Bringing Elders TogetherClaire and Norton Sherman met on a blind date more than sixty years ago. They fell in love and were married in 1955, moving to Norton’s hometown of Newton and starting a family. Through the years, the couple has experienced the joys and sorrows that make their way into every long life. Now they find themselves in a unique position — as both supporters and clients of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

“We are so fortunate to have Claire and Norton Sherman as visionary leaders who, ten years ago, recognized the need to provide services for isolated and frail older adults,” said Marjorie Sokoll, MEd, Director of Jewish Healing Connections. “We feel so blessed for their leadership. This would have never been possible without their support.”

The partnership began with the Shermans’ desire to support Jewish elders. They met with Marjie and decided to bring clients of the JF&CS Friendly Visitor Program, which matches isolated elders with weekly visitors, together at two communal gatherings – a Passover Seder and a Chanukkah party.

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