I was pleased to see that CafÃ© Europa, the social and support program for Holocaust survivors, was among the groups mentioned in your article about meeting the needs of senior adults in our community.
I would like to point out that while CafÃ© Europa is under the auspices of Jewish Family Service of North Jersey, it meets – as it has for the past many years – at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Cong. B’nai Israel. Our synagogue is proud of its commitment to seniors in our area and sponsors several initiatives to foster their well-being.
Just recently, our Shofar Corps – over a dozen students from our religious school who learned to blow shofar guided by our Men’s Progress Club – visited homebound seniors so that they, too, could hear the shofar blasts. We provide emergency supply packages through our E.S.P. program, delivering packages of non-perishable food to those receiving Meals-on-Wheels to ensure they have sustenance should Meals-on-Wheels be unable to deliver due to inclement winter weather. Through these and other opportunities to support, comfort, and nurture our seniors, the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Cong. B’nai Israel is practicing tikkun olam and acknowledging the debt we owe to our elders.