Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides a wide spectrum of services for senior adults to help individuals remain independent in their communities for as long as they can function safely and effectively with the highest possible quality of life. Aging presents a wide range of challenges and changes. At JFS, we envision a community in which older adults are valued for the wisdom and experience they possess, and for the contributions they have made and continue to make to their families and communities. We are proud to offer programs and services that encourage active older adults to engage in intrinsically meaningful activities; that support adult children of aging parents; and that enable older adults challenged by disability, illness or declining health to live in comfort and dignity. We offer the following programs.
Limited transportation can be arranged on an as need basis to attend senior adult programs in Monroe Township and Highland Park. Jewish Family Services (JFS) is ever mindful of its responsibility to provide information to the public regarding the agency’s obligations under Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Title VI regulations and apprise members of the public of the protections against discrimination afforded them by Title VI. Click here for more information on JFS’ Title VI language dissemination of this information.
If anyone you know can benefit from one or more of these programs, call 732-777-1940/609-395-7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMEO Senior Nutrition Program (Challenging Adult Minds and Energizing Ourselves)
This senior adult nutrition program combines program activities with a Glatt kosher lunch. In addition to providing stimulating activities, interesting programs, talks by experts and entertainment, an important part of the program is nutrition. The meals don’t just provide necessary nutrition to the seniors who attend. They provide a community. Seniors gather together, eat together, share stories and build friendships. The CAMEO program is open to senior adults aged 55+ who want to socialize, be entertained, participate in games, exercise and more. The program runs from two locations, Highland Park and Monroe Township. Transportation is available on a limited basis. Participants must register. Call for program hours.
Highland Park – 9:30 AM – 1 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Monroe – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday 12 PM – 2 PM Tuesday 10 AM – 12 PM Wednesday 12 PM – 2 PM Thursday
To explore what is happening at each CAMEO senior nutrition program, read the calendar of events for the month:
Many elderly adults face the risk of social isolation in their later years. They may become isolated over time from their communities, as well as from friends and family. Jewish Family Services sends volunteers to the homes of isolated senior adults to provide socialization and a sense of connectedness to the community. Telephone calls provide additional support by offering more frequent contact and reassurance. Our goal is to prevent and alleviate the physical and mental health risks linked to social separation. This program benefits seniors, older and disabled adults by addressing loneliness and isolation often experienced by individuals who may have no family members or support system.
Geriatric Care Management
Every situation is unique and arranging care for a senior adult may become too difficult to manage alone. If you need someone to coordinate a loved one’s medical and other needs, you may benefit from the help of a professional affordable Care Manager. JFS provides geriatric assessments and service planning for senior adults. Our clinical social workers are available to provide information, assess the senior adult’s needs, plan with the senior adult and their family, implement the plan, and monitor service delivery.
Holocaust Survivor Services
Aided by multiple grants and donations which help to support Holocaust survivors, Jewish Family Services provides personal care, housekeeping services, home-delivered meals, socialization programs, case management services, transportation, and assistance to eligible Holocaust survivors to help maintain independence.
JFS, through special funding made available by The Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against the German Government, provides Café Europa. Agencies worldwide host luncheons, dances, talks, and community events. This free program is for Holocaust survivors and their spouses, so they may meet over a meal and form a community. The name comes from a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden where survivors would meet after the war to find family and friends. Many survivors only feel genuinely comfortable among others who have shared similar experiences and instinctively understand each other. Such experiences nourish the soul and are as important to the survivors’ well-being as any of the other services provided. Café Europa immeasurably adds to their quality of life and in many cases gives them emotional strength to keep going and encourages strengthening of the social bonds between those that have shared in their perseverance.
Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW)
The most important and most anticipated event of the day for many senior adults, who are homebound, disabled, unable to shop and/or cook for themselves is to receive home-delivered hot and cold kosher meals from the KMOW program. The food is important, but of equal importance is the chance to have a conversation, or share a few words, with the volunteer who is delivering these meals to their home Monday through Friday, For Jewish Holidays, such as Passover, a special meal can help a senior adult honor their traditions. To volunteer for this important program, call JFS at 732-777-1940.
KMOW provides program participants with a monthly newsletter called Kosher Konnection, full of interesting facts, stories, jokes, and quizzes to keep the brain engaged. For the latest editions go to:
Senior Adult Daycare/ Elderday
To help enhance quality of life, cognition, socialization and overall wellness for senior adults, this JFS program provides structured social and therapeutic activities to help participants retain a sense of independence and enjoy life. Elderday benefits senior adults with cognitive/physical impairments and other age related disabilities in a safe, supportive group environment. The program provides relief to caregivers and family members who are caring for an elderly loved one in their home, as well as offering the senior a chance to get out of the house, socialize and participate in fun activities with others. Our program stands out from others as it offers a small group setting for more staff attention.
Highland Park Conservative Temple Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9AM – 2PM
Senior Counseling Services
Our counseling services cater to the needs of senior adults to address a wide variety of problems that accompany the aging process. JFS licensed clinical social workers offer sensitive and supportive counseling for individuals and families on aging-related issues such as changes in health and ability levels, bereavement, isolation, anxiety, depression, lifestyle transitioning and more. Services include psychosocial assessment, all counseling modalities, educational workshops, and support groups.
JFS hosts or supports a number of social environments for the senior community, and actively engages seniors through stimulating socialization activities. Scheduling for these program may change, call JFS at 732-777-1940 to verify time and place. Socialization opportunities include:
- Widow/Widowers Club – a socialization group for widows and widowers
Varying Wednesdays once a month 1PM – 3PM in Monroe
- CAMEO – a senior nutrition program that combines program activities with a Glatt kosher lunch
Highland Park – 9:30 AM – 1 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Monroe – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday, 12 PM – 2 PM Tuesday,10 AM – 12 PM Wednesday, 12 PM – 2 PM Thursday
- Men’s Club – a socialization group for men looking for kindred fellowship.
Monroe – Each Friday 1 PM – 2:30PM
- Women’s Clubs – socialization groups for women looking for friendship and camaraderie; relationships and activities often continue beyond the program.
Monroe – Each Wednesday and Friday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
- Senior Chai – a recreational activity provided monthly for senior adults. Speakers and entertainers provide a time of relaxation and enjoyment for active seniors. These activities are held in community venues.
Monroe – Once a month on a Wednesday 1:30PM – 3:00PM
- Sunday Excursions – trips to various community sites (lunch, movies, museums, etc.) for isolated seniors. Transportation provided. Participants pay their own entrance fees.
Monroe – Sundays monthly. Dates and times as scheduled.
- Yiddish Club – meets to learn and share the Yiddish language.
Monroe – Second Wednesday monthly 1:30PM – 3PM
For more information or to sign up for any program(s): Call: JFS 732-777-1940, or e-mail email@example.com
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity or interested in offering transportation, please visit our volunteer page.