This was the question posed to a group of frail elders who attended our Sixth Annual Friendly Visitor Hanukkah Celebration. As the elders sat around their tables sharing latkes (potato pancakes), they also shared stories of miracles of survival during a serious illness, miracles of survival during the Holocaust, and the simple miracle of gathering as a community, in the dark of winter, to celebrate together the Festival of Lights – Hanukkah!
Marjie Sokoll, the Director of JF&CS Jewish Healing Connections, also shared the present day miracle of the State of Israel through the story of Izzy the Bear. The cute bear had an honored place as the table centerpieces; it is a gift of Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel – the Red Star of David – Israel’s only first aid and disaster relief organization. The bears were donated to JF&CS Family Table through the generosity of Congregation Mishkan Tefila of Chestnut Hill, which held a fundraiser in support of MDA several years ago. The extra bears were given to the Friendly Visitor Program.