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30April

Volunteer of the Month: M. Queen Bailey-Brooks, LCSW

Volunteer of the Month: M. Queen Bailey-Brooks, LCSW


M. Queen Bailey-Brooks, LCSW, describes herself as a “born social worker.” Originally from Baltimore, she has been living and volunteering in Atlanta since 1995. To Queen, volunteering is not just something she enjoys doing on the side, it is her way of living. And while she has lent a hand to numerous organizations that serve various causes, older adults, or as Queen likes to say “my elders,” are her passion.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

25March

Volunteer of the Month: Jackie Naggar

Volunteer of the Month: Jackie Naggar

When it comes to being an all-around kindhearted and dedicated volunteer, Jackie Naggar is truly one of a kind. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Jackie has been living and giving back in Atlanta for more than 10 years. Professionally, she is an attorney/legal recruiter. While she enjoys spending some of her free time with family and friends, traveling, and hosting her own networking events, volunteering is her absolute passion and joy.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

21March

The Importance of Sober Support

The Importance of Sober Support

“Well we all need someone we can lean on.” That sentiment as sung by the Rolling Stones is universal no matter the life circumstance. In recovery, it is doubly true as those who have worked so hard to become sober now have to relearn (or sometimes learn for the first time) how to survive everyday life without the artificial coping mechanism of their drug or behavior of choice.

Written by Jo Abney, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

05March

Simple Ways You can Help Fight Hunger

Simple Ways You can Help Fight Hunger

It’s March, and Passover is coming up at the end of the month. When we think of this wonderful holiday, what usually comes to mind? FOOD! So it’s apropos to highlight some volunteer opportunities related to hunger.

On March 10, the Atlanta Community Food Bank holds its annual Hunger Walk at Turner Field. As we do every year, JF&CS and many of our partnering synagogues will be forming teams to walk en masse with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Federation was one of the founding partners and a leading fundraiser for the walk. For the past five years, those walking with Federation made up the largest faith-based fundraising group at the event.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

04March

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

I have lived in Dunwoody since 2005 and have driven by JF&CS around 3,500 times not knowing what it did until earlier this year, when I joined the Tools for Leaders Program. Boy am I glad I did. Not only have I met a tremendous group of individuals, but I have been able to learn about an organization that does so much for the local community. I can honestly say that the more I learn about JF&CS, the more excited I get to participate in this and other programs. JF&CS is the Gold Standard when it comes to nonprofit organizations that make an impact on thousands of individuals’ daily lives.

Written by Justin Milrad, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

28February

Volunteer of the Month: Robin Feldman

Volunteer of the Month: Robin Feldman

When Robin Feldman moved to Atlanta 11 years ago, she knew immediately she wanted to get involved with Shalom Bayit, a program of JF&CS’ Counseling Services – Tools for Life division. Shalom Bayit translates from Hebrew to “peace in the home” and provides short - and long-term assistance to those facing physical violence, or emotional or sexual abuse in their families or intimate relationships. Robin had a personal reason for showing interest in this particular division: she herself is a survivor of domestic violence.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

26February

If not now, when?: The Importance of Advocacy in the Disabilities Community

If not now, when?: The Importance of Advocacy in the Disabilities Community

Webster’s Dictionary defines advocacy as “the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or a proposal”. A more meaningful description of advocacy, however, comes from Rabbi Hillel:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when? (Rabbi Hillel, Ethics of the Fathers 1:14)

So what does advocacy really mean? It is important to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, and it is most important to stand up for fellow members of your community.

Written by Eve Bogan, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services

19February

An inside look at JF&CS’s Tools for Leaders

An inside look at JF&CS’s Tools for Leaders

JF&CS’s Tools for Leaders is an interactive six-session program that brings high potential leaders together in a hands-on learning environment. The goal of the program is to engage volunteers so they can learn about the agency’s programs, network with other like-minded individuals who value the importance of volunteerism, build leadership skills and explore a future path within the agency.

Written by Robyn Singer, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

04February

Volunteers of the Month: Bruce Lindemann & Weda Zoller

Volunteers of the Month: Bruce Lindemann & Weda Zoller

When an individual volunteers for a cause, his or her goal usually is to help effect change in some way. One of the many wonderful things about volunteers is the different ways they can support the same cause.

