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March 19, April 9 and May 21
At Heritage at Framingham, 747 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701
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JFS of Metrowest Honors Outstanding Community Leaders
At 27th Annual Seize the Dream Gala Scheduled May 21st, 2017
Framingham, MA – January 24, 2017 – JFS of Metrowest is pleased to announce Joe Blumenfeld and his wife, Michelle Paster, and Artemis Joukowsky, III will be honored at the 27th annual Seize the Dream Gala event on May 21st, 2017 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. 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.
We celebrate these extraordinary individuals who stand up for children, families and elders throughout Metrowest and Greater Boston; as well as caring deeply for children and refugee families throughout the United States and the world.
Joe Blumenfeld and Michelle Paster are passionate about Jewish education and are steadfast in their support of the most vulnerable in the Metrowest community.
The couple currently reside in Natick and have two children, Shoshana, who attends Gann Academy, and is in the tenth grade and her younger sister Yael who is in eighth grade at The Rashi School. The couple is very involved in the community and leadership at both The Rashi School and Temple Beth Elohim. Michelle has served on the Executive Committee Board of Rashi.
They both have been involved with AIPAC for 25 years, Joe and Michelle support a host of Boston Jewish organizations including Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Gateways, and Jewish Family Children Services. Joe is on the UNICEF New England Board of Directors and formerly served on the Board of a Children’s Advocacy organization. Joe is currently involved with media and communication strategy related to the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project.
Artemis Joukowsky, III demonstrations deep rooted passion for the Jewish community and beliefs through stories and film making.
Artemis is a filmmaker, director and producer for the past 30 years. In his years of experience, Artemis, has acted as a private investor, ventured capitalist, asset advisor, entrepreneur, non-profit activist. Artemis’ latest film and book, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, tells the story of his grandparents, Martha and Waitstill Sharp, who played a significant role in the relief and rescue of displaced and endangered World War II refugees.
Artemis’ story spoke directly to JFS because of the immediate relevance to the community we work directly with. The story speaks volumes in correlation with the characters in the story because they are refugees and immigrants. The story gave emotion to the job and services JFS performs on a daily basis.
This year’s JFS Seize the Dream Gala will be an elegant affair with dinner and refreshments provided by over 18 local caterers and restaurants, as well as an online and silent auction featuring over 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 www.jfsmw.org.
About JFS of Metrowest
JFS a community-based organization that is dedicated to standing up for those left behind, providing services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year. The proceeds of the Seize the Dream event support a wide variety of programs including after school tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently. To learn more about JFS, visit www.jfsmw.org.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Woodrow Wilson School Cafeteria was packed with over 400 articles of winter clothing including hats, coats, gloves, and boots. The items were compiled of donated clothing that was new or gently used by people of the community. During our first pop-up closet event, we had a great crowd of volunteers with positive attitudes and outlooks on life, we had high hopes that our second event would be just as successful. In less than two hours, over 50 Metrowest families, equaling approximately 200 individuals were able to obtain winter gear through JFS’ second Pop-Up Closet event! This pop-up event was made possible by the volunteers who donated their time in helping to sort, transport, organize, set up, and clean up the 400 items that were donated from the community and members of the JFS association. The photos attached show the generous donations and numerous number of different articles of clothing accumulated over the past couple of months.
A week after the event, during All Stars and Math Academy, our extended day program at the Woodrow Wilson School, a JFS employee witnessed a young girl playing outside in her new snow boots that she had picked out at the clothing closet. The young girl was so excited to show off her new boots, and other articles of clothing she had picked out at the clothing closet at her school. This small example of joy and gratitude shows impact that the members of the JFS team and volunteers have on the Metrowest community and beyond!
To learn more about this pop-up closet or other future community initiatives hosted by JFS, please contact Kayla Hopkins at 508-875-3100 x.220 or at email@example.com.
JFS was forced to halt the welcoming of our sixth Syrian refugee family because of the refugee ban imposed by president elect, Donald Trump.
During the first week of February, JFS was expecting a pregnant mom accompanied by her two young daughters to come to the Metrowest area to find a furnished apartment for her and her family to live comfortably and start a new life. Unfortunately, because of the ban, this family and the other 10 remaining refugee families were unable to come over to the United States.
In her article “This American Family Has Been Saving Refugees Since the Holocaust – Until Trump Stopped Them”, Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua tells the story of “Fatima”, a 5-year-old Syrian girl who’s family made it to the United States before the executive order was signed and is building a new life with the help of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest. Read the article and learn about the devastation the executive order has wrought with other families, just like hers.
Click here to read the full article and learn more about JFS’ Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project.