Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 100th Birthday

Last week, we had the honor of celebrating the 100th birthday of one of our cherished Holocaust survivors, Bill S., at Café Europa—our monthly luncheon for survivors. Surrounded by family, fellow survivors, dedicated volunteers, JFS staff, and honored guests, the event marked not only a milestone in years but a testament to resilience, strength, and the enduring human spirit.

Wearing a baseball cap that humorously declared, “Not Everyone Looks This Good at 100,” Bill exuded joy and gratitude. He expressed, “I want to thank Fay and her staff for everything they’ve done for me, for you, and for all of us over the years, including the service of the meals.” Bill was happy to celebrate with his peers who truly understand the significance of reaching this remarkable milestone. When asked about the key ingredients for a good life, he kept it simple, saying, “Health, comfortable living, family, making others happy, and a little bit of joyful existence.”

He maintains an active life, filled with his growing family—2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren—and is an avid stamp collector. His fondest memories come from building his family with his late wife of 72 years.

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated volunteers whose unwavering support made the event possible, fostering a sense of community and togetherness. To learn more about JFS Holocaust Survivor Services, call 732-777-1940. Please help support our survivors in need – visit our donation page today.

Heartfelt Thanks…

We are truly grateful to The Gardens at Monroe Healthcare and Rehabilitation who generously sponsored this month’s Café Europa. We genuinely appreciate our ongoing partnership and the remarkable work they do in the field of senior care, and eagerly anticipate continuing this meaningful collaboration, creating more positive moments together.

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