This month, we’re pleased to highlight two hardworking volunteers – Weda Zoller and Bruce Lindemann, the current and past chairs respectively of the Developmental Disabilities Services - Tools for Independence (TFI) Family Advisory Committee. Both also volunteer at the annual Larry Bregman, M.D., Educational Conference in addition to supporting TFI in other ways. Weda and Bruce got involved because they both have children served by TFI. While that may have been the mutual catalyst for their involvement, they each feel a personal connection and a need to be a part of TFI.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

15January

Reflections on Newtown, One Month Later

Reflections on Newtown, One Month Later

It’s hard to believe a month has passed since the lives of 27 children and adults were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The residents of that small community are desperately trying to find a new normal. Just last week, the children have returned to classes, albeit in a different building.

Written by Dan Arnold, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services

14January

Underground Voices: Unearthing the Creative and Powerful Voice of the Female Teen

Underground Voices: Unearthing the Creative and Powerful Voice of the Female Teen

“I used to think I had the answers to everything, but now I know life doesn’t always go my way. Feels like I’m caught in the middle, that’s when I realize I’m not a girl, not yet a woman…” ~Britney Spears

Who among us cannot relate to the feelings expressed in the coming-of-age song by Britney Spears ­— the feeling of being right on the cusp of adulthood, the feeling of being so ready to break free from our childhood and the feeling of being secretly terrified of letting our childhood go?

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

18December

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, a moving concert-drama

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, a moving concert-drama

This fall, the inspiring concert-drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin was performed at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Created by Conductor Murray Sidlin, the concert featured a full performance of Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) & Chorus. To call this performance a concert however, would not adequately describe the powerful presentation that took place that night. Interspersed throughout the Requiem, the story of life at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp unfolded with actors, historic Nazi film footage and video interviews with original chorus members.

Written by Amy Neuman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

29November

Help for Aging Parents is a Phone Call Away

Help for Aging Parents is a Phone Call Away

As the Resource Support Specialist for Aviv Older Adult Services – Tools for Aging, I get a lot of calls about the services and support we offer families. Each one is different, but many callers have common concerns. I try to give as much information as I can while trying to offer support for the caller, and, of course, all calls are confidential. Here are just a few examples of questions with typical answers I offer:

Written by Cori Sackin, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

20November

A Ways to Work Success Story

A Ways to Work Success Story

Imagine your life without a car. Imagine that, starting tomorrow, you are a single parent, a recent college grad or a mature worker who has to find another way to get to work. What if public transportation isn’t an option? Suppose you are at work – after a two-hour bus ride – and the school calls to say you need to come and get your child because of illness. How would you get to a medical facility?

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Career Services

01November

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Tzoref

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Tzoref

Linda Tzoref knew she wanted to give back to the community and had a very distinct idea of how she wanted to do it. So when she called JF&CS more than a year ago to see what potential volunteer opportunities were available, she was very clear about what she sought to do. She enjoys working with senior citizens, and Café Europa was the right place for her to start.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

24October

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

“He always apologized, and sometimes he would even cry because of the bruises he'd made on her arms or legs or her back. He would say that he hated what he'd done, but in the next breath tell her she'd deserved it. That if she'd been more careful, it wouldn't have happened. That if she'd been paying attention or hadn't been so stupid, he wouldn't have lost his temper.” ~Nicholas Sparks

October is a month filled with crisp fall air, crunchy new apples and leaves the colors of fire. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which sadly, few people are actually aware of.

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

03October

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Bankston

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Bankston

The Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) and JF&CS proudly welcomed Dr. Stephen Bankston to the JF&CS Board of Directors this year. A volunteer at the clinic since April 2004, Dr. Bankston also sits on BMDC’s executive committee.

“Dr. (David) Zelby introduced me to the Clinic, and I have been committed ever since,” he says. “My motivation for this commitment is two-fold. The gratitude of the patients and the impact I see and feel from their response is truly inspiring. And this is my personal opportunity to give back to my community.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic, Volunteer Services

03October

HAMSA – Helping Atlantas Manage Substance Abuse

HAMSA – Helping Atlantas Manage Substance Abuse

You might be surprised at this, but more than 15 percent of teens today meet the criteria for alcohol and drug abuse. And statistics show when kids start early, chances are they will continue as they get older.

There are many in our community who believe Jews are not as susceptible to alcohol abuse and other addictions as the general population. But we are seeing they are! Fortunately, Jewish communities across the country are addressing the problem. Here in Atlanta, the problem of addiction has been made clear by the number of calls we have been fielding from local rabbis and directly from congregants who are struggling with this disease and don’t know where to turn.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

19September

Simple Tips to Make your Job Search Successful

Simple Tips to Make your Job Search Successful

Searching for a job is never easy, and is that much more difficult in our current economy. But with patience and hard work, it can be done. JF&CS has helped place hundreds of people in jobs over the past few years. In addition to our job database, we have career counselors who can help guide you through your search as well as a variety of programs and services for job seekers. In the meantime, here are just a few tips for job seekers straight from our job developers.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Career Services

04September

Volunteer Spotlight: Bradley Erbesfield

Volunteer Spotlight: Bradley Erbesfield

One year ago, Bradley Erbesfield began volunteering with Career Services – Tools for Employment. He liked volunteering so much that he decided to help out five days a week. Hearing the client success stories gave Bradley the extra motivation.

