Share the Light of Hanukkah With a Lonely Elder

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(Photo: Willowpix/iStock)
(Photo: Willowpix/iStock)

JFS of Metrowest invites you and your family to visit an isolated elder this Hanukkah 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, and mitzvot, the Jewish commandments 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 Hanukkah and bring a special gift to them.

You will have the opportunity to sign up for other holidays later in the year as well. Four sessions are planned between December 2018 and April 2019 and families may choose to participate in any session.

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 half an hour.

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

Dates:
The first session will celebrate Hanukkah and is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9.

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Jan. 27: Tu B’Shevat
March 24: Purim
April 7: Passover

Questions?
Contact Abrielle Salloway, LCSW, Warm Connectors Program Coordinator, at 508-875-3100 ext. 360, or Patricia Murphy at 508-875-3100 ext. 210.

Space is limited, so register today!

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Fact Sheet
When
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
* Registration closes on December 3rd at 12:00 am
Where
Temple Shir Tikva
141 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA 01778
Price
Free

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