On Sunday, November 17, JF&CS Headquarters in Waltham was a hive of activity with both the Friendly Visitor Chanukkah Celebration and the Fragile Beginnings “Journey Through Prematurity” conference taking place on what is usually a quiet day. Sunday’s events brought a diverse group of attendees gathered under one roof in Waltham. JF&CS once again showed its strength in caring for the generations with these two events that covered both ends of the intergenerational spectrum.

Friendly Visitor Chanukkah Celebration

created at: 2013-11-19Latkes, prayers, songs, and menorahs were everywhere on Sunday at the 8th Annual JF&CS Friendly Visitor Chanukkah Celebration. More than 70 elders, volunteers, Jewish Healing Connections Advisory Council members, and JF&CS staff members joined together for this joyous occasion. Elders came not only from the Friendly Visitor Program, but also from a variety of other JF&CS programs, including Schechter Holocaust Services, New American Services, Your Elder Experts, Mental Health, Aging Well at Home, and residents of assisted living facilities who participate in the Jewish Healing Connections monthly Shabbat Programs.

Volunteers from a variety of JF&CS programs helped make a wonderful and haimische afternoon, transporting elders to and from their homes, as well as singing, laughing, and discussing Thanksgivukkah, the overlap of Thanksgiving and Chanukkah this year. Volunteers from JF&CS Young Professionals and the Boston College Jewish Law Student Association also helped to make the day a success. For the second year in a row, Brandeis University’s premier Jewish co-ed a cappella group, Manginah, performed contemporary Hebrew and English songs.

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