On Thursday, May 9, more than 300 Philadelphia-area Holocaust survivors will say “L’Chaim” to life during Café Europa, the eighth annual Liberation Day celebration sponsored by Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
This year’s program moves to a new venue, Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley.
Guests will enjoy a festive kosher meal while being entertained by Klezmer clarinetist Bobby Block.
Café Europa will begin at 11:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks from the leadership of both JFCS and the Jewish Federation, which funds this event with the assistance of a matching donation from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). The Claims Conference also supports social services for Nazi victims.
Paula Goldstein, CEO of JFCS, emphasized that Café Europa is just one of many services provided by the agency to Holocaust survivors that enable them to live at home safely and with comfort and dignity.
“Our social workers provide information and referral, assistance with applying for reparations and other benefits, care management, in-home support, and social opportunities geared to Holocaust survivors,” she said, adding that “a number of in-home support services are available to assist with activities of daily living as well as emergency grants to assist with one-time expenses related to health care or home maintenance.”
Goldstein estimated that there are more than 3,000 survivors living in the Greater Philadelphia area, and she views Café Europa as “an important outreach vehicle for communicating with survivors and affording them access to services that may help them to enhance the quality of their lives.”
Goldstein expressed her gratitude to Café Europa Event Chairs: Jessica Solomon, JFCS board chair, and Sherrie R. Savett, president, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and to the members of the Event Committee: Rabbi David Ackerman, Sheree Bloch, Dena Goldberg, Joy Kaiser, Melissa Kieffer, Deborah Gordon Klehr, Adam Laver, Pnina Miller, Bud Newman, Amy Stein, Isa Welsch, Matthew A. White and Michael Willner.
For more information about Café Europa or to learn more about JFCS survivor services, call Margo Fine-Gabbay at 267-256-2045.