I’ve been seeing signs for “Westernmassready.org” on the sides of buses recently, and I thought I’d take a look. It seems like a good site to help people in our area orient themselves to the skill set and procedures required to respond to emergencies, with some helpful suggestions about preparedness.

Certainly, whether you happen to be a hardcore survivalist (and there are a few of those in our area, if not our congregation, from what I understand) or if you just want to make sure you’re comfortable should snow knock the power out for a couple of days, it’s good to be prepared. So, anyhow, here’s the link:


As we begin to figure out how to use the new Zera’im fund to do what we can at the JCA to educate, inspire, and celebrate, in the midst of economic, resource, and climate uncertainty, this seems like a gentle first step along the road to a resilient community.

And, if you’re interested in taking another step, we’d love to have you at the organizational meeing for the JCA mini-farm project, on Monday night, 2/21, at 7pm here at the JCA. This initial meeting is limited to JCA members, though we look forward to involving the wider community as the project gets off the ground!