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Community Shabbaton in October

SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Congregation B’nai Torah, Sinai Temple and Temple Beth-El will host a community wide shabbaton the weekend of Oct. 28-30.
Featuring guest educator and speaker, Professor David Elcott, the weekend, entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of Change: Exploring Times of Extraordinary Transition” will investigate how we manage change in contemporary Jewish life. Elcott is a dynamic educator who has produced groundbreaking research on variety of topics including recent studies on the baby boomer and Generation X generations.
Trained in political psychology and Middle East affairs at Columbia University and Judaic studies at the American Jewish University, Dr. Elcott is the Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, senior research fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action and Faculty Director of Wagner’s Executive MPA program. His present research is focused on the baby-boomer cohort, encore careers, and public service. He was formally the Vice-President of the National Center for Learning and Leadership, a think-tank tasked with rethinking contemporary community and civic obligation. As Interreligious Affairs Director of the American Jewish Committee and as the Executive Director of the Israel Policy Forum, David has addressed a wide array of public policy issues and has built interfaith and interethnic coalitions to address Middle East peace, immigration reform, civil liberties and workers rights.
The community shabbaton is sponsored in part by a grant from the JEF’s Ida and Harry Gaberman/Anne and Jonas Heit Charitable Fund as well as the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
For more information, call (413) 737-4313.

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