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An enthusiastic and engaged group of seniors had an enjoyable time at the latest COJO Flatbush Senior Arts Party, held on Tu B’Shevat – the celebration of the “birthday of the trees,” which originated in biblical times and has come to include sampling various fruits found among the Seven Species identified with the Land of Israel.

The party’s art project was appropriately themed: assorted dried fruit arranged on skewers and inserted into planters. COJO Flatbush Senior Programs Volunteers Coordinator Naomi Shapiro and Case Worker Shoshana Max spoke about the meaning of Tu B’Shevat and the central role of the Seven Species in its observance. A delectable catered lunch rounded out the special afternoon.


“As is true of all our events for seniors,” said COJO Flatbush Social Services Director Shulamis Shapiro, “these arts parties provide our clients with fun-filled hours spent socializing with friends.”

Added COJO Flatbush CEO Louis Welz, “Bringing seniors out of their homes to socialize is an important part of what we do. The companionship we provide and the activities we arrange make such a difference in the lives of seniors. It’s a real lifeline, enabling them to feel vital and active.”

For information about events, activities, and services COJO Flatbush offers seniors, call 718-377-2900, ext. 342.

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Jason Maoz served as Senior Editor of The Jewish Press from 2001-2018. Presently he is Communications Coordinator at COJO Flatbush.