Collat Jewish Family Services

Collat Jewish Family Services 3940 Montclair Road Suite 205 Birmingham, AL 35213 www.cjfsbham.org Collat Jewish Family Services of Birmingham services for older adults include care management, transportation, in-home assistance, caregiver support, transportation and referrals.
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CJFS provides individual and family counseling for all ages. CJFS serves people of all races, religions and income levels, with a special focus on older adults and their families.

CJFS provides individual and family counseling for all ages. CJFS serves people of all races, religions and income levels, with a special focus on older adults and their families.

Mission: CJFS enhances quality of life and strengthens independence for individuals and families, with a primary focus on older adults, by providing exceptional support services in accordance with Jewish values.

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JEWISH SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR 2021! There is great hope that the Summer of 2021 will see Jewish summer c...
01/08/2021

JEWISH SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR 2021!

There is great hope that the Summer of 2021 will see Jewish summer camps once again be filled with fellowship, fun and great learning experiences. Most Jewish camps cancelled their 2020 sessions due to COVID-19 but are gearing up to welcome campers back in 2021. Collat Jewish Family Services, with support from the Birmingham Jewish Foundation, is ready to help families apply for both local and regional scholarships.
Although many Jewish camp scholarships are awarded based on financial need, campers currently in grades 1 through 9 who will be experiencing their FIRST Jewish sleepaway camp experience are also eligible for a one-time $1,500 grant with no financial need requirement. This special funding is offered through the Goldring Jewish Summer Camp Experience Incentive Grant Program. For more information, Contact Lynn Rathmell, [email protected] or visit https://cjfsbham.org/jewish-summer-camp---scholarships-available-for-2021.htm .

Virtual therapy is effective!! That's what CJFS clients have been telling us since they began meeting by phone or videoc...
01/07/2021

Virtual therapy is effective!! That's what CJFS clients have been telling us since they began meeting by phone or videoconference with our caring professional counselors. If you feel anxious or sad -- or if you need new coping strategies for these times, virtual counseling can help. Virtual therapy may be covered by private insurance and Medicare. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Marcy Morgenbesser, [email protected] or call 205-879-3438.

Please join us in honoring the memory of Phyllis Weinstein, a CJFS founder who dedicated her life to community service. ...
01/07/2021
Phyllis Weinstein Obituary - Birmingham, AL

Please join us in honoring the memory of Phyllis Weinstein, a CJFS founder who dedicated her life to community service. CJFS is among many organizations that were able to grow and thrive thanks to Phyllis' exceptional vision, organizational skill, tireless effort and generosity. May her memory always be a blessing.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/birmingham-al/phyllis-weinstein-9986148

Celebrate the life of Phyllis Weinstein, leave a kind word or memory and get funeral service information care of Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors.

We want YOU at our 2021 Annual Meeting, where we will install Joyce Tenenbaum Shevin as our new Board President and hono...
01/04/2021

We want YOU at our 2021 Annual Meeting, where we will install Joyce Tenenbaum Shevin as our new Board President and honor Volunteer of the Year David Ovson! Register for the Zoom call here: https://bit.ly/38ePjUN

01/04/2021
L'Chaim 2012, Honoring Phyllis Weinstein

Please join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to Phyllis Weinstein! In addition to her leadership in founding the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and N. E. Miles Jewish Day School, Phyllis was among the visionaries who founded our agency more than 30 years ago! Phyllis, through your energy, compassion and commitment, you have made the world a better place in so MANY ways. Happy Birthday, and many more!
https://vimeo.com/49288339

This video was created as part of the L'Chaim 2012 event that also included a special presentation by Nancy Patz, author of "Who Was the Woman Who Wore…

Did you know you can deduct $300 in charitable donations from your 2020 taxes --- even if you take the standard deductio...
12/27/2020

Did you know you can deduct $300 in charitable donations from your 2020 taxes --- even if you take the standard deduction? To help CJFS provide care and support for vulnerable older adults, regardless of faith or financial ability, give HERE: https://cjfsbham.org/donate-now/

An amazing team of volunteers from Junior League of Birmingham is providing support each month for our Senior Grocery In...
12/22/2020

An amazing team of volunteers from Junior League of Birmingham is providing support each month for our Senior Grocery Initiative. (Here's a photo of ShaNada Williams, leader of this volunteer team.)
Through this partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama volunteers deliver groceries to low-income seniors each month. Many thanks to all involved!

CJFS offers an emergency response system that can function ANYWHERE! The mobile pendant allows you to speak with an oper...
12/21/2020

CJFS offers an emergency response system that can function ANYWHERE! The mobile pendant allows you to speak with an operator wherever and whenever you need help. To learn more, contact Amy Blatt Peetluk, [email protected] or 205.879.3438.

Thanks to Julius Bloomston and Right Turn Promotions for donating these awesome purple bags to support our Senior Grocer...
12/20/2020

Thanks to Julius Bloomston and Right Turn Promotions for donating these awesome purple bags to support our Senior Grocery Initiative, a partnership with Community Food Bank of Central Alabama through which volunteers deliver groceries each month to low-income seniors.

