JFS Perspectives

Hannah Kutnick's Backpack Bonanza to Support Lunchbox Express News Coverage

Friday, August 17, 2018
Hannah Kutnick's Backpack Bonanza to Support Lunchbox Express News Coverage

11-year-old Hannah Kutnick recently organized her second annual “Backpack Bonanza,” a drive to generate donations for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies for at-risk children. She collected and donated 300 loaded backpacks to Jewish Family Service, which were distributed to children in need through our Lunchbox Express program. Check out the news coverage below! 

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Faces of JFS 2018 Winter Soirée Honorees Announced

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) will honor David Asarch and Mindy Levy Peckar at Faces of JFS 2018 Winter Soirée, on Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 p.m. at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street #135 in Aurora. This event will celebrate the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transformative work of the agency. Community members are invited to pay tribute to David Asarch, who will receive the Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award, and Mindy Levy Peckar, who will be honored with the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award. 

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Boulder JFS Family Safety Net Services: There for People in Need During a Crisis

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Boulder JFS Family Safety Net Services: There for People in Need During a Crisis

Did you know that Boulder JFS has Family Safety Net services to assist older adults and adults with physical disabilities in crisis? These support services help promote long-term self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness.  

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A Mouth-Watering Mitzvah

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
A Mouth-Watering Mitzvah

More than a year ago, Brooke Gralla met with Nancy Benyamin, JFS director of Volunteer Services, to discuss ideas for her daughter Julia’s upcoming mitzvah project and to find ways they could volunteer together. Brooke and Julia decided to volunteer with Lunchbox Express delivering meals and books to low-income children throughout the metro area last summer.  

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Gloria Fobb: Working for a Living

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Gloria FobbGloria Fobb, 47, has a simple dream. She wants to get a job and earn a living—on her own. Thanks to support from SHALOM Denver’s Supported Employment program, Gloria’s dream just became a reality. She was hired as a laundry attendant at a large Denver hotel and she couldn’t be happier.  

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Congratulations to 2018 Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year

Monday, July 09, 2018
Congratulations to 2018 Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year

Mady Kassanoff and Stephen Green were honored as the Jewish Family Service Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year at the Celebrate JFS event on June 18. Mady and Stephen are both retired librarians, a couple who share a deep sense of caring for those in our community who need a hand. Lucky for us, they chose JFS as one of the places to devote their time and energy.  

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Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

Monday, July 09, 2018
Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

If someone gave you a million dollars to spend on yourself, how would you spend it? If you could give it away to make the world a better place, to whom would you give it? These are the types of questions that older adults explore together in Circle Talk. This program creates a safe space for older adults to have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most to them. Circle Talk draws connections between group members’ life experiences, giving them the chance to speak to the real moments that shape their lives and sense of self.  

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Welcome to Our New Board Members!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Congratulations to our new board members (below) who were installed at the Celebrate JFS event in June! Thank you to outgoing board members Adam Agron, David Friedman, Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, Steve Kris, and Linda Loewenstein for their years of dedicated service to JFS. We appreciate their contributions and passionate leadership.  

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Thamer Abdullah: Making His Way in America

Monday, June 18, 2018

Witnessing a suicide bomber commit his final act of terror was the last straw for Thamer Abdullah. That his 12-year-old son also saw the horrific act made it that much worse. It was then that he decided to leave his native Iraq with his family and move to Syria in hopes of securing a better and safer life.  

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CBS4 Denver: Group Helps Keep Hunger at Bay for Children During Summer Months

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jewish Family Service's Lunchbox Express program was featured on CBS4 Denver on May 29, 2018 as we kicked off the fifth year of the summer lunch program: 

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