JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC

Stronger Together

aka Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts   |   Springfield, MA   |  www.jewishwesternmass.org

Mission

The mission of Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM), as the region’s central Jewish communal organization, is to ensure the continuity and well-being of a vibrant Jewish community within Western Massachusetts, the United States of America, Israel and the world. Guided by the values of Torah (Jewish learning), Klal Yisrael (the responsibility of each Jew for another), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice, righteousness and philanthropy), JFWM, together with its local and worldwide partners, educates and advocates for and supports Jews locally, nationally and internationally, and the State of Israel as the Jewish Homeland.

Ruling year info

1948

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Nora Gorenstein

Main address

1160 Dickinson St

Springfield, MA 01108 USA

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Formerly known as

Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield, Inc.

EIN

04-2127023

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Jewish (X30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rachel's Table

Since 1992, Rachel's Table has been working to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste in Western Massachusetts. Six days a week, more than 200 volunteers collect food from local supermarkets, restaurants, caterers and bakeries, and deliver it to 43 agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters. Our agencies located throughout Western Mass. depend upon Rachel's Table as an ongoing source of nutritious, appealing, and culturally appropriate food. Rachel's Table is also a catalyst for community activism. Our volunteers come from varied backgrounds, religions and cultures, and range in age from teenagers to people in their nineties. In 2007, we initiated a gleaning program that provides students and other young volunteers with the opportunity to rescue thousands of pounds of nutritious produce from local farms. The volunteers bring the produce to the agencies, giving them the powerful experience of directly helping those in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Create a Jewish Legacy of Western Massachusetts was launched by the Jewish Endowment Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in June 2008 as a simple but powerful program to help organizations secure legacy gifts in the form of bequests. The Federations of Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires are program partners, and a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America provides administrative support.

Nineteen (19) organizations have participated since the program's inception in 2008.

Teams of lay and professional leaders in each organization set goals for discussing Jewish legacy intentions with prospective donors who are asked to sign a Letter of Intent. The results are impressive. Since June 2008, 940 commitments from more than 634 households with an estimated value of $22,000,000 have been made to the nineteen program participants.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Financials

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JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robyn Newhouse

The Republican

Term: 2023 - 2021

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.