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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

JFS to Participate in the Great Give May 2-3rd

Ready. Set. Give!  The Great Give 2017 is upon us and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven is once again participating!  This 36-hour, online-giving event through the givegreater.org site starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd and ends Wednesday, May 3rd at 8 p.m.  In addition to the dollars we raise with your charitable donations, you can help make JFS eligible for thousands of dollars in grant prizes when you support us through givegreater.org!  Use this personalized link on Tuesday, May 2nd – Wednesday May 3rd.  To donate during this two day event click here.

Community Supports JFS Spring Celebration

On March 25th, 2017 Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFS) held its annual Spring Celebration Fundraiser at Temple Beth Sholom to raise funds to prevent homelessness in Greater New Haven and to support our vulnerable homeless population.

A little over a year ago, JFS embarked on a journey to tackle this vexing issue in a significant way.  JFS joined their local Community Access Network of partner agencies working together throughout the Greater New Haven Region to address the homelessness problem; they became a certified and approved intake site to help and guide individuals and families in – or on the cusp of – homelessness; and they continue to serve greater and greater numbers of people who have fallen prey to this devastating condition.

JFS’ clients who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless have multiple and complex needs. The money raised from the event will support them in some of the following ways : rental assistance, an emergency stay in a motel, bus passes, restoring heat and electricity, counseling and case management services, or an emergency visit to the JFS Food Pantry with a supply of packaged and fresh food.  We could not have had such a successful event without our generous sponsors and all our guests who all came out to support this vital mission to prevent homelessness.