Member Highlights
June 2019
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Israel Elwyn & JEVS Human Services Continue Professional Exchange

Over 15 years ago, Israel Elwyn (IE) and JEVS Human Services created a professional exchange fellowship with the generous funding of the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation (Philadelphia). The project is intended to create a flow of knowledge and establish contacts in joint fields of endeavor. In May, Jay Spector, CEO of JEVS Human Services welcomed Israel Elwyn’s Keren Strul, Director – Haifa & Northern Israel Branch and Racheli Fruchter, Director – Job Placement, Sharon & Central Israel Branch. Israel Elwyn is preparing for the reciprocal visit. Learn more here .
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

Janis Roth was the longtime director of JIAS Toronto . She made the world a better place by helping thousands of families from around the world build new lives in Canada. Janis was recognized last month during Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, established last March. Canadian Jewish Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on and celebrate the incredible contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to the country, in communities across Canada.
JFS San Antonio Rebrands Mission Reach Wellness & Counseling Center

Jewish Family Service of San Antonio recently presented their newly-branded Mission Reach Wellness & Counseling Center . Services include mental health counseling, psychiatry, and group therapy classes --- for anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, financial situation, etc. Learn more here .
JFS San Diego Named 2019 Non-Profit of the Year

For their efforts in leading the local rapid response to the migrant crisis at San Diego’s border and providing healing to the grieving amidst national and local gun violence tragedies, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced that he has named Jewish Family Service of San Diego as the 2019 Non-Profit of the Year for the 78th Assembly District. Continue reading here .
Jewish Food Pantry Named After Holocaust Survivors

Through a grand donation from their grandson Jason Lebwohl and his wife Casey, the Jewish Family Service Utah Food Pantry in Salt Lake City will soon be known as the Alex and Sally Lebwohl Food Pantry.The Salt Lake City pantry serves around 8,000 people per year. Learn more about this touching story here .
JFS Colorado Receives $35,000 Grant from Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation

Jewish Family Service of Colorado recently received a $35,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation of West Bloomfield, Michigan, to operate Lunchbox Express, the agency’s summer food distribution program for at-risk children. This grant will help JFS increase the number of meals served and the number of locations where children can receive free summer lunches.  Learn more here .
Project Kavod Recognized as Model for Jewish Social Service Agencies

The “J” in JFS is what makes Jewish Family Service of Seattle unique to many other social service agencies. Jewish history and values guide their work. But what does this mean for JFS programs, clients, donors, volunteers and staff? Four years ago, JFS Seattle set out to answer this question and Project Kavod/Dignity was born. Now, the project is a success and getting national recognition as model for turning Jewish values into action. Learn more here .
JFCS Suncoast Summer Enrichment Programs Address the Future
On June 13th, Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast celebrated the graduation of one of their Summer Programs. With confidence and great preparation, students presented their choice in a career. Just a few mentioned ranged from a neurosurgeon to a video game designer, to an artist, a dancer, and a pediatrician. JFCS Summer Programs involve middle school youth, ages 11-14. They participate in life skills, career education, and cultural awareness. The groups focus on connection, community, and building the camper's confidence in learning more about who they are and what they want to be.
Ruth & Norman Rales JFS Wants to Ensure Community is Prepared for Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the start of Hurricane Season and as part of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services hurricane prep, JFS is once again that older adults living alone who wish to have someone check in on them before and after a major weather event, register for with the Agency. In its second year, The JFS Hurricane registration process provides a safety measure for seniors living alone with no family nearby. This program is meant for seniors not currently receiving services from JFS. Learn more here.
JFS New Orleans Conducts Community Needs Assessment of LGBTQ Population

Earlier this month,  Cara Zajac  presented the findings of a Community Needs Assessment of the LGBTQ Population of New Orleans conducted and co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service of New Orleans . The project's goal was to assess and define the unmet programming and policy needs of the local LGBTQ community. With Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Leaders present, Cara discussed how to design more responsive, evidence-based programming in Jewish community settings and fielded questions about LGBTQ cultural considerations.
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JFCS San Francisco Launches New Center for Children and Youth

Raising children today is more challenging than ever before, especially in the Bay Area. Without a place to turn to for coordinated services, too many families don’t find the help they need until it is too late. To address this growing crisis and serve thousands of Bay Area children, Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties has announced the launch of its new Center for Children and Youth.  Read about the Center here .
JFS Indianapolis Receives Special Recognition at the JFGI Annual Meeting

