Bringing windchimes to seniors
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Bringing windchimes to seniors

A Schechter student decorates a windchime.
A Schechter student decorates a windchime.

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County partnered to bring some joy to isolated seniors with a windchime project.

The idea came from Anat Lavie of Demarest, who immigrated from Israel about three years ago, and whose children attend Solomon Schechter. “It was time for us to get more involved in the community, and we want to do that through mitzvot,” she said, so she talked to Shara Nadler, JFNNJ’s volunteer center manager, for ideas. Her first project was the federation’s Supplies for Success program in August. Following through and thinking of the isolated seniors during the pandemic, Ms. Nadler and Ms. Lavie contacted two of the federation’s partners, Solomon Schechter and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey.

Ms. Lavie thought that giving seniors windchimes to hang in their home, near a window or a doorway, would add some cheer, so she bought them, had the Schechter students decorate them, and then gave them to JFCSNNJ to be delivered to seniors along with their weekly Kosher Meals on Wheels.

Ms. Lavie would like to make this just the beginning of a series of small miracles for different groups of people who are in need. “We are fortunate and need to use our blessings to help others,” she said. “I’m so grateful to federation for helping make my dream a reality.”

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