VOICE: Community Building Initiative
VOICE: Community Building Initiative represents a collaboration between the Sabes Jewish Community Center (Sabes JCC), Jewish Community Action (JCA) and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation with the goal of engaging and connecting the Russian-speaking Jewish elderly community in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. This neighborhood includes a number of federally-subsidized facilities that house a large number of Russian-speaking immigrants.
VOICE provides programming opportunities for the Russian-speaking populations at Booth Manor, Nicollet Towers, and Loring 100 to address the key concern of this group: social isolation from the broader Jewish and general communities. These programs are intended to reduce social isolation, build connections with the broader Jewish and general communities, and help ensure that the stories of Russian Jewish immigrants are shared with others who may learn from them. By allowing Russian-speaking elders to keep both their bodies and their minds active, the programs also help ensure both the physical and mental well-being of a vulnerable population.