Israel Desk

Welcome to the Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts! We promote Israel and educate our community about Israeli society and culture with the goal of strengthening our ties and commitment to the Jewish homeland.

This year our community will welcome two new Young Israeli emissaries, Aviv and Ron.  Aviv and Ron have just graduated high school and will be taking a year off before their IDF services to volunteer in our community.  Aviv and Ron will be working in many of our local Jewish Day Schools, Synagogue Schools, Public High Schools, Colleges and Churches and look forward to sharing their Israel with you!

Aviv and Ron will be living with host families in our community for three month time periods that fall between August 27, 2016 until June 30, 2017.  Both Aviv and Ron will have their own transportation, cell phones and busy work schedules. They are excited and look forward to taking part in discussions, sharing their Hebrew skills and learning about Jewish life in Western Massachusetts!  

If you are interested in learning about becoming a host family, inviting the emissaries to dinner or learning more information about this program, please call Ronda Jackowitz, Director of the Anna P. Housen Israel Desk, at (413) 737-4313 ext. 261 or click here to send her an email.

Young Israeli Emissaries entertain residents at Glenmeadow. Click to view video.