDD (413) 565-6680 Fax (413) 567-3782 lpayson@JGSLifecare.org JGSLifecare.org

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SENIOR SOCIAL GROUPS Valley Jewish Seniors Congregation B’nai Israel 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-3593 office@cbinorthampton.org www.cbinorthampton.org

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Schoen Books The Old Firehouse 7 Sugarloaf St. South Deerfield, MA 01373 (413) 665-0066 Fax (413) 665-0069 ken@schoenbooks.com www.schoenbooks.com Shuki’s Judaica 499 Worcester St. Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 370-0990 www.shukisjudaica.com Yiddish Book Center Adjacent to Hampshire College 1021 West St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 256-4900 bookstore@yiddishcenter.org www.yiddishbookcenter.org

Chani’s Kosher Take-Out 22 Newton Ave. Worcester MA 01602 (508) 752-0904 mendelf@gmail.com chaniskosher.com Chani’s Kosher To-Go UMass Medical School Sherman Center Cafeteria 55 Lake Ave North Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 752-0904 Chez Josef 176 Shoemaker Lane Agawam, MA 01001 (413) 786-0257 sales@chezjosef.com www.chezjosef.com

Crown Market 2471 Albany Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 236-1976 info@thecrownmarket.com www.thecrownmarket.com Kosher Catering by Cheryl Blonder 715 Williams St. Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 478-1102 cherylrb3@comcast.net Yosi Kosher Catering 598 Hayden Station Windsor, CT 06095 (860) 688-6677

Central Mass. Chabad offers carryout and catering under the name Chani’s Kosher Take-Out at the Newton Avenue Chabad House. This year they began selling Chani’s Kosher-To-Go food items in the Sherman Center’s cafeteria at UMass Medical School.

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Hundreds of interviews in the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History

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Project’s collection have been made more accessible thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant funded work to enhance access to more than 600 oral history interviews in the Project’s collection. These interviews, conducted in English, Yiddish, and other languages with narrators of all ages from a variety of backgrounds,

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Mak’hela, The Jewish Chorus of Western Mass. – and special guests Jewish Community of Amherst Klezmer Ensemble Workshop – perform in a “A Chanukah Present,” a virtual Chanukah concert on YouTube.

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Literatour Jewish Book Festival Springfield Jewish Community Center 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 329 dkrivoy@springfieldjcc.org arts@springfieldjcc.org Deb Krivoy, Cultural Arts Director

B’Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires (413) 418-1836 Rehearsal Location: Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 270 State Road Great Barrington, MA 01230 BShalomChorale@gmail.com Cantor Emily Sleeper Mekler, Founder and Music Director

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival Congregation Knesset Israel 16 Colt Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 445-4872 Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Springfield Jewish Community Center Neal Webber Building 1160 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 (413) 739-4715, ext. 329 arts@springfieldjcc.org Deb Krivoy, Cultural Arts Director

Worcester JCC Author Series 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org Nancy Greenberg, Cultural Arts Director

Mak’hela: The Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts P.O. Box 2153 Amherst, MA 01004 (413) 230-0747 makhelama@gmail.com www.makhela.org Joni Beck Brewer, President Shir Joy Chorus 3 Elizabeth Drive Westborough, MA 01581 Rehearsal Location: Congregation B’nai Shalom 117 E. Main St. Westborough, MA 01581 www.shirjoychorus.com shirjoyma@gmail.com Facebook: Shir Joy Chorus Nan AK Gibbons, Director

Buying and selling scholarly Judaica and unusual libraries. Email catalogs issued on request. Books with a past, looking for a future… www.SchoenBooks.com – (413) 665-0066 – South Deerfield, MA

Worcester JCC Jewish Film Series 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org Nancy Greenberg, Cultural Arts Director

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