Published on September 16, 2014 by TELEM
TELEM students in most Connecting Generations programs build their connections to their service site while volunteering throughout the TELEM program year. One TELEM student, Jessica Leigh, knew her service site long before she joined TELEM. Jessica participated in TELEM with Temple Beth Emunah of Brockton’s Connecting Generations track, where she volunteered at Hebrew Senior Life’s Fireman Campus, a retirement community in Randolph. This just happens to be where Jessica’s great-grandmother lives – and so Jessica’s connections there were well established before her joining TELEM!
Jessica began participating in TELEM in the 8th grade, and continued throughout her high school career. Her younger sister, Andrea, also began participating in the Connecting Generations TELEM group at Beth Emunah as an 8th grader last year. Together, the sisters and great-grandmother participated in game show nights, discussions, craft nights, a “senior prom,” and many more fun and educational activities with all of the TELEM students and Fireman residents.
Jessica brought her special kind of caring and unique personality to the Fireman community. In addition to lighting up the activities room when she walked in and throwing herself fully into the program activities, Jessica was known for bringing in delicious home- baked goods. Jessica’s homemade cookies were famous, and the residents were thrilled whenever she brought a batch.
In recognition of her commitment to the Beth Emunah – Fireman TELEM program and her dedication to serving her community, Jessica was awarded the second annual Fran Litner TELEM Service Award this past spring. An award ceremony was held in Jessica’s honor at Fireman , and residents and family were on hand to celebrate her achievements. Jessica’s great-grandmother, grandmother, and other family members shared stories of her years of dedication and volunteering there.
This fall, Jessica will begin her college career at Southern New Hampshire University where she will continue with her love for baking in the Baking and Pastry Arts program.
Congratulations and good luck, Jessica! You are an inspiration to others.
The Fran Litner TELEM Service Award was established in 2013 to honor the legacy of Fran Litner, the longtime education director and champion of TELEM and service learning at Temple Beth Emunah, Brockton. Each year an award and scholarship is awarded to a South Area TELEMyouth participant who exemplifies the exceptional personal qualities of Fran, including a love of service, dedication to TELEM, and a commitment to the Jewish community.