Community Action for Refugee Arrival (CARA)

Since JSS restarted its refugee resettlement program, we have had dedicated volunteers who have prepared homes, meals and basic necessities for our newly arriving families. This is hard work that happens with little advanced notice. The CARA program, in which Congregations and other community organizations volunteer to partner with our resettlement staff to do the pre-arrival work, is a way for us to share the burdens and privileges of preparing for new families while harnessing the power of existing community organizations.

If you know of a community group or organization that would like to become a CARA team, please reach out to Becca, our Resettlement Director, at becca@jssmadison.org.

The 2018 Liesel M. Blockstein Lecture

Sunday, February 11, 2018 • Temple Beth El

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Maha Mohamed, MD is the featured speaker at the 2018 Leisel Blockstein Lecture on Sunday, February 11, beginning at 9:45 am. Dr Mohamed’s presentation, The history of women in leadership: the past, present and future, will reflect on the current diversified background of humanity and past common geographic existence.

Dr. Mohamed earned her medical degree from the University of Khartoum School of Medicine, Sudan. She completed her residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and Clinics, Cooperstown, NY, and completed her geriatrics fellowships at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Nephrology fellowship at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; and Transplant Nephrology fellowship at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Dr. Mohamed is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Currently Dr. Mohamed is an assistant professor of Medicine at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and she is the Director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program.

The Leisel Blockstein annual lecture is a joint program of Temple Beth El and Jewish Social Services. Liesel M. Blockstein was a beloved member of the Beth El community and deeply involved in Jewish Social Services. Her husband, William L. Blockstein, also of blessed memory, established this lecture and scholarship fund to celebrate the achievements of Wisconsin women in politics, public service, religion, arts, literature, and music, as well as in other areas of endeavor. Beneficiaries of this fund also include Wisconsin residents (women) who are admitted to an accredited course of study at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in the rabbinate, the cantorate, Jewish education, and Jewish communal service. There is no charge for the brunch. However, we ask that if you plan on attending, that you register no later than Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Register Here: https://www.tbemadison.org/event/Blockstein

 

General Volunteer Opportunities

The following are some general volunteer opportunities that are needed on an ongoing basis:

Drivers Needed: Help people remain independent! Provide rides to clients for appointments and other destinations on an as-needed and as-available basis.  Requires copies proof of insurance and driver’s license plus a driver’s record check, done at our expense.

Designated Shopper: Help people remain independent by providing assistance and companionship by going shopping or running errands with them. At times, clients may also need someone to pick up groceries or other items for them when they are not able to be accompanied.

Back-up Volunteer Photographer: Take photos at JSS events which will be used for promotional materials and social media.

Bikur Cholim/Friendly Visitor: Opportunities to visit with people in rehabilitation, hospital, or memory care. These visits can be made when convenient for you.

Computer/ Odd Job Help: Elderly and others looking for some help and support with doing small jobs – changing light bulbs, fixing loose hinge, etc. Help also needed to operate and learn basic computer tasks and general electronic devices such as television and remote controls.

Volunteer at holiday, social events, and Oakwood Shabbats: Help the residents of Oakwood Village welcome Shabbat one Friday per month from 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. Seat guests, pour wine and juice, and distribute challah, interact with the residents of Oakwood Village and their families.

Please contact Paul Borowsky if interested. Please stay tuned or call Paul at (608) 442-4083 for updates regarding other holiday opportunities including Menorah delivery for Hanukkah.