JFS, its Advisory Board members, and committee members travel all around the Miami Valley to deliver holiday bags to isolated seniors and those who live in continuum of care facilities. We deliver holiday bags three times a year – at Purim, Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah. It is a pleasure to deliver the bags which bring joy to those who may not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. We want them to feel connected to the Jewish community. JFS wants to thank Beth Abraham, Beth Jacob, Chabad, Temple Beth Or, and Temple Israel who support this holiday mitzvah.

For more information on JFS holiday programs, please contact Tara Feiner, JFS Director at (937) 401-1546 or

For Chanukah 2018, JFS purchased fleece to turn into lap blankets for our holiday outreach. We prepared the fleece, cutting it down to size and cutting fringe for the JCC preschool students and their families to tie. Thirty-two families tied one hundred nine blankets. For each blanket a child tied, the child made a card, tracing their hands to create a menorah and then wrote their name. Ria Trice and her family tied a whopping twenty-one blankets! When JFS asked Ria why she tied the blankets, Ria answered, “I tied the blankets for my friends. Mommy and daddy did the candles and I colored the hands,” referring to the card she made. A big TODAH RABAH to all the children and families who helped make the JFS Chanukah outreach so special.

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