December 17, 2020
Annual Dreidel Drive
Even during a global pandemic, the Dreidel Drive will go on! Dreidel selection is being done online this year. Gift recipients are homebound older adults who JFS provides meals to, as well as our resettlement clients.

Select an available recipient on the online volunteer sign-up page.

All gifts need to be at JFS by 12/18 so we can arrange distribution.

Please contact Chrissy Taylor at with any questions or concerns.
ESL Students'
Holiday Virtual Potluck
2020 didn't allow us to meet in person for our annual potluck, but the ESL students were able to create a fantastic "virtual potluck." The students presented, cooked, and talked about their favorite holiday foods from their countries. 
All who participated in the virtual concert yesterday were treated to another wonderful musical performance. Lydia Qiu entertained us with her amazing piano skills. She was accompanied by several talented friends who sang, played a string instrument, or played piano. Thank you to all of the performers!

Be sure to register for our next Wellness Wednesday event, featuring certified health coach and dementia practitioner, Lynn Breuer, LMSW. This will be a fun, informative, and interactive presentation on the aging brain.

For more information or to register, click the button below.
Wishing all who celebrate, a happy last night of Chanukkah!
The latest issue of the JFS youth newsletter, "The Youth Scoop," can be read by clicking here.
This issue includes information on tutoring, winter driving tips, December holidays, and COVID-19 updates.
Thrive Counseling
Continuing Education
Presented via Zoom by Bridgette Carr, founding director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic, the first clinical law program solely devoted to addressing this issue comprehensively.

This training will teach what, precisely, human trafficking is and how to identify it. Discussion will include the overlaps between human trafficking and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the scope and diversity of human trafficking in Michigan; and the myths surrounding human trafficking.

Social Workers in attendance earn 2 CEUs.

Even in darkness,
it is possible to create light.
~ Elie Wiesel
You can view the JFS impact video here:
Upcoming Virtual Event:
4,456 Miles: A Survivor's Search for Closure
Join author, Lori Klisman Ellis, as she discusses her book, 4,456 Miles: A Survivor’s Search For Closure. The memoir traces her mother, Sophie (Zosia) Tajcha Klisman, and her sister, Felicia's journey as the two surviving family members of the Holocaust. This meaningful presentation about what life was like for Klisman during the darkest period in history, how she survived, the concentration camps, and , eventually, received closure.

January 21, 3:30-5:00 pm (EST)
The event is free.
Registration is required.
To all who have made a gift this year, we wholeheartedly thank you. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, the need will only continue to grow. You can help be the light. As we close 2020, we hope you will consider a first-time gift, or an additional gift, to support our efforts. Your financial support of JFS enables every member of our community to experience crucial services and care provided with loving-kindness. 

Did you know?

Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes helping charities, including the special $300 deduction designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions.