JFS Needs Your Help to Win $25,000

Great News! Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven is in the running to win $25,000 from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.  The Food4Kids Program (which provides weekend food to more than 250 children each week during the academic school year) was chosen as one of the Top 200 causes (from a pool of 2,000 submissions).  The Top 40 vote getters from the 200 will be awarded $25,000 each.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16th through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 25 you can vote for the Food4Kids Program.  You can vote 10 times daily per email address.  The first time you vote it will ask you to register, however; you will not be solicited from State Farm.  They ask you to register to prevent voter fraud. Please make sure to vote 10 times each day for Food4Kids.

This will be posted on our Facebook page, website, sent in emails, and publicized in as many places as possible but we need your help too.  If you are on Facebook, please copy and share our post once it is published and encourage your family, teens, friends and acquaintances to vote.  If you are not on Facebook, please contact your friends via email and let them know that you support JFSGNH and the Food4Kids Program and would love to have them vote daily. Also, it doesn’t matter where you live; people from out of state can still vote for us.

If awarded this grant funding, we would be able to increase the number of children we serve on a weekly basis in addition to purchasing the food needed for our weekly distribution.

This is a great opportunity for JFS and the Food4Kids Program.  We can make the Top 40 if we each commit to voting 10 times daily.

The direct link to our voting page is https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/1997709

This link does not go live/active until 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and will remain active through August 25 at 11:59 p.m.  When you click on it, just make sure it lists Food4Kids in New Haven,  CT and don’t forget to vote 10 x daily!  Thanks so much!

August Bereavement Groups to Meet on Monday, August 7th and Monday, August 21st

Finding Comfort and Support:
A Jewish Bereavement Group

The loss of a loved one is felt differently by different people. Some who are grieving want extra support when times get more difficult, especially before holidays, but also at any time of year.

The Jewish Wellness & Healing Center at JFS has started a bereavement group. This group is an opportunity to receive peer support from individuals who have experienced something similar so you can cope a little easier.

The August meetings are scheduled on Monday, August 7th and Monday, August 21st. Each group member will get the opportunity to verbalize their feelings and receive appropriate feedback from other group members and the facilitator.

Rabbi Fred Hyman, Ed.D, Director of Pastoral Counseling of the JFS Jewish Wellness and Healing Center, who has many years of experience as a congregational rabbi and as a mental health clinician, will facilitate this group.

The group will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the JFS office 1440 Whalley Ave. New Haven.

If a bereavement support group might be of help to you, please know that you are
welcome to attend.
For more information and/or registration, please contact
Rabbi Fred Hyman at 203-389-5599, ext. 135

JFS Announces its New Board of Directors

At our Annual Meeting on June 14, JFS swore in its new slate of officers of the Board of Directors. The new officers are: President Linda Caplan, Vice President Ilene Rosalimsky Bronen, Treasurer Joel Sachs and Secretary Laura Elman.

Linda Caplan is honored and excited to serve as JFS’s next president. “I look forward to increasing JFS’s awareness in the community and helping to support its mission to assist the most vulnerable people in the New Haven area,” Caplan commented.

Linda began her affiliation with JFS as a volunteer in the food pantry four years ago.  Shortly after, Linda also became a volunteer in the Food4Kids Program, which provides nutritious weekend food for more than 250 New Haven children at risk of going hungry. This will be her second year on the JFS board, where she has served on the Fund Development Committee, chaired the Spring Gala and was a Co-Chair of the 2016 Food4Kids Annual Event.

JFS would also like to welcome new Board members Jacquie Slater and Ruth Ann Ornstein. We thank Betsy Fiske, Lori Ann Brass, Joe Adler, outgoing Board members, for their years of service.

JFS Congratulates its 2017 Family Champions

JFS is thrilled to congratulate Marietta Tucker, JFS Administrative Coordinator of Programs, and Cindy Papish Gerber, outgoing JFS Board President and long-time JFS Board Member. Both were named the 2017 JFS Family Champions on June 7th by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. Both Cindy and Marietta were celebrated at a reception at the New Haven Lawn Club, which recognizes one staff member and one board member each year who have gone above and beyond.

