JFS St. Louis Receives $35,000 Donation from The Factory

Jewish Family Services (JFS), which provides mental health and social services for all St. Louisans, recently received a $35,000 donation from a preview party hosted by the Staenberg Group at its new music club The Factory. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the JFS’ Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. The Factory is a $25 million, 52,000-square-foot music venue that recently opened at 17105 North Outer 40 Rd. in Chesterfield, Mo. The two-level building – which will feature 25 shows during the 2021 season and more than 160 shows in 2022 – can hold up to 3,000 guests and is available for corporate events and private parties. The Factory is one of the anchors in the 40-acre space called The District, an entertainment and dining complex created by owner Michael Staenberg and The Staenberg Group. The preview party also raised funds for Feed My People, a Christian food pantry and help center. “The reason we chose one of the two food pantries to be the Jewish Food Pantry is because of the outstanding job that they do in a variety of areas within St. Louis County both west and north,” Staenberg said. “They have been around for over forty years, and they are very inclusive. You do not need to be Jewish to go there . . . Everyone is Welcome.” Founded in 1871, JFS is a multiservice nonprofit that supports families and seniors, alleviates hunger, and improves mental health for all St. Louisans. The organization serves individuals and families in crisis, as well as helps seniors remain independent and connected to the community. JFS – which supports the emotional and physical well-being of more than 50,000 area children, families, and seniors annually – provides hunger relief through its Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP). “Michael Staenberg has been a long-time supporter of JFS and our continuous efforts to serve the community,” said JFS Chief Executive Officer Miriam Seidenfeld. “We truly appreciate his ability to bring people together and make this significant donation, which allows us to provide comprehensive assistance to those who are experiencing life’s challenges.” For more information, call (314) 993-1000 or visit...

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JFS St. Louis Receives $25,000 Grant for Senior Services

JFS St. Louis Receives $25,000 Grant for Senior Services JCA Charitable Foundation grant to support St. Louis’ Jewish elderly community (St. Louis, Mo., June 16, 2021) — Jewish Family Services (JFS), which provides mental health and social services for all St. Louisans, recently received a $25,000 grant from the JCA Charitable Foundation. Proceeds from the grant will support educational programming and health care services that directly benefit the area’s Jewish elderly population. JFS assists the Jewish senior community, which includes Holocaust survivors. Part of the JCA Charitable Foundation grant will fund a portion of a new JFS case manager’s time devoted to helping Holocaust survivors navigate specific application processes and client assessments needed to stay healthy and safely age in place. The JFS Senior Services team currently assists nearly 150 Holocaust survivors in applying for benefits from the Claims Conference, which designates funds for in-home support services and The Blue Card program, which contributes funds for minor medical services. JFS’ Senior Services supports nearly 2,000 older adults annually in the St. Louis City and County with care management and in-home services. The program includes resource and program referrals, subsidized homemaker services, falls and hospital readmission prevention services, and emotional and spiritual support through friendly visits and counseling. “This generous grant allows our staff to ensure the area’s eligible Holocaust survivors receive physical and mental health services,” said JFS Chief Executive Officer Miriam Seidenfeld. “We appreciate the JCA Charitable Foundation and this grant, which enables our organization to provide with dignity the comprehensive care management and access to resources that survivors deserve.” Founded in 1871, JFS is a multiservice nonprofit that supports families and seniors, alleviates hunger, and improves mental health for all St. Louisans. The organization serves individuals and families in crisis, as well as helps seniors remain independent and connected to the community. JFS – which supports the emotional and physical well-being of more than 50,000 area children, families, and seniors annually – provides hunger relief through its Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP). For more information, call (314) 993-1000 or visit JFS. # #...

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JFS St. Louis Hires Human Resources Director

Jewish Family Services (JFS), which provides mental health and social services for all St. Louisans, recently hired Erica Becker as its Human Resources Director. In this position, she will plan and manage the policies, activities, and staff of the nonprofit’s human resources department. Her responsibilities also include developing strategies and solutions to recruit and retain talented employees. Becker has nearly 15 years of experience in the human resources and project management industries. Prior to joining the organization, she served as project manager at a national HR nonprofit association. She previously worked at the American Soybean Association for more than a decade in numerous capacities including project director and consultant. Becker earned her MBA with an emphasis in Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has her Professional Human Resources (PHR) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications and is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). “Erica possesses strong people skills and extensive hands-on experience to implement the strategies our organization needs to grow and remain successful,” said JFS Chief Executive Officer Miriam Seidenfeld. “She is a results-oriented leader who is an excellent addition to our management team, and we look forward to the impact she will create on our community.” Founded in 1871, JFS is a multiservice nonprofit that supports families and seniors, alleviates hunger, and improves mental health for all St. Louisans. The organization serves individuals and families in crisis, as well as helps seniors remain independent and connected to the community. JFS – which supports the emotional and physical well-being of more than 50,000 area children, families, and seniors annually – provides hunger relief through its Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP). For more information, call (314) 993-1000 or visit...

