JFS Perspectives

Volunteer Spotlight: The Power of Music

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lynn Nadel at the sing-a-longWhile Lynn Nadel was familiar with music’s powerful effects on people with dementia, she had never witnessed it firsthand. That is, until earlier this month when she led a Pete Seeger sing-along in the memory care unit at Frasier, a local retirement community.  

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Moving Mom and Dad

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Moving Mom and Dad

One of the questions we receive most often is around how to go about moving your parents—whether it’s across the country to be closer to family or across the street into a retirement community. Adult children want to ensure that the transition goes smoothly, tending to their parents’ health, finances, and logistics.  

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Local Photographer’s Goal is to Photograph Every Living Holocaust Survivor

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Local Photographer’s Goal is to Photograph Every Living Holocaust Survivor

Denver couple John and Amy Israel Pregulman have made it their mission to photograph as many Holocaust survivors as possible, before it’s too late. This project began in 2015 when John was commissioned to take pictures of survivors for an exhibit at a Holocaust museum in Illinois. After his work there was done, he felt like he needed to continue. 

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Rochelle Rittmaster: More Than Just a Friendly Visitor

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Rochelle Rittmaster: More Than Just a Friendly Visitor

Rochelle Rittmaster, a semi-retired engineer and geologist from Kansas City, has recently dedicated herself to serving others through several volunteer roles. When she was laid off from work in late 2017, she had some free time and decided to explore volunteer opportunities with the Boulder JFS Friendly Visitor program.  

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Bob Perlow Warmed Up the Reel Hope Boulder Crowd

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Bob Perlow Warmed Up the Reel Hope Boulder Crowd

Bob Perlow, the go-to warm-up comedy act for countless hit sitcoms and variety shows, entertained nearly 200 people attending the 6th annual Reel Hope Boulder, benefiting Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS). Thanks to generous donors who gave nearly $90,000 to support Boulder JFS’s life-transforming work in the Boulder community!
 

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Boulder JFS Family Safety Net Services: There for People in Need During a Crisis

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Boulder JFS Family Safety Net Services: There for People in Need During a Crisis

Did you know that Boulder JFS has Family Safety Net services to assist older adults and adults with physical disabilities in crisis? These support services help promote long-term self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness.  

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Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

Monday, July 09, 2018
Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

If someone gave you a million dollars to spend on yourself, how would you spend it? If you could give it away to make the world a better place, to whom would you give it? These are the types of questions that older adults explore together in Circle Talk. This program creates a safe space for older adults to have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most to them. Circle Talk draws connections between group members’ life experiences, giving them the chance to speak to the real moments that shape their lives and sense of self.  

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Donor Spotlight: Jerry and Gail Sloat

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Donor Spotlight: Jerry and Gail Sloat

Jerry SloatJerry and Gail Sloat have been longtime supporters of Boulder JFS. In fact, their first contact with JFS was when Jerry volunteered to sound the shofar at a JFS High Holy Day service in an assisted living facility approximately 35 years ago! Since then, their involvement has grown. Jerry still sounds the shofar at all of the High Holy Day services in many senior living communities around Boulder. Gail has been a Friendly Visitor volunteer for about seven years, which she loves.  

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Barbara Garrett: A Volunteer So Nice, She’s Doing It Twice!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Barbara Garrett: A Volunteer So Nice, She’s Doing It Twice!

Barbara Garrett has been volunteering with Boulder JFS for the past year and a half, ever since she retired from her position as a tax advocate. She was looking for a meaningful way to volunteer and help others, and Boulder JFS offered precisely the opportunity she was looking for. “Volunteering with JFS was always in the back of my mind,” says Barbara. “When the time came, I knew who to call.” 

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5th Annual Reel Hope Boulder with Bruce Vilanch Most Successful to Date

Friday, October 20, 2017
5th Annual Reel Hope Boulder with Bruce Vilanch Most Successful to Date

Rebecca

Award-winning Hollywood writer, actor, and comedian Bruce Vilanch entertained nearly 300 people attending the 5th annual Reel Hope Boulder, benefiting Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS). Special thanks to generous donors who gave to support the life-transforming work that JFS does in the Boulder community to help people like Rebecca (pictured to the right). In this record year, Reel Hope Boulder grossed more than $92,000—a 22% increase over last year!

 

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