Throughout the pandemic, we’ve felt the impact that social isolation has had on our health and emotional wellbeing especially among our most vulnerable groups. Staying connected continues to be a challenge for many older persons who are not yet ready or able to meet in-person. For JFS’ hundreds of Holocaust survivors, the adjustment to online events has not come easy but, once again, theyâ€™ve persevered to stay connected and engaged.
On February 22, 2022, CafÃ© Europa hosted singer and saxophonist, Ilya Gruzdev of Ella Events, LLC who performed a medley of favorite songs and played some jazz on his saxophone. While music has its own effect on mood, spending time with others, seeing friendly faces and enjoying an energetic performance brought joy to the participants. For February, 90 kosher meals were delivered and approximately 30 Holocaust survivors were able to take part in this virtual event. Want to hear some of the tunes? Check out the event’s playlist on Spotify.
CafÃ© Europa is a monthly socialization program for Holocaust survivors that offers a community connection, healthy kosher meals, transportation services and entertainment. To support our JFS Holocaust survivors as they age into their 90s and 100s,Â please donate online today.