Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Inc. Pittsfield Jewish

aka JFB   |   Pittsfield, MA   |  www.jewishberkshires.org

Mission

The mission of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is to care for those in need and nurtue and sustain Jewish community, locally and around the world, now and for future generations. The Federation as a volunteer organization pursues its mission through fundraising, community-wide programming, supporting Jewish education and social services, developing leaders, advocating for social action initiatives, fostering communication and cooperation among Jewish organizations, and by building strong relationships with Israel and the community at large

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Ms. Dara Kaufman

Main address

196 South Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA

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EIN

04-2131409

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Older Adult Kosher Hot Meal Program

Older Adult Kosher Hot Meal Program - Your family, friends, and neighbors, seeking a nutritious meal, companionship, and educational and cultural stimulation benefit from the Federation's three-times-a-week meal program.  Meals are also delivered to the homebound, providing them with a daily "check" and opportunity for conversation.  A recent survey found that the program is meeting its goal of helping to decrease the isolation seniors feel as they age, retire, and become widowed.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The news you make...and more.  Published 10 times yearly, mailed to 1,800 households, and available for pick up throughout Berkshire County; the Berkshire Jewish Voice is your solid source for local programs and events and your exciting gateway to Jewish spiritual, social, and cultural evolution - regional, national and worldwide

Population(s) Served
Adults

Reflecting a Jewish perspective and staffed by a licensed clinical social worker, the Federation's social work program provides homebound constitutents, seniors, individuals, and families with counseling and case management.  Through a collaboration with Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, more than 150 individuals received assistance during the last 5 years

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

With your support, the Federation sponsors and co-sponsors with its affiliates programs including: prominent speakers, musical performances, theater trips, and community observances and celebrations.  In 2009, the Federation initiated a monthly lunch program in South County, featuring a dairy buffet and engaging presentations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

PJ LIBRARY a national books and family engagement program implemented in the Berkshires through the partnership of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Spitz/Tuchman Family Fund.

PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish children's books and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Today, more than 145 children in Berkshire County are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through the art and literature of these free children's books and family friendly programming.

All families raising Jewish children from age six months through five, six, seven or eight years, depending on the community, are welcome to enroll.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Older Adults, Families, and Jewish community members.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Inc. Pittsfield Jewish

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elisa Schindler Frankel

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Board leadership practices

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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