Making Connections
Dear Friends,

I want to thank you all for your warm welcome to me at JF&CS - it has been a whirlwind of a month, but I am both energized and inspired.

During the past thirty days, I've had the opportunity to visit our programs and to meet with dozens of clients, staff, volunteers, and lay leaders--and I'm looking forward to meeting many more of you in the months ahead. Hearing first-hand about the impact of our work and the support JF&CS provides has shown me the dedication of our staff and volunteers and the courage of our clients who ask for help.

What strikes me most is that JF&CS not only provides services, but also builds relationships. A Holocaust survivor who attends our monthly social gathering feels less alone as he receives help in applying for much needed benefits. A new parent who feels overwhelmed by the demands of her baby receives encouragement from a volunteer visit. A young adult with different abilities is able to gain confidence through his employment program and his job at a local school. And a teenager who volunteers each month with Family Table shares that he gets back as much as he gives.

JF&CS is a complex agency, with more than 40 programs, but it is anything but a bureaucracy. Instead, it's a place filled with compassion, embodying the Jewish value of chessed or lovingkindness as a foundation of improving lives. I'm proud to be part of the JF&CS family and eager to develop our relationships together.

Gail Schulman

P.S. This photo shows you a snippet of my volunteer day at Family Table  - when long-time volunteer Seymour challenged me to differentiate kosher vs non-kosher tomatoes. Happily, I passed the test - and I also got to appreciate the knowledge and commitment of our volunteers.

To read more about Gail and what brought her to JF&CS, check out our blog.
How do you know when you need help with your parents?
  • If the stress of meeting your parents' needs affects your own life
  • If you don't know how to access the services your parents need
  • If you live at a distance and struggle to care for your parents
  • If you're not sure how to have a conversation with your parents about their wishes for health care planning
Your Elder Experts can help support, educate, and guide you.  Whether for a one-time consultation or ongoing care management, we work with older people, their families, and their care partner to enhance their quality of life, encourage independence, and provide a safe and supportive living environment.

Your Elder Experts is a private pay program. Learn more about what our  Care Managers can help you with, here.
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Save the Date!


An annual event to support the innovative and comprehensive programs of JF&CS.

The annual Benefit will take place on April 1 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

We sat down with Gail Schulman, our new CEO, to learn more about her and what drew her to JF&CS.
January 27, 2020 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp.

Lauren & Mark Rubin Visiting MomsĀ® Travel to Ukraine
In November, our own Debbie Whitehill and three Lauren & Mark Rubin Visiting Moms volunteers spent four remarkable days in Dnipro, Ukraine.

Read more stories like these on our blog.