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JFCS & Beth El Seniors Present: Celebrate Chanukah!

Description: Join special guest Rabbi Jay Kornsgold for a fun pre-Chanukah celebration.  Rabbi Jay will speak about the miracles of Chanukah as well as the debate on whether there should be a menorah on government property during the holiday.  You can take part in a gift exchange by bringing a wrapped gift costing between $6-$10.  We will also enjoy special refreshments for the holiday! 

Date: Thursday, December 12th at 1:00pm

Location: Beth El Synagogue (50 maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

RSVP is required by 12/9 to Beth Englezos at or 609-987-8100, ext. 126 or call Beth El Synagogue at 609-443-4454. 

This program is sponsored by Beth El Seniors & JFCS.

Job Opportunity: Mobile Pantry Truck Driver!

The JFCS Mobile Food Pantry Truck will be bringing the resources of the JFCS brick-and-mortar pantry to distribution sites in Mercer County beginning January 2020!  The truck (16-feet) will be a healthy-choice food pantry that will help those most in need in Mercer County. We are seeking a responsible part-time driver (15- 20 hours per week; some evenings) with a good driving record to drive the truck as well as to help with stocking and food distribution. 

For more details, see description here

An Evening with Rachel Levy Lesser

Description: Local Author Rachel Levy Lesser discusses her newly released book and reflects on the significance and sentimentality of accessories she acquired throughout her life.

Date: Thursday, December 5th at 7:00PM

Location: Shir Ami (101 Richboro Rd, Newtown)

Wine and dessert reception $36 per person – Register here:

**Registration includes free copy of the book!**

More Info: Eden Aaronson at 609-987-8100 ext. 113 or

Join #TEAMJFCS at the Mercer County Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 8:30AM

Mercer County Park, West Windsor

Join JFCS at the Seventh Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot – a 5K race and 1 Mi walk on Thanksgiving Morning in Mercer County Park. The 5K race kicks off at 8:30 am from the West Picnic area. The walk/fun run will start immediately after the 5K run has started.

So many ways to give back on Thanksgiving!  The larger our team, the larger our gift proceeds from the race! Run, walk or volunteer! 

Click here to register. 

Nosh & Knowledge: Free Will

Description: Free will in Judaism is the capacity to choose between different courses of actions, words or thoughts—not due to outside influence, internal nature or any sort of personal preference. Just a balanced choice between right and wrong. This notion that human beings can exercise their own free will when making moral decisions is axiomatic to Judaism. And the conflict between human free will and the omnipotence of the Creator is a pervasive theme in the Jewish narrative of history. Cantor Stuart Binder will examine this paradox that Jewish thinkers have wrestled with for thousands of year – how can God endow human beings with free will and remain God?  A kosher lunch will be provided by Greenwood House and there is a requested donation of $5.00 per person. You may also bring your own kosher-style lunch. 

Date: Thursday November 21st at 12:30PM

Location: Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Road East, West Windsor)

RSVP: is required by 11/15 to Beth Englezos at or 609-987-8100, ext. 126.

This program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Chaim, Greenwood House & JFCS.

JFCS Executive Director, Michelle Napell, Recognized by Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber

Our Executive Director, Michelle Napell, was named as the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber as the October Champion for Business and recognized at their October 3 luncheon. This recognition is given by the Chamber in honor of Michelle’s leadership of JFCS as an important part of the Greater Mercer community.

During her tenure, Michelle’s determination to extend the reach of JFCS has led to the establishment of a satellite office in East Windsor to offer much needed mental health resources. Services at the East Windsor-Hightstown office offer a local resource to those struggling with mental health challenges and a bridge to a broad referral network of high-level services for substance abuse and acute mental health crises.

In January 2020, Michelle’s next and largest vision will come to life – the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry. The JFCS Mobile Food Pantry will bring the resources of the JFCS pantry on the road to locations across Mercer County. At each location, JFCS will park the fully-stocked truck and distribute groceries to those in need.

JFCS & Beth El Seniors Present: Fanciful Creatures of Judaism

Description: All civilizations create imaginary creatures to explain away various happenings for which they have no logical explanations.  The number of beings may depend on the religious or naturalistic belief structures that have been developed throughout time.  Along with Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs, the question we will answer is: Has Judaism succumbed to this occurrence, and how? 

Date: Thursday November 14th at 1:00PM

Location: Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road)

RSVP: is required by 11/8 to Beth Englezos at or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. Or call Beth El Synagogue at 609-443-4454. 

This program is sponsored by Beth El Seniors & JFCS.

Freedom Song

DESCRIPTION: Freedom Song is a trans formative musical created by Beit T’Shuvah that interweaves the story of Passover and personal stories of addiction.

The cast is made up of addicts in recovery from drugs, alcohol, gambling and other destructive behaviors.

This performance will dispel the myth that Jews are immune to addiction and the message will resonate with all.

Through songs, dance, tears, laughter and post-show discussion with the cast, Freedom Song will open your eyes to the real life struggle against the “bondage of self” that we all fight every day.

LOCATION: NJHA Confrence & Event Center (760 Alexander Road, Princeton)

DATE: Sunday November 3 from 2-4PM *Doors open at 1:30pm*

Free and open to the community but RSVP requested by Oct 29th
Text FREEDOMSONG to 51555 to RSVP

RSVP Online Here:

Questions? Contact Helaine Isaacs at 609-987-8100 ext. 104

Sponsored By: The Jewish Federation – Ariel Eden Malberg Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation – Adath Israel Congregation – Beth El East Windsor – Congregation Beth Chaim – Congregation Beth El – ICARE of East Windsor Hightstown – Congregation Kehilat Shalom – Congregation Kol Emet – The Fishbane Family – JCC Princeton Mercer Bucks – The Jewish Center – Penn Medicine of Princeton House – Temple Micah – Shir Ami