SPRINGFIELD — The annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and the Jewish Endowment Foundation was held on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.
Attendees arrived in the Herbert M. Goldstein Auditorium to find it adorned with handmade decorations created by children from the local Jewish day schools.
As it was the second night of Chanukah, Stewart L. Bromberg, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., led the chanukiah candle lighting, and latkes and sufganiyot were enjoyed by all.
The meeting opened with Rabbi James Greene of the Springfield JCC leading the crowd in the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner and Hatikvah.
Guest speaker Jessica Flamholz, director of Strategic Partnerships for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, spoke about the important work of that organization, stressing their philanthropy work, as well as global emergency response for Jews in need around the world.
Bromberg, as well as Ronda Parish, president of the Jewish Federation, and Susan Weiss Firestone, chair of the Jewish Endowment Foundation, all spoke, covering topics including Jewish philanthropy at home and around the world; recent increases in anti-Semitism, and the community’s response to it; and the creation of Jewish Legacy funds, and planned giving to keep the Federation strong and secure in the future.
CAP: Ronda Parish, president of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., presented the 2018 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedl and Award to Susan Weiss Firestone, the chair of the Jewish Endowment Foundation.