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Annual Meeting of Jewish Federation and Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Mass. set for Sept. 15

SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam. This year’s keynote speaker, Yehuda Kurtzer, will discuss “Community and Consensus in a Time of Crisis.”
Kurtzer is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, a work of constructive theology that offers new thinking on how contemporary Jews can and should relate to our past while living profoundly in the present. As a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help with these challenges.
Yehuda kurzerThe program will also feature Longmeadow’s own Yana Powers, an active member of the local Jewish community who emigrated from Azerbaijan with the help and support of Federation. Yana’s personal story will help shed light on the interconnectedness of world Jewry and put a personal face on how overseas allocations (made possible thanks to the generous support of Annual Campaign donors) impact the lives of Jews both abroad and locally.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Michelle Everett at (413) 737-4313, ext. 137 or


Officers and Trustees shall be elected and installed at the Annual Meeting of the Federation and shall hold office until their successors are elected and installed. Elections shall be decided by a majority vote of Members in Good Standing in attendance.

At least ninety (90) days before the Annual Meeting, the President, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, shall appoint a Nominating Committee of seven (7), at least four (4) of which shall be trustees of the Board. Said Committee shall nominate Members in Good Standing as candidates for the Board of Trustees and Officers. This complete slate, together with a copy of the by-laws relative to nominations, shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the Federation office and appear in public print at least thirty (30) days before the elections. In the event that the Board of Trustees fails to approve the Nominating Committee submitted by the President, it may elect its own Nominating Committee.

President: Susan Weiss Firestone
Vice President: Sharon Cohen
Vice President: Mordi Kamel
Vice President: Betsey Freedman
Vice President: John Saperstein
Vice President: Susan Goldman
Treasurer: Carol Engelson
Secretary: Fay Smith
Immediate Past President: Steve Dane
Jewish Endowment Foundation Chair: Bruce Wintman

To be elected for a one year term ending 2015:
Ben Falk
Rachel Vigderman
Carin Savel
Laurie Weinberg
Charles Epstein

To be elected for a one year term ending 2016:
Margie Berg

To be elected for a three year term expiring 2017:
Larry Bernstein
Marcy Eisenberg
Steve Feldman
Mark Gold
Rachel Sampson

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