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Israel Bonds dinner to honor congregational leaders

AGAWAM – The Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds will hold its annual dinner honoring Western Massachusetts’ congregation leaders on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at Chez Josef, 176 Shoemaker Lane in Agawam.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Benjamin Anthony, the founder of “Our Soldiers Speak,” a not-for-profit NGO that provides briefings and analysis on the realities and challenges faced by the Israel Defense Forces in asymmetrical combat situations.

The community leaders honored that evening will be Bianca and Ben Cuperman of Congregation B’nai Israel, Mary and Ira Nathanson of Congregation B’nai Torah, Shirley Berger of Congregation Rodphey Sholom, Deborah Levine of Congregation Sons of Zion, Samantha Schrager of Sinai Temple and Sharon Cohen of Temple Beth El.

Couvert is $65 per person; dietary laws observed.

For more information, contact Barbara Starr at or (800) 916-1918. RSVP by May 24.


Learn more about the Central Mass. Jewish Historical Society

WORCESTER – The Central Massachusetts Jewish Historical Society will hold an informational breakfast on Sunday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at Shaarai Torah West, 835 Pleasant St.

Attendees will learn about the historical society and how they can get involved.

The breakfast is $8 per person. RSVP to Lisa at (508) 756-1543 by May 25.


Outrun Hunger ’18 to take place June 3

LONGMEADOW – The Teen Board of Rachel’s Table invites the community to the Irene E. and George A. Davis Outrun Hunger ‘18, a 5K walk/run to alleviate childhood hunger in Western Mass, on Sunday, June 3.

This is the fourth biennial Outrun Hunger. In 2016, more than 200 community members participated and raised more than $34,000.

Registration for Outrun Hunger begins at 9 a.m. at Glenbrook Middle School, 110 Cambridge Circle.

Participants can register for one of three options: a 5K (3.1 mile) run officially timed by the Greater Springfield Harriers, Inc.; a 5K walk; or a one-mile “fun walk.” Free babysitting and a PJ Library program focusing on hunger will be available.

There will be a short awards ceremony fat Glenbrook following the events.

The $10 registration fee (plus $15 minimum in contributions) includes snacks and a t-shirt.

Prizes will be awarded to the first male and first female runners to reach the finish line, the first 10 and under to finish, the team with the most participants, and the team that raises the most money.

A grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, along with a small registration fee, cover all costs of the event, so 100 percent of donations directly supports alleviating childhood hunger and educating youth about hunger issues. The Holyoke Backpack program, which provides weekend food to hungry and homeless children, shelf-stable milk and nutritious snack distributions, and gleaning are a few of the amazing programs the donations from Outrun Hunger fund.

Register for Outrun Hunger ’18: online at and enter Outrun Hunger in the search box; at Fleet Feet, 680 Bliss Road, in Longmeadow; at Rachel’s Table office; or call (413) 733-0084. Donations are welcome. Rachel’s Table is a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and 22News/


Jewish Women’s Foundation Seeks Proposals for Grant Funds

PITTSFIELD – The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Berkshire County, an associate of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, is soliciting grant proposals from not-for-profit Berkshires-based organizations for projects or programs aimed at “fulfilling unmet needs in the Berkshire community” specifically those that meet clients’ basic needs for shelter, food, and clothing, and promote the development of life skills, including cooperation, communication, academics, literacy, and empowerment.

Both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations are encouraged to apply for grants up to $3,500.

All proposals must be submitted by May 30 via an online grant application, a link to which can be found at No paper applications will be accepted. Final decisions will be announced in early October.

Questions should be directed to Phyllis Cohen, grant committee chair, at


The B’Shalom Chorale Invites Singers For 5th Season

The B’Shalom Chorale, the Berkshires’ only chorale showcasing Jewish music is set to begin its 5th season.

Weekly rehearsals at Hevreh of Southern Berkshires in Great Barrington will begin on Wednesday, May 30, from 7 – 9 p.m. and culminate with a concert on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Selections, from the Jewish tradition, are from various eras and genres, including Baroque, 19th/20th century, Israeli and much more. The Chorale is open to all men and women, Jewish or not Jewish, with a pleasant singing voice and the ability to stay on pitch. Choral experience is preferred, as is a love of singing 4-part music. The ability to read music is helpful, though not mandatory. Dues are $50.

