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Friends Campaign 2020

Dear JFS Friends,

As we reflect on our 80th anniversary, JFS has always been here with support and assistance. As the demands from our community have risen dramatically in the past months, JFS continues to offer not just help, but much needed hope to those in need.

We would like to share with you some inspirational quotes from our clients:

“The food staples that I receive each month at the JFS Food Pantry help me make it through the month. Since food stamps have decreased and I am now unemployed, this help is even more important to my family.”

JFS needs ongoing funds to keep our pantry running at its current level. No doubt more and more community members will need this help.

“It’s more than a Shabbat meal, I feel like someone cares about me.”

JFS needs $40,000 each calendar year to continue providing weekly Kosher Shabbat meals to Holocaust survivors, aging adults and individuals with disabilities who are shut in and isolated.

“My therapist at JFS is my lifeline. She is helping me overcome severe anxiety and I’m learning better coping skills.”

JFS needs funds to continue offering teletherapy to those in need — to digitize records and to purchase an electronic medical record system.

“I felt so depressed losing my job. I didn’t know where to turn. The JFS social workers offered me emotional support and concrete job searching strategies.”

JFS needs funds to continue unemployment support groups, employability workshops and job searching strategies.

With your generous donation, JFS can continue our mission to serve and assist the community during these times of urgent need. Donations can be made online at www.jfsnh.org. JFS needs your help!

Warmly,

Ilene Rosalimsky Bronen, Co-President, JFS Board of Directors

Linda Caplan, Co-President, JFS Board of Directors

To support JFS, please donate here.

Creating a Healthy Routine Through Unemployment

Join Rachel Scolnic, LMSW and Hannah Leiterman, LCSW from Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven for a Zoom workshop series on creating a healthy routine, managing anxiety and taking care of your mind and body while navigating through unemployment.  Each workshop will include job search strategies.

The next class is Monday, November 2nd beginning at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the general public and will be conducted via Zoom.

We will add additional topics and workshops with guest speakers from across Connecticut.  Follow us on Facebook and check our website calendar listings for additional dates.

You must pre-register by noon on the day before the workshop by emailing Rachel rsdobin@jfsnh.org.  A Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop start time.  For targeted assistance please include your resume when registering.

“Virtual” Caregiver Support Group

Do you care for a loved one or family member? Do you find yourself isolated from others because of your role? During this time of social distancing, we are launching a new Caregiver Support group “virtually.” If you are on the journey of caring for an ill or aging loved one and looking for support and connection join us online the third Wednesdays of each at 11:00 am.  Upcoming dates include:  Wednesday, November 18th and Wednesday, December 18th.    Please R.S.V.P. at mklein@jfsnh.org or call 203-389-5599, ext. 116. A link will be sent to you prior to the group date

JFS Offers Virtual Therapy

The JFS Mental Health Clinic is accepting new clients for virtual therapy. All of our clinicians are equipped for and trained in providing therapy via video or telephone, and ready to help!  Whether you are seeking an anxiety or bereavement support group, individual counseling to help you with uncertainty or a life change related to the pandemic, or counseling for a child or family member, we are happy to talk to assess your needs and point you in the right direction. Contact Hannah Leiterman, LCSW at 203-389-5599, ext. 114 or hleiterman@jfsnh.org.

September Unemployment Workshop Series

Join Rachel Scolnic, LMSW and Hannah Leiterman, LCSW from Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven for a workshop series on unemployment, job searches and other timely topics.

The classes are free and open to the general public and will be conducted via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Structuring Your Job Search and Creating a Routine for Unemployment

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 .pm.: Mindfulness and Self Care in Unemployment

We will add additional topics and workshops with guest speakers from across Connecticut.  Follow us on Facebook and visit our website calendar for additional dates and topics. 

You must pre-register by noon on the day before the workshop by  emailing Rachel rsdobin@jfsnh.org.  A Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop start time.  For targeted assistance please include your resume when registering.

Spring Celebration – Dear JFS Community

Dear JFS Community,

Jewish Family Service is very fortunate to have the privilege of honoring these extraordinary individuals, Debra & Richard Epstein and Betsy Flaherty. We wish them a warm Mazel Tov for the many years of dedication, leadership and most importantly their lasting impact they continue to have on the JFS community.

In light of the continuing uncertainty from socializing in large gatherings, we regret we have to cancel our JFS event on September 1, 2020. We continue to honor them in our hearts as we move forward to preserve safety for everyone.

We appreciate your positive spirit and patience as we try to navigate our way through this process. All of your good wishes matter so much to our honorees and to all of us at JFS.

JFS will present Debra, Richard and Betsy with a Spring Celebration Program, which includes everyone who donated to JFS in their honor, along with a beautiful Judaica gift for each of them. 

We hope that if you’ve already purchased tickets, you will permit us to retain your funds as a donation in their honor to support the critical services we provide.  However, if you’ve already purchased tickets and would like to be reimbursed or if you have any questions, please email me or call me.

If you haven’t donated in their honor but still wish to do so, we would be very grateful. You may click on the Spring Celebration 2020 link here. Please donate by July 24, 2020 to have your name included in the program.

We thank our honorees for their numerous years of service which have enabled JFS to serve those in need.  It is our hope that the JFS community can toast a L’Chaim to them in person in 2021 when we can all be together.  Thank you so much for your support and generosity.

Warmly,

Ilene

Ilene Rosalimsky Bronen
Chair, JFS Spring Celebration
Co-President, Board of Directors
Email: RosalimskyBronen@aol.com

Help Shape the Future of the Jewish Community

What changes do you want to see in our community? What services and programs should our Jewish community provide? Make your voice heard. Regardless of how you identify Jewishly, no matter your level of observance (or non-observance), please take the Jewish Federation survey. Your feedback will help all our entire community – synagogues, schools, and agencies – work together to build a more dynamic and relevant Jewish New Haven for you!

Take the survey at https://www.jewishnewhaven.org/survey

Job Seekers Workshop & Support Group

Have you been furloughed or lost your job due to COVID-19? Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start a job search? Are anxiety or depression making it difficult to take the first step? 

Join Rachel Scolnic, LMSW and Hannah Leiterman, LCSW for a free Job Seekers Workshop and Support Group, at Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven. We will meet on Zoom on Tuesday, June 23 and July 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You’ll receive guidance on job search strategies during the pandemic, and help coping with the emotional toll a job loss takes. Hear from others experiencing similar obstacles, and share ideas and leads. We will provide individualized assistance as needed for participants, including resume assistance and mental health counseling.  To register for these workshops, please contact rsdobin@jfsnh.org. If you have a resume you would like to use during this workshop, please forward that as well. Once registered, you’ll receive a Zoom invitation.