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Yearn to Learn (Y2L)

The mission of Yearn to Learn is to provide high quality interactive learning experiences for retired persons in small, local group settings, which promote stimulating group interaction, self exploration and interpersonal connection.

Yearn to Learn was created in 2014 by a group of retired persons working with staff of Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (JFS) with a one year start up grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

Drawing on the professional expertise and life experience of participants, programs are generally led by volunteers who have group facilitation skills and extensive knowledge of or interest in a topic area.

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There is a small fee (approximately $5) to cover costs of refreshments, publicity, and handouts.

Topics are chosen by participants and arranged by a Participant Advisory Committee which meets monthly at JFS.

At times, a paid professional expert provides a program. There may be a slightly higher fee to cover costs for those events. Fees are collected at the door of the event.

If the fee is a barrier for attendance for any senior, JFS is able to provide a limited number of "scholarships" to reduce the cost as a barrier for attendance.

Programs are held primarily at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater.

Y2L is designed to be portable, and programs may be held throughout Somerset or Hunterdon County if there is sufficient interest and availability of facilitators and space in another part of these two counties.

We welcome participation in programs by the entire community.

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 non-sectarian social service agency that has served the tri-county area since 1980.

 

For information about upcoming programs and to register (or to sign up for the email list), please Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org.

If you are interested in facilitating a group, please email Ruth Edelman.

To find out more about JFS and its services to seniors, click here.

 

Upcoming Yearn to Learn Events

Unless noted otherwise (check details below) all programs will take place from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewaters.

Fee: $5   Please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org to preregister.

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“Tzedakah and Zakat in Judaism and Islam: Helping those in Need”

Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This program will be facilitated by Rabbi Debra Smith and Dr. Ali Chaudry.

Both Judaism and Islam place a strong emphasis on helping those less fortunate.

The concept is based on the idea that our own good fortune is a gift from G-d and we are in turn obligated to share with those who do not have. This can take the form of either giving money or giving time.

We will compare and contrast texts from both faith traditions that deal with helping those less fortunate and see how both traditions teach their followers to incorporate the philosophy of giving toward the goal of helping create a more just society.

Location:

Temple Shalom
594 North Bridge Street
Bridgewater, NJ

Fee: $5.00

To Register please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

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JFS Good Deeds Corps — “Soup for the Soul”

Giving Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM—1:00 PM

In lieu of a second regular Yearn2Learn program in November, you are invited to join the JFS Good Deeds Corps for “Soup for the Soul”, a special event on GivingTuesday (November 28).

There's nothing quite like sharing good food with friends and family to make us feel connected and closer. Yet there are many elders in our community who must decide whether to buy healthy food or fill a prescription and many who are eating alone.

On GivingTuesday share a bowl of soup, some bread and join our conversation about what you can do about Food Insecurity and Social Isolation in our community.

Your donation of $18 allows JFS to supply a low income senior with fresh produce for a week. To register, please email Admin@JewishFamilySvc.org or call 908 725-7799.

Your take home soup bowl is donated courtesy of Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Feldman and Advantage Promotions, LLC.

JFS Good Deeds Corps Supported by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

Location:

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater, NJ