Each year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis’ Awards Committee selects one outstanding professional in the local Jewish community to receive the Frank H. Newman Award. Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Community Social Worker, Julie Sondhelm, was selected this year in recognition of her 19+ years of dedicated service to the community. Please join us in congratulating Julie; leave a comment on their Facebook post !
JFS Detroit Receives Grant to Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults with Technology

Jewish Family Service of Detroit has been approved to receive funding for its “Improving Quality of Life with Assistive Technology” program from the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation. 
This generous grant, totaling $408,557 over the next two years, will allow JFS Detroit to continue providing essential services to vulnerable older adults that will help them to safely age in place in three different ways: Technology Training, Home Safe, and Transportation.
JVS Boston Launches Together We Rise: Career Development with Boston's Refugees

On Thursday, June 20th, World Refugee Day, Jewish Vocational Services of Boston stood in solidarity with refugees worldwide. JVS continues to proudly help refugees in Boston begin their careers, and this year they launched Together We Rise: Career Development with Boston's Refugees to help refugees take the next step in their career journeys. JVS Boston shared stories of clients in Together We Rise on their Facebook page . Follow their Facebook page to see the stories. 
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JFS Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties Granted $50,000 to Support Family Mentor Program

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties announced that the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation has granted $50,000 in support of the Family Mentor Program, key service of JFS to reach vulnerable and isolated families and homebound seniors through volunteer support. Volunteers provide regularly scheduled home visits which can increase quality of life and wellbeing, improve socialization, and promote access to resources.  Learn more about the Family Mentor Program here.
JFS St. Paul CEO Ted Flaum Accepts Federation Position 

Ted Flaum who has served as the CEO at Jewish Family Service of St. Paul , for the last five years, will leave the organization, accepting the position of CEO at the St. Paul Jewish Federation. As CEO Ted strengthened existing programs and developed new ones. He elevated JFS's presence in the community and strengthened fundraising efforts. Join us in wishing Ted the best! JFS S. Paul has created a search committee the position has been posted locally and nationally. Applicant interviews are ongoing.
JVS Human Services in Detroit has received an award to operate a One-Stop Career Center in Waterford Michigan scheduled to launch this summer. This new career center will leverage technology, human-centered design and a person-centered approach to assist individuals in securing sustaining careers. In addition, JVS Human Services in partnership with ResCare Workforce Services received an award to operate one of the new Detroit at Work Career Centers. This new center is a part of a larger system redesign that the city of Detroit has been laying the groundwork for over the past two years. A special thank goes out to the entire team at JEVS Philadelphia for assisting JVS Human Services in developing an approach that was key in securing these two workforce contracts. 
Palm Beach State College Donates to Alpert JFS's Holocaust Survivors Fund
In late May, Alpert Jewish Family Service met with Palm Beach State College together with Lauren Gross, Director of the Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. The group discussed the Holocaust, the hatred that inspired it, and the agency's role in caring for Holocaust survivors. The focus shifted to the shared responsibility of Palm Beach State College, the Gross Family Center and Alpert JFS in promoting awareness, understanding and action related to the causes and consequences of hatred and Anti-Semitism. Following the discussion, Palm Beach State College presented a donation to the Holocaust Survivors Fund of Alpert JFS. Learn more here .
Imperial Club Announces JCS South FL as a Partners in Care Provider​ for their Residents

Imperial Club, an independent and assisted living community offering a continuum of care to more than 200 residents in Aventura, has announced Jewish Community Services of South Florida as a new Partners in Care Provider for their residents. JCS will offer the following services to Imperial Club residents, free of charge, to all qualified clients: Certified Medicare and homecare for acute conditions, Long-term and personalized care, Recreational and educational programs, Mental health assessments and counseling, and Specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. Learn more here .
JFS Houston's JFS Live Raises $1.7 Million

A sell-out crowd of 935 guests responded to a program featuring Jewish Family Service of Houston's JFS LiVE! "The Art of Celebration"
106 Anniversary Celebration honoring Ellen & Steve Robinson." The agency raised over $1,700,000! Funds will support JFS Mental Health Programs including suicide prevention programs. Learn more about JFS Houston's Mental Health Programs here Click here to view event photos .
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