Frequently Asked Questions

I am new to the area, where can I find information about the Central Mass. Jewish Community?

Shalom Newcomers is a program of the Jewish Federation dedicated to welcoming newcomers to the Jewish Community. The committee provides newcomers with a helpful guide to Jewish living in Central Massachusetts and committee volunteers make personal contact with newcomers. Please contact Mindy Hall at 508-756-1543 or

What areas does the Central Massachusetts community encompass?

A partial listing of towns include Worcester, Westboro, Northboro, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Holden, Paxton, Grafton, North Grafton, Upton, Sterling, Princeton, Rutland, Oakham, Bolton, Leicester, Oxford, North Oxford, Dudley, Spencer, Webster, Berlin, Jefferson, Boylston, West Boylston, Sutton, Leominster, and Clinton make up the JFCM constituency. If your town is not listed, please contact us at 508-756-1543 or email:

Where can I buy kosher products?

Price Chopper, 221-223 Park Avenue, Worcester (508) 798-5178 
European Bakery & Pastry, 29 Millbury Street, Worcester (508) 767-1651 
Shop Rite,  Gold Star Blvd, Worcester, MA 
Trader Joes, Route 9, Shrewsbury, MA 
Wegmans, Route 20, Northboro, MA  
Big Y, 100 Mayfield Street, Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 793-9011

The largest selection of kosher products including meats and groceries are Price Chopper, Wegmans, Trader Joes.

Who does kosher catering in the area?

Clark University Cafeteria 774-253-1612

Central MA Chabad 508-752-0904

Are there any kosher restaurants in the area?

Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury Street, Worcester (508) 798-8653 (cafeteria open for lunch)

Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester (cafeteria)

Is there a mikvah in the Central Mass. area?

Mikvah Associates of Worcester (508) 756-6483
Mayyim Hayyim, 1838 Washington Street (Route 16), Newton (617) 244-1836

Who provides Jewish funeral services in Central Mass. area?

Mercadante Funeral Home, Worcester (508) 754-0486

Richard Perlman, Miles Funeral Home of Holden (508) 829-4434

Callahan, Fay & Caswell, Worcester (508) 755-1500


Where are the Jewish cemeteries in Central Massachusetts?

Agudas Achim Cemetery, 320 Rollstone Road, Fitchburg (617) 244-6509
Beit Olam Cemetery, Wayland (617) 244-6509  (Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts) 
B'nai B'rith Cemetery, Worcester (508) 756-8137 
Chevra Kadisha (Holy Society) Cemetery, Leicester/Worcester (508) 797-1130 
Worcester Hebrew Cemetery, Auburn/Worcester (508) 756-1543

How do I plant a tree in Israel?  

Contact Jewish National Fund in Boston at (617) 423-0999

Where can I redeem my Israel bonds?

Contact The Israel Bond Office in Boston at 1-800-752-5651 

Where can I donate furniture?

Contact the Furniture Exchange Program which is a community service provided in partnership by Donations Clearinghouse, The Central Mass. Housing Alliance and Rotmans Furniture. 508-752-5519

Where can I buy Judaica and religious items?

Congregation Beth Israel 508-756-6204
Congregation B'nai Shalom  508-366-7191
Jewish Healthcare Center  508-798-8653
Shukis (Framingham)  508-370-0990