July Bereavement Groups to Meet on Monday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 25th

Finding Comfort and Support:
A Jewish Bereavement Group

The loss of a loved one is felt differently by different people. Some who are grieving want extra support when times get more difficult, especially before holidays, but also at any time of year.

The Jewish Wellness & Healing Center at JFS has started a bereavement group. This group is an opportunity to receive peer support from individuals who have experienced something similar so you can cope a little easier.

A meeting is scheduled on Monday, July 10th and again on Tuesday, July 25th. Each group member will get the opportunity to verbalize their feelings and receive appropriate feedback from other group members and the facilitator.

Rabbi Fred Hyman, Ed.D, Director of Pastoral Counseling of the JFS Jewish Wellness and Healing Center, who has many years of experience as a congregational rabbi and as a mental health clinician, will facilitate this group.

The group will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the JFS office 1440 Whalley Ave. New Haven.

If a bereavement support group might be of help to you, please know that you are
welcome to attend.
For more information and/or registration, please contact
Rabbi Fred Hyman at 203-389-5599, ext. 135

Bereavement Group Meeting is Tuesday, June 20th

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP IS TUESDAY, JUNE 20th

Finding Comfort and Support:
A Jewish Bereavement Group

The loss of a loved one is felt differently by different people. Some who are grieving want extra support when times get more difficult, especially before holidays, but also at any time of year.

The Jewish Wellness & Healing Center at JFS has started a bereavement group. This group is an opportunity to receive peer support from individuals who have experienced something similar so you can cope a little easier.

This next meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, June 20th. Each group member will get the opportunity to verbalize their feelings and receive appropriate feedback from other group members and the facilitator.

Rabbi Fred Hyman, Ed.D, Director of Pastoral Counseling of the JFS Jewish Wellness and Healing Center, who has many years of experience as a congregational rabbi and as a mental health clinician, will facilitate this group.

The group will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the JFS office 1440 Whalley Ave. New Haven.

If a bereavement support group might be of help to you, please know that you are welcome to attend.

For more information and/or registration, please contact
Rabbi Fred Hyman at 203-389-5599, ext. 135

JFS Office Closed for Memorial Day and Shavuot

JFS of Greater New Haven will be closed in observance of Memorial Day and the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Monday, May 29th Office will be closed for Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 30th Office will be open until 3 pm.
Wednesday, May 31st Office will be closed for Shavuot.
Thursday, June 1st Office will be closed for Shavuot.
Friday, June 2nd Office will be open.

Foster Care Informational Drop-In

Every Friday in May, JFS will be distributing Foster Care information from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at a special table in front of the agency.   Social workers from the JFS Therapeutic Foster Care Program will be on hand to discuss the program and the process of becoming a foster parent.  Please stop by and learn about the need for foster parents in Connecticut and how you can change a child’s life by providing guidance, love and a safe home for a child in need.

If you cannot attend one of the drop-in dates but would like to learn more about the program, please contact Stacy-Ann Clarke, at 203-389-5599, ext. 116.

 

This is Hunger Interactive Exhibit to Visit Mishkan Israel

The faces of hunger in America are both familiar and hidden from view, yet they are all too real and far too many. 

Thanks to the efforts of local Rabbi Josh Ratner, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger travelling exhibit of “This Is Hunger”, is coming to our local community.  This powerful community engagement program that will encourage individuals to embark on a journey—one that that will challenge their beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why, and empower them to take action.

From Sunday, May 7th through Wednesday, May 10 this exhibit, which includes a 53-foot-long double expandable trailer, will be located at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road in Hamden.  Visitors to this exhibit will be taken on a virtual and interactive journey and meet virtually real people struggling with hunger. They will see the faces of hunger, hear their stories and learn about this silent but prevalent issue. Participants will also be invited to engage in activities and experiences that will deepen their awareness about the complexities of being hungry.

This event is free and open to the general public.  To reserve your spot, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-hunger-ct-congregation-mishkan-israel-tickets-33531976043