The JFS/MFA Mobilize Boston Storage Container is Here!

JFS is excited to announce that the storage container for the JFS/Multifaith Alliance (MFA) Mobilize Boston project has arrived, and thanks to support from the Jewish Teen Initiative and over 80 teens from the Metrowest community, the first delivery of over 200 Hygiene and School Supplies backpacks are awaiting shipment!

In collaboration with the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) (with generous support provided by The Shapiro Foundation), JFS will send a shipboard container full of personal care, medical and other supplies to children and families living in refugee camps inside Syria this spring.

JFS is currently coordinating with faith organizations throughout Metrowest to gather much needed supplies and invites groups of all sizes to get involved and make a difference in the lives of children and families struggling to survive in refugee camps inside Syria.

Call 508-875-3100
or email Amanda Boralessa at
today to learn how you can get involved.


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Join Our Team of JFS Patient Navigators – Next Training: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Tuesday April 9, 2019
Lunch and materials provided

Flyer-become a PN volunteer-quoteVolunteer 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

Learn How to:

  • 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

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Tuesday April 9, 2019
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham MA 01702

Call 508-875-3100 x 110 or
email today!

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Share the Celebration of Purim with an Isolated, Lonely Elder!

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JFS of Metrowest invites you and your family to visit an isolated elder this Purim and share the joy of the holiday through the Kesher-Y.O.U. (Connecting Young and Old United) program, funded by CJP’s Metrowest Jewish Community Fund.

The Kesher-Y.O.U. program helps young children learn the importance. It promotes the importance of tzedakah the act of charitable giving, gemilut hasadim acts of kindness,  tikkun olam (the imperative to make the world a better place),  and mitzvah the Jewish  commandment to do good.

JFS works with many Jewish seniors in our community. Some of these seniors are alone. Their families may live far away. They welcome the opportunity to connect with you and your family when visit them to share Purim and bring a special gift to them.


You will have the opportunity to sign up for Passover later this year, as well. Two sessions remain between March and April and families may choose to participate in either or both sessions.


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Last month during the second session, six families celebrated Tu B’ Shevat  with elders throughout Metrowest. The families raved about the program, and everyone was excited for the next session. Kesher-Y.O.U. makes it possible for you and your family to do meaningful community service together as a family.

Each session will consist of:

  • A 45-minute holiday–themed orientation that includes a child friendly activity while parents will be given information about the elder, structuring the visit, and will receive a special book to share with your child, “My First Friendly Visiting Book”. Families will also prepare a gift bag for the elder.
  • A transition time while you drive to your assigned elder’s home to talk about the visit with your child, and share with them the importance of gemilut hasadim (special acts of kindness).
  • Families will give the gift bag you prepared and share the traditions of the holiday. Visits are expected to last about 1/2 an hour.


This program incorporates Jewish values, spending quality time together as a family and making a difference in a lonely elder’s life.



 Session 3: Purim program is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2019

The program will begin at 1:30pm at JFS of MW, 475 Franklin St., Suite 101, Framingham, MA, 01702

Session 4: Passover program tentatively scheduled for April 7, 2019

Contact Abrielle Salloway, LCSW,
Friendly Visitor Program Coordinator 508 875-3100 x360
or Patricia Murphy 508 875-3100 x350

Interested? Register online at:


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Introducing the Metrowest Jewish LGBTQ Education Collaborative!

I have been thinking recently about the rainbow banners adorning many synagogues, churches, and other places of worship. Many display a variety of hospitable phrases: “All Are Welcome Here” or “LGTBQ* Folks Welcomed and Accepted.” In many ways, I am delighted to see the attempts of religious communities to become and remain a space of solace and refuge for queer folks.

I am curious what we mean when we say that LGBTQ people are “welcome” in our community. In my mind, LGBTQ Jews have always been here. We have always been searching for spaces to pray, to educate ourselves and our families, to celebrate our love, and to plug into the incredibly messy, holy work of being a Jew in the world.

Our goal, I believe, is not to be “welcoming” to LGBTQ folks. These folks are not waiting at the fences of our communities to be let in – they are here. We are your synagogue’s members. We are chanting Torah and setting up the grape juice for kiddush (blessing the wine). We are the teens in your b’nai mitzvah program. We are the loved ones of your board members, the siblings of your synagogue president, the parent of your friends.

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We are excited to introduce the Metrowest Jewish LGBTQ Education Collaborative. A joint effort of Temple Israel of Natick, Congregation Beth El of Sudbury, Temple Beth Am of Framingham and Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland, together with Keshet, OutMetrowest and JFS to explore the LGBTQ Jewish Experience. This adult education series seeks to engage community members for honest conversations regarding how we lovingly educate ourselves and one another to be a space of sanctuary for LGBTQ* folks. With the help of Jewish texts, values and inquiry, we will be exploring terminology and experiences surrounding sex and gender, issues of gender neutral spaces, and reflecting on our own experience of being a gendered being in the world.

This series is open to anyone who is looking to be plugged into conversations of gender and sexuality, regardless of level of experience. All that is required is an open mind and open heart. We look forward to seeing you there.

–     Emily Rogal (Series Facilitator)

Emily Rogal is a second year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School. She is a birth and postpartum doula, a trained mikveh guide, and an educator of all things Judaism, gender, and sexuality related. She is a lover of fancy lattes, weird rabbinic stories, and French bulldogs. She believes in Jewish education as a laboratory to see with what parts of Judaism we want to engage in a lifelong wrestling match.

About the Gender, Sexuality and Relationship in A Jewish Context Series

All Sessions will be in the evening from 7pm-8:30pm

Session 1: Sharing Language—March 11th at Temple Israel of Natick (145 Hartford St, Natick, MA 01760)

Session 2: Sharing our Stories—March 27th at JFS (475 Franklin Street Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01702)

Session 3: Building Safe Spaces Part 1: Our Physical Spaces—April 4th Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley (105 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776)

Session 4: Building Safe Spiritual Spaces: Part 2: Our Liturgy and Prayer—May 9th at Temple Beth Am (300 Pleasant St, Framingham, MA 01701)

Session 5: Coming out: A Family Affair—May 22nd at Temple Shir Tikva (141 Boston Post Road Wayland, MA 01778)

Session 6: Making Jewish Life Cycle Event LGBTQ Inclusive —June 5th at Temple Israel of Natick (145 Hartford St, Natick, MA 01760)

All sessions are offered free of charge, reserve your spot here at this form. If you have questions about the series or the collaborative please contact the Program Manager, Stephanie Rohr, LICSW at 508-875-3100 ext. 380 or



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Live Well With Mild Memory Loss

If you or a loved one is struggling with the challenges that come with memory loss, join Malka Young, LICSW and other elder experts for this free 5 week interactive series designed to educated and connect people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia and their care partners to one another and resources. Space is limited – call (508) 532-5980 ext.4108 and register today.

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Julies Z Breads Selects JFS of Metrowest for their February WAITT giving calendar!


Celebrate Valentine’s weekend… with vegetables!

Julie’s Z Breads offers many delicious and nutritious treats, including those with chocolate! Visit to learn more.

Many thanks to Julie’s Z Breads for their support of
JFS of Metrowest Eldercare Solutions through WAITT!

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Join JFS Healthy Aging At Temple Beth Am For Our Winter Exercise Program Wednesday’s At 1:00pm!

Exercise Class Winter #2

Space is Limited. Sign Up Today!

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