For the 10th consecutive year, JFS of Metrowest will provide over 250 backpacks full of school supplies to children in our community who need it most! Build-a-Backpack brings families together, giving us the chance to learn how we can better help and support our shared community. Given the current public health emergency, this year’s initiative looked a little different…!

Photo Credit Sheldon Golder


Following last year’s sixteen private mini-events led by teens throughout our communities, JFS took a step toward normalcy, organizing six outdoor events of 40+ participants. Attendees brought new, empty backpacks and filled them with supplies provided by JFS, some of which were donated by our close friends and partners from Temple Beth Am.

Thank you to our hosts, Temple Beth Elohim, Congregation Or Atid, Temple Shir Tikva, Morgan Stanley of Wellesley, and The Rashi School, for welcoming us into your spaces. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to the incredible volunteers, community partners, donors, and current/former board members with whom these events would not have been possible.


Special shoutouts to:
  • Danny & Jill Abend
  • Axie Breen
  • Daniel Dayn
  • Joni Fishman
  • Friends from Edward Church in Framingham
  • The Finn Family
  • Sheldon Golder
  • Risa Lifshatz
  • Judi Locke
  • B O’Donnell
  • Adena, Lisa, & Zach Schwarzwald
  • Juliana & Lesley Singer
  • Erica and Paulette from Sun Life
  • The Teens of Rashi Student Leadership

Photo Credit Axie Breen
The Build-a-Backpack event is part of JFS’s Pathways to Academic Growth, Empowerment and Success (PAGES) programming, formerly Reducing Achievement Gaps (RAG). PAGES is a unique, multi-tiered program focused on addressing the academic, social, and basic assistance needs of low-income children of immigrant families in Framingham.



To make a donation to JFS to support this and other programs please click “donate now”!

For more questions please contact:

Gail Gregory at JFS of Metrowest (Email:, Phone 508-8753100 x350).