In This Issue
(Left to Right) Greg Vranekovic, Larry Novak, and Gary Woodard enjoy the beautiful weather at the annual PLAN picnic.

Are you looking for unique ways to give back to your community? Do you like spending time with older adults? Do you own a car and have a flexible schedule? 
JFSA is looking to fill several volunteer positions that allow you to stay in touch with your community in a fun, interactive way.
Europa Cafe Drivers
Drivers are needed to take Holocaust Survivors to and from a weekly socialization program at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Europa Cafe takes place Wednesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Drivers can attend the program themselves, or drop off and pick up Survivors. This is a great opportunity to meet people and make new friends.

Home Delivered Meals Drivers
Our Home Delivered Meals drivers are some of the most dedicated volunteers we have at JFSA. Drivers deliver healthy kosher meals to our home bound clients on Tuesday and Thursdays. This is an excellent way to help those in need and meet new people. You can even volunteer with a friend!

Tikkun Olam Volunteers
JFSA is recruiting Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) for friendly visits with Holocaust Survivors and other older adults in the community in order to enhance their quality of life. Anyone 18 years or older, or minors accompanied by an adult, who are interested in becoming a TOV volunteer is welcome to a training session on September 9th.
Contact Sandy Lusher-Waterhouse to RSVP for TOV training or for more information on other volunteer opportunities. 

Come See Us!
Saturday, August 16th
Balanced Living 
Wellness Fair
Legacy Village
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, August 27th

Alyson's Place Open House
The Drost Family Center
7:00 - 8:00 pm

RSVP to Allison Retter at 216.504.2613 or register on-line at
Monday, September 1st
Kosher Rib Burn Off
Gross Schechter Day School
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Contact Allison Retter if you would like to volunteer at the JFSA booth!
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Picnic Pics!


You are invited to visit JFSA's new on-site medical clinic and learn how you or your family member can access high quality medical care in addition to services you or your loved one already receive from JFSA. Come meet our physicians and tour our new clinic at this special open house for our JFSA friends and families. Light refreshments provided and a chance to win prizes! 

RSVP to Allison Retter at 216.504.2613 or register on-line at
JFSA Ranked Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio

For the fourth year in a row, the Plain Dealer ranked JFSA as a Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio. "We are thrilled to be included in the Plain Dealer's list of Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio," explains JFSA Senior Director of Human Resources Robert Bologa. "The nomination and ranking is particularly meaningful because it is a result of our employee's opinions and attitudes about their work environment."


For more information and to see the full list of top workplaces, visit

Families at Risk
Local Rabbis Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Training
Attorney Melanie GiaMaria (Left, standing) trains local Rabbis on the legal aspects of domestic violence.

Last month JFSA's Families at Risk division presented a workshop on domestic violence to seven local Rabbis from the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis. The workshop, which took place at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, touched on topics such as recognizing the red flags of abusive relationships and the resources available to help those in need. "Learning about what abuse looks like is the first step in understanding the appropriate response," explains Ginny Galili, Executive Director of Families at Risk.


Rosemary Creeden, Associate Director of Trauma Services at FrontLine and a JFSA Advisory Committee Member, and Attorney Melanie GiaMaria, LISW-S, also a JFSA Advisory Committee Member, presented to the group on the effects of trauma on children and families and the complicated legal aspects of domestic violence. 


"People often go to their religious leaders for guidance and comfort in difficult situations," explains Ginny. "That's why it is so important to make sure our community leaders are educated about the very serious problem of domestic violence and the resources available to them to help others." 


Contact Ginny Galili to learn more about 
Family Violence Services.
JFSA is pleased to announce we are the recipients of a $50,000 award from the Honor Project Trust which will benefit JFSA's new medical clinic, Alyson's Place.

The Honor Project Trust identifies local charitable organizations and distributes Cy Pres Funds, which are unclaimed monies from class action lawsuits. 

"We are delighted to be chosen as a recipient of funds from the Honor Project Trust. This important funding will support our efforts to bring high quality healthcare to JFSA clients", says Bill Wortzman, JFSA Board Member.

Many thanks also go to JFSA friend Marshall Goldman and Board Member Cindy Bruml for their advocacy efforts on behalf of JFSA.
Ascentia and PLAN
Annual Client Picnic Offers Good Eats and Close Friends

PLAN Members enjoyed perfect picnic weather for their annual get-together. Friends and family gathered at Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights to join in on good food and fun games such as horseshoe and a water balloon toss. "It's one of our favorite events of the year," says Jacquie Houser, PLAN's Holistic Recovery Coordinator. "We aren't always this lucky with weather, but everyone has a great time!"

Ascentia clients and staff also got in on the picnic fun at their annual outing this past week. The usual summertime favorites such as hot dogs and potato chips were served up while attendees took part in arts & crafts and a rousing game of corn hole. "We had a really great turn out this year," says Debbie Chickering, Executive Director of Ascentia. "We had more food, more games, and more fun than ever before!"

Contact Debbie Chickering to learn more about Ascentia Services and Jacquie Houser to learn more about PLAN.

Older Adult Services
Survivors Learn Tai Chi
Survivors follow instructor-led Tai Chi movements.

In July Holocaust Survivors spent an afternoon learning Tai Chi with instructor Bill Amato at Europa Café, a weekly socialization program for Survivors held at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. 

Mr. Amato led the group through a series of graceful gestures while listening to relaxing music. "Tai Chi helps relieve tension and stress and can improve health issues such as arthritis and migraines," explains Mr. Amato.

Participants also had the chance to learn some sign language during their Tai Chi session. Listening to such songs as "Que Será, Será," "What a Wonderful World," and "G-d Bless America," Mr. Amato taught the group corresponding signs to words of the uplifting music.  
"It was relaxing and invigorating at the same time," says Gilda Katz, program coordinator for the Holocaust Survivor Support Program. "Everyone was delighted to be able to participant in a healthy and fun activity."  


Contact Gilda Katz to learn more about Europa Café.

JFSA Main Phone: 216.292.3999
JFSA Care at Home: 216.378.8660
Ascentia: 216.292.3999
Families at Risk: 216.292.3999
College Financial Aid: 216.378.3429
Alyson's Place - JFSA Medical Clinic: 216.755.1005
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