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Your Monthly Update on Our Work and Impact
From Gail's Desk
September 29, 2022
Greetings!

I hope you had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah, and a sweet start to this Jewish New Year. For me, the holiday was an opportunity for reflection and much-needed renewal during a time of intense need and strain in our community. Being together with family and friends is a reminder of my many blessings—and of the importance of sharing my blessings with others. 

We now find ourselves in the Days of Repentance, the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During this time, we focus on three themes: teshuvah (repentance), tefillah (prayer), and tzedakah. Tzedakah, often thought of as “charity,” is more aptly translated as “justice.” It is this work that we pursue every day at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. 
 
Each time that any of you volunteers at Jewish Family & Children’s Service – you are pursuing justice. You are doing the same when you donate funds, or when you spread the word about our supports. Thank you for working with us to pursue justice as a community—we couldn’t do it without you. 
 
In the spirit of these holy days, below are stories of how we are working each day to make the world a more just place, with your help. 
 
Wishing your family a sweet and happy year. L’Shana Tova! 
Gail Schulman
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. We’re hiring! Learn more about our many fulfilling job openings, from mental health case manager to support group facilitator and much more at jfcsboston.org/careers
Family Table is now open for new clients
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If inflation is making it hard to put food on your family’s table, our table is open. With the expansion of our facilities, we are now accepting new clients for Family Table – our free, kosher food pantry. Along with food, including farm fresh produce and whole grain products, Family Table provides: 
 
  • Jewish holiday and ritual items, including challah and Shabbat candles
  • Personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, and shampoo
  • Recipes using pantry foods created by a registered dietician
  • Connections to resources to help families find stability during these uncertain times 
 
Our services are confidential and open to families with young children, people with disabilities, older adults living on fixed incomes, Holocaust survivors, survivors of domestic abuse, people who have experienced job loss or underemployment, and anyone else facing food insecurity. 
 
Know anyone who would benefit from these services?
They can fill out this form and a member of our JF&CS team will get in touch with them. 
JF&CS honored with national award for empowering people with dementia
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On September 16th, JF&CS was one of only four organizations honored with a 2022 national Maude’s Award for our “Living Well with Dementia at the Café” initiative, an innovative collaboration with the Dementia Action Alliance.
 
A memory café is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. It may include opportunities for music, for art, or simply for sharing.

Our new initiative helps memory cafés foster leadership and empowerment among participants living with dementia.
 
The Maude’s Awards was created in 2019 by Richard Ferry (Co-Founder of Korn-Ferry International) to enrich the quality of life for persons living with dementia and their care partners. Maude’s Awards honors Richard Ferry’s wife of 65 years, Maude, who was diagnosed in 2013 with dementia. 
Diversifying mental health support for young children
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A word cloud created by the participants of our new training program
The past few years have been full of stress and loss. To help young children who have experienced trauma, caregivers need the support of expert mental health practitioners. That’s why we started offering training in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, a culturally sensitive prevention-based service that pairs a mental health consultant with early childhood caregivers to help them better support the healthy social and emotional development of children.
 
To expand on this discipline, this fall we are launching a new, free, comprehensive training program for professionals focused on early childhood mental health. Our course is targeted specifically to providers of color to better support children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. 
 
Fifteen professionals who support the growth and development of young children in a variety of settings will spend the year studying with JF&CS leaders how to help caregivers understand challenging behaviors and better support the healthy social and emotional development of children. 
CHAI Services earns 100% on audit
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CHAI Participants gathered for a CHAI Tea Party on August 21st
Our approach is to individualize our work with each client—their situation, their goals and dreams, their skills and their support needs –to help them live the life they want to live."
--Sara Freedman, Director of CHAI Services   
CHAI Services, our work promoting independence for people with disabilities, began more than 30 years ago, with a group of parents wanting their children with disabilities to have access to quality Jewish programming and community. 

Decades on, we are proud to still be raising the bar for quality, as evidenced by our excellent scores on a recent high-stakes audit from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of our day, employment, and residential services for people with disabilities, including a perfect score for our residences! The audit scored CHAI Services on a variety of factors, including maintenance of our residential spaces, clients' medication and financial management, individualized client goal attainment, community engagement, and administration/documentation. The state was particularly impressed with CHAI’s work during the height of the pandemic, centered on finding creative initiatives (like our annual tea party!) to engage our clients in highly individualized ways.  
Rosh Hashanah meal delivery brings tradition to those in need
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Our CEO Gail Schulman and former
JF&CS Board President Jamie Adess Grossman
Last week, JF&CS helped mobilize 146 volunteers to deliver 3,000 Rosh Hashanah holiday meals to families in need. In partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, our volunteers delivered traditional holiday foods all over Greater Boston to make sure that people can celebrate this important holiday. Thank you to every volunteer and donor who supported this important effort!
"Thank you so very very very much!!!
This is a gift from God and could not have come at a harder time.
Thank you a million thank yous!
Shana Tova u-metuka / Happy Rosh Hashanah to you."

--Rosh Hashanah Meal Delivery Recipient
Legacy Giving: A Legacy of Healing from Joyce Zakim
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For many, the Days of Awe offer a chance to find spiritual healing and preparation for the year ahead. The Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing provides a variety of resources for people facing grief, isolation, illness, and more.

Thank you to Joyce Zakim for your support of the Center for Jewish Healing and your commitment to helping those in need.
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