September 15, 2023

To my JFCS Family,

I write to you today on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a holiday where we take a moment to count our blessings and recognize our challenges throughout the year. We find time to show gratitude for all we have and to consider those things that we may want to change.  The new year truly marks a time of reflection and renewal.

On behalf of our agency and as a community member, I am immensely grateful for all of you. Together, we make a difference in the lives of so many. Whether it’s counseling, case management, food insecurity or more, we actively work together to improve the world around us.  It is surely a labor of love for all of us!

Just this week, we delivered 240 meals to over 153 senior households, over the course of two days. Partnering with almost 50 volunteers and staff, we did our best to make sure that no one was forgotten, and everyone received the support they need at the holiday season.   

I took a moment to connect with a Russian-speaking volunteer who was volunteering to deliver meals. They explained that when they came to America more than 30 years ago, “the community took care of my family. They helped us find a home, jobs and gave us the support we needed to succeed. It is my honor now to give back and help others.”

It is an immense honor and privilege to work with all of you, as we provide hope and healing to so many people in need.  Please accept my gratitude and my appreciation for joining us on this amazing journey.  You certainly make my days brighter and my heart full every day.

My best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy New Year!

Wishing you peace and love this Shabbat,