SPRINGFIELD – Sue Polansky, a long-time volunteer in the Jewish community and current president of the Western New England Region of Hadassah, will be honored at the Rose Luncheon on Monday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam. This event is sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Named for its first honoree, Rose Corbert, the Rose Luncheon was established to pay tribute to outstanding Jewish women for their outstanding volunteer work in Western Massachusetts.
Sue Polansky was raised in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She graduated from Columbia University where she obtained a degree in occupational therapy and received a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Bridgeport. Sue has held a myriad of volunteer positions for many Jewish organizations. Her volunteer career began in Albany with World ORT, and she has since expanded her volunteer work to Hadassah and Federation.
Since her arrival in Western Massachusetts in 1989, Sue has been involved in Jewish education as a vice president of Heritage Academy, chair of the Federation’s Education Committee, chair of the first and current Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Committee, and founded the first JCC book club. She has been involved with Hadassah for many years on both the local, regional and national level. She served as a president of the Greater Springfield Chapter, and currently serves as president of the Western New England Region, which includes 8 area chapters throughout Western Massachusetts, Burlington Vermont, and Rhode Island. Sue’s volunteer work at the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts began in 1989. Her first position was on the Community Relations Committee. Since that time, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and was a Vice President on the Executive Committee. Sue was a Board member and president of the Women’s Division of the Federation (now known as Women’s Philanthropy), where she ran the first Sarah’s Closet, a project to gather clothing for impoverished Jews in Eastern Europe, which was funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. She also worked on the Women’s Seder. In addition, Sue has served on the Federation’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Executive Director Search Committee. Sue has chaired several committees and programs, including Planning and Allocations, Partnership 2000 (now Partnership 2gether, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel that connects Jewish communities in the diaspora with a community in Israel), and the Israel @ 60 Mission.
In addition, Sue has served on the Board of Jewish Geriatric Services, served on the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s committee to select its Excellence in Teaching awards, and currently serves on its Fast Track Grants Committee.
Sue and her husband, Stan, have three children: Jessica, Tara, and Marni, and are delighted to welcome Tayo Clyburn to the family.
For information about the Rose Luncheon, contact Debbie Peskin at (413) 737-4313 x121.