July 6, 2009


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July 6, 2009
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JFS sponsors Senior Answer Center
Jewish Family Service volunteers give you answers... 
Where can I get a GameBoy for my grandson at the best price?  Are there any podiatrists in my neighborhood on my plan? What is the best way to get to the Westchester Civic Center by car?   These, and many other questions can be answered with a quick computer search.   Beginning July 9, Jewish Family Services of Dutchess County will offer Senior Answer Center, a computer search service for seniors, free of charge at the JCCDC. The service will be staffed by volunteers.   Senior Answer Center will be available on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 and Fridays from 12 pm - 1 pm in the Harding Room of the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County. Call 471-9817 for more information or email jfs@jewishdutchess.org    The Senior Answer Center is made  possible by a  grant  from the Irving and Gloria Schlossberg Fund  of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County.

Nathan Sharansky, new Jewish Agency Chairman of the Board of Directors

Natan Sharansky has just been elected as Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) at JAFI's Board of Governors, meeting in Jerusalem. We at the United Jewish Communities (UJC)/Jewish Federations of North America applaud the election of a true hero of the Jewish people to this important position.
The Board of Governors has also approved landmark proposals advocated by us. Along with other bodies such as JAFI itself and Keren Hayesod - UJC's global counterpart outside the US, we have been formulating new governance procedures over the past two years in an attempt to make JAFI a more professional, transparent and effective body. These changes include significantly reducing the influence of party politics and internal maneuverings.
Our lay and professional leadership have been working tirelessly and have overcome many hurdles to ensure that these important changes are passed. We are very pleased that these proposals have now been accepted and look forward to a new era of both openness and impact.
According to UJA Federation of New York Executive Vice President and CEO John Ruskay, "We believe that Sharansky has the vision needed to advance and strengthen JAFI, and we are also encouraged by his undertaking to implement the governance reforms from the outset. We know that this act will send a powerful signal that Sharansky represents a new era for JAFI and our ambitions for the Jewish people."
UJC Chairman Joe Kanfer stated, "UJC and the Jewish Federation system are delighted that the new governance procedures are being implemented. These changes, coupled with the election of a high-profile Chairman who is talented, dedicated and passionate about the Jewish people augers very well for the future of the Jewish Agency, and indeed the entire Jewish people."

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Ian Enkin is a 33 years old Jew, who has Blood Type A+, and is desperately in need of a kidney transplant from a live donor.
Ian had his first kidney transplant on January 23, 2007, but only two weeks later - on February 5, 2007 - the kidney had to be removed because it was found to be cancerous.  
He has only one kidney working at 5 percent capacity.  He is on dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours a day - after working an 8-hour day.
His antibodies are elevated because of the last transplant and blood transfusions which he received to help him stay alive. 
There is no one in his family who can be a donor.  
If you can help Ian, call the Transplant Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital and say that you would like to donate a kidney for Ian Enkin.  The phone number is 514 934-1934 local 35222.  The Transplant Coordinator will call back right away to begin the testing procedure.
For more information contact Sarah Licha, Director of Human Resources at FEDERATION CJA at 514 345-2645 ext. 3235.
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