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.
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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“JFS Green Thumb and Healthy Harvest Program”
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
America's Grow-a-Row is a non-profit organization that grows and gleans fresh, healthy produce that is then donated to food pantries, soup kitchens, crisis centers, and food banks in NJ, PA, and NYC.
They are dedicated to donating 100% of the produce grown at their farms. Since they began in 2002, they have donated over 7.7 million pounds of produce!
Some of the produce harvested on August 14 will be donated to JFS for homebound, low income clients.
Upon arrival volunteers will be educated about hunger in NJ. Then, it's time to volunteer - you might be planting, harvesting, or gleaning (rescuing excess produce), followed by lunch provided by JFS.
No prior experience is necessary. We can accommodate all levels of ability. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations are required. To sign up as a volunteer contact JFS at 908 725-7799 or email Maris Chavenson by Thursday August 9, 2018.