2015-2016 SEASON WRAP UP!!!

2015-2016  SEASON WRAP UP!!! 

Another “season” in our wonderful valley has come to an end. It’s truly hard to believe that summer is  here and JFS is already gearing up for next year! Our programs are thriving  and our clients are thankful! 

A brief recap of  2015-2016 happenings will show you why JFS is such an outstanding organization! 

  • JFS Auxiliary Event “Thedore Bikel-In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem” 
  • JFS Moved to New Office Location
  • Patron Party at the home of Dr. Tim Jochen and Lee Erwin
  • Hanukkah, Purim and  Passover celebrations with Cafe Europa members and their families 
  • Let’s Do Lunch senior socialization program expansion to 5 sites
  • JFS Legacy Fund launched to insure future of JFS  programs
  • Jewish Federation of the Desert provides support for next year’s programs
  • Multi-year grants from Desert Healthcare District & Weingart Foundation
  • JFS Peaceful Families Initiative for the Prevention of Domestic Violence made possible through the generosity of the Fogelson Foundation
  • Senior Care Management Collaborative launched and chaired by JFS in conjunction with Clinton Health Matters to address critical emergency financial needs of seniors
  • Annual Awards dinner honoring Patrons, Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers
  • Michael Childers Incomparable One Night Only!
  • Camp scholarships awarded to local youth
  • JFS  awarded a Kovod Award by AFJCA for our television commercial 
 JFS provided over $25,000 in direct emergency assistance so far this year due to the generosity of our grant funders and donors and project another $3,000 before  the end of the summer. 
We will also provide close to $20,000 in free mental health treatment by the end of the fiscal year, as well as countless free hours of senior case management, Shabbat in a Bag , Let’s Do Lunch senior socialization program and, of course all our wonderful school programs! 

We thank you, our donors, so very, very much  for the support and generosity that has allowed us to touch the lives of nearly 4,000  people this year.  YOU ARE AMAZING!

 We so look forward to the return of our wonderful snowbirds in the fall. For those of you who reside in our lovely Valley year round, we will continue to work with you to repair the world throughout the summer…Tikkun Olam!

 Enjoy a wonderful, relaxing summer season!

 Warmest wishes,

Maureen Forman, Executive Director 

 ONO16 Cast
One Night Only” Cast, Director and Co-Chairs
Director Lucie Arnaz (left 2nd row)
(front row beginning second from left)
Co-Chair Terri Ketover; Honorary Chairs Annette Bloch,
Helene Galen, Barbara Keller, Harold Matzner and
Co-Chair Barbara Fromm.
Honorary and Event Co-Chairs
(left to right) Helene Galen, Terri Ketover, Barbara Fromm, Producer Michael Childers,Barbara Keller, Annette Bloch,Harold Matzner and JFS Executive Director Maureen Forman.

(photo courtesy of Lani Garfield)

The McCallum Theatre was the place to be on Wednesday, April 20, 2016!
Michael Childers production of “One Night Only-Sondheim in Love”  was once again a sensational success! Those who attended the performance were treated to a wonderful selection of the best of Sondheim performed by a spectacular cast including Christine Andreas, Brent Barrett, Liz Callaway, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Childers, Nancy Dussault, Davis Gaines, Jason Graae, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Clint Holmes, Barb Jungr, Millicent Martin, Marilyn Maye, Howard McGillin, Julia Murney,Teri Ralston, Lee Roy Reams, James Snyder and Karen Ziemba.
This was the ninth production of “One Night Only” benefiting JFS!  Many thanks to the incomparable Michael Childers, sensational Director Lucie Arnaz, outstanding Executive Producer Ken Katz and to all the fantastic production crew for making  “One Night Only” another spectacular event!
JFS would also like to extend our deepest thanks to all of our generous “One Night Only”
sponsors: Platinum Sponsors-Annette Bloch, Eisenhower Medical Center, Helene Galen, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Harold Matzner and Wells Fargo; Private Cast Party Sponsor-
Helene Galen; Angel Sponsors- Nina & Bob Wernick,Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Union Bank; Gold Sponsors- Barbara Arnstein and the late Tim Arnstein, Joyce & Henry Freund, Wendy & Robert Goodfriend, Shelli Goodman & Bernie Plack, James R. Houston, Dorothy & Melvyn Lefkowitz, Donna MacMillan, Elaine & Jerry Morgan, Bobbi & Mike Resmo, Contour Dermatology, jetBlue and Palm Springs Life;
Silver Sponsors-Coachella Valley Wellness Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation/
Patty & Arthur Newman. We would also like to thank our Producer and Director Sponsors.
A special thanks to our wonderful Honorary Co-Chairs Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, Barbara
Keller and Harold Matzner and Event Co-Chairs Barbara Fromm and Terri Ketover.

Stay tuned to hear what Michael Childers has plannned for “One Night Only” 2017! Can’t wait!!!