This is a FRACTION of the food closet donations we received through our partnership with the Birmingham Jewish Federatio...
12/18/2020

This is a FRACTION of the food closet donations we received through our partnership with the Birmingham Jewish Federation and its PJ Library program. THANK YOU to organizer Florina Shilkrot Newcomb and dozens of young families who contributed!

Order your 2021 Mah Jongg card through the link below. When you do, you'll also be strengthening independence and enrich...
12/09/2020

Order your 2021 Mah Jongg card through the link below. When you do, you'll also be strengthening independence and enriching quality of life by supporting CJFS!
https://cjfsbham.org/tyfoon/site/fckeditor/mahjongg.flier.Updated%20for%202021%20Cards.pdf

If you're concerned about the impact of isolation on an older relative or friend, you are not alone. The good news is, y...
12/04/2020

If you're concerned about the impact of isolation on an older relative or friend, you are not alone. The good news is, you CAN safely help an older adult feel connected and cared for during the pandemic. Check out these tips from CJFS Social Worker LaBrena Friend Jackson: https://cjfsbham.org/how-to-hug-an-older-adult-during-a-pandemic-.htm

We're all set for today's Senior Grocery Initiative food delivery to low-income seniors, thanks to help this week from t...
11/15/2020

We're all set for today's Senior Grocery Initiative food delivery to low-income seniors, thanks to help this week from the Junior League of Birmingham, Jennifer Skipper, Megan Loveday, Shanada Williams,
Steven Schultz, and CJFS Board Members David Ovson and Kay Kornmeier.

On Nov. 22, The Jewish Fertility Foundation is offering "Pathways to Parenthood 101," a free virtual program where ferti...
11/13/2020

On Nov. 22, The Jewish Fertility Foundation is offering "Pathways to Parenthood 101," a free virtual program where fertility experts will discuss the many paths to becoming parents including: IVF, IUI, Sperm Donation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Gestational Surrogacy, and Adoption. The program is FREE and open to ALL. RSVP at www.jewishfertilityfoundation.org/pathways

If you're 65+, CJFS can help you choose the  Medicare prescription plan that is best for you. There's no charge, but you...
11/08/2020

If you're 65+, CJFS can help you choose the Medicare prescription plan that is best for you. There's no charge, but you must make an appointment, and open enrollment ends Dec. 7. To learn more, contact CJFS Care Manager Amy Peetluk, [email protected] or 205-278-7131.

Many thanks to Jesse Chambers and Village Living for helping us spread the word about transportation and counseling opti...
10/30/2020
Buz-A-Bus ride service helps older, disabled people get to bank, doctor, grocery

Many thanks to Jesse Chambers and Village Living for helping us spread the word about transportation and counseling options available now through CJFS! The exceptional support services of CJFS are available to people of every faith and financial ability.
https://www.villagelivingonline.com/news/buz-a-bus-ride-service-helps-older-disabled-people-get-to-ba/

The service is currently available only for essential trips, including health care, grocery shopping and banking.

This month CJFS received $890 from the National Mah Jongg League - a gift that comes to us purely through the generosity...
10/26/2020

This month CJFS received $890 from the National Mah Jongg League - a gift that comes to us purely through the generosity of our amazing Mah Jongg community! Our Mah Jongg card gurus, Heidi Damsky and Esther Schuster, will soon be offering you the opportunity to buy your 2021 card - so stay tuned!

On the affordable, wheelchair-accessible Buz-A-Bus, people who are 60+ or disabled can safely make essential  trips incl...
10/21/2020

On the affordable, wheelchair-accessible Buz-A-Bus, people who are 60+ or disabled can safely make essential trips including health care, grocery shopping and banking. Face coverings, social distancing and other safety protocols are enforced. Buz-A-Bus operates within 5 miles of the CJFS office on Montclair Rd. To learn more, call 205.870.1010.

It's time to update your Medicare prescription plan, and CJFS provides Medicare Part D consultation at no charge. To mak...
10/18/2020

It's time to update your Medicare prescription plan, and CJFS provides Medicare Part D consultation at no charge. To make your appointment, email [email protected] or call 205.879.3438.

Life during a pandemic is stressful, and if you're feeling fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression, frustration or anger, ...
10/16/2020
Collat Jewish Family Services of Birmingham

Life during a pandemic is stressful, and if you're feeling fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression, frustration or anger, you are not alone! In this post, CJFS Social Worker Gail Cohen Schuster, LICSW, offers seven simple strategies we all can use to manage our emotions and remain calm during this difficult time.
https://cjfsbham.org/how-to-manage-your-emotions-during-the-crisis.htm

CJFS is a non-profit organization that, based on Jewish values, serves individuals & families by supporting independence & quality of life for older adults.