“It is nice to know that my efforts are helping people,” Bradley said.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Career Services, Volunteer Services

30August

Moving to Middle School: A Transition for the Whole Family

Moving to Middle School: A Transition for the Whole Family

Our eldest son started Middle School two weeks ago. What a shock. Not so much for him – for me! He got into the car the first day after cross country, which he all of a sudden decided to take up a few weeks ago, very excited about the day and all the cool things about school. He loves moving around for every class, and because the class makeup changes, he has at least a couple of friends in each. In many ways it seems very much like when I was in junior high back in the late 1970s.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services

29August

For the Sweetest New Year: Put Things in Order!

For the Sweetest New Year:  Put Things in Order!

A story is told of a man who spent his hours studying with a great tzaddik – a righteous man. The man came to the tzaddik before Rosh Hashana and asked permission to be dismissed. The tzaddik asked: “Why are you in such a hurry?” The man replied: “I am a reader for the festival service, and I must look into the prayer book and put my prayers in order.” The tzaddik replied: “The prayer book is the same as it was last year. But it would be better for you to look into your deeds, and put yourself in order!”

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

01August

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

She began as an intern at JF&CS in August 2011, and for two more months Emily Wipper stayed at JF&CS as a volunteer. Why did she stay? Because she felt there was more to be done.

“JF&CS is a top organization and I knew that this place would be a great opportunity,” she said.

Written by Jennifer Fine, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

28June

Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Wexler

Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Wexler

He has been volunteering for only a few months, but Howard Wexler already has been making an impact on people who really need help – new refugees moving to the United States. Since March, Howard has been helping an Iraqi family make a new life here, through the Refugee Resettlement program of JF&CS’ International Services - Tools for New Americans division. The program consists of volunteers and professionals helping refugees transition to a new culture while maintaining their own.

Written by Jennifer Fine, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, International Services, Volunteer Services

12June

JF&CS Diversifies Its Board

JF&CS Diversifies Its Board

As the adage goes, change isn’t easy.  After looking at our 120 year history, a discussion regarding whether or not to open our board of directors to the broader community took place.

Written by Brenda Fiske, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

01June

Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Kay & Richard DeRossett

Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Kay & Richard DeRossett

Sometime in the early 1980s, right after she moved to Atlanta from her native New York, Ann Kay started volunteering at her children’s school. From there, she moved on to the William Breman Jewish Home and then to Hillel. Finally, she found her way to JF&CS through her husband Michael, a past president of the agency. The Kays started collecting Passover supplies for JF&CS’ Maos program.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services

09May

Community of Caring from the Actor’s Perspective

Community of Caring from the Actor’s Perspective

We are so thankful to those who helped make our 6th Annual Community of Caring on May 3rda huge success! More than 700 people joined us, and together we raised $241,761!! Once again we were able to tell our client’s stories through a moving drama put on by a very talented group of actors. Special thanks goes to our playwright, Suehyla El-Attar; our director, David de Vries; producers Guy Tuttle and Bruce Harlan; and Jodi Feldman for casting.  As much as the room was moved by the actor’s portrayal of JF&CS’s clients’ experiences, our actors in turn found their own experience to be extremely meaningful. It’s our pleasure to share their feedback with you.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

01May

Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa Fladell

Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa Fladell

This year the Ben Massell Dental Clinic celebrates its 100th year of service to the Atlanta community. The dedicated corps of clinic staff and volunteer dentists have provided dental care to thousands of individuals in need at no cost. The clinic is state-of-the-art, providing the most advanced technology available so that clients are able to receive the very best care possible. In addition to all of these wonderful things, the Ben Massell Dental Clinic is yet another great place for our JF&CS volunteers to make an impact.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic, Volunteer Services

25April

Financial Literacy Month - 10 Money Management Action Steps

Financial Literacy Month - 10 Money Management Action Steps

April is Financial Literacy Month, a month dedicated to help individuals become educated about their personal finances. Too many Americans are insufficiently educated about their personal finances, leading to many problems in the long term. Financial literacy is a core component of JF&CS’ “Ways to Work” program, which provides affordable car loans to qualifying families. Participants are required to attend a Financial Literacy Seminar as part of the auto loan application process. The learning program is designed to help individuals at any level of financial sophistication build a solid foundation for managing their personal finances. One student stopped at the end of drafting her budget and said “Wow! I’ve never done this before. It’s amazing to see where it all [the money] goes.”