(left to right-Dean Forman; JFS Executive Director Maureen Forman; Bernie Fromm; incoming JFS Board President Barbara Fromm)
JFS Staff
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Outstanding Patron Award

Jerry & Georgia Fogelson
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Vi Felix Awarded to Sandy Seplow

JFS Board Vice President pictured with Susan Walpert

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Donna Stone Award Outstanding JFS Staff Member 

(left to right-Maureen Forman, JFS Executive Director presented award to Lisa Schmid,
JFS Senior Care Manager & Helen Lowell,  JFS Senior Care Manager)
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Outstanding Volunteer Award

JFS Volunteers of the Year – Sheila Barron & Burte Owens
(left to right-Kraig Johnson, JFS Community Programs Coordinator; Shelia Barron and Burte Owens)
(photos courtesy of Mari Abril)
The JFS Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation was held at Spencer’s Restaurant to honor Patrons, Board Members, Staff and Volunteers and to install new JFS Board Officers and Board Members.
Carol Fragen, outgoing JFS Board President welcomed the guests and thanked everyone for their dedication and support of JFS during her term as Board President. Carol especially thanked JFS Executive Director, Maureen Forman, for being an outstanding Executive Director and guiding the agency in the move to a new and larger office in December 2015. She also thanked Board Members ending their term including Betty Callies, Doug Donenfeld, Joy Kravitz, Bertel Lewis and Mike Stafford.
Carol installed incoming JFS Board Officers: Sandy Seplow-Vice President; Aviva Snow-Vice President; Barry Kaufman-Treasurer; Ed Gubman-Assistant Treasurer and Joyce Wolff-Secretary and new JFS Board Members Jerry Fogelson, Margo Halperin, Cathy Molever and Peter Rittenhouse.
Carol welcomed Barbara Fromm as incoming Board President. Barbara was sworn into office by Judy Wallis, Past President. Barbara welcomed the new officers and board members and looks forward to working with the extraordinary Board of Directors and professional JFS staff.
Awards were presented to Jerry & Georgia Folgelson-Outstanding Patrons Award; Sandy Seplow -Vi Felix Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to JFS; Helen Lowell & Lisa Schmid- Donna Stone Award for Outstanding Staff Members; Sheila Barron and
Burte Owens-Outstanding Volunteer Award; and a special award was presented to
Carol Fragen, outgoing JFS Board President in recognition of her outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to JFS.
Congratulations to our Board of Directors and Award Honorees!

The JFS Campership Committee met to review a number of worthy summer camp applications for Jewish youth interested in attending summer camp.
Eleven children (ages 8-16) were awarded scholarships to attend three Jewish overnight camp. Ten children from the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City were also awarded camp scholarships to attend Pathfinder Camp.
Families have been notified of the committee’s decision and their children are counting down the days to head off to summer camp!
Each year JFS provides camp scholarships to valley children in need as well as scholarships dedicated to Jewish youth ages 8-16 to attend overnight camp. The camp experience helps build self-confidence, personal independence and allows children to make new, often lifelong friendships. Jewish camp helps children develop a better understanding of their Jewish heritage and traditions while creating long-lasting memories and having fun.
Many thanks to all of our generous donors who support the JFS Camp Scholarship program and to our dedicated JFS Camp Scholarship Committee members.
Applications for 2017 summer camps will be available in December.

If you would like more information regarding a camp application or would like to donate to the JFS Camp Scholarship Program, please contact Kraig Johnson, JFS Community Programs Coordinator-(760) 325-4088 ext.101.

    The JFS Legacy Fund provides individuals and families the opportunity to invest in the future of JFS, leave a lasting legacy and ensure that vital community programs provided by JFS are in place for generations to come!
    JFS offers a variety of giving plans that incorporate long term financial, tax, estate planning and charitable goals while providing support for those most in need in our community. A legacy gift can support a specific JFS program such as mental health, children and families, seniors or directed to where there is greatest need.
    JFS is excited to commend and celebrate
Jerry & Elaine Morgan and Carol Cornell as JFS Legacy Leaders for their visionary leadership in improving the lives of others through their legacy gift.
    Stay tuned for more exciting news in the fall regarding a generous matching pledge!
      If you are interested in learning more about the JFS Legacy Fund, please contact Judy Kaye-Cresssman, JFS Director of Development,

(760) 325-4088 ext. 107

JFS Awarded Kovod Award AFJCA Annual Conference!


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At the 44th Annual Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AFJCA) Conference held in San Diego, JFS was awarded a 1st Place Kovod Award for best agency video of agencies of our size.
Please follow the link below to see our award winning Public Service Announcement!

(left to right-Lee Sherman-AFJCA President/CEO; Judy Kaye-Cressman-JFS Development Director; Kraig Johnson, JFS Community Programs Coordinator; Larry Reader-AFJCA Board Chair)