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The Magic of Making a Difference Gala

Thank you to all our Gala attendee’s sponsors and generous donors who helped make our 2017 Magic of Making a Difference Gala a success.

The evening began with a magic filled cocktail hour followed by a delectable dinner. The attendees were entertained by the Magical Voices of STAMM a Washington University A Capella Group. Our Honoree ceremony soon followed with wonderful videos honoring Dr. Mary Hoke JF&CS’s own Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer, and a generous community philanthropist Sidney Guller who both received custom glass awards.

Special thank you to our 2017 Making A Difference Committee Co-Chairs: Jody Waldman & Stacy Sloas

Committee Members: Jan Abrams Aaron Levinson Freddie Steinbach Rena Abrams Alice Ludmer Karen Suroff Sarah Barbarash Marissa Rosen Sharon Tureen Steve Green Erin Schuver Janie Roodman Weiss Judy Kaplan Judi Scissors Judy Zafft


For more photos, visit our Facebook page.

CAPP and National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

JF&CS’ Safe Surf Program Aims To Provide Cyberbullying Solution Before It Starts

(ST. LOUIS, MO /October XX, 2017) – October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month and although traditional face-to-face bullying has been gradually decreasing, a newer and more devastating trend has taken its place in full force: cyberbullying. In 2015, a study found that almost 35 percent of 11 to 15-year-olds in the Midwest experienced cyberbullying in their lifetime, according to Cyberbullying Research Center. Cyberbullying is a growing social problem if not stopped – can have lasting emotional and psychological effects on a victim’s mental health.

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is taking a proactive step to combat these statistics. Recognizing that technological advances (the Internet, cell phones and social media) have led to the increase and prevalence of cyberbullying, JF&CS created a free program that teaches technology safety to our community.

Safe Surf presentations are offered to schools, daycare facilities, camps, community organizations and others. JF&CS is using their program to open the door for St. Louis organizations to communicate with their youth and educate them on the dangers of cyberworld, making it a safer place for all kids in our community. Doing so will enhance student’s safety at school, improve their ability to learn and focus in the classrooms, and help put a stop to cyberbullying.

The Safe Surf Program uses an interactive and entertaining presentation, fourth to 12 th grade students are taught safe and responsible internet skills, such as:

  • How to be a good cyber citizen
  • To recognize cyberbullying and help stop it
  • To understand the ramifications of inappropriate online behavior
  • To utilize social networking in an age-appropriate and respectful manner

“Unfortunately, cyberbullying is a modern trend that continues today. JF&CS is working to educate and put an end to it,” says Lou Albert, Chief Executive Officer at JF&CS. “Our value goes beyond speaking with the children; We offer our lessons and services to parents and teachers as well, to provide them a better grasp on how today’s children use technology, how to read the signs that a child is being bullied or bullying, and how to handle the situation effectively.”

Safe Surf is a branch of JF&CS’ much larger Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), which has served over 300,000 children’s, parents, educators and other professionals throughout Saint Louis County. JF&CS visits schools and education centers and uses CAPP to spark engaging educational discussions on a variety of child safety topics. These discussions equip children with the knowledge necessary to assess dangerous situations and act accordingly.

For more information regarding JF&CS and their CAPP programs, please visit

About Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS): The Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers compassionate support and practical solutions to help people in the local community navigate life’s challenges. JF&CS and its licensed professional staff assist the elderly, protect children at risk, provide food and services for the needy, resolve family problems and enhance Jewish connections. JF&CS serves those in need, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

2nd Annual Turkey Trot

Make this Thanksgiving more than a great meal! Join friends and neighbors for the Olivette Annual Turkey Trot. More than just a healthy start to the holiday, this 5k run/walk is about fun, community, and helping those in need.

Run with



Thanksgiving Day November 26. The race begins at 8:30am and starts and ends at Stacy Park

Register Early!!

$20 entry fee ($12 for persons under 19) will in-crease to $25 after November 9. All registered participants will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt!!!!


For more information and to register: or call Barb Sondag 983-5200 or email

Awards and Prizes!!!

Awards to the top 3 male and female finishers. Age division awards for male and female participants.

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Love to Shop? Our clients need you! Volunteer at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. Shop the pantry with our clients. Wednesday and Friday volunteers are in great demand. Interested? Call or email Chelsey at 314-513-9386 or