SAVE THE DATE – 6th Annual JFS Backpack Event – August 21-22, 2017


DSC_1236-croppedFramingham, MA – 6/6/17 – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is hosting a Build-a-Backpack event at the Wellesley Public Library on Monday, August 21st and at the Framingham Public Library on Tuesday, August 22nd.  With summer flying by, it’s time to start getting ready for the 2017-2018 school year by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area.

This is the sixth consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 330 backpacks full of school supplies to families in our community who need it most.  Every year, JFS collects school supplies for children ages 5-10 years through corporate donations and local supply drives. Past donors include organizations such as, Kronos Inc., On Process Technology, Christmas Tree Shops, Horizon Technology, Framingham Public Library, Staples, Trader Joe’s and Wegmans.

DSC_0170Volunteers (often families with young children) are asked to bring new backpacks to the event where they stuff them full of school supplies, choosing who the backpack will go to, i.e. 2nd grade girl, 4th grade boy, etc. Then JFS distributes the filled backpacks to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham as well as the parent information center for the Framingham Public Schools.

“Build-a-Backpack is a wonderful event that brings families together and gives kids the chance to learn how they can help support their community” says JFS Manager of Volunteer & New American Services, Kayla Hopkins. This backpack event is a part of one of JFS’s larger initiative called Reducing Achievement Gaps, which is a comprehensive system of interventions to address the academic and social needs of low-income children of immigrant families in Framingham.

“JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps programs work to give children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.  Backpacks and school supplies can help a child feel more confident at school and prepared to tackle homework at home,” states Hopkins.  “This event is a chance for children to become involved in philanthropy and possibly even build a backpack for the student sitting next to them in math class. JFS is finishing off the summer with a feel good project that makes a difference in people’s lives.”

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to ensure an adequate stock of supplies.  More details, including registration information will be distributed in August.  To learn more about JFS and the Reducing Achievement Gaps program, please visit

About JFS of Metrowest

JFS is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, including afterschool academic support for low income children; nutrition and basic family assistance for struggling families; citizenship, immigrant and resettlement programs; and geriatric care management and other 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


Media Contact:

JFS of Metrowest
Kayla Hopkins
Manager, Volunteer & New American Services
508-875-3100 x220

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JFS Annual Meeting – Tuesday June 13th at 7PM

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JFS of Metrowest
Annual Meeting

Tuesday June 13th, 7:00 PM

Framingham State University
McCarthy Student Center: In the Forum (downstairs)
100 State St, Framingham, MA 01702

A Celebration of Volunteerism and Civic Engagement

The Diane and Chester Black Lecture for Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
Guest Speaker: Andy Tarsy “The Noble Transformation of the Volunteer”
Andy is former Executive Director of the ADL-New England, first Executive Director of the Ted Kennedy Institute and an active community leader

PLEASE click and complete
the online registration form

email Risa Lifshatz at

to reserve your seat(s).

Your significant other, your teenage children and other friends invited.
We just need a count from you as to how many total people.

Download the Program Here:
JFS 2017 Annual Meeting Program–June 13, 2017

For more information, please call Risa at 508-875-3100 x 290

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June 13th – Attend a Lunch and Learn in Natick

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Click here to register online or call today!

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“Threads of new life” – Syrian refugees take steps toward the future (story 2 in a series by the Boston Globe)

Threads of new life

“Advice for making friends without a common language: Show your classmates who you are until you learn the words to tell them. Make your expressions, your eyes and hands, spell out your empathy and kindness.”

The Boston Globe follows up with the Hayani family in the second part of their series following the experiences of Boston-area Syrian refugees resettled with assistance from the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project.

JFS resolutely stands with refugees and immigrants and is proud to partner with these community leaders, volunteers and activists to provide safety, hope and opportunity to Syrian war refugees.

Read “Threads of new life”
(The Last Refugee, story 2 in an ongoing series)
online at


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Fee for Service Position: Geriatric Care Manager

Fee for Service Position: Geriatric Care Manager will maintains a complex caseload of private geriatric care management clients, including conducting assessments, care planning, advocacy and family liaison work. Some weekend and evening hours will be required to meet client needs. Initial Assessments average 3-5 hours.

Essential functions:
• Conducts care planning assessments to identify problems and provide solutions. Consults with clients and families to address older adults’ healthcare and psychosocial needs and improve their overall care. Creates a comprehensive plan of care as requested.
• Assesses and monitors the client’s mental, physical, and environmental status and makes appropriate recommendations as needed.
• Communicates and facilitates client relationships with family.
• Acts as a liaison to families living outside of the area, overseeing care and quickly alerting families to problems.
• Screens, arranges, and monitors in-home help or other services. Interacts with other in-home services.
• Acts as a medical advocate; may accompany older adult to medical appointments and report back to family as requested. May schedule medical appointments and evaluations as needed
• Reviews financial and/or medical issues and offers referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems while conserving financial resources.
• May assist with filing for Long Term Care Insurance benefits, advocating as necessary for provision of services.
• May organize client’s bills, paperwork and mail as requested. May assist client with budgeting, debt management, and creating electronic systems for bill payment.

Job Requirements:
• Master’s prepared social worker or RN. BSW may be considered with five years experience.
• Flexible schedule required; on-call availability
• Knowledge of aging process, family systems, mental health, healthcare and disability services.
• Minimum of three years’ experience in the field.
• Understanding of the complexity of private pay care management service.
• Strong organizational and problem solving skills
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Valid Massachusetts Driver’s license and up-to-date auto insurance and car available for work
• Ability to travel and visit client’s in their homes or facilities
• Ability to work flexible hours that may include evenings and/or weekends.
• Computer knowledge including ability to work with MS Office and other computer programs as needed.
• Pay commensurate with experience

Click and reply to the Craiglist posting for more information.

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Click to read all about the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize 

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The Joukowsky Family Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize. Marc Jacobs and Lucia Panichella of JFS of Metrowest, along with community partners Ed and Barbara Shapiro, are honored for their tireless work supporting Syrian refugees through the Jewish Family Service Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project. The work of the Sharp Prize recipients exemplifies the value that each individual can step forward and transform, and even save a life. The Sharp Rescuer Prize promotes humanitarian work in the example of Waitstill and Martha Sharp and seeks to empower rescuers today who sacrifice for others. This social justice award is awarded annually in honor of the Sharps and their commitment to the Unitarian Universalist core values of justice and compassion. Congrats to JFS and team for receiving The Sharp Rescuer Prize!

Click to read all about the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize 

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Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project Featured in The Fenway News

The Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project is a coalition across eastern Massachusetts thatkreiter-2syrianarrivalshayani2-met-apps-w-1920_orig includes Synagogues, Islamic Centers, Academia and the Medical community to provide safety, hope and opportunity to Syrian war refugees. JFS has deep roots with refugees and immigrants and resolutely stands by them. We work to support the needs of refugees and immigrants and today’s programming addresses the challenges New Americans face when building a life in the United States.

Temple Israel, located in the Fenway-area of Boston, was the first synagogue partner to join this project. The Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project helps refugee families:

  • Receive assistance for a year, instead of being left to survive on their own in intimidating surroundings for them
  • Find affordable housing
  • Overcome the language barrier
  • Find jobs for the parents, and place the children in school

 Read more about the Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project in The Fenway News to learn how you can get involved.

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