Author: Suzanne Pollak

JCA Connect-A-Ride Plays Vital Role in County’s Award-Winning Program

JCA Programs, News / By Suzanne Pollak / June 15, 2022

The Jewish Council for the Aging is excited to announce that Montgomery County’s Free COVID Taxi Rides Program which enables seniors and adults with disabilities obtain free rides for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and booster shots and pick up free masks and test kits won a national award. Our Connect-A-Ride program is a critical part of …

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Son of Former Kensington Clubs Member Shares His Murder Mystery Book

KC club, News / By Suzanne Pollak / May 23, 2022

Book Details His Mother’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Decline Table Magazine Executive Editor Wayne Hoffman, whose mother participated in both Jewish Council for the Aging’s Kensington Clubs and Misler adult day care centers, gave an intriguing talk May 23 about his latest book that focuses on both his mother’s decline due to the effects of Alzheimer’s …

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JCA Recognizes Our Outstanding Volunteers

JCA Events, JCA Programs, News / By Suzanne Pollak / April 13, 2022

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington is so proud of all our awesome volunteers. On April 5, we took time to virtually recognize some of the many people who enable JCA to leave a positive effect on so many seniors. During National Volunteer Month, we recognized: Marianne Miller, (pictured) a certified Medicare counselor …

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JCA Celebrates Purim and St. Patrick’s Day

JCA Events, KC Blog, KC club, News / By Suzanne Pollak / March 17, 2022

Plates full of poppy seed, apricot and cherry hamantashen and green and white cupcakes were the treats March 17 as the Jewish Council for the Aging celebrated Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. Kensington Clubs members in both the morning and afternoon programs worked on the jigs thanks to the assistance of SCSEP’s Elaine Looney and …

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LeadingAge Maryland Watched JCA in Action

JCA Programs, KC Blog, KC club, News / By Suzanne Pollak / March 2, 2022

Allison Ciborowski, president and founder of LeadingAge Maryland, visited the Jewish Council for the Aging on Wednesday. That organization chose JCA’s Kensington Clubs Manager Colleen Kemp to receive their Excellence in Innovation award for the way KC staff continued to serve its members during the pandemic, through Zoom classes and programs. She got to see …

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Sixth Grader Gives Her Paintings to Isolated Seniors

News / By Suzanne Pollak / December 29, 2021

Twelve-year-old Kate Waldstreicher, the daughter of Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-18), filled her Student Service Opportunity hours by painting scenes that now brighten the residences of home-bound seniors and nursing home residents. Kate, a sixth grader at North Bethesda Middle School, delivered her artwork to the Student Global Ambassador Program, which in turn distributed them …

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Our Virtual Expos are Restarting in the Fall

Community Events, News / By Suzanne Pollak / July 27, 2021

The Jewish Council for the Aging is holding nine virtual 50+ Employment Expos during 2021-2022. The first one will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That will be following by another one on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Montgomery. The third 2021 expo will be …

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JCA Receives Comcast NBC Grant to Shatter Stereotypes Through Music, Art

Interages, KC club, News / By Suzanne Pollak / June 28, 2021

We are proud and excited to to announce that JCA’s Heyman Interages Center and the JCA Gorlitz Kensington Clubs are winners of The Comcast NBC Universal Foundation’s 2021 Project Innovation Grant Challenge. The Comcast NBC Universal Foundation awarded the funds to non-profits that are strengthening communities through innovative solutions. With this new $13,000 grant, Jewish …

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JCA Honors its Awesome Volunteers

Community Events, News / By Suzanne Pollak / April 21, 2021

Tuesday night April 20, the Jewish Council for the Aging virtually honored the hundreds of volunteers who are the soul of the agency. Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School eleventh grader Julia Peppe received the Exceptional Youth Volunteer Service Award for her efforts supporting members of our Gorlitz Kensington Clubs.        Receiving the …

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CEO Gamse Honored For His 30 Years at JCA

Community Events, News / By Suzanne Pollak / January 19, 2021

CEO David Gamse was honored for his 30 years leading the Jewish Council for the Aging and received a proclamation from the Montgomery County Council at its Jan. 19 meeting. Gamse retired at the end of 2020. Council President Tom Hucker called Gamse, “truly a pillar of our community and a force for good for …

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