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

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat (1)


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

This program is for families with children who would like to do a mitzvah (good deed) as part of their Jewish holiday celebrations.

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 you visit them to share the traditions of the season.


The program includes 4 sessions scheduled from December 2017 through April 2018 to celebrate Hanukkah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim and Passover.

Last month during the first session, 8 families celebrated Hanukkah with elders throughout MetroWest.  The families raved about the program, and everyone was excited for the next session.

Each session includes:

  • A 45-minute program that includes information about Friendly Visiting, a child-friendly holiday craft project and snacks.  Families prepare a gift for the elder and receive a special book to share with children titled “My First Friendly Visiting Book”.
  • The short drive between Temple Shir Tikva and the elder’s home is just long enough to talk prepare your children to have a successful and enjoyable visit.
  • Once at the elder’s home, families will deliver the gift bag and share the traditions of the holiday. Visits are expected to last about 1/2 an hour.

With its focus on traditional values of tzedakah (acts of charitable giving) gemulut Hasadim (deeds of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (the imperative to make the world a better place), Kesher-Y.O.U. makes it possible for you and your family to do meaningful community service together as a family.


Sign up by January 22nd to participate in session #2 – visit a Jewish elder and celebrate the New Year of Trees (Tu B’Shevat) on Sunday January 28.

This program will begin at 12:30pm at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • February 25, 2018, Purim
  • March 25, 2018, Passover

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

Interested? Register online at:



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JFS Thanks Humanitarian Project Volunteers!

As our Syrian families approach their one year mark of having arrived in the United States, JFS would like to thank all those involved with the Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project. To our many volunteers, donors and community partners, we thank you!

Adary & Ghzlan

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Inspired by JFS’s work with refugees, 2nd grader fundraises for Lucy and Joe’s Food Pantry

food pantry donation from Navya - ok to publish with name

Dear JFS,

Thank you for accepting our food donations for Lucy and Joe’s Food Pantry. My 8 yr old daughter Navya who is in the 2nd grade raised the money herself for this. She designed greeting cards and sold them to raise money. She was very inspired by the work JFS does. She personally knows a Syrian boy from her summer camp whose family is associated with JFS.

Thanks for all you do!

Framingham, MA

Many thanks to Navya and Kriti for their generous donation,
and for helping JFS stand up for those left behind!

Click to learn about JFS’s work with refugees and
the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project

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Learning to Live – The Boston Globe Follows the Families of the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project


Third in a series of occasional articles on the Syrian families resettling in this area, The Boston Globe follows the families being helped by the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project.

Read about their joys and struggles in The Last Refugee, Letting go, taking hold by Jenna Russell and see an array of stunning photos from Suzanne Kreiter and the Globe Staff in The Big Picture, Yearning to breathe free.



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JFS Homecare Celebrates the Holiday

A big thanks to Damaris, Risa, Wendy, Justo, and  Liz for making this year’s Homecare Dept holiday celebration a huge success. The kids and families loved it!
Homecare party

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Many Thanks to Ronna and Scott Cohen for their Hanukkah Gift to the JFS Food Pantry!

Ronna and Scott Cohen, with JFS staff Lino Covarrubias,
Diana O’Brien, Stephanie Rohr and Shoshana Savitz,

Always a wonderful moment when Scott and Ronna Cohen deliver a Hanukkah gift to our food pantry at JFS of Metrowest . For the past 5 years instead of gifts for themselves they buy food cards for our emergency pantry.

Thank You and Happy Hanukkah!

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Make a Gift to JFS this #GivingTuesday


JFS is honored to be named a “Nonprofit To Support” in Patch staff writer Charlene Arsenault’s article Spirit of Giving: 6 Nonprofits To Support In Framingham.

This #GivingTuesday, give a gift to JFS and help
support those in need in our community.


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