We have always made our decisions based on what is best for our children and families, and this is no different. In this instance, we are unable to guarantee camper safety. The well-being of everyone is just too important to move forward with camp.
We are very excited to share that we have made the decision to offer a virtual JCY experience free to our community this summer. We are putting together many engaging and fun activities which will be offered via the "JCY Day Camp" Facebook page beginning June 15, 2020. While virtual camp activities will never replace the real JCY experience, we are thankful for the opportunity to connect with you and your children during this uncertain time.
It is our hope that social distancing requirements will be such that we will be able to plan one or more special get-togethers during the summer. We are also planning on hosting a few Zoom meetings to play games and see each other.
We hope you and your family members are safe and well, and that your camper(s) will be joining us this summer for JCY's “The Virtual” Summer of Peace, Love, and good old-fashioned JCY fun. We know it is not the same as being together, but here at JCY, we're determined to make the best of it. We love you. We miss you. We can’t wait to see you soon.
Peace, Love, and JCY!
THEN... To tie together our Shabbat-in-a-Box experience, the rabbis of each of our six Northwest Indiana congregations will share a short, inspirational message in a Friday afternoon pre-Shabbat Zoom gathering, May 22 at 5:15pm.
Thank you to all those who stood with us and gave what you could in this time of unprecedented need. Through your generosity, we raised over $10,420 on #GivingTuesdayNow.
These funds will allow the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana to continue providing crucial support to the most vulnerable in our community during this crisis:
THANK YOU TO: Anonymous (4) • Barbara Bard • Sharon Bartel • Renee Berkowitz • Ellamarie Boersma • Richard & Lynn Braman • Bill & Joann Braman • Sherry Conway • Carol Culberg • John & Judy Doherty • Sean Egan • Helene Elias • Barbara Fierer • Sam & Adriana Front • Becca Galante • David & Jennifer Garfin • Jay & Frances Gerson • Larry & Sharon Gill • Joel Gorelick • George & Dana Graves • Iris Greenbaum • Tiby Greenberger • David & Nancy Gross • Terry & Kim Harman • Jeffrey & Marilyn Hirsch • Mark & Judy Jacobi • Jean Jacobson • Debbie Kaplan • David & Kim Katona • David & Mardi Katz • Rick & Judy Katz • Doris Kennedy • Rabbi Mitchell & Penny Kornspan • Alan & Ro Lahn • Barry & Lynda Levin • Don & Rosalie Levinson • Jack & Andrea Lieser • Richard & Kimberly Marks • Carmen McKee • Elyse Miller • Carrie Morris • Bill & Leslie Nelson • Jeff & Erin Nowakowski • David & Aida Nozick • Michael & Monica Osipoff • Holly Ptacek & Daun DePaul-Ptacek • Jennifer Rodriguez • Dean and Wendy Roman • William Ronald • Bernard & Kay Rosen • Rachel Saller • Sonny & Bobbye Schatz • Mitchell & Laurie Serber • Service League Of Northwest Indiana • Andy & Lisa Sharmat • Sandi Sherman • Mark & Sandy Sperling • Jim & Elaine Spicer • Mona Stern • Lou & Randi Stricker • Joel & Adina Sutlin • Lonna Temkin • Eyal & Liraz Tenenbaume • Larry Tolchinsky • Warren & Anita Ugent • Alan & Debby Walker • Don & Nancy Webster • Miriam Webster • Ruth Weinberg • Barry Weiss • Julie Wodarski • Aaron & Erica Yakovetz • Jennifer Yalowitz
Your remarkable response has truly made today a #ThankYouWednesday. Together, we can continue to meet whatever challenges come our way. Together, we can overcome any crisis – even this one – no matter the physical distance.
It's never too late!
Missed us yesterday? Gifts made after May 5 can still be counted toward our #GivingTuesdayNow final totals. Just note "Giving Tuesday Now" in the donation memo. If you are able to give, please click below to donate online, or call the office anytime during business hours to make a credit card donation by phone.
And for those who are struggling: how can we help you? Whatever your circumstances, we are here for you. Please call the Federation office at (219) 301-0960 for any additional assistance we can offer you during this time.
In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope: that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back and heal. Whether through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020 – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
On May 5, the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Our Federation is answering the call to assist our most vulnerable community members and help bring our Jewish community together. We have expanded our roster of support services during this time:
Just a few weeks ago as my family and I hosted Passover Seder via zoom, we read how “in each generation” there are those who seek to destroy the Jews as a people.
