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Federation to Highlight “13 Extraordinary Women”

SPRINGFIELD — Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts will celebrate local women and their accomplishments at “13 Extraordinary Women Share Their Secrets” on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at Mill 1 at Open Square in Holyoke.

The 13 women will have three minutes each to share their formulas for success in their personal, professional and Jewish lives.  The participants are:  Amy Dane, global photographer, lecturer and travel agent; Dalia Davis, Jewish educator, dancer and choreographer, founder of Beit Midrash in Motion; Susan Firestone, President of Plastic Packaging, local and national Jewish community volunteer; Betsy Gaberman, community activist/volunteer; Cynthia Gensheimer, economist studying 19th century women’s benevolence; Susan Jaye-Kaplan, co-founder of Link to Libraries Inc.; Esther Kosofsky, Jewish educator; Lynne Krushell, foster mom; Joy Ladin, teacher, writer and first openly transgender employee of an orthodox Jewish institution; Catherine Portuges, Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Curator of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Emily Rosenfeld, designer of jewelry and Judaica; Laraine Shore-Suslowitz, LICSW, psychotherapist in the Pioneer Valley for over 35 years, licensed Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist, and vice president of the Pioneer Valley Project; and Diane Troderman, philanthropist. 

This event will feature a delectable dessert buffet, and is open to both men and women.  For more information, contact Debbie Peskin at the Federation office at (413) 737-4313, ext. 121 or


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