The Annual Mitzvah Day brought together 500 volunteers to work on a record 30 projects around our community, including beautifying parks, feeding the hungry, thanking public servants, bringing holiday cheer to older people, families of sick children, and families in shelters.
Families which include special needs individuals received continuing support through monthly BRIDGES programs, an annual Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month workshop, a support group for young adults with disabilities, a support program for family members of someone with special needs, and a growing inclusion program at Camp Shelanu.Once a month
JFS brings together approximately 40 seniors in our community to participate in our Chaverim program. They enjoy good conversation and a delicious meal together at the Levin JCC.
In 2015, JFS helped more than 90 individuals with a memory disorder and their loved ones through our memory programming and our monthly Memory Café to socialize, engage in a joint memory activity, and share tips on how to deal with memory loss.
Through the Shabbat Outreach program, JFS reaches approximately 25-30 frail, Jewish seniors living at congregate facilities each Friday night.
JFS helps approximately 19 families per month in need of non-perishable food at our Food Pantry.
In 2015 JFS distributed approximately $30,000 in direct financial assistance and approximately $2,700 in food assistance to individuals and families in need.
JFS provides high quality, affordable clinical social work services to individuals, couples and families in need of emotional support. We accept sliding scale reimbursement and Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Providing Opportunities for People to Engage
300+ community members celebrated Israel at the Israel Center’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration.
1,600 community members attended the JCC’s Jewish Food Festival in 2017 and over 500 community members attended Jewish Holiday Festivals for Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot.
In 2015, JCC’s Camp Shelanu expanded from a summer camp to supporting families with schools out camps and kids night out camps year round. Camp Shelanu 365 was attended by over 380 campers. The camp inclusion program expanded to serve more children and we awarded $15,000 in scholarships to campers with financial need and children of veterans.
JCC membership including year round and summer members has grown to over 1000units.
Adult cultural programming in 2015 included Men’s and Women’s Group meetings for seniors, book groups, cooking classes, film screenings and our first JCC trip to Israel. Over 200 community members were engaged in adult cultural programming.
The sale of over 6,000 loaves of JCafe challah in 2015 brought community members to the JCC of Fridays to prepare for Shabbat celebrations.
In 2015, a weekly story time program full of songs, books and bubbles was added on Friday mornings to serve parents with infants and toddlers. Over 30 families attended each week. Story time ends with Shabbat blessings and songs.