Share the Celebration of Tu B’Shevat With an Isolated, Lonely Elder

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JFS of Metrowest invites you and your family to visit an isolated elder this Tu B’Shevat and share the joy of the holidays through the Kesher-Y.O.U. (Connecting Young and Old United) program, funded by CJP’s Metrowest Jewish Community Fund.

Acts of Kindness

The Kesher-Y.O.U. program helps young children learn the importance of tzedakah (the act of charitable giving), gemilut hasadim (acts of kindness), tikkun olam (the imperative to make the world a better place) and mitzvah (the Jewish commandment to do good).

Making Connections

JFS works with many Jewish seniors in our community. Some of these seniors are alone. Their families may live far away. They welcome the opportunity to connect with you and your family when you visit them to share Tu B’Shevat and bring a special gift to them.

You will have the opportunity to sign up for other holidays later in the year as well. Three sessions are planned between January 2019 and April 2019 and families may choose to participate in any session.

Last month during the first session, six families celebrated Hanukkah with elders throughout Metrowest. The families raved about the program, and everyone was excited for the next session. Kesher-Y.O.U. makes it possible for you and your family to do meaningful community service together as a family.

How It Works

Each session will consist of:

  • A 45-minute holiday-themed orientation that includes a child-friendly activity while parents will be given information about the elder, structuring the visit and will receive a special book to share with your child, “My First Friendly Visiting Book.” Families will also prepare a gift bag for the elder.
  • A transition time while you drive to your assigned elder’s home to talk about the visit with your child and share with them the importance of gemilut hasadim (special acts of kindness).
  • Families will give the gift bag you prepared and share the traditions of the holiday. Visits are expected to last about 30 minutes.

This program incorporates Jewish values, spending quality time together as a family and making a difference in a lonely elder’s life.

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • March 24: Purim
  • April 7: Passover

Questions? Contact Abrielle Salloway, LCSW, Friendly Visitor program coordinator, at 508-875-3100 ext. 360 or Patricia Murphy at 508-875-3100 ext. 350.

Space is limited—register today!

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Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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