Amherst’s Elsie Fetterman to receive Jean Haggerty award

  • Temple Beth Israel in Danielson, Connecticut SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer 
Published: 10/27/2020 10:23:36 AM

AMHERST — An Amherst woman’s efforts to bring recognition to a Jewish temple in Connecticut is earning her recognition this week from Amherst Media.

Elsie Fetterman, 93, will receive the Jean Haggerty Award, honoring her for community service, at the nonprofit’s 45th annual meeting, being broadcast live on Amherst Media channels, YouTube and Facebook at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Amherst Media cited Fetterman’s work, as a founding board member of Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society in Danielson, Connecticut, and in her role as a retired administrator with Cooperative Extension at the University of Massachusetts, as being uplifting and educating.

Two grants Fetterman obtained from the Daughters of the American Revolution helped restore the temple, which was founded by survivors of the Holocaust, and provided seed money for a video project, produced by Amherst Media, documenting the history of the temple.

“We are in need of the documentary and the hopeful lessons from the past more than ever,” Fetterman said in a statement.

The Jean Haggerty award was created in 2009 in memory of an Amherst Media producer and board member dedicated to the betterment of the community and advocacy for those without a voice. Since its inception, recipients have included retired state Rep. Ellen Story, senior citizen activist Isaac Ben Ezra, and social justice activist Pat Ononibaku, who runs BakuCare Adult Day Health Center in Hadley.

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