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Jewish Community Events

Message from Jewish Senior Services Regarding wait lists
What a difference a year makes!  We’re so proud of how we’ve changed lives with Connecticut’s first “Household Model” nursing home (The Jewish Home).  Consistent with Jewish values and traditions, the Mission of Jewish Senior Services® is to assure Jewish seniors the health care, housing and geriatric services required to achieve the highest possible quality of life reasonably attainable for them. With that said, we’d like to remind you that it’s never too early to put your loved ones name on the WAIT LIST for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living – please know that members of the Jewish Community will be welcomed on a priority basis.  There are no costs or obligations. For more information, please contact Liz Lockwood at 203.396.1024 or

JBS (Jewish Broadcasting Service)
JBS is available on Optimum Channel 138, on DIRECTV Channel 388, and on Roku under “Educational”. Or you can stream it at Programming includes a range of educational, cultural, and public interest offerings from some of the most distinguished and knowledgeable teachers and commentators today as well as daily news and weekly live Friday night services from Central Synagogue in NY at 6 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE: The 6th Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke JFS Lecture
Thursday, November 9 • 7:30 p.m. • Ferguson Library, Stamford
The Family Today: Secrets to Stronger Relationships and Greater Happiness at Any Age Featuring Bruce Feiler, author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Secrets of Happy Families and his newest book, The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us. For more details, visit Free and open to the community.


Financial Fitness Program
Tuesday, November 11 • 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Bridgeport office of Schoke JFS at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
A free educational workshop on Preventing Identity Theft. LifeBridge Community Services Educator, Deborah Johnson, VP at JP Morgan Chase, will present the workshop in partnership with Schoke JFS and the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County. Please reserve a spot by contacting Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFLE Coordinator at 203.921.4161 or email at


Schoke JFS Shredding Day
Sunday, November 12 • 8 - 11 a.m. • Schoke JFS office at 733 Summer Street, Stamford
Want to securely dispose of credit cards, passports, bills, invoices, checks, statements or other personal papers? Bring your items along with a donation of kosher non-perishable food or toiletries or grocery gift cards for the Schoke JFS Food Pantry. For more details, please contact Lisa Rich at or 203.921.4161. Sponsored by Michael Alexander, Plaza Realty and Fred Springer.


Winter Outerwear Drive
Please donate by November, 21 • Drop off at Schoke JFS office, 733 Summer Street, Stamford
Schoke JFS is collecting winter outerwear and accessories for our Kosher Food Pantry clients and their children. Please donate adult new and gently used coats and jackets (larger sizes preferred), hats, gloves, mittens and scarves. Retail store gift cards are greatly appreciated too. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203.921.4161 or email to arrange for drop off.


Schoke JFS College Ahead!
Tuesday, December 5 • 7:30 p.m. • Stamford JCC
Deans of Admissions of prominent colleges will form a panel of experts to share information about the college admission process, academics, Jewish life on campus, residential options and other topics of interest. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will moderate the discussion. Open to the community at no cost and registration is not required. Contact Claire Friedlander at 203.921.4161 or email for more information.


Schoke JFS Race to College
Mondays, January 22, February 12 & March 5 • 5:30 - 7 p.m. • The Harry Bennett Branch of the Ferguson Library in Stamford
Sessions will cover recent changes in the application process, standardized test scores, choosing the best essay question to answer, planning college visits and the importance of community service. All are welcome to attend at no cost. For more information, please contact Claire Friedlander at or 203.921.4161.


Support Groups

Let’s Talk
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. & Thursdays at 1 p.m. • Stamford JCC
Mondays at 12:45 p.m. • Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. 
Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Sheila Duggan at 203.921.4161 or


Schoke JFS Spousal Bereavement Group
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. • Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport and
Fridays at 10:30 a.m., beginning September 8 • Stamford JCC
Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Therapist at 203.921.4161 or


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