Jewish Community Foundation grants making a difference in the community

Helen and Harvey Belitsky (top photo) enjoyed an engaging activity together at “Café Connection–A Memory Café.” Local Jewish author Steve Hochman (bottom photo, with class participants) read his published book, “laZy, crazy, amazing: the Zequillustration,” to 100 K-2 students at the Molina School in Camden.

 

Twice annually, the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. provides Community Grants to organizations serving the Jewish and secular community. Recently, several JCF-funded initiatives have been held with great success. Two of these programs are “Café Connection—A Memory Café” and the “Readers are Leaders Jewish Authors Series.”

Starting in Fall 2016, Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service, in conjunction with the Katz JCC and Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare Service, began hosting “Café Connection—A Memory Café” for individuals with memory challenges and their care partners. Funding for the program also originated from the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s Community Shark Tank. Through the first five programs, dozens of attendees have participated.

“Readers are Leaders Jewish Authors Series” is a program run by the JCRC’s BookMates. Local Jewish author Steve Hochman read his published book, “laZy, crazy, amazing: the Zequillustration,” to 100 K-2 students at the Molina School in Camden. In addition, all students received a copy of the book to take home.

The JCF is currently accepting applications for its Spring Cycle of Community Grants. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Apr. 6 at 5 p.m. Learn more at www.jcfsnj.org

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