The Max Michelson Humanitarian Award

Andy Tarsy

Andrew Tarsy

Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is proud to announce that Andrew (Andy) Tarsy will be awarded the inaugural
Max Michelson Humanitarian Award on May 9, 2018
at JFS’s gala, Seize the Dream.

Max Michelson was mentor, friend, teacher, guiding light to so many of us.

Max-Holocaust survivor, co-founder of JFS, community leader- provided wisdom and hope.

Max inspired each of us to be better, do better, never make excuses, always move forward.

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Max Michelson

He transformed a story of pain and torment into a commitment to justice, to ending pain and suffering and to defending the powerless.

Andy’s strong convictions and uncompromising humanitarian moral compass are a perfect match to the ideals and values of Max Michelson.

Andy is deeply engaged in JFS’s work with refugees and immigrants. Andy consistently supports and vigorously defends people in need. He repeatedly comes to the defense of people when he thought they were being mistreated and harmed, in speaking out about, writing and lecturing about the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. He continues to build bridges between the Jewish community and the African American community.

Andy has been personal advisor to the JFS CEO throughout the development of the powerful JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project. He has been the keynote speaker at the JFS Annual meeting speaking about the “Transformative Power of Volunteerism”. And Andy and his son currently volunteer within the JFS Children’s Backpack and school supply project. Macro, strategic and hands-on—that’s our incredible Andy.

JFS is privileged to honor Andrew Tarsy.

Join in the Seize the Dream celebration on May 9th,
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JFS Homecare Employee Receives Outstanding Service Award from Baypath Elder Services


October 2017

Congratulations to our homecare employee Felicita Mejia. She received an Outstanding Service Award from Baypath Elder Services for her compassionate and meticulous caring for our elder clients. Well Done!!!

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Volunteers needed – become a JFS Patient Navigator – next training: February 27th!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm
Lunch and materials provided
Call Now to Sign Up:
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flyerphotoMake a difference in the lives of elders in your community.

Volunteer in your free time and help frail elders get the medical care and information they need to manage their heath, improve their quality of life and live independently in the community.

Volunteer as a Patient Navigator:

  • Receive comprehensive, ongoing training and support
  • Gain experience navigating healthcare systems and working with elders
  • Select appointments that fit your schedule
  • Get a Patient Navigator padfolio to organize communications
  • Join a team of highly trained volunteers who make a direct and positive impact in the lives of people every day

As a Patient Navigator, you will:

  • Help elders prepare for upcoming medical appointments, review
    concerns and frame questions
  • Serve as a companion to medical appointments and procedures
  • Facilitate communication between doctor and patient
  • Take notes during the visit
  • Assist in scheduling follow up care and picking up prescriptions

The elders you will be helping:

  • Aged 60 to 100+ years old
  • Live in Framingham, Natick and surrounding communities
  • Able to enter and exit a car independently
  • Have appointments in the Metrowest and Greater Boston areas

Learn more about JFS Patient Navigator Medical Appointment Escort Services:


Call Us Today to Learn More!
508-875-3100 x110

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Many Thanks to CJP Women’s Philanthropy!

Thank you to CJP Women’s Philanthropy President Judith Sydney and Committee Chairs Laurie Gliklich and Jennifer Drucker, who organized an amazing event to benefit the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet!  Over 70 women collected thousands of items, which were sorted and boxed for future distribution.  JFS Board Vice President, Sari Rapkin, spoke to the group about the work of JFS, the history of the Children’s Clothing Closet and how it has become core piece of our mission!

CJPWomensPhilanthropyFrom left to right: Jodi Bring, Judith Sydney, Sari Rapkin, Laurie Gliklich, Jennifer Drucker, Jayne Lampert and Kerrie Rothschild
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Learn Strategies to Improve Hearing, Attend a Lunch and Learn February 13, 2018, Natick


Space is limited – click and sign up today!

