JFS and Partners Provide Thanksgiving Dinner to Over 100 Families at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

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It is with abundant gratitude that JFS thanks our partner Daniel’s Table of Framingham and the many community supporters who helped provide over 100 families at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary school with everything needed to enjoy a full and festive Thanksgiving Dinner.

In addition to generous support from Daniel’s Table,
JFS also sends a big THANK YOU to:

The Gerber Family
The Holiday Dreams Foundation
Cambridge Packing Company
Definitive Health Care
The Krantz Family
Market Basket
The Chasen Family
The Levine Family
Jayme Moffi and Andrew Morse from Horizon Technology
Chase Carpenter from CommCreative
Susan Brady
Axie Breen
The staff at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

The annual JFS Thankgiving Dinner distribution is part of the constellation services provided to the families at the Wilson school through the JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps program.  Download the 2016-2017 report to learn more about the
JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps program.

Happy Thanksgiving to All from JFS of Metrowest!


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Are You Ready for Success? Attend a series of free workshops in Natick.


Build skills to effectively manage today’s competitive job search process through a series of free workshops held at Temple Israel of Natick.

Wednesday, December 6th 6:30pm – 8:00 PM
Did you know that many companies use computerized applicant tracking systems to screen resumes before a hiring manager sees them? This workshop explains why these systems exist and how to optimize your resume so it gets past those systems into human hands. You will practice identifying key words in job descriptions and learn common formatting features and content issues that can cause you to get screened out.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

1) Identify keywords that you need to include in your resume.
2) Recognize formatting features that will “confuse” applicant tracking systems.
3) Modify your resume’s content and formatting to improve the likelihood that your resume will be reviewed by a human being.

Wednesday, December 13th 6:30pm – 8:00 PM
Is your LinkedIn profile helping or hurting your job search? This workshop, designed for LinkedIn users who want stand out when targeting a specific industry or job, will teach you how to make strategic decisions about your profile’s content. You will also learn about Networking etiquette and how to effectively search for jobs using LinkedIn.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

1) Tailor your profile to support a strategic job search or career change.
2) Take advantage of LinkedIn features that can help with your job search.
3) Learn best practices and incorporate them into your profile and job search.

Wendy Gelberg is a Career Navigator at JVS CareerSolution who provides one-on-one coaching, writes resumes, and facilitates job search workshops. She earned a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, MBTI® Certified Facilitator, and Certified International Job and Career Transition Coach.

All Programs are free and open to the public. To RSVP email rebeccad@cjp.org

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JFS Honored with 2017 Outstanding School Partner Award from MASC

(Pictured above: Team members Malvina Goldfarb, Kayla Hopkins and Amanda Coughlin)

Outstanding School Partner
“For your support, commitment, leadership and sustained efforts to enhance the educational opportunities of the students of the Framingham Public Schools and their families”.

Congratulations to the Reducing Achievement Gaps team of over twenty staff, teachers and volunteer mentors for being recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Framingham School Committee as 2017 Outstanding School Partner – GO TEAM!

Click here to learn how you can get involved with the
JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps program.


Posted in Reducing Achievement Gaps, Volunteer Opportunities, We are JFS!

A Brighter Day Memory Cafe – Nov 19 and Dec 17 in Framingham

Memory Cafe flyer

Email Karen at kblock@jfsmw.org and register today!

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JFS Helps 98 Year Old Woman Become a U.S. Citizen

98 year old become citizen

Congratulations to Malvina and the citizenship team for their work in helping a 98 year old woman achieve her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen!

Her son brought a cake to the office to say thank you. His mom is doing well in her home here in Framingham.

Click to learn more about the New American Services offered by JFS.

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Share the Joy of the Holidays with an Isolated Elder


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Jewish Family Service of Metrowest invites your family to visit with a frail, lonely elder and share the joy of the holidays through the new Kesher-Y.O.U (Young and Old United) program.

This program is for families with young children who are interested in connecting with elders in the Metrowest area during Jewish holidays.  Four sessions are planned between December 2017 and April 2018 and families may choose to participate in one or all sessions.

Each session will consist of:

  • A 45-minute holiday-themed orientation, including an activity for children and information for parents about the visit. Families will also prepare a gift bag for the elder.
  • After the orientation, families will drive to their assigned elder’s home, deliver the gift bag and celebrate together the traditions of the holiday. Visits are expected to last at least 30 minutes.

This program helps young children learn the importance of tzedakah the act of charitable giving, gemilut hasadim acts of kindness and mitzvah the Jewish commandment to do good.

The first session, scheduled for Sunday, December 17, 2017, will celebrate Chanukah.  The orientation will begin at 12:30pm at:

Temple Shir Tikva
141 Boston Post Road
Wayland, MA 01778

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • January 28, 2018, Tu B’Shevat
  • February 25, 2018, Purim
  • March 25, 2018, Passover

Questions? Please call Abrielle Salloway 508 875-3100 x360 or
Candice Sullivan 508 875-3100 x350

Interested? Register online at:


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Lunch and Learn: November 29 in Framingham

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Kosher Style Dairy Lunch will be served
$4 with reservation, $6 at the door

Three ways to register!
Online Form: Click Here
By email: asalloway@jfsmw.org
By phone: 508-875-3100 ext. 360
Program Coordinator: Abrielle Salloway, LCSW


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