Jewish Life Enrichment Programs

Serving the Jewish community of Western Ma, Jewish Life Enrichment programs focus on building the resiliency and wellbeing of our Jewish community across the life span. 

Grounded in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, JFS Enrichment programs provide direct services, outreach, education, and volunteer opportunities in collaboration with Jewish agencies, synagogues, day schools and other religious programs. 

Community programs include:

Educational workshops to address family and community topics.

ESSEN-tials, the kosher food program
In collaboration with Rachel's Table, Jewish Family Service provides kosher food to individuals and families in need every other month. Distribution includes 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 providing an enriching experience for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers in the Upper Valley, classes held at the Lander Grinspoon Academy. (During COVID this program will be held remotely.)

The Matzah Fund
With support from the greater Jewish community, we distribute bags of Passover food to over 200 Jewish households with limited financial resources and to senior members of our community in both the Upper and Lower Valley. We also subsidize individuals to attend a local community Seder.

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. 

Tikkun 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. 

For more information call 413.737.2601 or email

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.