Jewish Community Services (JCS) and the Flint Jewish Federation held their second annual fundraiser, From Borscht Belt to Bollywood, on June 5 at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center in Grand Blanc. With more than 200 attendees, the event was a great success, according to JCS Executive Director, Linda Yeotis. “We raffled some great prizes,” she said, “including a 50-inch television with blu-ray player and sound bar; an iPad Mini; two cameras; and several other items.” Entertainment included music by the Lansing-based Klezmer band, Heartland Klezmorim. Klezmer is an Eastern European tradition consisting of instrumental dance tunes. Also performing were Jymi Dill, Ashoka Rao’s student dancers, and Neelam’s Bollywood Academy dancers. Dinner included a variety of Indian, Jewish, Middle Eastern and Italian dishes.
Linda said JCS wanted to put on a fundraiser that celebrates the diversity of the entire community. “With the support of many sponsors, we were able to raise money to help us sustain our programs and services,” she said. Proceeds from the event will be used to support JCS programs for seniors, immigrants, and people with disabilities to help them maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life.
JCS is a non-profit social service agency that provides senior congregate and home-delivered meals, local and out-of-county transportation services, programs and activities for seniors, and interpretation and casework services for immigrants. Services are open to anyone in the community of any faith, Linda added. For more information about Jewish Community Services, visit jcsflint.org.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF S.E.FULMER PHOTOGRAPHY