News & Updates
September 9, 2019
Children are never too young to learn the value of giving to neighbors who need a helping hand. The first day of kindergarten, our friends at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School (K-8) begin learning about tikkun olam (healing the world) and the importance of tzedakah. We recently had the pleasure of visiting the school to learn about some of the ways the students support our Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. … Continue reading Shauni’s Story
September 5, 2019
Betty was an 88-year-old Jewish widow who loved her community. She spent countless years volunteering for community causes and hosted many parties for her dear friends. Betty was thriving and living a joyous life at Covenant Place. She had her friends she played card games with and bragged about her grandchildren at nightly dinners. Her life felt fulfilled. A few years went by and, unfortunately, Betty started to feel not … Continue reading Betty’s Story
Katie’s Success Story with JF&CS
July 31, 2019
Katie and her stepmother first came to visit JF&CS last summer. When they entered the therapist’s office, the tension that had built up between them was visible: crossed arms, lack of eye contact, raised shoulders. It was clear that their relationship was in a difficult stage that they would need help navigating. Katie had been acting out in school and her family could not find the root of the problem. … Continue reading Katie’s Success Story with JF&CS
2019 Annual Report Now Published!
June 3, 2019
The 2019 Annual Report is now available to view or download. View 2019 JF&CS Annual Report (PDF)
Save the Date for our 2019 Gala
Please join us on November 10, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton for a Sinatra-inspired evening to benefit Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Thanks to the generous support of community members like you, we are able to provide vital community services to thousands of families, including child abuse prevention training, nutritious food, counseling, diagnostic testing, senior support, and more. Your purchase of a Gala ticket ensures we can continue meeting the … Continue reading Save the Date for our 2019 Gala
JF&CS welcomes Jill Belsky as new Board President for 2019-2021
March 27, 2019
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is pleased to welcome Jill Belsky as its board president for the 2019 – 2021 term. Jill has served on the JF&CS board for 9 years, including positions as Treasurer and Chair of Agency Services. Over the past year, she has been instrumental in launching a JF&CS brand refresh that is scheduled for completion in summer of 2019. In this role, she’ll be working … Continue reading JF&CS welcomes Jill Belsky as new Board President for 2019-2021
Starting conversations about the last thing we want to talk about
Rabbi Jessica Shafrin would like to start a conversation even if she knows that the topic of death isn’t one people are always eager to broach. That’s where the Conversation Project comes in. Over the past year, the Kol Rinah congregant has been hosting workshops around the community, including a recent one this month at Congregation Shaare Emeth, to get people thinking about the inevitable. Read the full article
Longtime JF&CS leader looks back on 30 years of service
March 4, 2019
Before L. Louis Albert and Jewish Family & Children’s Service opened a food pantry in 1991, he described it as a “pilot project to demonstrate the idea that it’s easy to provide direct assistance to Jewish families. We hope to maintain and expand the food pantry and make it permanent.” As Albert, 67, prepares to leave the organization, he spoke with the Jewish Lightabout his almost 30-year tenure and what he … Continue reading Longtime JF&CS leader looks back on 30 years of service
JF&CS launches financial support during federal shutdown
January 18, 2019
Jewish Family & Children’s Service is working to make emergency funding available for members of the St. Louis Jewish community who have been affected by the federal shutdown. “Due to the unexpected burden the government shutdown has placed on federal workers in the Jewish community, JF&CS will be working closely with the Jewish Federation to provide emergency assistance to those in need starting immediately,” JF&CS announced in a news release. … Continue reading JF&CS launches financial support during federal shutdown
Jewish Family & Children’s Service Welcomes New CEO Miriam Seidenfeld
December 27, 2018
JFCS Board of Directors has appointed Miriam Seidenfeld as Chief Executive Officer effective February 04, 2019
Letters to the editor: Dec. 12, 2018
December 17, 2018
JF&CS launches pilot program of ‘Conversation Project’. The Jewish Light’s Nov. 28 article “Having Dinner, Talking Death”(part of Editor Ellen Futterman’s News & Schmooze column) informs readers about the Conversation Project, a national initiative encouraging individuals to speak with their loved ones about their goals for end-of-life care. We are so pleased the Light is spreading the word about this critical issue, since the stigma surrounding these conversations leaves many families in the dark until it is … Continue reading Letters to the editor: Dec. 12, 2018
Jewish Federation women plan Hanukkah care packages, gift drive
December 3, 2018
