Seasons Newsletter – October 2014

October 2014






JFCS serves the whole community, but in order to serve, we have to reach the whole community.

You can help us. Simply go to our Facebook Page and click the LIKE button. Once you do that, please post a request on your Facebook page to have your friends like us as well. You never know who might need family counseling, career help or caregiving assistance. Knowing about our services may be all anyone needs to help make changes in their lives. We are here to help.




 Soldier’s Retreat

Papercone Corporation President & CEO Brooks Bower, and his wife, Marilyn, hosted a gathering on October 19 to celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the MOSAIC Awards. The Bower’s home is Soldier’s Retreat, a private historic home and museum on Seaton Springs Parkway, which was totally renovated in 1997. Attendees included sponsors, past honorees and JFCS board members, who were thanked for their continued support.

     Marilyn and Brooks Bower in front of Soldier’s Retreat



Deadline Extended for MOSAIC Nominations 


Nominations are now open for our MOSAIC Awards, which symbolize Multicultural Opportunities for Success and Achievement In our Community. The deadline has been extended to
November 10.
If you know a new or first-generation immigrant or refugee who is making a significant contribution in his or her profession and in our community, please submit a nomination. We have a convenient online submission form available.


For more information, or if you would like to sponsor the 2015 MOSAIC Awards, please contact Beverly Bromley at (502) 452-6341 ext. 223 or [email protected].


sepia_stacked_hands.jpgVolunteers Needed
Offer A Helping Hand
  • Assemble Thanksgiving baskets Thursday, November 20
  • Change clocks for seniors in their homes Sunday, November 2 for Daylight Savings Time
  • Transport Hanukkah gifts from Temple Shalom to JFCS Sunday, December 14 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the opportunities listed, please contact Kim Toebbe at (502) 452-6341 ext. 103 or[email protected].

Career and Education Services

Businessman looking at newspaperEmployment Search Jumpstart Workshop
Begins November 10

JFCS has teamed with Interview League to offer this four week workshop on Monday evenings for all job seekers – whether unemployed, underemployed or currently employed – who need a quick, effective upgrade or acceleration of their employment search.


The workshop will be held Mondays at JFCS from 6 to 8:00 p.m.There is a one-time materials fee of $10 for the entire workshop cycle. Contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222, or register online.

JFCS LogoACT Preparation Workshop
Begins November 17

High school juniors and seniors preparing for the ACT can benefit from our ACT Preparation Workshop. This eight-part course provides strategies to improve scores, reduces test anxiety and familiarizes students with testing conditions. Classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at JFCS.

The fee of $170 covers all class sessions and two latest edition ACT preparation workbooks. Contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222, or register online.

Family Services

Hanukkah Helpers

Hanukkah Helpers is a program sponsored by Temple Shalom and JFCS which helps Jewish families enjoy all the fruits of Hanukkah, including gifts, menorahs and candles, decorations, groceries and more. Many community members take one or more paper dreidels from the big wooden menorah at Temple Shalom, which have the child’s age, sizes and items needed. Armed with this information, people shop and then turn in gifts by December 6 to Temple Shalom.


Driedels will be available for pick up beginning November 3 at Temple Shalom as well as JFCS.
Contact Naomi Malka at (502) 452-6341 ext. 249 for more information.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Adding to Your Discipline Toolbox
Join George Humlong, Director of the Resource Parent Training Program at the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center, as he provides resources on how to better raise your grandchildren. The program will be held November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided as part of this program so please contact
Jo Ann Kalb, at (502) 452-6341 ext. 335 or [email protected] to reserve your seat.

Carole & Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah Hanukkah Partyholding-menorah.jpg
Save The Date!  
Sunday, December 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Features music, dancing, crafts and snacks
Please contact Kim Toebbe, at (502) 452-6341 ext. 103 or [email protected] for more information.

Passport Around Louisville Service
PALS is an easy-to-use, affordable program that helps senior adults maintain their independence by providing transportation services to activities such as:
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Medical Appointments
  • Personal Appointments
  • Volunteer Activities
  • And Many More!

PALS operates Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost:$8 one-way; $15 round trips*

All PALS fees cover rides within a 25-mile radius. For every 10 miles over 25, there is a $5 surcharge.

*Additional charge for escorted services.

Contact Naomi Malka PALS Program Coordinator, at (502) 452-6341 ext. 249 or[email protected] for information about the program.
To schedule a ride, contact Megan Haggard at (502) 452-6341 ext. 321 or[email protected]

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Support Groups

Addiction Support

24 Hr Recovery Line

“She never mentions the word addiction in certain company.”

 – from the song She Talks to Angels by The Black Crowes

It takes a lot of work to hide a secret. Whether the problem is alcohol, food, drugs, gambling, sex or pornography, the Jewish community is not immune. The myth that Jewish individuals and families are exempt from such human conditions is dangerous, causing some in our own community to suffer in isolation. Such addictions are devastating for Jews, just as they are for anyone dealing with the powerlessness over any substance or obsession.

We believe we can help.

Recovery is available to everyone.

JFCS maintains a 24 hour phone line for people to call up with questions on addictions or concerns about themselves or family members. It is answered by a Jew who is in recovery and all phone calls will be kept confidential. Please call or text 502-727-9287. It could be your first step to recovery.

JFCS offers a variety of free support groups. Learn about community resources and bring balance to your life. All meetings are held at the JFCS Louis & Lee Roth Family Center unless specified.

Adult Children of Aging Parents

Fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

Contact Mauri Malka, ext. 250.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Second Friday of the month, 2 p.m.

Contact Kim Toebbe, ext. 103.

Caregiver Support Group

First Tuesday of the month, 4 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd.

Contact Connie Austin, ext. 305, or Naomi Malka, ext. 249.

Diabetes Support Group

Third Monday of the month, 1 p.m.

Contact Lauren McGrath

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups

Third Monday of the month

12:45 p.m. at JFCS

Second Monday of the month

6 p.m. at JFCS beginning October 13

Third Wednesday of the month

10 a.m. at Kenwood Elementary

Family Resource Center

7420 Justan Ave.

Contact Jo Ann Kalb, ext. 335.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group

Second Thursday of the Month, 1 p.m.

Contact Connie Austin, ext. 305.

Support groups are facilitated by JFCS and funded by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging through the Older Americans Act and the Cabinet for Health Services.


JFCS Membership Campaign Underway
If you haven’t already done so, please send in your membership contribution today. You can go to our website to make an online contribution. Thank you for your support.


JFCS Food Pantry Needs

This month, we are in special need of the following items:
Instant potatoes
Canned yams or sweet potatoes
Turkey gravy
Toilet paper
All donated items must be in the original packaging. We are only able to accept food items within their noted expiration dates.
Monetary gifts may be made to the Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund. If you have questions, please Contact Kim Toebbe at 452-6341, ext. 103.
Thank you for your generosity!
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