JFS Perspectives

5th Annual Reel Hope Boulder with Bruce Vilanch Most Successful to Date

Friday, October 20, 2017
5th Annual Reel Hope Boulder with Bruce Vilanch Most Successful to Date

Rebecca

Award-winning Hollywood writer, actor, and comedian Bruce Vilanch entertained nearly 300 people attending the 5th annual Reel Hope Boulder, benefiting Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS). Special thanks to generous donors who gave to support the life-transforming work that JFS does in the Boulder community to help people like Rebecca (pictured to the right). In this record year, Reel Hope Boulder grossed more than $92,000—a 22% increase over last year!

 

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Boulder Volunteer Baker is the Apple of Our Eye

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For the past several years, baker extraordinaire Lisa Hainline has added some extra sweetness to the High Holy Day services Boulder JFS brings to local retirement communities. As a cherished behind-the-scenes volunteer, Lisa bakes as many apple cakes as our Boulder staff asks her to—this year it’s six! While the residents enjoy the traditional apples and honey that is served at most Rosh Hashanah celebrations, they are thrilled to see Lisa’s homemade cakes on the tables. 

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Boulder JFS Presents Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Friday, July 14, 2017
Boulder JFS Presents Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host its fifth annual fundraiser, “Reel Hope Boulder” on Saturday, October 14 at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue. Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening with award-winning writer, comedian, songwriter, and actor Bruce Vilanch. Ron Bostwick, a freelance event producer and announcer, will interview Vilanch to showcase a “behind-the-screen” account of Bruce’s storied decades-long career. Bostwick has interviewed numerous celebrities at the Boulder International Film Festival, as well as featured speakers at three Reel Hope Boulder events. 

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Such Good News From the Volunteer Department, We Just Had to Share!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Elene and ElliotWe don’t mean to boast, but the volunteers at Boulder JFS are some of the most giving, creative, thoughtful, and dedicated human beings you will come across. Here are some of the most recent snippets of how JFS volunteers go above and beyond and make a meaningful impact in the lives of JFS clients. Photo: Volunteer Elaine with Elliot.
 

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Spunky 96-Year-Old Diane

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In August, Boulder JFS received a request for help from a hospice chaplain. The chaplain relayed that a woman he had been visiting, Diane Merrick, told him, “Everything is in order, except I need to see a rabbi.”  

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Winter 2017 Boulder Matters

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Winter 2017 Boulder Matters

The Winter 2017 issue of the Boulder Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes:  

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Giving Starts Early

Friday, December 16, 2016
Giving Starts Early

We just found out about some mitzvahs (good deeds) a four-year-old girl in our community has been doing for the holiday season! The family wants to remain anonymous, but here’s what her mom told us: 

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Fall 2016 Boulder Matters Newsletter

Friday, October 07, 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of the Boulder Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes: 

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Helping Marcia Navigate the Medicare System

Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Helping Marcia Navigate the Medicare System

Shortly after Boulder JFS care management client Marcia Dorheim celebrated her 65th birthday in July, she ran into an unexpected surprise. When she went to the pharmacy to pick up her monthly medications she found out she was no longer enrolled in Colorado’s Medicaid program nor had she been transferred to the Medicare program after her birthday. A medication that previously cost $2.50 on Medicaid was now $107! Marcia turned to Boulder JFS Care Manager Jodi Ansell to help her find out why she had been dropped from Medicaid, and more importantly, to help her obtain her needed medications as soon as possible.

Because Marcia was at risk of having a seizure without her medications, Jodi immediately arranged for a JFS fund to pay for the drug. When Jodi went to the pharmacy to pick up the medicine for Marcia and explained the situation, the pharmacy ran the prescription through their discount program and the cost was reduced to $35.

After Marcia got her medication, Jodi went to work on finding out why Marcia had been dropped by Medicaid. It turns out that when Marcia turned 65 and applied for Medicare, she had not signed up for Medicare Part D, the prescription plan. Not only that, but the Social Security department had a couple of different names for Marcia, including her given name and her married name. This further complicated the situation. These are common issues people face as they navigate their way through Medicare. Fortunately, Jodi knew exactly what to do. She contacted the Boulder County Medicare counselor and together they were able to help Marcia with all the necessary paperwork to ensure she would receive her prescriptions through Medicare, as well as complete her name change paperwork with the Social Security Administration.

Photo: Boulder JFS client Marcia Dorheim with Care Manager Jodi Ansell.  

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Car Mitzvah Queen: Karli Sherwinter

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Car Mitzvah Queen: Karli Sherwinter

Most people don’t think of JFS when they think about donating their cars. But thanks to Karli Sherwinter, the word is spreading that JFS takes car donations. 

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