Support monthly social program for Holocaust Survivors (Brookline)

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Schechter Holocaust Services (SHS) continues to honor the agency's longstanding commitment to address the needs and concerns of Holocaust survivors and their families as they change over time.

Café Hakalah is a monthly social and cultural gathering of Holocaust survivors. The goal of Café Hakalah is to offer Holocaust survivors:

  • A reason to leave their home
  • An opportunity to talk and make connections with other survivors
  • Intellectual and cultural enrichment

Café Hakalah Volunteers attend the café and assist staff with registration, greeting guests, and serving food. Russian speaking volunteers may also be asked to help with translation.

The café lasts for about two hours and is generally held on the last Wednesday of every month.

Volunteers may sign up to help at one or more Café Hakalah events.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Experience with elderly people
  • Russian language skills a plus
  • Have Wednesday daytime availability
  • Be able to travel to Brookline
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for Schechter Holocaust Services as an Café Hakalah Volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form .

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1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451, US

Mission Statement

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) cares for individuals and families by providing exceptional human service and health care programs, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.


For almost 150 years, Jewish Family & Children's Service has been the safety net for over 30,000 individuals and families in 80 Greater Boston communities. Since its inception, the focus of JF&CS has been to support our friends and neighbors through difficult life transitions and times of personal crisis, offering programs and services for every stage of life.

JF&CS is especially responsive to the needs of vulnerable members of our community: newborns and their parents, individuals with development disabilities or persistent mental illness, families at risk and the frail elderly. What makes our continuum of programs unique is our steadfast dedication to caring not only for the physical and economic health of individuals and families, but also for their emotional and spiritual well-being.

JF&CS is always ready to respond, no matter how difficult the problem and regardless of a person's background or ability to pay.



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384 Harvard Street,Brookline, MA 02446



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