NCJW NY is a place that provides support, sustenance, and education every day. For those who do not have enough to eat, NCJW NY is a place to be welcomed with dignity and warmth, a place where there is no hunger. Older adults know that NCJW NY is a place to learn, explore, grow – and perform! Those who are struggling with the effects of death and the difficulties of life know that NCJW NY is a safe and supportive environment where they are understood and can heal. Members of our community rely on NCJW NY to inform them on issues that affect their lives – reproductive rights, child welfare, and health care reform – and to keep them apprised of action and advocacy opportunities. NCJW NY creates a space for women, children, families, and older adults to develop themselves and to serve others.
NCJW NY currently provides a wide array of community services for those in need, including:
Over one million New Yorkers have difficulty affording food. They are out-of-work families with children, elderly people who live alone, and the working poor who cannot afford to pay for both rent and food. They are also the homeless who live in shelters or on the streets. In response, our programs provide nutritious and wholesome food served in a friendly, hospitable manner.
Our Monday Food Pantry provides a three-day emergency supply of both fresh produce and shelf-stable groceries to families in need. Participants must live within the borough of Manhattan, and can utilize the Pantry up to once a month. The Pantry is open on Mondays only, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Rita at 212-687-5030 x 463.
Our twice weekly Community Kitchen provides a hot, delicious meal to all who need it. Patrons of the Community Kitchen sit down to a hot meal or, alternatively, may take away a brown-bag meal. Meals are served on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome at the Community Kitchen, and guests can come as often as they like.
Donate to feed hungry New Yorkers by clicking here. We’re able to provide a nutritious meal for only $1.89, so every dollar counts as we work to fight hunger in our city.
Food insecurity impacts over 1 million New Yorkers each year. You may be asking yourself: How can I help? How can I connect this person to the resources and social services they need? NCJW NY has created a simple, but powerful tool for you to do just that.
These information slips (to be printed double sided) contain information about our Hunger Program. Not only do we provide nutritious food to hungry New Yorkers, we also provide referrals and resources for those in need. Many of our staff and volunteers carry around these slips and pass them out to the homeless and hungry people we see on the streets every single day. We urge you to carry these slips with you—passing the information along to those who need it. Click here to download and print.
COUNCIL LIFETIME LEARNING
Each year, more than 500 seniors participate in a broad range of programming offered by Council Lifetime Learning, which includes everything from art and exercise classes to engaging lectures and discussion groups. Our programming is based on the philosophy that arts and culture are a uniquely effective way to engage and empower older adults, building on their interests and strengths to maintain connection and vitality as the aging process continues. We help seniors to defy the stereotypes associated with growing old and to continue learning and growing into their 70s, 80s and well beyond.
Our broad range of programming includes:
- Visual art, creative writing and drama classes
- Exercise and dance classes including Feldenkrais, body fitness, tap and yoga
- Art festivals and exhibitions
- Musical theater classes and performances, talent shows, and special celebrations, including an Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, Hanukkah celebration and a Passover Seder
Informed by best practices and the latest research, CLL staff and volunteers sculpt programming based on several key attributes of creative aging including mental exercise, physical exercise, challenging leisure activities, mastery achievement, and the establishment of strong social networks. CLL fosters community, strength, and creativity.
To view a calendar of January’s classes and activities, click here.
For more information about Council Lifetime Learning for yourself or a family member or friend, please call us at 212.687.5030 x 0 or email us here.
Our Healthy Living program for older adults includes ongoing support and discussion groups as well as special workshops and presentations. Our staff social worker conducts several support groups, including two weekly loss recovery groups led by our staff social worker. Both groups, which are open to men and women, focus on the loss of a spouse or partner.
Support Groups for Caregivers
Our staff social worker also leads a support group for caregivers of persons with memory loss primarily due to Alzheimer’s Disease. Caregivers share advice, insights, and frustrations in a safe and supportive environment, helping each other to identify effective coping strategies for the unique challenges of caring for a loved one with memory loss. This group currently meets on Fridays at 10:45 AM and 11:30 AM.
