Dear Friends,


In response to community interest and participation in the programs we offer, the MVJF Board of Directors has created a new department to focus on providing more routes to joyful Jewish life through Jewish and Israeli Culture, This past year, in addition to our customary events, we offered a speaker who shared his "Hopes and Visions for Israel" beyond a political perspective, an evening with a Jewish Comedian, and a new 3 session adult education series on Jewish Music. For next year, through our new LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE, we are hoping to offer both a fall and spring Adult Education Series, and as part of the 2018-2019 Jewish Culture Center line-up, a fall Film Event, Storytelling Workshop, Jewish Geneology club, and the chance to join a trip to Jewish Spain and Portugal.


We've loads of other ideas (Jewish Art, Israeli Cooking, Play Readings, etc.) but we need your help. As you know, we are a small Federation with limited staff. Each year we have been increasing our offerings to our community, and our goal is to make an even bigger impact over the next few years. To do this, and to be truly reflective of community interests, we need volunteers to help both with the planning of programs and working on the details to make them happen. Please contact MVJF Executive Director Laurie Tishler Mindlin so she can be in touch to learn about your interests and availability. 


In addition, we need your support. We do our best to keep event prices accessible to all, but we can do this only if we have sponsors. Please consider a special donation to the JEWISH CULTURE CENTER, its LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE or a specific program that strikes your fancy. Please think about honoring parents or grandparents who introduced you to the joys of Jewish life or supporting an activity in your childrens' names, guiding them on your path. Consider commemorating a special birthday or anniversary by sponsoring or endowing... a Family Concert, Jewish Education Series, the Annual Jewish Film Festival, an artist or scholar in residence, a young Israeli ambassador, a Leadership Development Workshop for Synagogues, or other community cultural offerings. Please contact to share your thoughts, and Thank You for your interest in the future of the Merrimack Valley Jewish Community!