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Susie Charak Dedication

Suzanne L. Charak recognized by JF&CS for her commitment to the agency

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) dedicated the now Suzanne L. Charak Lobby on Tuesday, May 3. Susie, joined by family, friends and JF&CS staff members, was recognized for her vision and commitment to renovating the JF&CS lobby. Karen Suroff, JF&CS Board President, and Lou Albert, JF&CS Executive Director, thanked Susie and her family for their dedication to making the newly renovated lobby a welcoming place for clients, staff and volunteers.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and dedication Susie has demonstrated over the years,” says Lou Albert. “Her level of commitment to the agency and renovating the lobby will forever be appreciated.”


AJFCS – Save The Date

AJFCA Senior Services Midwest Meeting
September 25-26, 2016 at JF&CS St. Louis, MO

AJFCA Senior Resource Connect will offer a meeting for older adult services professionals this Fall in St. Louis! The conference will help AJFCA members network around all things senior services and share knowledge. The meeting will begin with an afternoon and evening of networking on Sunday, September 25th to be followed by a day of programming on Monday, September 26th. We are excited to host this year’s event!





10 Tips to Increase your Mental Health!

February “What’s On Your Mind” article published on Jewish In St. Louis website.

How can I increase my mental health?

Dear JF&CS Therapy Team,

My friends and I were talking about all of the focus in the media about mental illness and wondered…..rather than focusing on mental illness….what if the media focused on mental health. That discussion led us to a question….are there really ways for a person to increase their mental health?

Inquiring Minds

Dear Inquiring Minds –

You and your friends will be happy to know that there definitely are ways to enhance a person’s mental health. Of course, it is also important to know when it is time to seek professional help for a problem that is interfering with you going about your daily life.

Below are some “tips” for enhancing a person’s mental health….and Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s therapists are available by calling (314) 993-1000, if professional help is ever needed.

Try These 10 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

 Treat yourself with kindness and respect:

Make time for your favorite hobby like doing a daily crossword puzzle or planting a garden; or try something new like playing an instrument or learning another language.

  1. Take care of your body physically:

Eat nutritious meals; drink plenty of water; avoid smoking; exercise; and, get enough sleep.

  1. Surround yourself with people who have strong family and social connections:

Make plans with family members and friends who are supportive and seek out activities where you can meet new people.

  1. Give of yourself:

Volunteer to help someone else. You will feel good about helping someone in need — and it is a good way to meet new people

  1. Learn how to handle stress:

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Use good coping skills like taking a walk, writing in a journal or playing with a pet. Also, try to see the humor in life and smile. Research shows that laughter can reduce stress, strengthen your immune system and even ease pain.

  1. Learn to quiet your mind:

Try meditating. Relaxation exercises can help you to feel calm.

  1. Set realistic goals:

Make a decision about what you want to achieve in the next week, month or year and write down the steps you will take to realize your goals. Be realistic and remember that making progress toward your goals is part of the achievement.

  1. Break up monotony:

We all have routines that make us both more efficient and increase our feelings of security and safety but a little change can be energizing. Take a walk in a different park, or try a new restaurant.

  1. Avoid alcohol and other drugs:

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people will use alcohol and other drugs to “self-medicate” but in reality alcohol and other drugs only result in increased problems.

  1. Seek help when you need it:

Getting help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. Remember that treatment is effective and people who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and substance abuse disorders.









Chabad Student Association HKJFP Food Drive

We always appreciate it when families, schools, businesses and organizations conduct food drives for our Pantry.   Students affiliated with Chabad on CampusRohr Center for Jewish Life at Washington University collected an enormous amount of non-perishable food and had some fun doing it.

The food was displayed as a Can Menorah in the Olin Library. The sign next to the Menorah said:
“Celebrate the Season of Giving
This Menorah display, constructed out of donated cans of food, will be presented to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. Every month, the food pantry serves over 7,000 people — of all faiths and backgrounds — who would otherwise go hungry. For more information and to donate visit their website at

The Chabad Student Association thanks the following groups for their contributions: 
Alpha Epsilon Phi | Alpha Epsilon Pi | Alpha Phi | Kappa Delta | Kappa Kappa Gamma | Pi Beta Phi | Sigma Alpha Epsilon | Theta Xi | Zeta Beta Tau”