Senate Committee Approves Senior Lifeline
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a special earmark appropriation bill which included provisions for a $100,000 grant to support our Jewish Federation’s Senior Lifeline program. Senator Harry Reid was instrumental in providing support, advocacy and leadership in support of the bill. The bill must now be voted upon and approved by the full Senate some time after the summer recess. It is vitally important that we thank Senator Reid for his help and assistance in support of Senior Lifeline. Please send a letter, email or make a phone call to Senator Reid and thank him for his support. You can reach Senator Reid at:
The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Attn: Jessica Lewis Jessica_Lewis@Reid.Senate.Gov
Exciting Senior Lifeline News
In other developments I am pleased to report that Senior Lifeline has been invited to participate in a special meals program for senior adults provided by Three Square, our community Food Bank. The special meal program will provide special nutritional meals to qualifying senior adults free of charge. We are grateful to Three Square for their support and partnership helping to provide nutritional meals to our Senior Lifeline clients.
In addition we recently received a special grant from the State Office on Aging which will enable us to provide homemaker services to those seniors on our growing waiting list for services. Unfortunately we have more than 100 qualified senior adults on a waiting list. Thanks to the special state support we will be able to serve all of these senior adults and eliminate our wait list.
Israel Comes To Las Vegas
This past week our Jewish Federation was both proud and pleased to host Mayor Shmuel Rifman of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council in Israel. Mayor Rifman was joined by two aides, Adva Lloyd and Raz Arbel. Their visit was to conclude a memorandum of understanding with the Jewish Federation and Davis Family Foundation for the establishment of a special scholarship fund. The fund will provide scholarship support to Israeli students pursuing higher education who agree upon completion of their studies to live and work in Ramat HaNegev. In addition, Mayor Rifman was here to continue our talks on establishing a formal partnership between Las Vegas, our Jewish Federation and Ramat HaNegev. During his visit Mayor Rifman met with Mayor Oscar Goodman, UNLV President Neil Smatresk, Desert Research Institute President Stephen Wells and the newly established Israel Affairs Committee of our Jewish Federation, chaired by Bob Dubin.
If you would like to learn more about the “budding” relationship between Ramat HaNegev and Las Vegas and become involved in our efforts at building a “living bridge” between our two communities through “people to people” exchange programs please call or email me at 732-0556 or Elliot@jewishlasvegas.com .
Federation Staff Dedicated to Customer Service
Our Jewish Federation staff team participated in a full-day Staff Development Retreat program dedicated to developing better ways in which we can provide outstanding customer service to our leadership, donors and community. The program was facilitated by Bruce Matza, an organizational development consultant and President of Congregation Ner Tamid. The retreat program yielded several creative and innovative customer service strategies that our staff will begin to use and implement in the 2011 Jewish Federation Campaign.
Yasher Koach to Marcy Simon
I am pleased to report that Marcy Simon is our Jewish Federation’s award winner for the 2010 Kipnis Wilson Award presented by the National Women’s Philanthropy Council of the Jewish Federations of North America. Marcy is being recognized for her exemplary commitment to philanthropy, community service and leadership. Mazel Tov!
National Young Leadership Retreat
Next week I will be in Phoenix, together with Dr. Hugh Bassewitz and Joshua Reisman attending the National Young Leadership Cabinet Retreat of the Jewish Federations of North America. We will be there to help promote the National Young Leadership Conference, known as TribeFest, which will be held here in Las Vegas this coming march 6-10, 2011. Dr. Bassewitz is the immediate Past Chairman of the National Young Leadership Cabinet and Josh is currently a member of Cabinet and is serving as Las Vegas’ liaison to the National Planning Committee for TribeFest.