The Annual Mitzvah Day brought together 550 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. Mitzvah Corps launched this year to bring people together throughout the year in inter-generational service projects.
Inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities and their families have grown, including a long-standing Young Adult group, Family Connections program for families, and celebrating Jewish Disabilities Inclusion and Awareness Month. The Inclusion program at Camp Shelanu serves over 30 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 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 2017, 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 $17,000 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 325 young children. Weekly story time and Tot Shabbat as well as Tunes and Tots parent/child music class bring over 30 families with babies and toddlers each week to the JCC.