Written by Nina Glaser, Alpert JFS 

The sounds of Russian folk songs filled the air as more than 35 people enjoyed the harmonization of two caregivers from Amicable Home Health Care singing in perfect harmony, at a recent Russian Socialization Event for Holocaust Survivors at Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) in a room decorated with flowers, red, silver and gold balloons, and animal centerpieces. The songs, familiar to the attendees, prompted a sing-along for some, and chair dancing for others.

A member of the group spoke, becoming emotional, buoyed by his audience; they knew how he felt, and the support was palpable. This display of encouragement underscored the group’s solidarity. How wonderful it is for our agency to be able to provide such opportunities for them to share their commonality and camaraderie!

Of course, food played a part in the event, as well, with snacks of cupcakes and muffins provided, with soft drinks and water.

The event, the first one for 2020 on a quarterly calendar, honored Lucy Gorbatova, the owner and president of Amicable Home Health Care, and her staff with a Certificate of Recognition for their volunteerism. The majority of the company’s clientele and caregivers are Russian-speaking. These socialization events are an inherent part of the love Lucy and her team have for the clients, and we say Spasibo (Russian for “Thank You”) for her services.

To learn more about the services and support provided by Alpert JFS to survivors of the Shoah – from socialization to counseling and support groups, case management and care coordination, companionship and transportation, or assistance navigating the reparations benefit process –  call 561-684-1991 or visit AlpertJFS.org/for-seniors-holocaust-survivors-assistance.

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