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JFS Pairs Volunteers with Older Adults for Shopping Experience

Picking out a new outfit for the High Holidays was the highlight of 102-year-old Henriette’s day. “I haven’t gone shopping in ages because I have to have somebody go with me,” she said before choosing a jacket, blouse and skirt to wear to synagogue. “I’m so glad that I came out t…

For Herb, JFS Offered a Brighter Future

When Herb, 68, suddenly needed surgery for a serious heart condition, his sister, who lives in New Jersey, turned to Jewish Family Service for help. She was afraid that her brother would have a hard time managing in his home because, in addition to his heart condition, he was somewhat unstea…

A Lifeline for Sam

JFS Executive Director Debbie Zoller will never forget the moment when Sam* walked through the door with nothing but a small suitcase.

“Don’t take me to a shelter,” he begged Debbie. “I don’t think I could survive.”

Sam, a man in his early 70s with a slight build and genera…

JFS Brings the Joy of Tradition to Older Adults

On April 6, JFS Clinical Coordinator of Older Adult Services Carol Wilson brought a Passover seder experience to over a dozen residents of Kirkland Village in Bethlehem.

The group of residents, which included people who were born Jewish, people who converted to Judaism and people who are …

Mitzvah Project Revives Happy Memories for Older Adults

Over two dozen volunteers gathered at Atria Bethlehem on Jan. 29 to bake a recipe that resident Gloria Nelson remembers from her Aunt Lil. The chocolate cake was a staple at her family’s celebrations, and as part of a community-wide mitzvah project in partnership with the Jewish Federation…