Jewish Life Enrichment
Jewish Life Enrichment programs foster the resiliency and wellbeing of our Jewish community across the life span.
Grounded in the Jewish value of Tikun Olam, repairing the world, our Jewish Life Enrichment programs provide outreach, education, and meaningful volunteer opportunities for the Jewish community of Western Massachusetts.
Enrichment programs include:
ESSEN-tials, the Kosher Food Program: In collaboration with Rachel’s Table, Jewish Family Service provides kosher food multiple times a year to individuals and families challenged by food insecurity. Distributions include special items appropriate for the seasonal holidays, kosher meat and chicken, produce and other non-perishable kosher items.
Jewish Family Jam: Experiential, fun and upbeat Jewish music classes provide an enriching experience for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Classes held at the Lander Grinspoon Academy. (During COVID this program is held remotely.)
The Passover Project: JFS established the Passover Project, also known as the Matzah Fund, to ensure that community members have the necessary provisions to celebrate the holiday. We distribute bags of Passover food and subsidize Seder attendance at local synagogues to those who are struggling to provide for their most basic needs.
Jewish Poverty: An evolving program addressing the most critical needs of the Jewish community. JFS is honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Jewish Poverty Challenge grant of the National Jewish Human Service Alliance for support in building a sustainable response to Jewish poverty in Western MA. This program works to identify and respond to the most pressing needs of our local Jewish community, including food insecurity, unemployment, child-care and health crises. Our goal is to raise awareness and build partnerships to create a sustainable response to ease financial insecurity in the Jewish Community of Western Massachusetts.
Tikun Olam Group Education and Volunteer Experiences: Bringing religious school students, families, synagogues and community members together for education and direct service experiences in refugee resettlement–welcoming the stranger, building community. We provide ongoing service opportunities and in services for lay leaders, students and members of the Jewish community.
Workshops: Educational workshops to address family and community topics.