Past Collaborators and Sponsors:
Beit Ahavah is a radically inclusive, welcoming Reform community committed to nourishing the soul, a caring and joyous community, and tikkun olam (healing the world). We love sharing creative youth, family, tot and teen programming, B’nei Mitzvah experiences, and adult learning for all ages.
Congregation Ahavas Achim
Ahavas Achim is a small congregation serving members from the Westfield, MA area, as well as Springfield, Longmeadow, and neighboring communities in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. We are an unaffiliated synagogue lead by our Spiritual Leader, Cantor Colman Reaboi whose vision is a transdenominational congregation, honoring the traditions of all forms of Judaism. CAA provides a friendly, informal atmosphere, and a strong sense of community. Our members come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and include many interfaith families. Our services are held at the Ferst Interfaith Center at Westfield State University. See our newsletter for dates and times. Check in at our Facebook Page and website. Give us a call or send us a text- Cantor Reaboi would love to chat with you! Come join us for any of our services or programs.
Congregation B’nai Israel, Abundance Farm, & Gan Keshet Preschool
Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) is a vibrant, progressive synagogue in the heart of Northampton. Abundance Farm is a Jewish food justice farm, a unique collaboration to support local food security and to create a unique, outdoor learning environment. Gan Keshet Preschool is a small, Reggio-inspired, nature-focused program providing young children and their families with the opportunity to work and play together as a community, using the rhythms of the Jewish calendar, the call for social justice, and the creative ideas of the children as our guides.
Congregation B’nai Torah
Congregation B’nai Torah is an inclusive and full service Modern Orthodox community open to all. We provide many opportunities to engage in Jewish life and learning, in addition to our prayer services and so much more, for members and non-members alike. For more information, contact the administrative office at email@example.com or visit bnaitorahma.org. We also offer individualized Hebrew lessons for a small fee: contact Chana Yaffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregation Sons of Zion
Congregation Sons of Zion was founded in 1904. Our membership derives from towns throughout the Pioneer Valley. We are a warm, welcoming, independent Conservative Synagogue. Our congregation is vibrant and diverse in terms of age, religious background, and experiences.
Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Havurah Initiative
If you enjoy the warm camaraderie of getting together with family and friends and sharing Jewish experiences, consider starting your own havurah through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Havurah Initiative Program! A havurah is a friendship circle, a Jewish mini-community that holds meaningful and fun gatherings on a regular basis. Over the last three years, the Havurah Initiative has supported over 50 Hauvrot in the Pioneer Valley. Each havurah chooses its own focus. To find out more, go to www.HGF.org. Under Programs, click on Havurah Initiative. Questions? Call 413-276-0862 or email email@example.com.
Independent City of Homes Association
The Independent City of Homes Association is a Jewish organization started in 1902, with an executive board, cemetery committee and social club, open to members of the Jewish faith ages 18 – 60. Our Cemetery Association offers burial rights to its members and spouses: free cemetery plots for members, discounted plots for family members, a death benefit and social and cultural activities open to members and their families. We have a beautifully maintained cemetery where we hold our annual memorial service during the high holidays. See more at independentcityofhomes.weebly.com/
Jewish Community of Amherst
The JCA offers an environment of warmth, joy, compassion and belonging, in our daily lives and in times of celebration and crisis. Founded in 1969 to foster a “spirit of Jewish community” in Amherst, today we have a diverse membership of more than 340 households with families, couples and individuals from towns throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond. We value openness and welcome all to our community, including all sexual orientations, people of color, interfaith couples and their children, people with disabilities and those of limited economic means.
PJ Library is an international program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is made possible in Western Massachusetts through the support of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and generous local donors. See more at jewishwesternmass.org, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 413-737-4313.
Lander-Grinspoon Academy is a Jewish day school in the Pioneer Valley welcoming children of families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds. Our mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment. Our vision is to inspire a community of lifelong learners to create a better world.
Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy
The mission of Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) is to provide and promote the highest quality Judaic and secular education to a diverse community of Jewish children. Within a warm, safe and nurturing environment, our focus is to inspire a love for learning, develop academic and social skills, and foster responsibility in each individual child. LYA offers Jewish education for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School as well as Chabad Hebrew School and Hachai Teen Club. LYA offers a variety of opportunities for Adult Education, Holiday and Shabbat Services and programs. For more information about LYA check out www.LYA.org or email Rochel Leah Kosofsky at email@example.com.
Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, has been delighting audiences with performances of Jewish music since 2003. With a wide range of musical selections, from contemporary to classical, from Hebrew to Yiddish or even Ladino, we promote Jewish music of all types and hope to build sacred bridges of understanding and respect, using the most universal of languages: music. For more information on joining Mak’hela and our upcoming performances, please visit www.makhela.org.
Neohasid.org is a treasury of creative innovations to re-engage with liturgy, Jewish holidays, embodied Torah and Jewish ecology. Inspired by Chasidic song, Jewish Renewal and egalitarianism, Rabbi David Seidenberg also leads the Prayground Minyan in the Pioneer Valley.
Sinai Temple is a welcoming and inclusive Reform Congregation where our members pursue a continuing journey of Jewish growth. We are guided by the history and tradition of the Jewish people as we encounter the challenges of the modern world. We encourage participation in prayer, life-long Jewish learning, and social justice within a joyful, creative, and compassionate community.
Springfield Jewish Community Center
The Springfield Jewish Community Center enriches community and nurtures wellness through physical, intellectual, social and spiritual programs and services. The J is guided by Jewish values, welcoming and respecting people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, identities and faiths.
Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El is the largest Conservative synagogue in Western Massachusetts, founded in 1913, and affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. We offer a broad spectrum of religious, cultural, educational, and social activities for all ages, including the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center’s religious school, youth groups, family programs, and adult education. See more at tbespringfield.org.
Temple Israel in Greenfield
Temple Israel in Greenfield is the center of Jewish life in Franklin county. Our members are farmers, activists, businesspeople, politicians, teachers, and artists. Community, connection and resilience are core values at TIG. We value music, spirituality, prayer, and quiet meditation. We strive to support each other in our human development. On-going classes for children and adults have included everything from pickling and other sustainable living practices to bar mitzvah training. We value diversity. Services are heartfelt and vary in style. Reb Andrea is trained in Jewish renewal. Other guest leaders bring their gifts, ranging from European to Sephardic and beyond.
Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts
Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts supports Federation by engaging women in philanthropy and inspiring them to be strong and confident Jewish leaders and decision-makers. For more information about Women’s Philanthropy, please contact Development Officer Nora Gorenstein at (413) 737-4313 x221 or click here to send her an email.