Knitters needed to keep the elderly warm, year round

by | Jun 8, 2023 | What’s Happening

Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 pm

Know someone who knits or crochets? Or someone who wants to learn so they can help keep others warm? Is it you?

Sherry Rabinowitz, a PhD whose expertise was discovering and treating child abuse victims, will instruct those who don’t already have the skills. So will any of these other retirees: business owner Alison Palmer, veteran volunteer Jane Rosenman, RN Lynn Bell, or teachers Anne Maurer and Annette Mand.

On Tuesdays, these women gather at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center to make shawls, scarves, and lap blankets with donated yarn. The final products are primarily for indigent nursing home residents.

“We love knitting, we enjoy helping other people, and being with each other,” says Rabinowitz.

“We have room for more volunteers,” says Jody Laibstain, who oversees this program for Jewish Family Service.

Laibstain says “you don’t have to be a woman, Jewish, or a JCC member to be in this little club.” Just email her at, and let her know you’re coming.  “Dr. Sherry will get you on the sticks in no time.”

-Joel Rubin