Schechter Holocaust Services
Schechter Holocaust Services continues to ensure that Holocaust survivors have the support they need to age with dignity while maintaining meaningful connections with one another and with the Jewish community.
Schechter Holocaust Services (SHS) aims to support the physical and emotional well-being of Holocaust survivors in in the Boston area by:
- Connecting them with resources that reliably meet basic needs
- Helping them manage activities of daily living so they can continue living in their home of choice
- Reducing isolation by facilitating social connection and engagement.
Through grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, CJP, and private donations, eligible Holocaust survivors may qualify for essential services such as home care, medical equipment, adult day care, assistance in paying for prescriptions not covered by insurance, and food assistance.
Specially trained case managers provide in-home visits to assess needs and help link clients to community services.
The Friendly Visitor Program matches trained volunteers with isolated or vulnerable elders to provide companionship, promote aging with dignity, and offer a treasured connection to the Jewish community. With the help of volunteers, the program also provides holiday gatherings for vulnerable elders receiving services from JF&CS. Volunteers who speak Russian are highly desirable, though it is not a requirement.
SHS Café Hakalah is a monthly social and cultural gathering of Holocaust survivors, offered online via Zoom. The goal of Café Hakalah is to offer Holocaust survivors:
- An opportunity to talk with and make connections with other survivors
- Intellectual and cultural enrichment
The Holiday Visitor program recruits volunteer visitors, many of whom are children and grandchildren of survivors, to make holiday visits five times a year and maintain ongoing contact with Holocaust survivors in need of companionship.
At this time, the Schechter Holocaust Services Café Hakalah Program is only seeking volunteers who speak Russian.
Thanks to a very generous gift from Gail and David Schechter, Holocaust Services is named for the Schechter Family.
SHS is funded by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Fund, CJP, and private support.
For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.