The JCA offers an environment of warmth, joy, compassion and belonging, in our daily lives and in times of celebration and crisis.
Founded in 1969 to foster a “spirit of Jewish community” in Amherst, today we have a diverse membership of more than 300 households with families, couples and individuals from towns throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond.
We value openness and welcome all to our community, including all sexual orientations, people of color, interfaith couples and their children, people with disabilities and those of limited economic means.
Mitzvah & Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are the lifeblood and the nefesh (soul) of our community
Provide a meal to a home-bound member, serve on a committee, chant Torah, organize a fundraiser, make latkes for the Hanukkah party and blintzes for Shavuot, help with youth and family education, offer a workshop, lead Torah study, help in the garden… the possibilities are endless, as is the joy from being an active part of the JCA community!