The Jewish world will awaken
The Jewish world will awaken to the importance of creating intentional, loving partnerships between all ages. Show More Show Less
Relating with Love
Our logo design was inspired by the powerful art of Rita Blitt. We were first moved by the strong interconnected shapes of this piece that evoke feelings of continuous and harmonious movement.
“The joy of this program has spread throughout the school and the senior department with other staff members wanting to be a part. In fact, on elder days, we often have JCC staff and members just standing at the door watching with joy across their faces. We feel like it has impacted so many more than just the senior and EC, it helps others around us to remember why we do the important work that we do at JCCs.”
“This program was truly life changing for the elders. Each and every one of them have voiced their gratitude for participating in it, and have overwhelmingly positive experiences to share. It is such a win-win for both the elders and children.”
I see my child’s admiration for older adults and showing her sweet, loving, genuine side to adults and playing with different generations…she is learning a lot from this wise old man who has such simple life lessons to give her. When we asked him what his secret to living such a long life is [when visiting on the occasion of his 101st birthday], he said “Just enjoy every day, day by day.” Hopefully she will remember that, and just enjoy every day to the fullest.”
“My grand friend’s name is Eileen, and I like drawing silly pictures with her! It makes me happy when I see her. I love her.”
“The impact on all families participating in this program has been far greater than I could have imagined. The comments that I have gotten from both the parents and the grandparents who pick up their grandchildren from school have shown us that this experience has opened up their worlds. They talk about how they feel that the gifts of knowledge and warmth that the elder generation imbues has brought the relationships between us and their families even closer. People feel seen, held and valued even more.”
“The children have gained a great deal out of this experience….They have gained more empathy and compassion. They have developed perspective taking skills and have become more accepting. The children have developed meaningful and lasting relationships. Even their parents ask “can we go visit? Are we allowed?”
“These children are so smart, and the time flies by when they come to visit. The future of the Jewish people are in good hands.”
Join us as we bridge the gap between generations through meaningful shared experiences.
Address: 100 E Huron St Suite 3004 Chicago, IL 60611