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The Springfield Alliance for Jewish Education (SAJE) is a collaborative program emerging from a series of conversations between the area synagogues and agencies. We all believe that we are stronger together, and SAJE will help us build a stronger, more vibrant adult education program that celebrates the different ways you can learn Jewishly in the Lower Valley. Through community lectures, adult education classes, and a community-wide celebration of Jewish culture and arts, SAJE will bring people together to explore, grow, and learn Jewishly.

Project Zug: Learning in Pairs

What is Project Zug?

“Zug” means “Pair.”  Project Zug connects you to a partner (or partners) for the purpose of learning Jewish text. Based on your interest and schedule, you will be paired with someone in our local region to study during the course of several months. Project Zug is an opportunity to look at the world through Jewish text and with Jewish eyes, and join with Hadar Institute in New York City.

What is the process?

1. Register online at*

2. Select “SAJE” for the partnership group, and also enter SAJE as the registration code.

3. Choose your course

4. You will be matched with a partner (unless you already have one).

Not online? Contact Rabbi James Greene | 413.739.4715

With whom will I be paired?
You can be paired with a friend or with someone in the community. You can work together in person or online. You can pair with a friend, or we can help you find someone.

Schedule and Location:
Each Zug can create its own schedule to meet your needs. You can meet anywhere – such as the J’s coffee shop, your home, or online. The Springfield JCC will have space available for pairs to meet on Tuesday evenings.

What topics are there to choose from?
There are many options available for Jews of all backgrounds, observance levels and education levels. Dozens of topics include Jewish Pluralism, the music of Leonard Cohen, Kashrut, Shabbat Observance in Contemporary Israel, and much more. Sources are provided by Hadar Institute ( and compiled by world renowned rabbis and teachers.

Do I need to know Hebrew?
All text is provided in translation.

What is the fee?
*$18 per person. Deliver check, payable to Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108, or pay by phone, 413.739.4715.

Please note, $18 registration fee is separate from Project Zug registration process.

Register for Project Zug online,, or contact Rabbi James Greene: 413.739.4715 |

SAJE Sponsors: Springfield JCC, The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (Jewish Endowment Foundation), B’nai Torah, LYA, Sinai Temple, and Temple Beth El.