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Yearn to Learn (Y2L)

The mission of Yearn to Learn is to provide high quality interactive learning experiences for retired persons in small, local group settings, which promote stimulating group interaction, self exploration and interpersonal connection.

Yearn to Learn was created in 2014 by a group of retired persons working with staff of Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (JFS) with a one year start up grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

Drawing on the professional expertise and life experience of participants, programs are generally led by volunteers who have group facilitation skills and extensive knowledge of or interest in a topic area.

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There is a small fee (approximately $5) to cover costs of refreshments, publicity, and handouts.

Topics are chosen by participants and arranged by a Participant Advisory Committee which meets monthly at JFS.

At times, a paid professional expert provides a program. There may be a slightly higher fee to cover costs for those events. Fees are collected at the door of the event.

If the fee is a barrier for attendance for any senior, JFS is able to provide a limited number of "scholarships" to reduce the cost as a barrier for attendance.

Programs are held primarily at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater.

Y2L is designed to be portable, and programs may be held throughout Somerset or Hunterdon County if there is sufficient interest and availability of facilitators and space in another part of these two counties.

We welcome participation in programs by the entire community.

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 non-sectarian social service agency that has served the tri-county area since 1980.

 

For information about upcoming programs and to register (or to sign up for the email list), please Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org.

If you are interested in facilitating a group, please email Ruth Edelman.

To find out more about JFS and its services to seniors, click here.

 

Upcoming Yearn to Learn Events

Unless noted otherwise (check details below) all programs will take place from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewaters.

Fee: $5   Please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org to preregister.

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“Exploring South Africa as an Artist”

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Evelyn Rauch will take you on an amazing pictorial journey through four countries in Africa that she and her husband, David visited last October. She went with an artist's eye but her experience taught her a lot about the culture, politics and racial divide that still exist in Africa.

She visited the Holocaust Center and Memorial in Cape Town, South Africa and met the artist of the Memorial. Evelyn went on Safari in Kruger Nation Park, visited Chobe National Park in Botswana, hiked around Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and climbed the red dunes of Namibia.

She became the eyes and ears of a friend who because of an illness will never see Africa. This correspondence between two friends led to a deeper understanding of Evelyn's trip and responsibility tell an accurate description of her trip and feelings. Please join her as she takes you also on this exciting journey.

Location:

Temple Sholom
594 North Bridge Street
Bridgewater

Fee: $5.00

To Register please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.

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“Prayer and our Holy Texts in Judaism and Islam: The Qu'ran and the Torah”

Tuesday, May 22, at 1:00 PM

Presented by Rabbi Debra Smith and Dr. Ali Chaudry

Judaism and Islam both base their religious beliefs on holy text: The Qu'ran for Muslims and the Torah for Jews. We will learn more about the role of both of these holy books and will study texts from both of them.

We will hear the Torah chanted in Hebrew from the scroll and the Qu'ran chanted in Arabic. We will also study the role of prayer, the prayer traditions and some of the key prayers in both faith traditions.

Location:

Temple Shalom
594 North Bridge Street
Bridgewater, NJ

Fee: $5.00

To Register please contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or Y2L@JewishFamilySvc.org

Yearn to Learn is supported by program fees, donations, and sponsorship of events. If you would like to make a donation, or sponsor an event, please contact us.