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Mitzvah Magic, a program of Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy and Jewish Family & Children’s Services that was started in 2009, brings together circles of women to create baskets of food and gifts for Jewish families in need several times a year. The anonymity of the families is closely guarded. The year, the program helped 23 families.”
Help for Jewish families supported through Mitzvah Magic is more important than ever.
Families like “Rita” and “Todd” and their two children. They had family wealth until his father died recently and extended family members excluded Todd and his family from any type of inheritance. The only income they have at the moment is Rita’s disability income, and the family is really struggling.
Arizona’s Self Sufficiency Standard for Arizona report reveals exactly what it takes to realistically support a family, by county and family configuration without any public or private support.
In Rita and Todd’s case, by the self-sufficiency standard criteria, their family needs $53,928 a year for basic needs. That’s $4,494 each month for a no-frills existence. Seriously.
You can see why public and private support for families is so important. We are doing everything we can to help, including carefully screening Jewish families for help through Mitzvah Magic. The families are anonymously paired with volunteers from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, who will receive this month, personalized lists of each family’s needs. Gifts will be delivered before Rosh Hashanah.
Just imagine what a treat it would be to receive much-needed necessities to lighten the load, along with a few treats to put smiles on the faces of a families in tough spots!
Would you and/or your organization like to participate in honoring Dr. Herschel & Jill Rosenzweig by sponsoring the 2014 Celebration of Caring Luncheon and/or placing ads/tributes in the event program?
At this year’s 2014 Celebration of Caring Luncheon on April 24th, we are honoring the Rosenzweigs for their long service to JFCS and our community’s children. Jill is the Chair of the JFCS Board of Directors and Herschel has been a consultant to our clinicians for more than 20 years.
Check out the latest issue of the Select Care Managers quarterly newsletter for professionals who refer clients to the program. It also has great information for adult children of aging parents.
Since 1970, JFCS has offered baskets that contain many traditional Seder items to Jewish families in need.
Matza & More’ focus of Bar Mitzvah project
“….This year, 13-year-old Ben Spiegel is collecting food and financial donations for Matza & More 2014 as his Bar Mitzvah project…..” Read more of the 3/13/14 Arizona Jewish Post story about Ben.
WHAT: Schmoozing, Sharing & Noshing
LOCATION: Jewish Community Center, Jewish Heritage Room
Please RSVP to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300 ext. 2365, o re-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 9th – Program
April 13th – Schmoozing, Sharing & Noshing
We have uploaded to our website, stories written by 21 Holocaust survivors who are living here in Southern Arizona.
Learn more about the Holocaust Survivors Program.