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December 2016
Happy Hanukkah




Seasons Greetings
Carrie Hoops

When the community comes together, great things happen!

With your generous support, Jewish Family & Child Service strives to repair the world -- one person at a time. Over the past year, JFCS did that time and again, helping more than 2,400 people get the assistance they needed to solve problems in their lives.

Our 2015-16  Annual Report is hot off the presses, and describes the indispensable role that JFCS plays as a community resource. You'll read not only about the agency's achievements, but also about the perspectives of our talented, dedicated staff members, who work day in, day out to help clients overcome obstacles.

The holiday season offers us the opportunity (all too rare, it seems) for reflection -- to take stock of our lives and all that gives them meaning. It's also a time to express gratitude through generosity, and we hope that you will consider making a year-end gift to JFCS today.   Click here to donate now.

More than ever, Portland's well-being depends on promoting trust, fostering positive social ties, and cultivating the conditions that allow all community members to thrive. Your charitable gift will enable JFCS to do that, accomplishing a scope and scale of work that we could not tackle alone.

With warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season,


Carrie Hoops
Executive Director



Another Successful Thanksgiving Food Box Campaign 

On Sunday, November 20th, more than 100 volunteers came together to assemble and deliver ample Thanksgiving food boxes to 132 low-income households. In all, 606 people were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, complete with turkey, stuffing, and all the traditional trimmings.
 
As in previous years, this community-wide collaboration involved synagogues, religious schools, and other organizations, each of which collected a specific item to go into each box. The food boxes serve families beyond the Jewish community and we are pleased to have a new partner that supports our efforts:  Bilal Masjid, a Mosque located in Beaverton. For the second year in a row, Safeway Albertsons provided a generous grant that covered the cost of the turkeys.
 
This year's Thanksgiving campaign was produced in collaboration with Cedar Sinai Park. On behalf of both our organizations, our heartfelt thanks goes to all our partners, including: 

B'nai B'rith Camp
Beit Haverim
Bilal Masjid
Cedar Sinai Park
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Shaarie Torah 
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Moishe House Portland
Portland Jewish Academy

And a special thanks to Safeway Albertsons for the heavy-duty turkey boxes and to Lowe's for donating boxes with handles that made our lifting easier this year. 
 
We are also grateful for the invaluable help of our volunteers, many of whom join us year after year. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this rousing success!


 
Mitzvah Menorah / Adopt-a-Family


On December 18, volunteers will gather to wrap hundreds of holiday gifts and household items and distribute them to local disadvantaged  families, helping their holiday wishes come true.

Sixty low-income families provided their wish lists, and our partner organizations -- as well as numerous individuals and families throughout the community --"adopted" them by purchasing the gifts they requested.  

Thanks to our partners and all the caring individuals and families who are  brightening the holiday seasons of our neighbors in need. 

By giving to the Mitzvah Menorah/ Adopt-a-Family campaign, you are helping people feel more connected to their community.
 
We'd also like to thank the following partners: 



Cedar Sinai Park
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Shaarie Torah/
     Maasim Tovim Committee
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Jewish Cub Scout Pack 739
Jewish Boy Scout Troop 739
Kol Shalom
Maayan Torah Day School
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Portland Jewish Academy


There's still time to sign-up to help with Adopt-a-Family present wrapping and delivery on Dec. 18. Gift wrapping is from 8:30 am to about 11:30 am, and driving and delivery runs from 11 am to about 1 pm. Each driver and delivery partner will deliver three or four gift bundles.
Volunteers must register by Dec. 14; please contact Phoenix Barrow, Cedar Sinai Park, Campus Volunteer Coordinator at 503-535-4055. 
For more information about the Holiday Campaigns, contact Carrie Kaufman, Cedar Sinai Park Development Manager, by email here or call 503-535-4447.

 
Weekend in Quest 2017

T his year's Weekend in Quest, a Shabbaton (study weekend), will be held
 in Astoria, Oregon, over the  weekend
of March 3 - 5, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Judaic Studies  of the Pacific Northwest and 
is co-sponsored by JFCS. 

The 2017 scholar-in-residence is Roger Porter, Emeritus Professor of English and Humanities a t Reed College, whose program is entitled "Who is the Jew? 
Anti-Semitism in Shakespeare and Philip Roth?"  

Participants will delve into several works of literature -- including Shakespeare's controversial play The Merchant of Venice and several novels by Roth -- and examine whether they should be considered anti-Semitic, as some critics have contended.

The weekend will also include Shabbat services, catered kosher-style meals, round-table discussions, entertainment, and social opportunities.

For more information or to register, visit http://weekendinquest.org or contact Mimi Epstein


 
Legacy Gifts Ensure Our Future

JFCS is pleased to be part of the Life & Legacy planned giving initiative, a partnership of Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The program is helping JFCS and nine other organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington to integrate legacy giving into our culture in order to build our financial sustainability. 

Leaving a legacy gift is one of the most valuable ways to help JFCS continue to serve our community well into the future. As year-end approaches and you assess your charitable goals, we hope that you will consider making a pledge now that will make a difference for generations to
 come.

For more information about leaving a legacy gift, contact  Carrie Hoops, Executive Director, at 
503-226-7079 x113 or carriehoops@jfcs-portland.org

Jewish Family & Child Service provides social services that improve the lives of adults, families and children in the Jewish and general communities. 

                                                                      JFCS is a subsidiary 
of Cedar Sinai Park


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