Several months later, Saul did not answer his
door or phone when the JCC van driver went
to his home. After many calls, we were able to
locate him at a hospital and found out that
he had suffered a mild stroke. Saul could no
longer make decisions by himself, and due to
our intervention, Saul was assigned a temporary
guardian and lawyer, and a few months later the
guardian was made permanent.
We also located his family in Israel and have
kept them updated and in contact with Saul,
who is currently living in a comfortable assisted
living facility close to the JCC. All agreed that
the continuity of our program has been helpful
and important to Saul.
We are happy to know that with the help of
our JCC community, Saul is in a safe place,
playing his oboe and getting good care!
Saul is a Holocaust survivor who has no family
in the United States. He is a retired music
teacher and a trained artist. About four years
ago, Saul came to our program because he was
lonely and looking for companionship and
community. The JCC became a staple in
Last year, he called Barbara Weisbart, our
Adult Enrichment Director, asking her advice.
There was a warrant for his arrest; he had
several traffic tickets and had not appeared
for any of his court dates because he was
terrified to go to court.
The JCC community – his JCC community –
came together to help him. We connected
him to a lawyer who agreed to represent him
without charge. One of the senior volunteers
drove him to court. Barbara and the volunteer
provided support. With the help of his JCC
friends, his problem was solved.
Our fourth day of programming is flourishing, and we continue to fundraise to keep this
positive addition going for years to come.