Jewish Family Service of MetroWest welcomed Holocaust survivors and second-generation caregivers in its programs with survivors and caregivers from Jewish Family Service of Central NJ. The Sunday, July 16, program at Congregation Israel of Springfield included an interactive magic and mindreading show with magician/mentalist Jason Silberman. JFSMW staff at the program included its CEO, Diane Squadron, PsyD; Liz Levy, LCSW, coordinator of Holocaust services; and social worker Tova Reich, LSW. JFSCNJ staff included Debbie Rosenswein, LCSW, director of Holocaust services, and Greg Yucht, LSW, a Russian-speaking social worker.
On Tuesday, July 18, Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors enjoyed music by Ivan Polskiy at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange in a JFSMW program. Volunteers from the Jewish Parent Academy were there, working to build community across generations. Survivors were given socks, generously donated by Bombas through the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation. JFSMW staff included Diane Squadron; Liz Levy; Stephanie Grove, LCSW, senior director of volunteer services; Masha Penson, LSW, a Russian-speaking social worker.
Bombas is a comfort-focused basic apparel brand with a mission to help people in need. The company was founded in 2013 as a sock-maker because socks are the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. For every item purchased, Bombas donates one to someone at risk of homelessness. To date, Bombas has donated more than 100 million items.
Café Europa is made possible by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, along with other generous funders and donors. For more information about Holocaust survivor services in Essex, Morris, and Sussex counties, call JFS MetroWest (973) 637-1704 (English) or (973) 637-1716 (Russian) or go to www.jfsmetrowest.org.