Jewish Family Service, Helping Hands Volunteer Program, and Senior Services matches volunteers with homebound, isolated seniors, and people with disabilities for companionship and support. The goal is to help people continue to live independently for as long as possible. JFS also brings Jewish life to assisted living facilities. Many Jewish residents are unable to travel to synagogue or the Gordon Jewish Community Center for religious programs, so JFS brings the programs to them.
Congregation Micah’s Serving Our Seniors enhances the spiritual, educational, and social experiences of Congregation Micah’s senior members. Offering live streaming of our worship services allows homebound seniors to still experience holidays and Shabbat with the larger congregation. Additionally, the “Lunch & Learn” seminars held in conjunction with our Thursday “Schmooze & Views” program provide access to a variety of engaging speakers which, along with the provided lunches, increases program depth and participation.
Gordon Jewish Community Center Shalom Taxi provides needed transportation services for Seniors 62 years or older. Many seniors utilize this transportation for shopping, doctor’s appointments, and Synagogue services. Shalom Taxi helps Seniors continue to live independently and feel connected with the Jewish community.
West End Synagogue Sandi Goldstein Learn and Lunch program provides socialization and a nutritious hot kosher lunch in a Jewish learning environment to seniors.
Gordon Jewish Community Center Senior Adult Newsletter provides the "over 65" crowd with information geared specifically for them. Each agency/congregation submits monthly senior adult activities and programs and the information is compiled and formatted in large print and inserted in The Nashville Jewish Observer.
Gordon Jewish Community Center Senior programs at the GJCC continue to focus on social connection and food through Thank Goodness it' s Thursday (TGIT) and Prime Time, for a core group of participants. Over the past year, we have seen interest from "New Seniors," those in their mid-60s to late-70s, in programming that is less age specific and more interest-specific. This group tends to be healthier, more active, and more independent and doesn't want to be called Seniors. At the same time, our "Old Seniors" are getting older and more dependent and require additional support. The GJCC is exploring Adult programming that meets the needs of both these populations, with a focus on interest-based programming.