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JCA’s 48th Birthday, Annual Meeting Was Huge Success

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Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually Sept. 2 as the Jewish Council for the Aging happily celebrated its 48th year by highlighting the work of its staff and volunteers and welcoming in its new board members. Howard Gleckman began his second year as president. Joining him on the executive board are First Vice President

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

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

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

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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JCA Welcomes Shane Rock As Its New CEO

Shane Rock, the former CEO of Interfaith Works in Rockville, is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Jewish Council for the Aging. He succeeds CEO-emeritus David Gamse, who retired after three decades. Shane brings to JCA many years of experience at social service non-profit organizations. Besides Interfaith Works, he managed senior services programs at

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50+ Employment Expos Go Virtual

  Retool, Recharge, and Reinvent Yourself at JCA’S VIRTUAL 50+ EMPLOYMENT EXPOS. Attend as many or as few workshops as you’d like. Network with local employers, training institutions and more. Learn new job-search skills. Our next Montgomery County, MD Virtual Employment Expo for Job-seekers Age 50+ will be held on May 19. Our next Fairfax County, VA Virtual

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Our 47th Annual Report Is Out

Want to read about what our dedicated staff and volunteers have been doing this past year? Please check out our hot-off-the-presses 47th Annual Report. Just to give you a sneak preview, we strove to keep our isolated seniors engaged through Zoom videos, bingo games, poetry readings, song and Yoga. Our Career Gateway! employment workshops continued

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JCA’s VillageRides Features New Ad

JCA launched a VillageRides video ad campaign on Thanksgiving to highlight our community organizations who are providing volunteer rides for seniors. The goal of the ad is to recruit new volunteers. This summer, in response to the pandemic, JCA provided customized face masks for more than 300 volunteer drivers so that they could safely hep

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