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If you or anyone you know is ill or in need of support, please call our Bikur Cholim (Caring) Committee at (203) 792-6161.
Danbury Hospital Chaplain (203) 739-7059
Jewish Family Services
For many people, the changing economic picture, the changing dynamics within our families, or the changes brought upon us by age and/or illness, mental or physical, may necessitate reaching out for advice, resources to contact, or just a sympathetic ear. For years, the Greater Danbury Jewish community had that person in Roz Kopfstein, and now, upon her retirement, the newly reorganized Jewish Family Services for the Danbury area has a new social worker: Donna Prywes, LCSW.
Jewish Family Services is the surviving member of this area’s longtime Jewish Federation, which disbanded this past year. A newly revitalized board has brought Donna in to meet the needs of the Jewish communities of Northern Fairfield, Southern Litchfield, and Eastern Putnam Counties. Donna is very enthused about her new position. Although she will be working with folks of all ages, she expressed “a passion for working with the geriatric community,” which may be especially valuable in our own aging local population. Not only are the front line of Baby Boomers now in their mid-sixties, but many have questions concerning their own aging parents and the issues they face.
Donna will be a warm and welcoming presence in our community. She has had extensive social work experience within the Westchester Jewish and secular communities, particularly with the Visiting Nurses Association of the Hudson Valley.
Donna plans to connect with area rabbis and social service agency directors to introduce herself and some of the programs and activities in which she plans to take part. While the parameters of Donna’s work will not permit one-on-one individual counseling (The JFS is a resource, referral, and information service), she will serve as a conduit for information about helpful resources and be “an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.” Her office will be at the United Jewish Center in Danbury, where she will work 2-3 days a week (days TBA). She can be reached at the JFS by phone at (203) 794-1818 or by email at JFSDanbury@gmail.com. JFS services are confidential and free.
Jewish Funeral Services in Connecticut
Abraham Green & Son
New Haven, CT
(Can accommodate most Jewish funeral needs)
Kosher Meat and Catering
West Hartford, CT
Waterbury Kosher World
Sammy’s Kosher Market
Bedford Hills, NY
Some Kosher meat is available at local ShopRite and Trader Joe’s stores.
Kosher and Pareve cakes are available at Stop & Shop: Mill Plain Rd, Danbury location ONLY.
Kosher cheeses are available at Stop & Shop and Trader Joe’s.
Kosher bagels are available at Bagelman: Padanaram Rd, Danbury and Brookfield locations ONLY.
Other Helpful Resources
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
http://uscj.org/ – Find resources for leadership, Jewish personal growth, Jewish parenting, and more!
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University
http://ziegler.aju.edu/ – Find great Torah to read and listen to in podcast format.
Siddur Audio Page
http://www.sidduraudio.com/ – Find many of the tunes we use for our services.
http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/ – Find all the legal resources of Conservative Judaism, as well as statements, source sheets, and ethical guidelines.
Jewish Theological Seminary
http://www.jtsa.edu/ – Find great Torah to read and listen to, as well as many other resources.
Jewish Educators Assembly
https://jewisheducators.org/ – This is the educational arm of JTS.