By Leigh Friedman, JFCS Intern
While his AmeriCorps VISTA intern term has come to an end, we’d like to shine a spotlight on Jordan Wohl, who has served for the past year as an AmeriCorps VISTA intern, and has made a tremendous impact in many lives.
A recent graduate from the University of Delaware, class of 2015, he was looking for a community experience before entering medical school. Having grown up in the Cherry Hill Community, he couldn’t have imagined a better way than volunteering through JFCS, as a return to his roots.
Wohl, who was actively involved in JFCS for many years, found out about the AmeriCorps VISTA program while volunteering through BookMates. BookMates, a program established by JCRC, is an interfaith literacy program that provides services to Title I elementary schools in low and moderate-income communities throughout Southern New Jersey. He credits his volunteering with BookMates as having led him to one of the best experiences of his life at JFCS.
Over the past year as a VISTA intern, Wohl gained great experience in varying fields of expertise. Grant writing, working closely with the Goodman Holocaust Museum GHMEC (located within the JCC lobby in Cherry Hill), and tackling diverse multimedia projects name just a few of his successes.
Café Europa, a JFCS social program for Holocaust Survivors is near and dear to Wohl’s heart. Having led three different Café Europa luncheon sessions for Holocaust survivors within just one month alone, he said he has gained a deeper perspective of his outlook on life. “Café Europa has become a large part of myself in a couple of ways. First, it has made me appreciate getting together with my friends more, especially ones I see rarely. Most of our survivors look forward to Café Europa every month as an opportunity to see their friends. Café Europa has showed me how to appreciate time with friends and family more appropriately,” said Wohl.
Wohl largely credits his past year as a VISTA intern as greater shaping him as an individual. “As I will be going to medical school locally, it has given me a better idea and feel of the community around me. Even though I have lived in the area for my entire life, I believe that this year of service gave me a better feel of this community that will allow me to become a more caring and empathetic physician.”
As he looks ahead to the future and what medicine holds, he is cognizant of working on a team with other physicians, as he credits the team undertaking, the skills he has learned from working for GHMEC/JCRC and JFCS will be invaluable in asset.
We are grateful for the work that has been accomplished through the AmeriCorps VISTA programs with interns such as Jordan Wohl. JFCS is very proud to announce that the AmeriCorps VISTA legacy will continue in August with Benjamin Kane, who will officially begin as an AmeriCorps VISTA intern at the end of August.