JFCS Socializes with Chavruot Shalom

Today’s blog post written by Kim Toebbe, Volunteer Coordinator!

The Temple in Louisville, KY is a large Reform synagogue with many members and numerous activities and social groups.  One such group at The Temple is Chavruot Shalom a social club which features interesting programs, lunch and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Many in the club stay after the program and lunch to play mahjong and chat.

JFCS Career Specialist Andrea Brown, JFCS Marketing and Development Intern Judy Goodman of NYU and JFCS Volunteer Coordinator Kim Toebbe had the privilege of dining with and talking to the group about employment and volunteer opportunities at this week’s meeting.  Seniors were very interested in the many options open to them through JFCS including free career training and assistance!

A few lovely seniors shared their feelings about volunteering, Tikkun Olam and making a difference some of which Judy captured with her video camera.  The seniors said it best in their own words but the gist of feeling was that:

  • Volunteering makes you feel needed.
  • Volunteering can lead to learning new skills.
  • Volunteering can help you deal with some of your personal problems.
  • Volunteering helps you meet new people and breaks down barriers of misunderstanding, mistrust and fear.
  • Volunteering can create new contacts which may help your career prospects.

With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching this is a good time to consider making positive life changes such as volunteering or getting a new part-time job.  Contact JFCS today to begin to make your New Year’s dreams come true! Call Kim Toebbe at (502) 452-6341 ext. 103 .


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