A favorite activity at our CARES respite program is Music & Movement taught by Melissa Turnage of UAB's Abroms-Engel Ins...
10/15/2020
CJFS CARES Music & Movement Video, Volume 1

A favorite activity at our CARES respite program is Music & Movement taught by Melissa Turnage of UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA Arts in Medicine program. In this video, Melissa brings chair activities virtually to those affected by Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's or stroke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJb_lREF_T4&feature=youtu.be

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CJFS, Collat Jewish Family Services, CARES Respite program's Music & Movement teacher, Melissa, instructs participants with Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson'...

When the pandemic struck in March, Robbie Rosenbaum's CJFS therapist suggested that they try virtual counseling. Robbie ...
10/14/2020
Collat Jewish Family Services of Birmingham

When the pandemic struck in March, Robbie Rosenbaum's CJFS therapist suggested that they try virtual counseling. Robbie wasn't so sure at first - but after trying it, he is a believer. Read Robbie's story by clicking the link below - and if you'd like to learn more, contact CJFS Clinical Director Marcy Morgenbesser, [email protected] or 205.879.3438.
https://cjfsbham.org/Counseling-Goes-Virtual.htm

CJFS is a non-profit organization that, based on Jewish values, serves individuals & families by supporting independence & quality of life for older adults.

We were proud to partner with Alzheimer's of Central Alabama (ACA) in last week's virtual event featuring Renee Brown Ha...
10/13/2020
Collat Jewish Family Services of Birmingham

We were proud to partner with Alzheimer's of Central Alabama (ACA) in last week's virtual event featuring Renee Brown Harmon, author of “Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s: Principles of Caregiving that Kept Me Upright.” If you missed it, here's a video recording of this event, moderated by CJFS CARES Program Director Pam Smitherman Leonard: https://cjfsbham.org/surfing-the-waves-of-alzheimers-.htm

CJFS is a non-profit organization that, based on Jewish values, serves individuals & families by supporting independence & quality of life for older adults.

CJFS Tribute Cards are a simple, meaningful and affordable way to show you care. Contact Erika Marx, erika@cjfsbham.org ...
10/11/2020
Tribute Cards

CJFS Tribute Cards are a simple, meaningful and affordable way to show you care. Contact Erika Marx, [email protected] - or go to https://cjfsbham.org/tribute-cards/

Send beautiful CJFS Contribution Cards to your friends and family for any occasion. Let them know you care enough to make a meaningful gift in their honor, in their loved one’s memory, or wishing a speedy recovery , while at the same time helping others in our community. It’s a double mitzvah (g...

Open enrollment for updating your Medicare prescription plan begins in one week - and CJFS offers expert consultation at...
10/08/2020

Open enrollment for updating your Medicare prescription plan begins in one week - and CJFS offers expert consultation at no charge. Make your appointment now!

Great news!  Our affordable, wheelchair-accessible Buz-A-Bus has resumed service for essential  trips including health c...
10/01/2020

Great news! Our affordable, wheelchair-accessible Buz-A-Bus has resumed service for essential trips including health care, grocery shopping and banking. Face coverings, social distancing and other safety protocols are strictly followed. Buz-A-Bus operates within a limited service area for individuals who are 60+ or disabled. To learn more, call 205.879.3438.

Birmingham physicians Harvey and Renee Harmon were partners in everything, until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disea...
09/30/2020

Birmingham physicians Harvey and Renee Harmon were partners in everything, until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 50. Renee tells their story in her new book, "Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer's: Principles of Caregiving That Kept Me Upright." At a virtual event at 1 pm on Oct. 7, sponsored by CJFS and Alzheimer's of Central Alabama (ACA), Renee will read from her book and answer questions. Sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_5MNg2__QTyqW1F25_BaW8Q

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3940 Montclair Rd, Ste 205
Birmingham, AL
35213

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00

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(205) 879-3438

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Collat Jewish Family Services’ comprehensive range of services is designed to help clients live independently and safely, often in their own homes, for as long as possible. For more than 25 years, CJFS has been a United Way agency and a partner of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, serving people of all religions, income levels and races. We serve all ages, with a special emphasis on older adults. Our seasoned and professional staff creates a nurturing environment to assist with issues large and small, short-term and chronic, with a focus on preserving the respect and dignity of each person.

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To my fellow Jews, we are the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. A generation of Jews who were oppressed and murdered en masse. It is our duty, not only by the Torah, but in honor of all those who died and all those who survived to stand up for the oppressed, to speak out against the oppressor. The Torah reminds us time and again, “Do not oppress the stranger, for you were strangers in the Land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9).” We do not simply empathize with victims of oppression, but we must acknowledge that having been victims ourselves, we are at greater risk of repeating oppressive behaviors. As we struggled for freedom throughout history and throughout all the nations of the world, we have taken up the tools of the oppressor. Many of us are white and we benefit from our whiteness every single day. We take up these tools without realizing or recognizing, and yet here we stand benefitting from the same systems and tools that once oppressed us. We must focus our energy on creating dignity and equality for ALL. We must end oppression, FOR ALL. We must join together in protection of our black brothers and sisters. We must teach our children, leading them by example as we stand up and speak up for our black community. While our neighbor is oppressed, we too shall be oppressed.