Celebration at Autumn Glen
Volunteers Ruth Glicksman, Rabbi Raphael Kanter, Cindy Yoken
Myra Goldberg, and Joan Farrow helped make Passover at Autumn Glen enjoyable
for the residents.
Rabbi Kanter came and spoke about the meaning of the holiday and
all its traditions with the residents of Autumn Glen.
Pizza Matzo were made and enjoyed by all.
Brings Joy of Sukkot to Autumn Glen
From the Fall 2012 Jewish
When Gale Williams, activities director
at Autumn Glen Assisted Living invited the Jewish Family Services Committee to
make a Sukkot party for Autumn Glen residents, Ruth Glicksman decided that it
was time to expand the range of activities and enlisted the help of The PJ
Library coordinator Robin Kaufman, an experienced Jewish educator.
In the past several years, under the
leadership of Ruth Glicksman, JFS has brought Jewish holiday celebrations to
Autumn Glen twice a year, on Hanukkah and Purim. The last time we had a
Sukkot party was in 2009 and we were thrilled that Autumn Glen invited us to do
it again, said Ruth Glicksman, over the years, we have developed a
loyal following among Jewish as well as non-Jewish residents. On October
4, Ruth Glicksman, Kayla Joblon, Robin Kaufman, and Olga Yorish arrived at
Autumn Glen laden with graham crackers, pretzel sticks, marshmallow fluff, and
other supplies for a creative project. The
party started with Rabbi Raphael Kanter making Federation Brings Joy of Sukkot
to Autumn Glen L'Hitraot, Friends By Alice Nussbaum a show-and-tell
presentation on the meaning and traditions of Sukkot and demonstrating the
Lulav and Etrog. He then passed the Etrog around the room to let the residents
experience the touch and smell of the fragrant yellow citron. Then it was time
for the activity.
Under the guidance of Robin Kaufman, and
assisted by volunteers, the residents built small edible sukkahs (huts) out of
graham crackers, pretzel sticks, and marshmallow crème, and decorated
them with assorted fruit candy. There were a lot of laughs and smiles, some
munching on pretzel sticks and candy, but all participants exhibited great
restraint and didnt consume their creations.
Everybody had a great time. We look
forward to seeing you on Hanukah, said one of the residents, and we
assured him that well be there. A Hanukah party at Autumn Glen is
scheduled for Wednesday December 12th.
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Hot kosher meals are delivered five days
a week to home-bound Jewish elderly in New Bedford and surrounding towns by
Coastline Elderly Services.
For questions or to sign up for this
program 508-997-7471 or email at email@example.com. We
guarantee full confidentiality.
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FederationCoastline Collaboration to Benefit the
Jewish Elderly and Disabled
Beginning in January 2013, the Jewish
Federation has partnered with Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. (CESI) to
provide outreach to the Jewish elderly and disabled persons living throughout
the city of New Bedford and its surrounding towns.
new program is a brain child of the Jewish Family Services and its chair Ruth
Glicksman who have been concerned about the well-being of the homebound elderly
and disabled members of the Jewish community. Coastline Elderly was a logical
address to bring these concerns to as it possesses valuable knowledge of
programs and services that allow individuals to continue living independently
in their own homes. With the help of a grant from the Jewish Federation, CESI
has hired and trained an outreach worker, Ana Giovannini, known at Coastline as
Ana G, who will be exclusively responsible for providing proactive outreach in
the Jewish community.
Unlike in the traditional health services
model where individuals seek out programs and services, the community health
worker model sends individuals out into the community to actively provide
individuals with outreach and education and effectively bring services and
programs to them. According to Ruth Glicksman, Ana G will be our eyes and
ears in the community. She will act as a liaison between the Jewish Federation,
Coastline Elderly Services, hospitals and nursing homes, the Rabbis, family
members, and the elderly and disabled persons, to ensure the continuity of
services and access to all available programs and resources in the community.
It is our hope that together, the Jewish Federation and CESI will be able to
bring essential services to individuals to help them continue living
independently in their homes. We are very excited about this new
partnership, said Paula Shiner, the CEO of Coastline Elderly Services,
Inc., We think that it may become a successful model of other
community-based outreach programs.
If you or anybody you know may benefit
from this program, please call Ana Giovannini at Coastline Elderly Services at
508-999-6400 or the Jewish Federation at 508-997-7471. As always, we guarantee
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Seniors: Do You Need
Transportation to Doctors' and Other Appointments?
Federation is here to help. In
cooperation with Coastline Elderly Services, we will help you gain access to
local agencies that provide transportation assistance to the seniors. Coastline
Elderly Services, Inc. coordinates a network of transportation options and will
assist you in meeting your transportation needs.
Please call us at
508-997-7471 if you need assistance with transportation to doctors' and other
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Every year, the Jewish Federation, in
cooperation with local rabbis, Rabbi Barry Hartman and Rabbi Raphael Kanter of
Tifereth Israel Congregation, coordinates an annual Passover Relief
Drive. Funds are collected in order to buy special Passover food for the
needy families in the Jewish community.
For centuries, Jewish communities around
the world have collected Maot Chittim ("Wheat Money"), so that those of limited
means may celebrate a joyous and kosher Passover. The giving of Maot
Chittim, which enables families in need to purchase wine, matzah, and the other
Pesach necessities, is a basic mitzvah every Jew is obligated to fulfill.
This year, we provided Passover food
packages to 22 families (the total of 37 individuals).
If you have any questions, or would like
to make a donation to Passover Relief Fund, please call Michelle Poirier at
508-997-7471 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Federation has a long-standing tradition of cooperating with St. Luke's
Hospital in organizing annual blood drives as well as encouraging its members
to donate blood throughout the year. This year, the Drive was held on
Sunday May 20, 2011 and was chaired by David Novick who was successful in
recruiting 30 members of the Jewish community to donate blood. This
effort enables us to guarantee free supply of blood for all Federation members
and their families.
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