As we all know, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is already becoming a public health crisis in many parts of the United States. One important component of slowing the rate of transmission is “social distancing”: avoiding close contact with other people, even before COVID-19 is known to be spreading in our community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick, which includes ALL people over the age of 60. The CDC recommends that older adults stay home as much as possible in the coming weeks to reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
Out of concern for the health and safety of our senior population, we are cancelling all AFC on-site lunches and programs at least through March 31, 2020. The Brunch & Play outing for March 18 will be postponed to July.
At the same time, we know that times of isolation and sickness are exactly when our seniors need social and nutritional support the most. Thus, the Adult Friendship Club will offer home meal delivery only to all AFC members, Mondays and Wednesdays from March 16 through March 30.
Mon 3/16: Choice of turkey OR salami sandwich, coleslaw, chips, pickles, cookies
Wed 3/18: Beef chili, cornbread, cookies
Mon 3/23: Chicken casserole with rice & vegetables, brownies
Wed 3/25: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, garlic bread, cake
Mon 3/30: Chicken stir-fry with rice & vegetables, cookies
Please call the office by 10am on Monday 3/16 to place your orders for delivery. You may also leave a voicemail for Rachel over the weekend. Deliveries will be made between 12-2pm each day. The cost will be $8 per delivered meal. No money will be collected at time of delivery. We will track your orders and you may bring a check or cash once AFC resumes regularly scheduled meetings.
At this time, we have no information regarding the AFC Passover Seder scheduled for Wednesday, April 1. It remains to be seen how we will proceed for April and May. Plans will be announced as they unfold, based on the developing situation.
We are here for you during this time of confusion and uncertainty. Please call the Federation office for any additional assistance we can offer you during this time. If you know someone who is immune-compromised or another senior who may need resources, please let us know how we can help.
We wish continued good health and good spirits to every one of you and our surrounding community.
At present, all activities are continuing normally at the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana. We do ask that everyone entering our building follow the CDC-recommended protocols we have put into place:
In addition, please be aware that the CDC is encouraging people over the age of 60 — as well as anyone with a severe chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes — to "stay at home as much as possible" to reduce their higher risk of contracting COVID-19. We want to ensure that people do not put themselves or others in harm’s way and ask that you follow the CDC Guidelines.
We will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available.
In January 2020, the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana had a productive discussion with SCN's Chicago office about our collective community’s preparedness, safety, and security in this age of rising anti-Semitism. Our first step is to convene the entire Jewish community in Northwest Indiana for a Community Engagement Conversation to be led by Michael Masters, CEO of SCN. Masters will provide important context around Jewish community security and preparedness in a time of increased anti-Semitism and attacks against houses of worship.
We encourage all board members, staff, and congregation members to join us for this important conversation on Monday, February 24, 3:00pm at the Federation building. Our local police departments are also invited.
After a successful first gathering in January, the Partnership2Gether Global Virtual Book Club is excited to announce its second book selection: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
Read the book, then join the...
ZOOM: VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB GATHERING
Sunday, May 3
Readers will be connected by an open WhatsApp group beginning March 2.
Questions? Contact Erica Yakovetz, Federation's Director of Communications & Programming, at 219-301-0960 or email@example.com.
PARTNERSHIP2GETHER is a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America, promoting people-to-people relationships through cultural, social, medical, educational and economic programs. Northwest Indiana's Partnership is between the 16 communities of the Central Area Consortium, Budapest (Hungary), and Israel's Western Galilee. P2G Western Galilee's mission is to promote mutually beneficial endeavors and forge relationships between the people of the US Central Area Consortium, Budapest and the Western Galilee through programs that build Jewish identity and strengthen ties and connections among and between our communities.
Over 130 people from 15 local Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations came together for our inspirational, multi-faith evening featuring Chicago’s acclaimed KEEPING FAITH: SISTERS OF STORY (sistersofstory.weebly.com). The event was held at the Jewish Federation in Munster on Thursday evening, February 6, 2020.
Aida Nozick, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, shared this thought: “Now more than ever, our communities need to come together and focus on what unites us rather than what divides us.” The Jewish Federation has re-activated its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), which will be working to promote racial and religious understanding and build positive relations with our non-Jewish neighbors through education and engagement. Community members of all faiths are invited to sign up for a new JCRC email list for further news and events supporting interfaith relations.