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JUNE 2015

Annual Luncheon Is a Huge Success!


On May 19, more than 350 guests came together to Celebrate Our Caring Community. Through the generosity of our sponsors and guests, we were able to raise nearly $115,000 to support Jewish Family & Child Service's programs that assist some of our community's most vulnerable citizens including seniors and people with disabilities.


We enjoyed sharing with everyone the important work we're doing through a video produced by KleinFlims. If you would like to watch the video or share it with your friends, you can view it by clicking HERE.


Guest speaker Stephen Elliott, an author, filmmaker, and literary entrepreneur, told the story about how his life was turned around by a Jewish social service agency in Chicago, bringing home just how valuable the services that JFCS provides are here in our community.


If you weren't able to join us, you can still support our work! Click HERE to show your support today!


A special thanks to Event Chair Miriam Hecht, her husband Ivan who Co-Chaired with her, the committee, and our Table Hosts for all their hard work to make the event a success. We also want to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors who underwrote the cost of the event so that every dollar raised can directly benefit those we serve.


Our work wouldn't be possible without you, our caring community. Thank you!


With deep appreciation,


Carrie Hoops

Interim Executive Director


From left to right: Beverlee Cutler, Event Chair Miriam Hecht, Lizzie Zackheim.


From left to right: State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, JFCS Interim Executive Director Carrie Hoops, Crystal Lamb, Jason Zidell, Katrina Wheeler.


Plan Ahead: Make Things Easier For Your Beneficiaries

Join us this Sunday, June 7 for this free overview of estate planning. Topics include wills and living trusts as well as planning for those in long-term care, with blended families and disabled beneficiaries.


You won't want to miss this informative session that will be held at Rose Schnitzer Manor from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. 


To RSVP, please call 503.535.4004.

If you have questions or would like information about leaving a legacy gift to JFCS please contact Carrie Hoops, Interim Executive Director, at 503-226-7079, ext #113 or carriehoops@jfcs-portland.org. 




Summer Food Programs


Chronic hunger is becoming more prevalent in Oregon. Hunger negatively affects the learning, health, and productivity of both children and adults. In particular, children who are hungry and malnourished have more difficulty learning in school, and childhood hunger and malnutrition can lead to irreversible health problems later in life.

According to the Oregon Food Bank (OFB), for the fourth year in a row its network of regional food banks distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes.  Since the Great Recession hit in 2008, OFB's distribution of has increased 41%. On average, 270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes-and 34 percent of those are children.


During the summer when kids are out of school, Oregon's Summer Food Program provides meals for children and teenagers whose ages range from 1 to 18. In all, there are more than 600 sites across Oregon where kids can get nourishing meals during summer break. More information can be found HERE.


Summer is also a great time to shop at any of Oregon's 160 farmers markets, and most accept SNAP (food stamps).  Most also accept Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) checks and vouchers issued to low-income seniors and families through the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program. Some markets will even match up to $5 per visit!


There are more than 20 markets in the Portland area. It's a great way to buy nutritious food for kids and families while supporting small farmers right here in Oregon. Most markets run on Saturdays and Sundays, but there's at least one market open any day of the week in Portland.


A list of some of the major Portland markets that accept SNAP and FDNP can be found HERE

For a complete list of markets, locations, and hours of operation, visit: 

For more information, contact Brian Fallon, Lifeline Services Program Manager at 



Alive Inside - A Benefit for the Music and Memory Program at the Robison Jewish Health Center


On Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 4 PM the film Alive Inside will be presented at the Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd as part of this fundraiser. 


The event is the 8th grade Capstone Project of Sam Ellenby, a student at Portland Jewish Academy (PJA), Sam has always had an immense passion for music and a strong belief in the effects it can have on a person's life. After seeing the movie, Alive Inside, he was instantly moved by the idea of the massive potential for music therapy and wanted to take action in his community. Sam stated, "I am putting on this benefit in hopes of spreading the word to the community, as well as being able to gather donations for the Music & Memory program at Robison. I hope to help show the world how transformative a pair of headphones and an iPod can be for people living with dementia." 


Admission is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors and students. In addition to the admission price, please consider donating new or used iPods, iPhones, headphones or making a cash contribution. All donations are tax-deductible.


About the film: Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This inspirational story won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.



Too Much Paperwork?


TASK invites you to a discussion on "Paperwork: What To Keep, What to Toss," led by Sharon Miller, who worked with seniors and people with disabilities. The topic is vital to families who may not be sure about what information needs to be kept and for how long. The presentation will be held at Rose Schnitzer Manor, Brown Room, on Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:00PM. Cost is $10.


RSVP to Corinne Spiegel corinne@jfcs-portland.org. or call 503 226-7079 ext 155.

Jewish Family & Child Service provides social services that improve the lives of adults, families and children in the Jewish and general communities.


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Counseling | Homemaker Assistance | Emergency Aid | Disability Support Services

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