Wonderful news to share!! The Jewish Federation has made settlement this morning on the former Bethel property at 1721 Springdale Road. The building will be renamed the ‘Center for Living and Learning’ and will house a host of dynamic programs including the JFCS TOPS and SAIL programs beginning in the FY15 fiscal year. The new center will also create opportunities for additional multigenerational ecology & sustainability, sports & fitness, and arts & culture programs and the beautiful and expansive grounds will allow for terrific outdoor activities. Mazel tov to Jen Weiss, Betty Adler, Brad Molotsky and others for their vision in moving this project forward.
• The Softball SAILORS are enjoying a winning year! Our devoted team of Sailors has been practicing and enjoying a ton of fun and camaraderie this year. The co-ed group, through the Special Needs Department, has been honing their skills and have enjoyed 2 recent wins at their playing field in Trenton. In just two short weeks they will participate in the Spring Special Olympics Games at the College of New Jersey along with hundreds of athletes representing numerous sports. Go team SAILORS!
• “Repairing the World: One Wednesday at Time” wraps up with a bang. Our cosponsored Hebrew High School curriculum with Adath Emanu El has commenced after a tremendous pilot year. The students will be forever changed by the lessons and experiences that were afforded them. The final workshop focused on ‘Learning from our Elders’ with a terrific program held at Brightview Greentree. Social Worker, Reva Farenback-Brateman led a terrific conversation that allowed 28 seniors to dialogue with 10 kids about their lives as teenagers. Both seniors and teens shared what it ‘was’ like and what ‘it is’ like to be a teen in society. Questions ranged from their first job and what it paid to what they did after school, where they grew up, and when they started dating. JFCS looks forward to working with the synagogue over the summer months in preparation for the next academic year.
• Patient Partners is gearing up for another mid-year training. With interest from new volunteers, the program will offer another comprehensive training session. To date this year, the program has served 39 clients with a total of 23 volunteers who have provided 800 hours of service.
• Save the Date: TONIGHT Monday May 19th Brith Sholom Dine for Donations at Short Hills. 4:00-9:00pm. Proceeds will benefit JFCS.
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