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Jewish Family & Children’s Service Welcomes New CEO Miriam Seidenfeld

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St. Louis, MO — Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis (JF&CS) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Miriam Seidenfeld as Chief Executive Officer effective February 04, 2019. After a rigorous national search, Miriam has been chosen to succeed L. Louis Albert in the role, which he has occupied for over 29 years. Mr. Albert will be stepping down as CEO but will continue to serve as a consultant for the agency over the coming months.

“This is an ideal time to welcome Miriam as our next CEO,” remarked Board President Stephen Green.  “Over the past 29 years the agency has grown and evolved immensely. In addition to our core counseling services, the agency added the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which now feeds over 6,500 community members each month and the Child Abuse Prevention Program which reaches over 30,000 students each year.  The needs of our community are increasing and changing and our financial and operational resources are evolving.  We look forward to Miriam’s visionary leadership, experience and energy as she works with our qualified staff and other local agencies to identify the challenges and further increase the positive impact JF&CS has on the lives of those in need in our community.”

Ms. Seidenfeld has more than 25 years of experience working with children and families in non-profit settings, and 15 years of non-profit leadership experience. While Executive Director of Temple Israel in Minneapolis, the eighth largest Reform congregation in the U.S., she oversaw a $30M capital and endowment campaign, supervised a $20M building project, and led the development and implementation of an ambitious new strategic plan. Before her time with Temple Israel, she directed an innovative career development program for middle and high school youth living in the most underserved neighborhoods in New York City. Her skills in fundraising, strategic planning, management, and operations will guide JF&CS as it expands to meet the changing and growing needs of the community.

Ms. Seidenfeld has spent the majority of her career in Minneapolis and New York City, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Relations from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is looking forward to making St. Louis her home.

“I am thrilled to be part of the next chapter of Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s uplifting story. I am honored to have been selected to lead this prominent organization that has impacted the lives of so many people over its 150-year history. I am eager to meet and learn from all who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences of the St. Louis community – and to work together to continue providing compassionate support and innovative solutions to those facing life’s challenges.”

The Board of Directors at JF&CS welcomes Ms. Seidenfeld and looks forward to her tenure as CEO.

For generations, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has offered compassionate support and practical solutions to help people in our 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. We serve those in need regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

JF&CS receives $20K grant for child abuse prevention

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been awarded $20,000 by the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee. The award will support the JF&CS Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), which reached over 38,500 children in 2017, including public and private schools in both St. Louis city and St. Louis county. This contribution will help the CAPP program continue its vital work in 2018.

“This funding provides a chance for JF&CS to prevent child abuse with important tips for ‘safe touch’ and by educating children about signs of abuse. It also ensures we can show our support for students who experienced abuse and connect them to the help they need,” Lou Albert, CEO of JF&CS.

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JF&CS awarded $50k to support city seniors

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been awarded $50,000 by the St. Louis City Seniors Fund during its inaugural year of grant funding. The Fund, which was established by passage of the Seniors Count Ballot Initiative, will help St. Louis City seniors tackle common concerns, such as fall prevention and economic stability.

“This funding provides a chance both to expand the number of senior adults served and to innovate new methods for tackling the problems created by falling, which has such a devastating effect on the ability of seniors to live independently and safely,” said JF&CS CEO L. Louis Albert in a statement.

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New JF&CS program helps Jews with disabilities

In March, JF&CS began its Jewish Disability Care Connect program for people of all ages with physical or intellectual disabilities. The initiative comes in response to what JF&CS determined was a void in adequate care for local Jews with disabilities.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has provided an initial $70,000 grant for the program.

The program aims to link its clients with educational and recreational opportunities, life skills training, housing support, support groups, and to provide assistance with receiving government benefits, among other services.

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JF&CS plans event on LGBT inclusion in St. Louis Jewish community

In honor of Pride Month, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is pushing the St. Louis Jewish community to rethink how it engages on LGBTQ issues. At its program “Supporting the LGBTQ Jewish Community,” the JF&CS Mental Health Care Manager will provide a basic framework for supporting LGBTQ individuals with practical ways to make Jewish communities more inclusive, no matter which branch of Judaism you ascribe to.

“Supporting the LGBTQ Jewish Community” is open to the community.

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Event to explore Jewish perspective on Alzheimer’s

“Trying to build and maintain that connection is an issue for many caregivers and loved ones of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia as they work to interact in ways that enrich the lives of both the patient and the family member alike…That’s one of the messages behind an event set for early next month at Shaare Emeth titled “Shedding Light on Alzheimer’s: A Jewish Perspective: The Journey Continues.”

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JF&CS brings new education strategies to child abuse prevention programs

Classrooms across Missouri are fitted with smart boards, computers, and iPads to accommodate new learning styles and resources. Despite this progress, most child abuse prevention programs are still using the strategies of the past to give this generation the information they need to stay safe. To bring this curriculum into the digital age JF&CS has created educational videos so that any child, parent, or teacher with a computer can access evidence-based, age-appropriate information on abuse prevention.

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