Share the Light of Hanukkah with a Lonely Elder!


JFS of Metrowest invites you and your children to visit an isolated Jewish elder this Hanukkah and share the joy of the holidays through the new Kesher-Y.O.U. (Connecting Young and Old United) program, a pilot program funded by CJP’s Metrowest Jewish Community Fund.

This program is for families with young children (older children are welcome as well!) who would like to do a mitzvah (good deed) this holiday season.

JFS works with many Jewish seniors in our community. Some of these seniors are alone. Their families may live far away. They welcome the opportunity to connect with you and your family when visit them to share Hanukkah and bring a special gift to them.

You will have the opportunity to sign up for other holidays later in the year, as well. Four sessions are planned between December 2017 and April 2018 and families may choose to participate in any session.

Each session will consist of:

  • A 45-minute program that includes an activity for the children while parents will be given information about the elder, structuring the visit, and will receive a special book to share with your child, “My First Friendly Visiting Book”. Families will also prepare a gift bag for the elder.
  • A transition time while you drive to your assigned elder’s home to talk about the visit with your child, and share with them the importance of gemilut hasadim (special acts of kindness).
  • Families will give the gift bag you prepared and share the traditions of the holiday. Visits are expected to last about 1/2 an hour.

This program incorporates Jewish values, spending quality time together as a family and making a difference in a lonely elder’s life.

The first session will celebrate Hanukkah and is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, 2017.

The program will begin at 12:30pm at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • January 28, 2018, Tu B’Shevat
  • February 25, 2018, Purim
  • March 25, 2018, Passover

Contact Abrielle Salloway, LCSW,
Friendly Visitor Program Coordinator 508 875-3100 x360
or Candice Sullivan 508 875-3100 x350

Interested? Register online at: