On Wednesday, March 17 at the annual Chai Café Passover seder, more than 30 seniors gathered at the Bayonne Jewish Community Center to mark the upcoming holiday of Passover and to remember the life of dedicated volunteer, Mary Sager. An active volunteer with Jewish Family and Counseling Service of Jersey City, Bayonne and Hoboken for more than 25 years, Sager was honored for her bookkeeping work for JF&CS and National Council of Jewish Women, as well as her dedicated service to the Mental Health Center, Jewish War Veterans and other charities.

Sager's daughter, Elinor Grayzel, sponsored the Passover seder as a tribute to her mother whose dedication, intelligence and kindness came naturally. JF&CS Advisory Committee member Nina Dobkin noted that Sager never expected a salary and was always humble about all the volunteer projects she did.

Charlie Schwartz, rabbinic intern at the United Synagogue of Hoboken led the Passover seder, a traditional meal featuring symbols of the holiday. One of the seniors appreciated both the meal and having a chance to participate in the familiar rituals since the Chai Café seder is the only such event she will be able to attend this year.

The Chai Café is a kosher nutrition site for those 60 years and older, sponsored by the Jewish Family & Counseling Service (JF&CS) of Jersey City, Bayonne and Hoboken and made possible by the generous funding of the Hudson County Division on Aging. Lunch is served Monday through Friday and the minimum suggested donation for meals is $2. Kosher meals are also available for delivery for homebound seniors. To make a reservation for the Chai Café, please contact 201-697-3355.

With roots going back to 1861, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is a comprehensive social service agency providing counseling and support services, on a non-discriminatory basis, to help strengthen and restore the family, in Essex, Morris, Sussex and parts of Hudson and Union counties. JFS annually touches more than 3,500 families in the Metro West area. Traditionally, half of our services help older adults and their families cope with the changes of aging through extensive in-home services including subsidized home care, case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, family play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school social work services, debt counseling, domestic violence services, family life education and other assistance needed to maintain healthy families. JFS has offices located in Florham Park, Livingston and Jersey City.

For more information about JF&CS, please call 201-604-9991.