Written by Jackee Curiton, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

16April

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 4

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 4

The fourth “Tools for Leaders” class began with the question “I’ve never_____ before, but I’d like to”.  The answers were interesting and most included traveling to all four corners of the earth or some type of high risk adventure activity like skydiving, heliskiing or going to outer space.  Others want to write a book, meet a famous person or retire and become a full-time volunteer!

Written by Amy Rosen, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

12April

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

On Sunday, April 15, Atlanta Council BBYO is partnering with The Bully Project for a screening of the film BULLY, which depicts a “year in the life” of North America’s Bullying crisis. The film is showing at 2pm at the Landmark Midtown Art Theater. It is recommended to get tickets in advance.

Written by Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

04April

Volunteer Spotlight: Intake Team

Volunteer Spotlight: Intake Team

We at JF&CS are proud of volunteers and appreciate that we could not do what we do without them. It is especially wonderful when our volunteers provide critical services not only to our clients, but also to the organization itself. This is precisely what our group of dedicated intake volunteers does for us each week. Day in and day out, these volunteers are the first voices heard by hundreds of potential JF&CS clients looking to access our many services. Fielding dozens of calls each day, the intake volunteers have made a phenomenal impact on our staff, on our clients and on JF&CS as a whole.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

03April

Rolling Up Our Sleeves: The JF&CS Financial Leadership

Rolling Up Our Sleeves: The JF&CS Financial Leadership

As an organization, JF&CS is consistently recognized for the expertise and forward thinking of the financial leadership of the organization. Funders including United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Community Foundation of Metropolitan Atlanta, and The Marcus Foundation continue to demonstrate and express their confidence in the business minds that guide decisions and manage resources.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

27March

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 3

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 3

“Why do people volunteer?” This was the opener for session 3 of Tools for Leaders. There was a common theme throughout everyone’s answers - “because we were raised in a family of volunteers and we want to carry on the tradition”, “the love of giving back”, “helping make the world a better place”. We volunteer because that’s what we do. It’s who we are – we do it without it thinking about it.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

14March

From Beijing to Atlanta, New York City photographer, Reed Young travels far to focus his lens on JF&CS’ Art Therapy Group at the Jewish Tower

From Beijing to Atlanta, New York City photographer, Reed Young travels far to focus his lens on JF&CS’ Art Therapy Group at the Jewish Tower

Since 1995, residents of the Jewish Tower in Buckhead have been channeling their life experience into exquisite art, which has been displayed at their annual Gallery Show. With the help of Reed Young, this year’s members, some of which have been participating for almost two decades, will be showcased as well. Last Friday, Reed and his collaborator Rachel Gottesman, turned our artists on their heads, making them the subject of his work and bringing joy into their day and his.

Written by Nikki Bagli, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

12March

Reflections on the URJ Mitzvah Day - Helping the Community One Person at a Time

Reflections on the URJ Mitzvah Day - Helping the Community One Person at a Time

On February 19th, the Atlanta area Reform congregations participated in the first URJ Mitzvah Day. Over 250 volunteers met at The Temple for a little nosh and some text study before departing for one of the five tracks:

Written by Suzanne Katz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

01March

Volunteer Spotlight: Allan Tanenbaum

Volunteer Spotlight: Allan Tanenbaum

The Jewish Community is deeply rooted in traditions, customs and values – one of the most important of which is giving to those in need. As Passover approaches, we are reminded of one such practice that reflects this value: Maos Chitim. Literally meaning “money for wheat,” Maos Chitim dates back thousands of years. It exists to provide food for Passover to those in need. Tradition dictates that Maos Chitim is different from Tzedakah in that it is not merely a mitzvah, but rather an obligation of the community to help all Jewish families celebrate Passover.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

29February

My Day of Smiles… Why I Volunteer at the Larry Bregman M.D. Educational Conference

My Day of Smiles… Why I Volunteer at the Larry Bregman M.D. Educational Conference

The Larry Bregman, M.D., Educational Conference is a two-day conference for adults with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers. It is one of the many events planned in February as a part of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month. The first evening features a dance for the participants, followed by the second day filled with workshops. The workshops emphasize topics such as being part of the community, being a self-advocate and living a healthy lifestyle. This year’s conference, themed “Avenues of Change,” took place February 25-26 at the Selig Center. More than 250 people attended with the help of 50+ volunteers.

