The Annual Mitzvah Day brought together 575 volunteers to work 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. PJ Library Family Mitzvah Day and Community Midrasha’s Martin Luther King Day day of service provided young families and teens opportunities to come together over shared values of tikkun olam.
Inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities and their families have grown, including Jewish Disability Inclusion and Awareness Month Art Show, adaptive sports, fitness, and aquatics, Inclusion Havdalah programs, and more. The Inclusion program at Camp Shelanu serves over 50 children during the summer and at School’s Out camps year-round and make up over 10% of campers each week. Out Inclusion Advisory Council is now working on expanding inclusion and accessibility across departments.
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 2018, JFS helped more than 115 individuals with a memory disorder and their loved ones through our memory programming and our monthly Memory Caféand Memory Cafe 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 50 families per month in need of non-perishable food at our Food Pantry.
In 2018, JFS distributed approximately $32,000 in direct financial assistance and approximately $3,800 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.
1,800 community members attended the JCC’s Jewish Food Festival in 2018 and over 500 community members attended Jewish Holiday Festivals for Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot.
In 2018, 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 450 campers. The camp scholarship 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 included Men’s and Women’s Group meetings for seniors, book groups, cooking dance, and art classes, film screenings, speakers and move. Hundreds of 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.
Programs for young families has expanded, including bringing PJ Library to our community, which, along with community partners provides Jewish books to over 500 young children. Weekly story time and Tot Shabbat as well as Tunes and Tots parent/child music class bring over 40 families with babies and toddlers each week to the JCC.