JFS Perspectives

Fall 2019 Family Matters

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Fall 2019 Family Matters

In the Fall 2019 issue of Family Matters, meet our new executive staff members, learn how JFS's community rabbi provides spiritual support in times of need, learn about JFS's lobby remodel, see how SHALOM Denver's printing and mailing services can help your business and more. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the whole newsletter.  

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Trader Joe’s Partners with JFS to Fight Hunger

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Everyone loves Trader Joe’s, but those who visit the Weinberg Food Pantry with any regularity have a special affinity for the popular grocery retailer. Trader Joe’s Greenwood Village store is one of the largest in-kind donors to the pantry, supplying fresh produce, prepared foods, dairy products, bread, and even fresh flowers on a regular basis. Last year, Trader Joe’s donated 84,000 pounds of food, enough to make 65,000 meals. 

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Thank You Lunchbox Express Volunteers!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Thank You Lunchbox Express Volunteers!

This past summer, hundreds of dedicated Lunchbox Express volunteers distributed more than 22,000 fresh, nutritious lunches to children in need at 16 locations throughout the Denver metro area. The program targets children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year but are at risk of going without during the summer months. In addition to the meals, more than 12,000 books were distributed to children to encourage a love of reading and learning. 

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Printing with Purpose. Mailing with a Mission.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SHALOM Denver has been proudly serving Denver-area businesses with quality printing and mailing services for decades. Customers represent a full spectrum of industries, including banking and financial services, energy, tech startups, manufacturing, real estate, nonprofit, retail, and food service. Business customers appreciate the excellent customer service, high-quality work, attention to detail, and quick turnaround. 

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Mike Korn: Broadening a Jewish Connection for Older Adults

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Mike Korn: Broadening a Jewish Connection for Older Adults

Mike KornFor the past three years Mike Korn has served as a JFS volunteer para-chaplain, leading Shabbat services for the residents of HighPointe Assisted Living & Memory Care. Mike’s engaging biweekly and holiday services regularly attract both Jewish and non-Jewish residents. 

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From the CEO: Lobby and Atrium Remodel

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
From the CEO: Lobby and Atrium Remodel

I have some exciting news to share about a new project at JFS that will enhance the quality of our services and provide a better experience for those we are fortunate to serve. We are remodeling the lobby and atrium at the JFS Tamarac building to provide a more welcoming and comfortable environment for visitors of the Weinberg Food Pantry and others who come to JFS for help. Thanks to the support of generous donors and volunteers, work is already underway and should be completed later this fall. 

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JFS Welcomes New Executive Staff Members

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Please help us welcome three new members of our executive staff:  

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JFS’s Community Rabbi Provides Spiritual Support in Times of Need

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
JFS’s Community Rabbi Provides Spiritual Support in Times of Need

Last March, Jessica Allen was faced with a dilemma. Her father was facing certain death and she had no idea where she would find a rabbi who could put him to rest in a way that would honor his life and Jewish faith. It was important to her and her family that that he be buried in a Jewish cemetery following Jewish rituals. For her mother, Sharon, who was losing her husband of 50 years, it was mandatory. 

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Corporate Employees Get Out of the Board Room and Back on the School Bus

Monday, August 19, 2019
Corporate Employees Get Out of the Board Room and Back on the School Bus

We just concluded another amazing Lunchbox Express season! Hundreds of dedicated volunteers distributed more than 22,000 fresh, nutritious lunches and more than 12,000 books to children in need at 16 locations throughout the Denver metro area. We were thrilled to partner with seven corporate groups to fill many of these volunteer slots: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), DaVita, FirstBank, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), Randstad, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee, and Xcel Energy. Many of these groups took multiple shifts on various days throughout the summer. And for some groups, their employees have returned year after year. 

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Hannah Kutnick's 3rd Annual Backpack Bonanza to Support Lunchbox Express News Coverage

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Hannah Kutnick's 3rd Annual Backpack Bonanza to Support Lunchbox Express News Coverage

12-year-old Hannah Kutnick recently organized her third annual “Backpack Bonanza,” a drive to generate donations for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies for at-risk children. She collected and donated 400 loaded backpacks to Jewish Family Service, which were distributed to children in need through our Lunchbox Express program and to other families served through various JFS programs. She raised more than $3,500 this year and a total of $8,100 over three years. She was able to negotiate significant discounts with several retailers to put together 400 full backpacks to supplement those provided by Jewish Family Service.
 

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