JFS Perspectives

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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Boulder Volunteer Baker is the Apple of Our Eye

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For the past several years, baker extraordinaire Lisa Hainline has added some extra sweetness to the High Holy Day services Boulder JFS brings to local retirement communities. As a cherished behind-the-scenes volunteer, Lisa bakes as many apple cakes as our Boulder staff asks her to—this year it’s six! While the residents enjoy the traditional apples and honey that is served at most Rosh Hashanah celebrations, they are thrilled to see Lisa’s homemade cakes on the tables. 

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Boulder JFS Presents Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Friday, July 14, 2017
Boulder JFS Presents Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host its fifth annual fundraiser, “Reel Hope Boulder” on Saturday, October 14 at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue. Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening with award-winning writer, comedian, songwriter, and actor Bruce Vilanch. Ron Bostwick, a freelance event producer and announcer, will interview Vilanch to showcase a “behind-the-screen” account of Bruce’s storied decades-long career. Bostwick has interviewed numerous celebrities at the Boulder International Film Festival, as well as featured speakers at three Reel Hope Boulder events. 

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Such Good News From the Volunteer Department, We Just Had to Share!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Elene and ElliotWe don’t mean to boast, but the volunteers at Boulder JFS are some of the most giving, creative, thoughtful, and dedicated human beings you will come across. Here are some of the most recent snippets of how JFS volunteers go above and beyond and make a meaningful impact in the lives of JFS clients. Photo: Volunteer Elaine with Elliot.
 

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Spunky 96-Year-Old Diane

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In August, Boulder JFS received a request for help from a hospice chaplain. The chaplain relayed that a woman he had been visiting, Diane Merrick, told him, “Everything is in order, except I need to see a rabbi.”  

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