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JFS of St. Louis welcomes Brian Braunstein as Board President

Jewish Family Services (JFS) is pleased to welcome Brian Braunstein as board president for the 2021 – 2023 term. Brian has served on the JFS board since 2017. He ensured the successful implementation of the 2018-2021 strategic plan and oversaw a full governance review in 2020. As Assistant Vice President and Risk Management Counsel for Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and its multiple brands, Brian brings an expertise in risk management and strategic planning to the JFS Board. He holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York at Buffalo. Through a comprehensive range of services, JFS provides a lifeline to individuals and families in crisis, helps seniors remain independent and connected to the community, and empowers children to thrive. Each year, JFS supports the emotional and physical well-being of more than 50,000 children, families and seniors in our community. JFS looks forward to Brian’s leadership and experience as the organization continues to support families and seniors, alleviate hunger, and improve mental health in our...

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DON’T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CONNECTION!

By Susan KemppainenVolunteer/Activity Program Coordinator, Mirowitz Center at Covenant PlaceTemple Israel member I recently got a message from a Ph.D. student who read a study I co-authored in 1998. Oh, the beauty of modern technology that allows anyone to be found! But can research from 22 years ago still be pertinent today? You betcha! The study, through Washington University in St. Louis, examined the telephone as an effective way to reduce social isolation, depression, and loneliness in older adults. It was an important thing to prove; after all, the telephone is an easy, readily available, and inexpensive way to have a widespread effect on populations in need. We showed that underfunded social service agencies can use the telephone to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve. Fast forward to 2020. Older adults always need social connection, but now they need it more than ever before. COVID-19 has exacerbated already-existing problems for people living alone, suffering from depression, in poor health, and surviving on a fixed income. For older adults, the telephone can literally be a lifeline. In our modern age of technology, there are many other ways to connect too: Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook and Messenger, texts, and more! We can encourage older friends and family to learn these new ways to engage. Or we can send them a letter. Put a note on a door. And never forget the benefit of a good, “old-fashioned” telephone call. Don’t ever underestimate the power of connection. Who will you reach out to today? ———————————————- Here’s two great ways to connect! Join the Tech Tutor Program as a community volunteer tutor or senior learner!We connect senior learners over the telephone with a community volunteer tutor who is using the same device– iPad, Android Tablet, iPhone, Android phone, Apple computer, PC. Work one-on-one, no standard curriculum. Learn how to use Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook, Messenger, Video and more!  For more information: https://mirowitzcenter.org/2020/11/13/tech-tutor-program/ Join Temple Israel’s Pen Pal Program and make a new intergenerational friendship!Temple Israel has older members who are going through this tough time alone, and who may not have access to a community online. We also know there are many families with school-aged kids that would love to brighten the day and foster some new relationships. If you and/or your child would like to write a letter or card to someone, or if you are a senior interested in a pen pal, please contact Rabbi Amy...

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Susan Balk, Debbie Caplin, Jennifer Hillman, Susan Katzman and Joan Lipkin Named 2020 Women of Achievement

Susan Balk, Debbie Caplin, Jennifer Hillman, Susan Katzman and Joan Lipkin have been named as 2020 Women of Achievement. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which was founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The honorees were originally scheduled to be recognized at the 2020 Women of Achievement Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton on May 12, and later on September 15, but the luncheon was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the honorees are being recognized in an hour-long awards celebration broadcast on Nine PBS on September 14 at 7 p.m. A recording of the program will also go online on Women of Achievement’s website (woastl.org) after the broadcast. The 2020 Women of Achievement: Susan Balk — Impactful Leadership Debbie Caplin — Pet Therapy Advocacy Carlene Davis — Lifetime Service Susan Gobbo — Multicultural Enrichment Jennifer Hillman — Creative Philanthropy Susan Hockensmith — Compassionate Welfare Sherrill Jackson — Health & Education Toni Renee Jordan — Change Agent Susan Katzman — Women’s Empowerment Joan Lipkin — Arts & Social Justice The 65th Women of Achievement Awards Celebration’s mistress of ceremonies is Carol Daniel of KMOX, and the celebration was filmed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in advance of the September 14 broadcast. The celebration includes this year’s honorees walking the red carpet, receiving their awards, and presentations by Women of Achievement President Marian Nunn (Class of 2013), Luncheon Chair Joni Karandjeff (Class of 2008), and presenting sponsors KMOX, Ladue News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The awards celebration also includes additional segments highlighting the history of Women of Achievement, its role in the St. Louis area, and acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. A heartwarming portion of the program is individual segments dedicated to each honoree. The segments include interviews with honorees’ volunteer colleagues and/or family members, and draw attention to each honoree’s years of volunteer service and the impact of that service and leadership. Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy. The chair of the 2020 Women of Achievement Awards Celebration is Joni Karandjeff (Class of 2008) and the vice chair is Elizabeth Mannen (Class of 2017). For more information about the broadcast on Nine PBS, please visit http://www.woastl.org or call...

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