Share the Celebration of Tu B’Shevat with an Isolated, Lonely Elder!

 

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

ACTS OF KINDNESS:
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.

MAKING CONNECTIONS
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 Tu B’ Shevat and bring a special gift to them.

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You will have the opportunity to sign up for other holidays later in the year, as well. Three sessions are planned between January 2019 and April 2019 and families may choose to participate in any session.

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Last month during the first session, six families celebrated Hanukkah 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.

HOW IT WORKS:
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.

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

WHEN & WHERE:
The second session will celebrate Tu B’ Shevat and is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019. The program will begin at 1:30pm at Temple Israel, 145 Hartford St., Natick, MA

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • March 24, 2019, Purim
  • April 7, 2019, Passover

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

Interested? Register online at:
https://jfsofmetrowest.wufoo.com/forms/kesher-you-20182019/

SPACE IS LIMITED – REGISTER TODAY!

Download Flyer PDF

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Get Healthy in the New Year – Sign up to Receive the JFS Healthy Aging E-Newsletter Today!

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JFS provides a wide range of Healthy Aging programs and activities to older adults living in the Metrowest area. Lunch and Learns, educational workshops, walking clubs, memory cafes and many other programs provide opportunities to get active, connect with friends and meet new people.

Get healthy and make new friends in 2019! Follow the links below to learn more:

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Annual Seize The Dream Gala 2019

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Attend a Lunch and Learn on January 9th in Framingham

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CEO Marc Jacobs Receives the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation’s John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership

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CEO Marc Jacobs Receives the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation’s
John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership

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JFS Board Members and staff celebrate the John R. Heerwagen Award for Non-profit Leadership and JFS Children’s Clothing Closet Awards.

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From left to right: Mike Kuza, MSB VP Community Relations; Dana Neshe, MSB Foundation President; Lino Covarrubias, COO JFS; and Mike McAuliffe, CEO MSB

(Framingham, MA) – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest, a non-profit agency that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need, is pleased to announce that CEO Marc Jacobs is this year’s recipient of the John R. Heerwagen Award for Non-profit Leadership from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation.

This prestigious annual award recognizes a strong, nonprofit leader whose work significantly has benefited the lives and wellbeing of residents within the Foundation’s community. It reflects the support John R. Heerwagen, former CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, provided to the Foundation and its efforts to help strengthen local nonprofits, his belief in the importance of leadership and the need to develop and recognize strong leaders. A one-time grant of $15,000 accompanies the award.

Additionally, JFS will receive a 2018 Middlesex Savings Bank grant of $20,000 to support the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet.

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Marc Jacobs, CEO JFS at birthday party with Syrian refugee child
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“I am honored beyond words to be the recipient of the John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership,” stated Jacobs. “John set the standard, the bar very high as a business and community leader; and Middlesex Savings Bank continues to demonstrate that through Mike McAuliffe’s current leadership. Though this award is for me, it really is not, and should not be about me. I am the lucky one to lead an extraordinary organization.”

JFS offers a range of services targeted to the needs of persons of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, residing in Metrowest communities. Guided by a tradition of social responsibility and compassion, JFS is dedicated to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, treating people with dignity and compassion, helping people achieve and sustain healthy lives and independence, providing culturally relevant services and collaborating with community partners to broaden impacts. JFS is “staff driven, volunteer powered, community invested” and is proud to be our community’s vehicle for acts of loving kindness and for measureable impacts.

About JFS of Metrowest
JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, targeting at-risk families, individuals, immigrants, and elders aging in place. Dedicated to standing up for those left behind, JFS is:

  • Increasing the ability of frail elders to maximize independence and quality of life as they navigate the challenges that come with aging
  • Accelerating academic achievement and pathways to college for low-income and first-generation students
  • Providing safety, hope and opportunity for refugees victimized by world conflict
  • Advancing equity with comprehensive assistance that empowers immigrant families to succeed
  • Reducing poverty in our community with case management, basic needs assistance and employment readiness support
  • Building families through adoption

120x60JFS Provides the tools to meet life’s obstacles to stabilize during a crisis and optimally achieve self-sufficiency, strengthen lives, improve wellbeing, and build a stronger community. 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 http://www.jfsmw.org/ or click to view the 2018 Report to the Community.

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Celebrate Hanukkah with a Charitable Gift to JFS!

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Ronna and Scott Cohen, with JFS staff Lino Covarrubias and Diana O’Brien

 

It is with abundant gratitude that JFS thanks Ronna and Scott Cohen for their generous gift of food cards to the Lucy and Joe’s Food Pantry which provides emergency assistance to people in need. For the past 6 years, the Cohens have performed a Hanukkah mitzvah with a donation to JFS and we are honored to once again be included in their holiday celebrations.

With the support of generous donors like these, JFS is able to offer many services free of charge to over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, targeting at-risk families, individuals, immigrants, and elders aging in place.

Dedicated to standing up for those left behind, JFS is:

  • Increasing the ability of frail elders to maximize independence and quality of life as they navigate the challenges that come with aging
  • Accelerating academic achievement and pathways to college for low-income and first-generation students
  • Providing safety, hope and opportunity for refugees victimized by world conflict
  • Advancing equity with comprehensive assistance that empowers immigrant families to succeed
  • Reducing poverty in our community with case management, basic needs assistance and employment readiness support
  • Building families through adoption

charitynavigator-2JFS provides the tools to meet life’s obstacles to stabilize during a crisis and optimally achieve self-sufficiency, strengthen lives, improve wellbeing, and build a stronger community. JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Honor the holiday with a charitable gift to JFS and
help us stand up for those left behind.

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JFS and Community Partners Provide Thanksgiving Dinners to Over 130 Families at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

 

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It is with overwhelming gratitude that JFS thanks our partner Daniel’s Table of Framingham and the many community supporters who helped provide 131 families with everything needed to enjoy a full and festive Thanksgiving Dinner.

In addition to generous support from Daniel’s Table,
JFS also sends a huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and our 25+ JFS volunteers, comprised of JFS board members, area companies, local school groups, the staff at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and Metrowest area families!

Among the Board members and community leaders volunteering were…
Board President David Milowe and daughter Jacqui
Board Member Peggy Barry and husband Ed
Board Member Chase Carpenter and mother Tudda
Board Member Jonathan Gerber, former Board Member Leslie Gerber and Family
Board Member Deb Merkin
Jayme Moffi and Andrew Morse from Horizon Technology
Judith Sydney and son Ari
Andrea Sussman and son Josh
Rafe Wolf and son Alex
Susan Brady and husband James
Andrew Goodman
Sophie and Max Israel
Deborah  Kaplan and daughters Alexa and Sophie
The Framingham Flyers Boys Ice Hockey Team

Sponsors:

Market Basket
The Gerber Family
The Holiday Dreams Foundation
The Krantz Family
Solex Payroll Systems Inc.

 

Also present at the school last night were Wilson school staff members, who distributed 100 winter coats to families in the community. The coats were supplied and distributed to Wilson school by one of our partners, the national nonprofit, Operation Warm.

 

Operation Warm coats distributed to families by Woodrow Wilson staff

The annual JFS Thanksgiving 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 2017-2018 report to learn more about the Reducing Achievement Gaps programming.

Happy Thanksgiving to All from JFS of Metrowest!

 

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