Neighborhood children and area residents living in care facilities are getting uplifting boosts through gifts of good will during this Hanukkah season, thanks to Women’s Philanthropy members of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. This year, the Jewish Federation group is covering needs of both the elderly and young by hosting a personal care package project – especially for those who are homebound – as well as a Hanukkah Hugs … Continue reading Jewish Federation women plan Hanukkah care packages, gift drive
2018 Top Pantry Chef Cook Off
November 19, 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 Top Pantry Chef cook-off in support of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. Over 275 community members helped us celebrate on November 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. Thanks to their generous support, the pantry will be able to feed over 6,000 neighbors in need every month! We’re excited to announce that this year’s winner was: Chef … Continue reading 2018 Top Pantry Chef Cook Off
JF&CS gets $1.2 million anonymous donation
September 17, 2018
Jewish Family & Children’s Services recently received a $1.2 million donation from an anonymous supporter, according to the nonprofit organization. The donor gave the money as an unrestricted gift, meaning the organization can spread it among a number of different initiatives. Those include the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, counseling services, child abuse prevention, assistance for the elderly and chaplaincy. The money will go to the JF&CS endowment, and the … Continue reading JF&CS gets $1.2 million anonymous donation
Top Pantry Chef
August 7, 2018
Join us November 15, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. for a live cook-off event in support of our Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. The event will take place at Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, 1335 S Lindbergh Blvd, Frontenac, MO 63131
The opioid epidemic: A Jewish call for healing
August 6, 2018
We are in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic that, according to the CDC, is taking an average of 115 lives every day. There are 20.1 million Americans 12 or older who live with a substance use disorder, amounting to 1 person in 12 living with addiction, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A Pew Research Center study in 2017 noted nearly half of … Continue reading The opioid epidemic: A Jewish call for healing
JF&CS receives $20K grant for child abuse prevention
July 27, 2018
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 … Continue reading JF&CS receives $20K grant for child abuse prevention
JF&CS awarded $50k to support city seniors
July 12, 2018
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 … Continue reading JF&CS awarded $50k to support city seniors
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 … Continue reading New JF&CS program helps Jews with disabilities
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 … Continue reading JF&CS plans event on LGBT inclusion in St. Louis Jewish community
Event to explore Jewish perspective on Alzheimer’s
June 1, 2018
“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: … Continue reading Event to explore Jewish perspective on Alzheimer’s
JF&CS brings new education strategies to child abuse prevention programs
May 24, 2018
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 … Continue reading JF&CS brings new education strategies to child abuse prevention programs
Healthcare Access for Individuals with Disabilities
May 9, 2018
From the opioid epidemic to flu outbreaks, healthcare has been a top issue for 2018. Yet there’s one issue affecting 20% of Americans that has been largely left out of the conversation – healthcare access for individuals with disabilities.
Yiddish groups help keep language alive in St. Louis
May 7, 2018
…the Crown Center Yiddish Group and the Shaare Emeth Yiddish Club offer fun learning experiences. The Crown Center Yiddish Group has been meeting for more than 20 years. The group’s leader is Rabbi Neal Rose, who is also a staff chaplain at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Rose’s Yiddish education began at age 5 in New York.
The Magic of Making a Difference Gala
November 29, 2017
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 … Continue reading The Magic of Making a Difference Gala
CAPP and National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month
October 17, 2017
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, … Continue reading CAPP and National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month
JF&CS Susie’s Corner
March 15, 2017
A big THANK YOU to volunteer Susie Charak for donating “Susie’s Corner” in JF&CS Reception Room along with new carpeting for our young clients.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
February 10, 2017
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? Signed Inquiring Minds Dear Inquiring Minds – You and your friends will be happy to know … Continue reading HOW TO INCREASE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Seniors want to remain at home as they age
November 16, 2016
Most seniors, when asked, say they want to remain at home as they age…that starts by asking some tough questions. Read more in this month’s blog. Helping Mom and Dad Remain At Home
Ways To Give
May 23, 2016
We reach out to all in need, providing comprehensive human services, hope and a hand up.