If you are interested in singing in the B’Shalom Chorale or wish to make a contribution, call founder and coordinator Cantor Emily Sleeper Mekler at (413) 418-1836 or send an email to

The B’Shalom Chorale, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, sponsored in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and private contributions.


Springfield JCC Annual Meeting May 24

SPRINGFIELD – The 122nd Annual Meeting of the Springfield Jewish Community Center will be held on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at 1160 Dickinson St.

In addition to the election and installation of officers, and recognition of outgoing board members, annual awards will be presented as follows:

Anna Gorfinkel will receive the Paul Smith Award, presented to a high school student who has contributed most through efforts, actions, and behavior towards the wellbeing and betterment of the Springfield JCC.

Mollie Plotkin will receive the Robert Orenstein Award, intended for a senior adult who has given exemplary service to the Springfield JCC.

Bridget Duquette will receive the Marcia Rosen Award, intended for an outstanding, supportive person who has made a significant contribution to the Springfield JCC Cudas Swim Team.

Beverly Nadler will receive the Springfield JCC Staff Recognition Award for 27 years of outstanding service.

Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to the JCC by calling (413) 739-4715.


Coming Soon to the Springfield JCC

SPRINGFIELD – The annual Spring Touch a Truck Carnival, with trucks, balloon animals, bounce houses, face painting, food, and music, will be held at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield. The fee is $20 per family. Payment is accepted at the gate. This event is sponsored by the Springfield JCC and by Mercedes-Benz Springfield. For inquiries contact Sonia Wilk at the Springfield JCC, (413) 739-4715.

The 40th Annual Father’s Day Road Race will take place Sunday, June 17, 8:30 a.m., at the Springfield JCC.

Options for racing are: a 10K, flat wheeled course through Springfield and Longmeadow; a 5K relay option within the 10K race (must have 2 participants registered to participate – each participant runs a 5K and “hands off” to their relay partner at Burbank/Farmington Road); and a 1-mile Kids Fun Run, a flat course that begins and ends at the Springfield JCC.

Parking for both events is on the Converse Street side of the building. For additional information or to register, visit For inquiries, please contact Emily Shotland at the Springfield JCC, (413) 739-4715.


JGS Lifecare to hold Frankel-Kinsler Classic on June 18

LONGMEADOW – JGS Lifecare will host its 38th annual fundraising golf tournament, the Frankel-Kinsler Classic, on Monday, June 18 at the Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow.

The Frankel-Kinsler Classic will include:

10 a.m. – Tennis and pickleball tournament

11 a.m. – Barbecue luncheon

12:30 p.m. – Shotgun start tee-off for 18-hole bramble

1 p.m. – Bridge, mahjong and canasta

5:45 p.m. – Cocktail reception

6:30 p.m. – Awards dinner

The entry fee for golfers is $275 per player and includes a barbecue lunch, golf giveaway, cocktails and awards dinner. The entry fee for bridge, mahjong, canasta, and tennis is $110 per player and includes a giveaway, lunch and awards dinner; for pickleball it’s $60 with lunch and awards dinner. Members of the community are also invited to attend the awards dinner for $60 per guest.

Register by Friday, June 1. For more information, call Christina Tuohey, Director of Development, at (413) 567-3949 ext. 1613 or


Celebrate PJ Library Family Field Day

WORCESTER – PJ Library will celebrate its 10th year in Worcester at Family Field Day on Sunday, June 10, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St.

Indoor and outdoor activities will be held, including floor hockey, basketball, pickle ball, family soccer games, rock wall climbing, GaGa, a kiddie fitness class, games and crafts, as well as a kiddie gym, fun on the playground, and a PJ book swap.

The event is presented by the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. in partnership with the Worcester JCC, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Central Mass Chabad, Central Mass Torah Center, Congregation Agudat Achim, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation B’nai Shalom, WJDS, Shaarai Torah West, Temple Emanuel Sinai, and Westborough Chabad.

For more information, contact Mindy Hall JFCM director of outreach at or (508) 756-1543.

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