Written by Marla Shainberg, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services

21February

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 2

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 2

“What would we like to change in our community if we could”? This thought-provoking question was how we began our second session. The answers that followed included some of the following remarks: more of a sense of community, more involvement by younger generations, environmentally friendly, collaboration and civic advocacy. I am hopeful that each of us will continue to strive to make our community a better place.

Written by Sheri Kornblum, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services

14February

When a Month Just Isn't Enough

When a Month Just Isn't Enough

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM). We are pleased to share a blog post from Deborah Greene, wife of Rabbi Fred Greene of Temple Beth Tikvah and the mother of three daughters, the oldest of whom has autism. Deborah is devoted to raising autism awareness, and she shares her family's life on the autism spectrum in “Puzzled: Raising a Child with Autism & Other Pieces of Family Life.” We found her story to be extremely poignant, and we are honored she agreed to be a guest blogger for “The Sharpest Tools in the Shed.”

JF&CS is dedicated to supporting our clients and their families with disabilities, and we are touched  by Deborah’s meaningful words. Even if you are not Jewish, we believe you will find her words meaningful as well.

Written by Deborah Greene, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services

31January

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Shainberg

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Shainberg

JF&CS volunteers have been instrumental to the success of so many of our programs. Each year, they dedicate hours upon hours of their time to meetings, projects, programs and events. This comes from a drive and desire to make a positive impact on the community and to help provide a range of services to those who need them. Marla Shainberg is a shining example of this commitment to JF&CS and the community.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services

31January

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders

Tools for Leaders is an interactive and dynamic learning series designed to engage individuals who have shown leadership at JF&CS or elsewhere in the community who may be interested in greater leadership opportunities within our agency. Tools for Leaders provides the opportunity for participants to gain more in-depth knowledge of the agency’s programs, offers networking and leadership skill-building opportunities, and encourages participants to explore their future volunteer and leadership path at JF&CS. Our 2012 program kicked off on January 18, and we are very excited that Sheri Kornblum is going to be sharing her experiences in the program through our blog.

Written by Sheri Kornblum, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

04January

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

On December 31, 2011, JF&CS said goodbye to one of most faithful and long-standing employees, when Barbara Rosenberg retired after 22 years of incredible service.  Her outstanding achievements have positioned JF&CS’ NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program and older adult services as one of the leading programs available for older adults in the State of Georgia.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

15November

November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. In the United States, 24 million people are living with diabetes and 57 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Over time, if it’s not controlled, type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease, stroke and blindness.

Written by Melissa Nodvin, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

07November

Get screened for Jewish genes!

Why it’s so important to get tested for genetic diseases

Get screened for Jewish genes!

On Nov. 13th, the Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen (AJGS), a community partner of JF&CS and sponsor of VIA (Volunteers in Action) , is holding a community-wide genetic screening. JF&CS strongly supports the mission of AJGS and we invited Nancy Citrin, AJGS Project Manager, to contribute to our blog this week. We hope you find AJGS to be a valuable resource and share this information with friends, colleagues, neighbors and loved ones.

Written by Nancy Citrin, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

27October

60 miles, 3 days... I did that!

60 miles, 3 days... I did that!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We are so proud of Denise Deitchman, JF&CS Manager of Volunteer Development who participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure the weekend of October 21-23.  These are her reflections on why she walked 60 miles for a cure.

I decided to walk the Susan G Komen 3-Day for a Cure in 2006 because it was always something on my bucket list. I thought it would be a great physical challenge, as well as inspirational, and I signed up with a few friends to do the walk. At the time, breast cancer didn’t really affect me personally, but I still wanted to help the cause.

Written by Denise Deitchman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

27September

Shana Tova from JF&CS: Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 5772!

Shana Tova from JF&CS: Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 5772!

Wednesday night begins the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  Members of our community will spend the next 2 days observing the holiday in a variety of ways.  Some will attend services at their synagogue, we may spend time with family and friends, perhaps enjoying a festive meal.  Many of us will take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and think ahead to the year to come.  We are pleased to share some remarks from Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple (and a member of the JF&CS Board of Directors) and Rabbi Neil Sandler of Ahavath Achim Synagogue (and president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association) which speak to the work we do to help support our community.

Written by Rabbi Neil Sandler, Rabbi Peter Berg, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

29August

JF&CS Launches "The Sharpest Tools in the Shed"

JF&CS Launches

Welcome to The Sharpest Tools in the Shed - JF&CS' blog. We’re very excited to have a new channel of communication with our community and hope you find it both interesting and informative.

Written by Gary Miller, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

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