LONGTIME JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE VOLUNTEER DEDICATES LOBBY
May 11, 2016
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 … Continue reading LONGTIME JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE VOLUNTEER DEDICATES LOBBY
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 11, 2016
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. JF&CS highlighted our Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) on the back cover of St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine!
AJFCS – Save The Date
March 7, 2016
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. … Continue reading AJFCS – Save The Date
10 Tips to Increase your Mental Health!
February 12, 2016
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 wonderedâ€¦..rather than focusing on mental illnessâ€¦.what if the media focused on mental health. That discussion led us to a questionâ€¦.are there really ways for a person to increase … Continue reading 10 Tips to Increase your Mental Health!
Chabad Student Association HKJFP Food Drive
January 18, 2016
We always appreciate it when families, schools, businesses and organizations conduct food drives for our Pantry. Students affiliated with Chabad on Campus, Rohr 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: â€œCelebrate the Season of Giving This Menorah display, constructed out of … Continue reading Chabad Student Association HKJFP Food Drive
Latest Video Post
December 16, 2015
Checkout this inspiring video featuring our Executive Director, Louis Albert which highlights the personal story of one of the clients in our financial assistance program. This video was featured at the Jewish Federation’s Women in Philanthropy’s recent Soul to Sole event. 650 women attended an elegant, fun, and inspiring event featuring Jane Weitzman, former CEO of Stuart Weitzman shoes, visionary leader, and philanthropist of Jewish causes. People were so moved … Continue reading Latest Video Post
Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy Hanukkah Gift Bags!
December 4, 2015
Our chaplains, Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael and Rabbi Tracy Nathan, prepare to deliver Hanukkah gift bags from Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy to 200 Jewish residents of skilled and assisted living facilities.
HKJFP Volunteers Migrating South for the Winter!
Some of our lucky food pantry volunteers are flying south for the winter! We are in need of short-term (winter) volunteers at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. We offer a variety of volunteer assignments requiring different amounts of time and we can be flexible in scheduling your hours. For more information, contact Chelsey at 314.513.1674 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Participate in online community survey.
November 20, 2015
Participate in an online survey for individuals and/or family members with disabilities. Inviting Individuals with disabilities and their family members to participate in an online community survey. â€œJewish Federation of St. Louis’ Inclusion Initiative has created an online community survey that focuses on topics around disabilities and inclusion in the St. Louis Jewish community. The goal of the survey is to collect data on areas of need as well as … Continue reading Participate in online community survey.
November 18, 2015
The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry Needs Volunteers!
What Can I Bring?
November 13, 2015
This Holiday season ask your guests to bring food items that will be donated to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry to help put food on the table of those less fortunate.
November 9, 2015
Try your luck to “Crack the Code” and win $100,000 for you and Jewish Family & Children’s Service. .
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Mark your calendar for Olivette’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trot! The 5k run will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. All proceeds will benefit the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
Children & Adolescent Counseling
October 16, 2015
We provide comprehensive and confidential counseling to help our clients who are experiencing distress in their lives.
Our programs for older adults encourage stability, self-sufficiency, a safe environment, physical and emotional support and activities that are vital to a meaningful life.
Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry
Providing food, personal care items and community resource referrals to help individuals and families through difficult times.
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 The FLOCK!! Course 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) … Continue reading 2nd Annual Turkey Trot
October 2, 2015
When the challenges of parenting affect the quality of your life, JF&CS counseling provides confidential and caring support.
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 email@example.com.
Help the Harvey Kornblum
September 29, 2015
HKJFP filled with fruits and vegetables that help feed 7,000 people (half of whom are children) every month.