Connect

Connecting with Jews through local activities and community resources for all ages.

Seniors

Live, Love, Laugh

If you are a senior living in the El Paso – Las Cruces area, we have many ways to support you and create engagement with other Jews in the area. Please visit our Community Calendar for events, join our events group Borderland’s Cafe Europa for Seniors 65+, read about activities and events in The Jewish Voice, find Kosher Resources  and consider getting active with our Jewish Community Relations Council.

Borderland’s Café Europa

Designed for seniors ages 65+, Borderland’s Café Europa offers a mix of regular gatherings, Shabbat & holiday celebrations, lectures, speakers and short trips.

See Calendar.
Founders Sylvia Cohen and Emily Stuessy

Shalom Senior Shuttle ​​

Shalom Shuttle provides transportation to seniors (age 65+) for the following:

Jewish community religious services and events

Jewish El Paso programs

Medical appointments

Jewish El Paso will pay the cost of up to $35 per ride.  Any charges above the $35 will be the responsibility of the passenger. Jewish El Paso will invoice the customer for the difference above the $35 one-way trip ($70 round trip). 

  • Jewish El Paso will cover up to 12 one-way trips (or 6 round trips) per month.
  • Up to 4 rides can be scheduled in advance.
  • If it is necessary to cancel a scheduled ride, it must be canceled at least 4 hours before the planned trip, by contacting Jewish El Paso during office hours:

Mon-Thu 8:30 AM-5:00 PM – Fri 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM

  • Only if a ride needs to be canceled outside the Jewish El Paso office hours, please contact Andale Ride directly at 915-227-3978. Jewish El Paso will invoice the customer for any rides not canceled in accordance with our policies.
  • Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. No reservations will be accepted on the same day of the trip, except for urgent medical appointments.

    Borderland’s Café Europa and Shalom Shuttle are made possible by a generous grant by The Jewish Community Foundation of El Paso.

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    Parents

    Connect to PJ Library, Camps, College and Other Resources

    Jewish El Paso offers programs and services for parents, kids and teens, including our PJ Library, Summer Camps, Camp Scholarships, and College Scholarships.

    We have also compiled a list of great Jewish and parent resources for you below, subject to updates and change.

     

    PJ Library

    Stories that Bring Us Together

    Your children are learning about the world around them through the stories they hear. PJ Library books and programs can bring Jewish ideas and inspiration for you and your children to share together. PJ Library has free books, activities and a Facebook community

    Celebrate Jewish Values, Culture, and Tradition

    Every month, PJ Library sends more than 670,000 free Jewish books to families around the world raising Jewish kids from birth through 9 years old.PJ Library shares stories that celebrate Jewish values, culture, and tradition, all at no cost to families. Enroll hereFree Jewish middle-grade books for 9-12-year-olds are available at PJ Our Way.

    Resource Links

    Summer Camps

    Jewish El Paso supports Jewish summer campers through grants, scholarships & awards

    Local Jewish Summer Day Camps:  Slide show of camp photos if available here.  None available on current site.

    J Center for Early Learning Camp:

    The Cherry Hill School Camp Chai:

    Camp Gan Israel Las Cruces:

    Gan Israel Logo

    Need funding for camps? Apply here:

    Campership Award 

    One Happy Camper Scholarship

    College Scholarships

    The Beatrice L. Weisz Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Teens

    Opportunies For Growth & Experience

    Our commitment to Jewish life includes grants and scholarships to our partners to enhance teen life. We also offer camperships and awards for overnight Jewish summer camp experiences, so key in shaping Jewish identity. A needs assessment is currently underway to explore ways we can further enhance opportunities for Jewish teens with our community partners.

    Young Adults

    Connect with Others

    El-Paso-Connect

    With Greater El Paso as our stage, ElPasoConnect creates opportunities for adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Through informal social gatherings, meaningful conversations, holiday and Shabbat celebrations and cultural and educational programs, young professionals connect with each other, with Jewish life, and with opportunities for leadership development, growth and engagement. Whether you are a long time resident, new to the city or just looking to connect, join us; our community is always open.

    Caring Community

    Social Worker, Support Groups & Emergency Funds

    One of our key roles is to care, and to provide support and comfort to our community members. Jewish El Paso offers support groups to help with loss and bereavement, caregiver support and more. Our community social worker provides support on an individual basis. Our Emergency Funds that we established together with our community partner, The Jewish Community Foundation of El Paso, provide some financial relief to people in need. If you or someone you know need assistance, contact us in strict confidentiality through our community clergy through our Community Directory or through our Comptroller.

    Volunteer

    Building a Community Through Service

    It takes strong, engaged and active partnerships to help our community thrive and grow. We need energetic volunteers to make this happen. Whether chairing or serving on a committee or task force, serving on our Board, delivering food to our seniors, or just helping out, we need your help. Contact us to volunteer.