I worked on the development of a Dental Assistance program for Survivors of the Holocaust. DASH is one of the biggest programs that I was asked to initially focus on. This program was launched this year, Jewish Family Services partnered with dentists in our community who were willing to provide pro-bono services to Holocaust survivor clients. Jewish Family Services has recruited 17 dentists and has saved over $50,000 in pro-bono services.
However, as I settled into this agency I further became involved in socialization programs for Holocaust survivors. Socialization is very important to survivors; many of them constantly mention looking forward to our next socialization event, while leaving from one. It made us realize how important it is for their quality of life to be given opportunities to socialize with one another as well as with other members of our community. As a result, the agency made it a priority to provide numerous socialization events alongside The Jewish Federation and Donna Klein Jewish Academy. We developed programs such as From March to Miriam, connecting Holocaust survivor clients to High School students for one year commitments, with the purpose of strengthening the bond between different generations, while promoting culture and education. We also hosted Nosh & Nachas, a quarterly, mini Café Europa for Holocaust survivor clients of the agency to eat and schmooze. In addition to Nosh & Nachas, we managed numerous other events with local temples and schools in order to promote education, socialization, and Mitzvah between holocaust survivors and our community.