Press Release: The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’s Board of Trustees Names Nora Gorenstein Chief Executive Officer



SPRINGFIELD, MA April 14, 2022 – The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM), the leading Jewish organization in the Pioneer Valley, has selected Nora Gorenstein as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Gorenstein was selected by the JFWM’s Board of Trustees for an initial and renewable term ending December 31, 2023. Previously, Ms. Gorenstein had been serving as Interim Executive Director of JFWM.

“Nora Gorenstein brings needed years of experience within our Jewish community to help us lift and amplify the voices of everyone in our Jewish community,” said Robyn Newhouse, President of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with her in supporting the specific needs of our community and collaborating with our local and global partners.”

In her role as Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Gorenstein will help JFWM continue to move forward with its core mission to serve the entire Western Massachusetts Jewish community, support those in need locally and around the world, convene and collaborate with other organizations, and strengthen the Western Massachusetts Jewish community’s relationship with other minority communities. With Ms. Gorenstein’s leadership, JFWM will also take the next step in responding to its 2019 Western Massachusetts Jewish Community Study. JFWM will reassess the Western Massachusetts Jewish community’s present and future needs so that it can continue to adapt as an organization.

“As CEO, one of my goals is to hold space for all types of Jewish identity and connection with our Federation and welcome everyone who chooses to connect with this broad network of partnership,” said Nora Gorenstein, newly appointed CEO of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. “I am proud to represent our community’s forward momentum as we build on what we have learned over the past two years and embrace change as an organization.”

Ms. Gorenstein has been working in the field of Jewish education and nonprofit work for almost two decades, of which more than a decade has been in Western Massachusetts. Locally, Mrs. Gorenstein has worked for Sinai Temple, Temple Beth El, the Springfield JCC, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Heritage Academy, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and JFWM, where she was JFWM’s Interim Executive Director and previously its Development Officer.

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The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts supports vital educational and social service programs to help those in need and create vibrant Jewish life in Western Massachusetts. Grounded in the values of justice, repairing the world, and Jewish unity, Federation connects people to a community that pursues social justice, fights hunger and poverty, rescues and resettles people in danger, and strengthens Jewish life. Federation offers life-long enriching Jewish experiences for people of all ages through a network of agencies, synagogues, organizations, professionals, and volunteers. To learn more about Federation programs visit