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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Single Parent Initiative Providing Meaningful Resources for Parents and Children Alike

Posted by: Samuel Field Y on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

This week's SFY Blog is about one of our newest programs, The Jewish Single Parent Initiative, and it was written by the program's director, Rachel Hoffman. Rachel discusses the group's latest outing, and offers further details about the impact that the group is making already.

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The Jewish Single Parent Initiative recently had a fun, exciting and meaningful day at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn.  Families from the Central Queens Y and the Samuel Field Y joined together to take a Sunday bus excursion, with the theme revolving around Passover. As a group, we learned about some of the holiday's most significant foods, and then did our own food shopping! After we finished shopping, we split our group of families up into two teams, and played trivia games.

With children ranging from three years old to early adolescents, we had a blast as we took a journey through time, and learned about the history of Israel. The children also had the opportunity to visit Abraham’s tent, and climb on huge replications of Challah! 

This fun filled day provided a chance for both the children and parents to socialize with one another in an educational environment. This is just one of the opportunities offered through the Jewish Single Parent Initiative. Other services include support groups, financial and legal consultations, individual and family therapy, job search and employment workshops and much more!

We can't wait for our next family trip!

For more information contact Rachel Hoffman, LMSW at 718-225-6750 ext. 248 or email at rhoffman@sfy.org

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SFY Embraces Diversity by Celebrating Greek Festivities

Posted by: Kallyope Glotsos, M.S.W. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)



On Friday, March 20, seniors and staff of the Samuel Field Y joined to learn about and embrace a little bit of diversity. Led by Kallyope Glotsos, one of our social workers at Deepdale Cares, the seniors celebrated Greek Day, as they were treated to traditional Greek music, dances, and yummy food.

Kally explains the origins behind the culture that was displayed, as she was kind enough to write us a guest blog feature summing up the special afternoon:

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I couldn't believe the way the room erupted when I walked in dressed up in my great grandmothers attire, which has been passed down throughout many generations. After I  explained the importance of the clothing, how it was made, when it was worn and the meaning to each piece, we got into the fun part, music and dancing! During the cultural celebration, in which live entertainment was provided by  George Kontos, and Nicholas Nikolaidis, many of the seniors joined me in dancing, and some of them picked up the new moves they were taught really quickly! The celebration featured cultural music from different islands, including Karavia Chiotika, a song from the island of Chios, which are the roots of my ancestors, The Ikariotiko, a song and dance from the island of Ikaria, the Kalamatiano, a song and dance from the island of Kalamata, as well as many other traditional songs. Mr. Nikolaidis also took a moment to showcas the Bouzouki, a Greek musical instrument that looks and functions almost like a guitar.

For lunch, we served pita chips, Greek salad, and grape leaves, which in Greek are known as “Dolmades.”  

This event displayed similarities between Greek and Jewish culture, as most dances were circle dances. Circle dances serve a purpose, as they form a sense of community and allow people to feel united. It was a great afternoon for the seniors and for the the Samuel Field Y in general, as this celebration summed up the way our agency encourages and embraces diversity.

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