Shabbat Shalom from CEO Nora Gorenstein

Dear Friend,

Each of us has an important light to shine in the darkness of evil and hatred, especially now during Hanukkah.

As Israel continues to fight terrorism and strive for the safe return of the remaining hostages still in terrorist hands, our battle at home against antisemitism also continues. Please join us in our efforts here in Western Massachusetts by placing a yard sign at your home, business, or another location:

As we continue to light the Hanukkah candles over the next week, may we continue to proudly shine the light of religious freedom here in Western Massachusetts and throughout the world. I hope that you will join us for some of this week’s special festivities, especially on Sunday (with a wide variety of local events), and at Wednesday night’s Federation Annual Meeting! You can see more about the upcoming events on our calendar page,

Nora Gorenstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Western Ma., speaks during the annual menorah lighting ceremony in Springfield’s Court Square. (Don Treeger / The Republican) 12/7/2023

Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat and happy Hanukkah,

Nora Gorenstein
Chief Executive Officer

News from Jewish Federations of North America

This week, Jewish Federations announced the 10/7 Project, a new collaboration with AJC, AIPAC, ADL, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The 10/7 Project is a coordinated effort to counter the disinformation about the attacks of October 7th and Israel’s response; it is especially aimed at the key media and government influencers. See here for more information about the 10/7 project, as well as this news bulletin.

Jewish Federations stood with the Israeli Consulate to the United Nations, the World Zionist Organization, and the National Council of Jewish Women earlier this week at the United Nations to call out the violence against women perpetrated by the Hamas terrorists on October 7th and since. Jewish Federations’ National Women’s Philanthropy, Advocacy Corps, National Young Leadership Cabinet, and leadership attended the session in full force, and many more thousands watched on livestream. Watch a recording of the powerful event.

Jewish Federations have now raised a total of more than $678 million system-wide and allocated over $211 million to a wide range of humanitarian organizations in Israel. Click here for our latest allocations update.