WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17

SPRINGFIELD – Ruth’s House Lunch & Learn Zoom meeting, with CHO: “Chief Happiness Officer” Trevor Smith and “Laughing for the Fun of it!” at o12 noon; Register in advance for this meeting: https://chelseajewish-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlce-uqzoqH9aaAwnxoFh9LxAIz9KQVDd0

FRIDAY, NOV. 19

WESTBOROUGH – PJ Library Goes to Shabbatniks at Beth Tikvah Synagogue with Congregation B’nai Shalom; a weekly Friday preschool program, in-person drop off: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, NOV. 21

LONGMEADOW – Springfield NCSY Youth Organization “Thanksgiving Give-Back Toiletry Packing,” at Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, Contact:
Andrea Olkin – SpringfieldNCSY@gmail.com or (413) 519-5328; https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMaNCSY; $5/pp; $10 max/2 +siblings

SPRINGFIELD – 2022 JCC Maccabi Games Kick-Off Event; learn how to join Team Springfield and thousands of other Jewish teens from around the world at JCC Maccabi games in San Diego, Calif, from July 31- Aug. 5; Kick-Off events is free and open to Jewish teens aged 13-16 and their families (masks are required and socially distanced seating will be provided, 5-6 p.m., in-person at JCC or online.

WORCESTER/ZOOM – Israeli Culture Series with Shaliach Aviv Jerbi, “What Motivates Israeli Teenagers to Join the IDF…Or Not?” a discussion with individuals who have served or are serving in the IDF, 2 p.m., RSVP and get Zoom info: avivjerbi@gmail.com

WORCESTER – Temple Emanuel Sinai program with Howard Veisz, author of Henny and Her Boat: Righteousness and Resistance in Nazi Occupied Denmark, the story of a 22-year-old Danish woman and the boat she captained to bring Danish Jews to safety in Sweden, 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

WESTBOROUGH – PJ Library Goes to Shabbatniks at Beth Tikvah Synagogue with Congregation B’nai Shalom; a weekly Friday preschool program, in-person drop off: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, NOV. 28

WORCESTER – Beth Israel “Bagels and Books and Latkes with PJ/PJOW,” 4-6 p.m., 15 Jamesbury Drive, mhall@jfcm.org

TUESDAY, NOV. 30

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND VIRTUAL USA BREAKFAST FOR ISRAEL — Join JNF-USA virtually for our annual Breakfast for Israel featuring keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Yossi Klein Halevi; Come together for this event with local members of your community to learn how you can make the impossible possible for the land and people of Israel; 8-9 a.m., Register:
https://www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/jewish-national-fund-breakfast-for-israel-capital-region-2021; Virtual link:
https://www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/jewish-national-fund-breakfast-for-israel-capital-region-2021

TUESDAY, DEC. 7

SPRINGFIELD/VIRTUAL – Literatour author talk and Q&A with Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of The Plot, 7-8 p.m.,
Registration: https://springfieldjcc.wufoo.com/forms/r1hg3j501g64nqe/

THURSDAY, DEC. 16

SPRINGFIELD – Film: “Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, 7-8:30 p.m., at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., Register: communications@tbespringfield.org

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

LONGMEADOW – Springfield NCSY Youth Organization “Shop & Slide” – pick out and purchase gifts for children at Baystate Children’s Hospital, then play games with friends, 2-4 p.m., at Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, Contact: Andrea Olkin – SpringfieldNCSY@gmail.com or (413) 519-5328;
https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMaNCSY

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield NCSY New Year’s Sledding in Forest Park, 1-3 p.m., Come sled with your friends at Mausoleum Hill, bring your sled, hot chocolate will be provided, Copntact: Andrea Olkin – SpringfieldNCSY@gmail.com or (413) 519-5328; https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMaNCSY

SATURDAY, DEC. 25

WORCESTER – Chinese and Netflix Day, Time TBA, mhall@jfcm.org

TUESDAY, DEC. 28

WESTERN MASS./VIRTUAL – “Celebrating Jewish Music with Our Pioneer Valley Families and Friends,” participatory YouTube program with Mak’hela: you will be sent background music tracks, music and directions for recording; you can record multiple family members together; a collaboration between Mak’hela and Jewish Federation/PJ Library, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Register: bpmikesh@comcast.net; $15 per recording

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12

SPRINGFIELD/VIRTUAL – Literatour author event and Q&A with Naomi Ragen, author of The Observant Wife,” 2-3 p.m.,
Registration: https://springfieldjcc.wufoo.com/forms/rwnnelk07w392y/

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://chelseajewish-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlce-uqzoqH9aaAwnxoFh9LxAIz9KQVDd0

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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We have all been under a tremendous amount of stress it seems lately, and in talking to CHO – that’s ‘Chief Happiness Officer’ Trevor Smith, he expressed the importance of sometimes just laughing things off in order to relieve some of that said stress.  Please join us for…  “Laughing for the Fun of it!” on Wednesday, November 17th at 12Noon.

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