SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM) has announced that this year’s recipient of the Rose Award is Bea Loevy of Longmeadow.
Named for its first honoree, Rose Corbert, the Rose Luncheon was established to pay tribute to outstanding Jewish women for their dedication to volunteerism in the local community. The event, sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy, will take place on Friday, June 19 at Chez Josef in Agawam.
Loevy is a past president of the Springfield section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The section established a scholarship committee composed of past presidents. Today, the committee is part of the Jewish Endowment Foundation. Once the youngest member, Loevy now has the honor of serving the longest and is a life member of NCJW.
She is on the board of Rachel’s Table and was instrumental in setting up the Gleanings Program, which provides fresh produce to the area’s food agencies. She is also on the board of Women’s Philanthropy and chair of the Pomegranate Society of the Federation’s Annual Campaign, which honors donors of $1,800. Under her direction, the Pomegranates are currently involved with the PJ Library Program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. She is also a member of Temple Beth El and a life member of Hadassah.
The Loevys moved to the area in 1979 from Morristown, N.J., where Loevy was born and raised. She graduated with a BA in Journalism from New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College) attending classes at Rutgers University as well. She attended a program at Seton Hall University, combining a Masters Degree with a Teaching Certification and became a classroom teacher in the Morris Township School District, later specializing in the “Gifted and Talented Program.” After moving to Springfield, she worked as a teacher at the Ames Hill School for the Gifted at the McDuffie School, tutored at the Boland School and was a participant in the Springfield Schools Volunteer Program.
The Loevys have two children, Diana in Westport, Conn., and Peter in Wayne, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
For more information, or to explore sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Nee at (413) 737-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.