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JFS to Honor Outstanding Community Leaders at 28th Annual Seize the Dream Gala on May 9, 2018


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Framingham, MA – January 24, 2018 – JFS of Metrowest is pleased to announce that Dan and Dana Finn of Natick,  Brad and Allison Kates of Wayland, and Andrew Tarsy of Cambridge will be honored at the 28th annual Seize the Dream Gala event on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

Seize the Dream honors area leaders and volunteers who have demonstrated an unfailing commitment and personal dedication to supporting vulnerable children, families, and senior adults in the local community and beyond.  This year’s honorees have made it their life’s work to stand up for those left behind and it is a privilege to recognize these exceptional individuals.

Dana and Dan Finn are community leaders and volunteers whose support in the community is far-reaching.

Dana has volunteered with numerous organizations including CJP and the Parent Association Leadership Council, and currently co-chairs the Enrichment Program at the Riverbend School in Natick. Prior to leaving the workforce to care for her growing family, Dana was a public relations executive at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dan served as treasurer on the Board of Directors of JFS, is a member of the Investment Committee at CJP, and Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Riverbend School in Natick. Dan is a Family Wealth Director and co-founded The Insignia Group at Morgan Stanley where he has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the top Financial Advisors in the country in 2015 and 2016.

Dana and Dan are committed to positively impacting community organizations by supporting JFS, CJP, MWJDS, Dana Farber, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The Riverbend School. They live in Natick with their three children and are members of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham.

Allison and Brad Kates are passionate about helping people who have the desire to help themselves and believe in working within the community to improve lives.

Allison serves on the executive committee of JFS, where she has devoted her time to developing programs aimed to help children and families. In addition, Allison donates her time to Cradles to Crayons and serves as the ambassador for Wayland. She is active in the PTO at both of her kids’ schools, is a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Board, and is in her third year serving on the board of the Wayland Child and Parents Association, currently as Community Outreach Coordinator.

Brad is CEO of Opinion Dynamics, a consulting firm that specializes in energy services and market research. He currently serves on the Board of Lasell College, where he also leads the Marketing Committee. He is a sought-after speaker, having spoken at events ranging from CNN and Time Magazine’s Politics Summit, to the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Environment’s Summer Study. He also served on the Association of Energy Service Professionals Board of Directors for over a decade, including serving as chair of the association for two years.

Allison and Brad live in Wayland with their two sons, Spencer (10) and Alex (4). They are forever grateful to Brad’s parents for introducing them to JFS of Metrowest and hope that they have instilled in their own children a desire to donate their time and their resources to help those less fortunate.

Andrew Tarsy is a distinguished leader in the social justice arena, professionally and personally. Andrew has been senior adviser to the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project from its very start. Andrew was the 2017 keynote speaker for the Diane and Chester Black Lecture for Volunteerism and Civic Engagement at the JFS Annual Meeting. He chairs the Racial Justice Initiative at Temple Israel of Boston and is a docent at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.

Andrew is Founder and Principal of Emblem Strategic, a consulting firm that helps exceptional business leaders turn their values and their vision into impact and advantage. Andrew draws on years of experience as an executive and advisor in business, government and the non-profit sector. He was President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, and Co-Founder and President of the Alliance for Business Leadership.

Andrew lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

Andrew will receive the inaugural JFS Max Michelson Humanitarian Award on May 9th.

This year’s JFS Seize the Dream Gala will be a festive affair with dinner and refreshments provided by over 16 local caterers and restaurants, as well as an online and silent auction featuring 100+ unique items, ranging from dining and vacation packages to electronics and autographed sports memorabilia.

To learn more about this year’s honorees or for ticket and sponsorship information, please visit

About JFS of Metrowest

charitynavigator-2JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to standing up for those left behind, serving over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year.  The proceeds of the Seize the Dream event support a wide variety of programs including extended-day tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently.  JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  To learn more about JFS, visit



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Become a JFS Patient Navigator – attend a training January 30, 2018

Patient Navigator is hosting its next volunteer training on Tuesday January 30th. If you are interested in learning more about the program read on, or click here to apply to become a volunteer!

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