Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State to host annual Interfaith Center Breakfast April 10

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523


Abundance Farm’s Rabbi Jacob Fine to serve as keynote speaker;  Common Goods Food Pantry Organizers to be honored

The Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center Breakfast is the Center’s annual fundraising event and occasion to celebrate its mission. Since its dedication in 1982 on the campus of Westfield State University, the Center has offered religious services, pastoral counseling, and a variety of interfaith activities, administered by a dedicated staff of faith leaders. Fr. Warren Savage leads a team of Interfaith Chaplains at the Center, where students and others from the campus community pursue worship, spiritual exploration, fellowship, and service.

The mission of the Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center is to support religious and spiritual life and to promote interfaith understanding at Westfield State University. During the academic year, Center staff members provide and support opportunities for worship, meditation, spiritual exploration, religious learning, celebration, fellowship and service. In support of the University's mission to prepare students for life in the global community, the Center seeks to promote respect for and understanding of diverse religious traditions and to help students relate their moral and religious traditions to their personal choices and service to society.

The Westfield State Foundation’s leadership and support of Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center will be celebrated at the April 10 annual Breakfast.

Rabbi Jacob Fine, the founder and director of Abundance Farm, which practices and promotes food justice and addresses local food insecurity, will be the guest speaker; while the organizers of the Westfield State University Common Goods Food Pantry will be honored.

Hibo Hussein, a senior biology major from West Springfield, will receive the Interfaith Student Service Award for her contributions as president of the Muslim Student Organization and as a founding member of the “Art of Listening” program, which has brought interfaith dialogue to campus each semester.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 a.m.

Scanlon Banquet Hall
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA


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