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Returning the Favor

Woman Gives Back to SCJW Scholarship Fund


SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. recently received a letter from a woman who was a recipient of one of the Springfield Council of Jewish Women (SCJW) Scholarships — 70 years ago.

Joy Viertel (formerly Joy Goidell) received the Pauline A. Asinof Scholarship in 1944. The $100, she says, helped her to graduate from Mount Holyoke College in 1947.

“On the 70th anniversary of the Asinof gift to me, I am pleased to be able to return your generosity one hundred fold,” said Viertel, now a resident of Rockville, Md., so that the SCJW and Foundation could “continue to do your good work.”

The Asinof award was created in memory of Pauline Asinof by Moses Asinof, Pauline’s husband, after her death at age 49. This scholarship is among 28 named Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship Funds. The Springfield Council of Jewish Women scholarship committee also oversees the distribution of awards from the Edna Frankel Memorial Fund and Jonas and Ann Heit Foundation. Scholarships are available to all qualified students regardless of race, religion or gender who reside in Springfield, East Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Agawam or West Springfield.

The SCJW became a part of Jewish Endowment Foundation in 1992. Since its first award, the Foundation estimates that the SCJW funds have awarded close to $2 million to assist students in achieving their educational goals.

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