Aging Educational Forums
Our Healthy Living program hosts educational forums and interactive workshops to address many aspects of growing older, including both the legal and financial aspects of long term planning, but also the psychosocial impacts of aging and how one can live life to the fullest.
In addition, some of the emotional and psychosocial needs of our older members are met through discussion groups such as “The Emotional Aspects of Aging,” “The Women’s Discussion Group,” and “The Men’s Discussion Group.”
For more information, please call our social worker, Letitia Maun, at 646.884.9471.
PREGNANCY LOSS SUPPORT
The Pregnancy Loss Support Program (PLSP) utilizes professionally-trained volunteers to provide telephone counseling and to facilitate in-person support groups for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. All of our volunteers have experienced a loss themselves, so they can speak from experience to grieving parents, and at the same time continue their own healing process through service to others. Last year the program served more than 100 families.
HELEN BLOOM LINC PROGRAM
The Helen Bloom LINC (Lunch, Interaction, Nurturing, & Companionship) Program is an innovative day program that engages adults suffering from memory loss through art, music, and recreational activities in an intimate, controlled environment. The program operates twice a week, involving both elders and their caregivers. The program stimulates participants and encourages positive self-expression, improving their mood and function.
For more information, please call our social worker, Letitia Maun, at 646.884.9471
BACK 2 SCHOOL STORE
Our annual Back 2 School Store debuted in 2015, and it provides children with everything they need to go back to school with pride, confidence, and enthusiasm. One day every summer, NCJW NY’s Council House is transformed into a very special department store, to provide each child with a brand new outfit (shirt, pants, parka, sneakers, underwear and socks) as well as a backpack filled with school supplies, entirely free of charge. Best of all, the children chose each item themselves, based on their own tastes and styles. While children shop with their volunteer personal shoppers, parents explore the Resource Center, where representatives from public and private agencies will be on hand to inform parents about resources available in the community to support their family’s health, learning, and growth.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or a partner agency for the Back 2 School Store, please email email@example.com. To support this program, please click here.
CHILDREN’S LITERACY PROGRAM
Our Children’s Literacy work aims to engage children in a lifelong love of books and reading, thereby helping to close the gap in school performance for economically disadvantaged children.
Our Reading Tutors program engages our volunteers who work in partnership with three after-school sites in Manhattan, providing one-on-one reading sessions with age-appropriate materials for children in grades kindergarten through 4th. Students keep their books after they have read them with their tutors.
If you would like to volunteer for the Children’s Literacy Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) utilizes weekly home visits by professionally trained peer educators to empower parents who have little formal education to become effective first teachers for their young children, aged three to five. HIPPY was created by the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the late 1960s. Since then, HIPPY has blossomed into its own organization. Dedicated NCJW NY volunteers work in partnership with the BronxWorks agency to provide HIPPY to 85 families in the South Bronx. Volunteers provide enrichment activities, special celebrations, and other support as needed.
Volunteers create handmade necessities such as sweaters, hats and scarves, as well as gifts like stuffed toys, for distribution to children in need. KnitWits works in partnership such agencies as Ronald McDonald House and Safe Horizons to ensure that these items go to the intended population free of charge.
ELEANOR LEFF JEWISH WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER
The Jewish Women’s Resource Center (JWRC) explores, documents, and celebrates the full range of Jewish women’s experiences — religious, secular, public and private – through conferences, film festivals, book clubs, and other events.
The 2018 Jewish Women’s Film Festival
The Jewish Women’s Film Festival highlights films focused on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments of Jewish women throughout the world. The last Festival was held in May 2018. Take a look at some of the highlights here. Check back for information about future festivals and feel free to contact us via email with any questions: email@example.com.
Jackson-Stricks Scholarship provides financial aid that enables students with physical challenges to pursue academic study or vocational training which leads to independent living. This past year, NCJW NY provided two students with financial aid totaling $5,000.
The application is available for the 2019-2020 school year here. Applications are due on March 29, 2019.