Wegmans is the BEST neighbor! They delivered cookies for our residents!
Jewish Federation Apts provide rent subsidized units for the elderly and mobility impaired, conveniently located in Williamsville, NY. Our facilities include, appliances, on-site laundry, activities, and we welcome all religious denominations.
Wegmans is the BEST neighbor! They delivered cookies for our residents!
UB expert discusses where we are with COVID
The disturbing news: COVID-19 is now the No. 3 cause of death in the nation. It falls behind heart disease and cancer, but ahead of accidents, injuries, lung disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Deaths from COVID-19 are fourth on the list of U.S. death tolls from major events, behind the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Civil War, and World War II.
In an article posted on the University at Buffalo's Clinical and Translational Science Institute website, Institute Director Dr. Timothy Murphy discusses the facts about COVID-19 as we enter our seventh month of the pandemic. While some of the news is somber, Murphy notes that the interventions put in place to combat COVID-19 have made a tangible impact. He also states that there is much we know now about transmission and how to prevent transmission that we did not know last spring.
He stresses that social distancing works, wearing masks is critical, and that testing is critical. Murphy concludes:
We do know is that we are in a much better position to respond than we were in March, when cases were first identified in Western New York. We have better testing and we have learned how the virus is transmitted. And based on what we have accomplished as a community to keep transmission at a low level thus far, we know how to prevent transmission: avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, wear masks, and wash our hands frequently. These practices will be especially important in Western New York as cold weather limits our time outdoors where the risk of transmission is less than occurs indoors.
You get a robocall saying you paid too much on a utility bill. To make up for this mistake, they say, you’ll get a cash refund and a discount on your future bills. All you have to do is press a number to get your money and discount. You say to yourself: “What luck!” You might think this strange surprise will help you save some much-needed money.
Sorry but…not so fast. This is probably just another utility scam — or, at best, a marketing trick — to get your money.
Learn more about this financial scam and others through the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/10/overpaid-your-utility-bill-thats-probably-scam
Your vote is your voice! Make sure you’re registered: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ If you are not registered to vote, you have until this Friday, October 9th, to sign-up. Make sure your voice is heard!
Good practical advice for keeping yourself safe!
As the COVID-19 pandemic—caused by the novel coronavirus—has spread, expert guidance on the viral illness has evolved time and again as we learn more about it. But one message has been clear thro...
This week's show is about seniors and isolation...worth a listen!
This week on Your Mental Health during COVID-19, we're talking with Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, a licensed psychologist with the VA WNY Health Center. She’ll be live to answer your questions about older adults and isolation.
We would like to send a HUGE thank you to The Chinese Club of WNY, for donating over 500 masks to the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council, of which 100 were distributed to JFS for our staff and clients!
Two hundred more will be distributed to residents at the Buffalo Jewish Federation Housing Apartments, and we will be distributing another 160 to local synagogues in need.
We are so grateful for all of our community partnerships throughout this time!
Colvin Cleaners launches 'Get a mask, Give a mask' program
Now that essential workers must wear masks on the job, the next step is making sure they have them. Colvin Cleaners is stepping in to help fill the need.
Please use this site to check the status of your stimulus check.
The Treasury began distribution of emergency payments authorized by Congress this week. The "Get My Payment" portal is now live. Track the status of your direct payment or provide the IRS with further information to expedite payment delivery through this link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
Long but informative.
Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City shares information in a Mar. 22 Zoom call with family and friends on empowering and protecting families…
Older Adults Technology Services
OATS and Senior Planet are on NPR All Things Considered! So proud of our team and partners in Montgomery County, MD for their work helping older adults learn to detect disinformation and #fakenews online.
A great performance for the residents today by Ariella Zeitlin visiting from Israel. Thanks to Buffalo Jewish Federation and Luscious by Lori for the arrangements and the delicious lunch!
Do we have a theme?
In this digital age, there is a big disconnect between leaders and the people they lead. Many managers think they are doing a great job but when you ask the people they lead, it's quite the opposite.
Be kind every day!
Today is World Kindness Day! Buffalo Holocaust survivors spread their kindness daily by sharing their stories and teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to encourage students to stand up to bigotry and hatred.
What are you going to do to be kind today?
If you are seriously ill and homebound, or starting to be prone to forgetfulness...
This looks fun!
Hiking Club excursions will take place every Thursday beginning September 12th and running through October 31st.
