A Teal Pumpkin Safety Pledge

Most kids count down the days till they go trick or treating on Halloween. However, for kids like Jared T, who have food allergies, “Halloween can be a very hard time.” Many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. For his Pledge 13 project, Jared wanted to do something “to help other kids with food allergies. …

Hannukah Helpers and Family Mitzvah Team Up to Brighten The Holidays for Clients

For the past 20 years, JFCS has partnered with the Women of Temple Shalom (WOTS) to ensure that vulnerable Jewish children in the Louisville area will have a happy Hanukkah.  This year Hannukah Helpers will provide clothing and other essential items to 24 boys and girls.  Community members are asked to participate in this annual mitzvah project by picking up …

Retiring Executive Director Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) celebrated the winners of their 2018 Pyramid Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award on October 9, 2018. Retiring JFCS Executive Director Judy Freundlich Tiell was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, for a lifetime of service that has benefited the nonprofit sector. Watch this video about Judy’s story:

Career Exploration is Key for Teens

Many teens think that by the time they leave high school, they ought to know what they’re going to do “when they grow up.” Of course, recent trends show that Gen Z  students are very career minded and are more likely to explore entrepreneurial paths compared to other generations. However, most will still have one, two, or even three careers …

How did one man discover the theory of relativity on his own? Maybe he didn’t.

You are invited to hear from Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein.  “In her compelling novel, Benedict makes a strong case that the brilliant woman behind Albert Einstein was integral to his success, and creates a rich historical portrait in the process.” – Publishers Weekly This fascinating slice of forgotten history illuminates how Einstein kept his brilliant wife in the …

Team Member Tuesday: Meet Elizabeth Tully

Elizabeth Tully, MSSW, LCSW, has worked at JFCS for a little over a year as a counselor. When asked why she chose to work at JFCS, Elizabeth praised its “culture and values.” She describes “career’ as “doing what I love to do and sharing that passion and enthusiasm with others.” She describes herself as compassionate, trustworthy, and curious, which makes her …

JFCS Executive Director to Retire in December

The Tiell era at Jewish Family & Career Services will come to an end in December when Executive Director Judy Freundlich Tiell will retire. “I joined the staff in 1979 and had been a part of the management team for many years,” comments Judy. In 2004, when the Executive Director’s position opened up, her husband, Bob Tiell, former head of …

Team Member Tuesday: Meet Aaron Guffey

When one thinks of a human service counselor, what do you see? For many, the first thing that comes to mind is a woman, usually 30-50ish, soft-spoken, even-tempered, a trusted advisor. Aaron Guffey goes against that typecast.  He is a young, friendly man with a booming voice and a hearty laugh. Originally involved with occupational therapy, he was hired by …

JFCS Engages Young Professional Volunteers Through VIALou

  VIALou (Volunteers in Action-Louisville) is the Young Professionals Volunteer Corps of Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) for ages 21-40. Started in January 2017, the group’s mission is to engage, unite and inspire young professionals through community service. Olga Itkin, a founding member, recently shared, “I’m proud to be a member of VIALou. We choose monthly projects that are …