November 11, 2020
If you are aware of survivors who need assistance, please reach out to us at We are here to help.
Remembering Kristallnacht 
November 9-10, 1938
Kristallnacht, (The Night of Broken Glass), was a night of terror when German and Austrian Jewish businesses and homes were looted, synagogues were burned down, and nearly 100 Jews were murdered and 30,000 more were detained and deported to concentration camps.

In memory of all the lives lost and to honor the proud Holocaust survivors, let us learn from history and stand against hatred. Let us remember and be the light. 
JFS of Washtenaw County is proud to recognize November as National Family Caregivers Month - a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers for their dedication to providing around the clock care for loved ones.

JFS celebrates and supports family caregivers every day. Our CARES program provides caregivers compassionate support, education, and respite to promote health and well-being. We offer various levels of case management and resource advocacy. Contact us for a caregiver consultation. Click here to learn more about our services and support groups!

To all the caregivers: we salute you!
We Are Here To Help You
We at Thrive hope this newsletter finds you and yours coping well during these challenging times. We find ourselves at the extraordinary intersection of many stressors, from seasonal changes to election related worry and fatigue, caregiver strain, social isolation, and more. Many of us are acutely missing the company of others, while some are yearning for a moment of peace and quiet without household members underfoot. Whatever your circumstances may be, we at Thrive are here for you. We all need a helping hand sometimes. If you are wondering if counseling is for you, give us a call at 734-436-4249. We currently have no waitlist and we are here to help.

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal
situation is normal behavior”
- Victor Frankl
JFS will deliver hot meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day this holiday season, and we need your help.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Friday, Dec. 25
Friday, Jan. 1
JFS follows strict social distancing protocols to keep volunteers, clients, and staff safe. Food drop-offs are contactless.

Details are being finalized now. Deliveries will take approximately 2 hours. This is a great activity for individuals, or family/friends are welcome to sign-up together.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact our Community Engagement Project Manager, Jacob Singer, at / 734.769.0209 x363.
Order Your JFSMade Holiday Gift Boxes Today
This year's holiday gift boxes contain items from 7 Micro Enterprise Development (MED) vendors:
  • Sham Sweets, baklava
  • Promise Sweets, date balls
  • Jasmine African Bread, sweet bread
  • Afife Jewelry, earrings
  • Esperance Clothing & Accessories, coin purse
  • Pretty Petit Confections, butter cookies/petit fours
  • Just Desserts Cakery, mini apple pie
Cost: $50
Order by November 30
Only 100 boxes available!
Contactless pick-up at JFS:
Wed. Dec. 16, 5-7 PM
Fri. Dec. 18, 10 AM-2 PM
$20 delivery available within 10 mile radius
of JFS. All proceeds support the small business owners, the MED program, and JFSMade, which support refugee run businesses.
Winter Clothing Needed
As we enter the colder months, JFS is collecting winter items for our clients and their families. We are requesting the following items for adults or children in brand new condition: 

  • Sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts
  • Pants/jeans
  • Gloves / Mittens 
  • Hats / Earmuffs
  • Scarves
  • Boots (new or like new)
  • Socks 
  • Hand warmers
  • Microwavable heating pads
  • Blankets

Items can be dropped off at the JFS office Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM.
2245 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
If you have questions, please contact JFS at or 734.769.0209 x-208
Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and your service.
Be sure to register to enjoy a Wellness Wednesday musical break with us:
Music has been proven time and time again to have beneficial effects on both the body and the mind. In scientific studies music has been shown to reduce psychological stress, and promote healing.
Join us for our
Wellness Wednesdays
Free Virtual Concert Series
Grandparenting in 2020:
A Virtual Panel Discussion
Join Congregational Social Worker, Rebecca Nieubuurt, and our esteemed panelists for a lively presentation on the challenges and joys of enjoying grandchildren, protecting our health, maintaining connections to community, and setting healthy boundaries with adult children.

November 18, 2020
5:00 PM