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Women’s Campaign Event Slated for March 13

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts invites women from throughout the area to its annual Connections event on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC.  It will feature keynote speaker Robin Abrahams, who writes the popular “Miss Conduct” social advice column for the Boston Globe Sunday magazine, and a photo-journalism presentation by Natasha Mozgovaya, the chief U.S. correspondent for Ha’aretz, the Israeli national daily newspaper.

The topic of Robin Abrahams’s presentation is “Miss Conduct:  Jew by Choice, Yenta by Birth.”  In addition to writing the popular “Miss Conduct” social advice column for the Boston Globe Sunday magazine, Abrahams is the author of the book Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in 21st century America. Abrahams will give advice on  how to deal with life’s misunderstandings, missteps, and awkward encounters:  You sent a gift to someone, but the recipient never said thank you.  Or perhaps you don’t want to split evenly a restaurant tab if you’ve only had a salad.  Need a savvy trick for getting rid of spiteful presents?  Curious if you should say “bless you” to a sneezing atheist?

Abrahams works as a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal.  Robin has a Ph.D. in research psychology, and has a regular segment (“Social Studies”) on WGBH radio.

Natasha Mozgovaya’s photo-journalism presentation will cover “Dilemmas Facing Israeli Society & Leadership Today.”  Born in the former Soviet Union, she made aliyah in 1990, and advanced to editorial positions in the Russian language press in Israel.  In 2000, she became a correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, and since then, has covered a broad spectrum of issues in Israel and all over the world. Her presentation will include a series of photographs she has taken which highlight a success or challenge in Israeli society today.

This event is a fundraiser for the 2012 Federation Annual Campaign.  The couvert is $18 per person, which includes dessert.  A $100 minimum gift to the 2012 Annual Campaign is required, which is payable by Dec.  31, 2012.  Tables of eight may be reserved, but attendees do not need to make up a table to attend.

Space is limited; for more information, contact Debbie Peskin, Women’s Philanthropy Director, at (413) 737-4313, ext. 121.

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