JVS: 'Planting Seeds
In The New Year'
he story is told of an elderly
man who plants a carob tree.
"Foolish man," a passerby
proclaimed, "why do you waste your
time? Surely you will not live long
enough to see the tree produce." The
old man sighed and responded, "My
father planted trees for me, and I, in
turn, must plant trees for my children:'
So it is for the founders and lead-
ers of JVS. The seeds they planted
in years past are bearing fruit today.
Literally many thousands of people
from all walks of life in the metro area
have benefited from JVS programs and
As JVS celebrates its 70th anniver-
sary year, and we approach the New
Year, we reflect upon our mission and
what it means for the community:
JVS helps people meet life chal-
lenges affecting their self-sufficiency
through counseling, training and
support services in accordance with
Jewish values of equal opportunity,
compassion, responsibility and the
steadfast belief that the best way to
help people is to make it possible for
them to help themselves.
Man is never nearer to the Divine
than in his compassionate moments.
The words compassion and respon-
sibility in our mission statement
are core Jewish values which JVS
translates into actions to benefit the
Jewish community and others — spe-
cifically, people with disabilities, the
unemployed, students and the at-risk
elderly. Every working day at JVS,
countless acts of loving kindness are
carried out by a dedicated staff that
is fighting to maintain the same level
of service to the Jewish community
as we have in the past, in the face of
Free High Holiday
Services At Aish
ish HaTorah will provide
free High Holiday services
on Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Services will be held at Aish's
Margolick Learning Center, 25725
Coolidge in Oak Park.
Rosh Hashanah services on
Thursday-Friday, Sept. 29-30, will
include a sunrise minyan at 6:30 a.m.;
a learners' service with Rabbis Alon
Tolwin and Tzvi Hochstat at 9:30; a
family experience with Rabbi Simcha
and Estie Tolwin at 10:30; a shofar
an ongoing economic tailspin that has
far-reaching effects within our own
circles; families, friends and neigh-
bors have lost their livelihood, their
homes and their self-respect. Through
intensive career and employment and
financial counseling services, we help
people to regain their foothold — to
make possibilities realities.
Rosh Hashanah is a time for serious
personal reflection. At pis, we also
take stock of what the community's
needs are and where we need to be to
meet them. We look to see if the seeds
we have planted have borne fruit; if we
need to develop hybrid seeds to meet
specific needs in the community; if we
need to concentrate on one seedling
that is struggling and requires special
handling. It is a process that is ongo-
ing and challenging.
We hope that you will join JVS, the
Federation and other Jewish commu-
nity organizations in planting seeds
for the future.
We look to the New Year with cour-
age and excitement.
From the board and staff of JVS, we
wish you a Shanah Tovah. May you be
inscribed for a Good Year. II
service at 11:30; an Apple's & Honey
Kiddush at noon; and an optional
adult class or Mussaf service at 12:30
The services are designed to give
participants opportunities to ask
questions and "get into" prayer with a
deeper sense of their meanings.
Additionally, Aish has set up a web-
site, www.nomembershiprequired.com ,
for anyone, anywhere in the country
who would like to attend High Holiday
services and cannot afford tickets. The
site lists synagogues and learning cen-
ters throughout the world who do not
charge for participation.
For more information, call (248)
327-3579. I 1
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& Friends a
Happy New Year!
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September 22 • 2011