Yes, this does happen! Sad, but true!
Bullying in nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly has increased. Responsible retirement communities have introduced anti-bullying programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.
Such an important topic!
Financial Scams-Friday, July 12 at 10:30
Learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from being exploited.
Presented by Adult Protective Services
A recent survey adds data to dispute the myth that baby boomers don’t like technology and suggests where senior living communities might want to spend time on their marketing efforts.
How to Be Happy? A Nearly 90-Year-Old Has Some Advice
"If all else fails, though, my final piece of advice is the simplest of all: Laugh."
Food For All
Two bills have been introduced this Congress that would strengthen SNAP. H.R. 1368, introduced by Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), would increase benefits for all SNAP participants. H.R. 2809, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), would lift SNAP’s arbitrary three-month time limit and ensure that all people have access to nutrition assistance and stay healthy while seeking full-time work. Urge your Representative to cosponsor the bills if they have not already done so. Visit FRAC’s SNAP Legislative Action Center page for more information.
This is a great piece, check it out!
What to look out for — and how to respond.
We met Sophia! Congratulations!
Sophia Veffer, a holocaust survivor, became a special education teacher when she came to the U.S. She received her master's from Buffalo State in 1971 and is actively involved with the Anne Frank Project. We are proud to present her with a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters degree!
Interesting program at the Amherst Senior Center!
Money Matters: How to leave a legacy and make a difference in your community
Tuesday, April 30 from 9:00-10:30
Join us for this financial presentation hosted by the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation. A panel will be discussing how you can leave a legacy in your community. Coffee and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required by calling 636-3055, ext. 3108.
Coming to Jewish Federation Apartments!
This is part of a national effort to "Sound the Alarm" which is a campaign to educate people on fire safety.
WATCH: A yogi nearly all her life, 100-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch continues to inspire students of all ages and shows no signs of slowing down. via ABC7NY
Buffalo Jewish Federation
Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 19 and ends Saturday evening, April 27. In preparation for the holiday, we're sharing some basic Passover Prep info for you - taken from MyJewishLearning.com.
Part 1: What is Passover?????
Passover is a festival of freedom. It commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition from slavery to freedom. The main ritual of Passover is the Seder, which occurs on the first two night (in Israel just the first night) of the holiday — a festive meal that involves the re-telling of the Exodus through stories and song and the consumption of ritual foods, including matzah and maror (bitter herbs). The seder’s rituals and other readings are outlined in the Haggadah — today, many different versions of this Passover guide are available in print and online, and you can also create your own.
Stay tuned for Part 2: What do we do on Passover? and Part 3: What do we eat on Passover?
Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
We are excited to introduce the new Director for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, Elizabeth Schram! Elizabeth is a graduate of University of Texas with her Bachelor's degree in Education and has her Masters in Holocaust Studies from the University of Haifa. Elizabeth looks forwards to cultivate working relationships with community groups, teachers, students, school districts, universities and other organizations to successfully carry out HRC’s mission and vision.
Sophia Veffer spoke as part of the Witnesses: Buffalo's Holocaust-Era Stories exhibit we hosted this week. Very moving experience thanks to the Holocaust Resource Center!
Seems like common sense, but...
Does flushing cat litter pose a health risk? You asked, we answer!
Young at Heart
A new study highlights the many benefits of Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteer programs, including better health, decreased depression, and less social isolation among low-income adults age 55 and older. via Next Avenue
Just so saddened by this!
Official Statement from the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council Re: Terror attack in New Zealand
The Buffalo Jewish community is shocked and saddened by the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand today. At least 49 people were murdered and more were injured while attending Friday prayers in two different mosques because they were Muslim. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, those who are injured, and all Muslim communities around the world.
We strongly condemn this attack, which is a barbaric assault on every person who believes in the dignity of human life. Whether because of religion, skin color, ethnicity, etc. we are all human beings.
We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters – in New Zealand, in Buffalo, and world-wide – in the face of extremist hatred, Islamophobia, and violence. We have reached out to our friends in the local community here in Buffalo to express our support in this time of grief. We know the pain of being attacked in a place of worship and must work to make sure places of prayer are safe. We pledge to continue our efforts as we work to call out and ultimately end intolerance and hate.
Nina Lukin & Dr. Ted Steinberg
Buffalo JCRC Co-Chairs
Director, Buffalo JCRC
275 Essjay Rd
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