Seasons Newsletter – April 2014

Keep Up With JFCS – Calendar of Events

April 21 – Passover – JFCS closed

April 22 – Passover – JFCS closed

April 28 – Employment Search Jumpstart begins

May 6 – Give Local Louisville

May 12 – ACT Preparation Workshop begins

May 15 – Launching Your Career Boot Camp

May 18 – Tzedakah Fair with PJ Library

May 22 – MOSAIC Awards

May 27 – JFCS Annual Meeting

June 9 – Launching Your Career workshop begins

MOSAIC Honorees Announced at Mayor’s Press Conference


On Tuesday, April 8, Mayor Greg Fischer and his wife, Dr. Alex Gerassimides, the honorary chairs of this year’s MOSAIC Awards, introduced the five honorees to a crowd in the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall. Three of the five honorees attended, as well as 12 past honorees. Louis Waterman and Jeff Polson represented the event’s title sponsor, the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.


Make plans now to attend this year’s MOSAIC Awards on Thursday, May 22 at Louisville Marriott Downtown. This event recognizes international Americans who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the greater community.


The 2014 honorees are Dr. Muhammad Babar (Pakistan), Dr. Johanna van Wijk Bos (The Netherlands), Marta Miranda (Cuba), Bruce Simpson (Scotland) and Joseph Twagilimana (Rwanda).


The reception and microbusiness showcase begin at 5 p.m., with dinner and the program following at 6:30. Tickets are $125 per person. Contact Beverly Bromley at 452-6341, ext. 223, to make reservations or learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Give Local on May 6


Join JFCS on May 6 for “Give Local Louisville.” This is an online-only event, so you can participate regardless of where you are. For one day only, donations made through the Give Local Louisville website will be eligible for matching funds from local and national sponsors.


You can take advantage of this opportunity to increase your impact within our community simply by giving at the right time. The 24-hour giving window runs from midnight to midnight, so be sure to visit on Tuesday, May 6, to make your contribution.


This online initiative is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Louisville as a way for local nonprofit organizations to amplify their fundraising efforts. Your gift will benefit the charity of your choice. Thank you for choosing JFCS!


Click here to participate!


Don’t forget to invite your family, friends, coworkers and employers to make Give Local Louisville a huge success for us!


If you have a fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, contact Beverly Bromley to learn how grants can be added to our total raised on May 6.

JFCS Can Help Launch Your Career


JFCS will offer a FREE workshop to help recent and upcoming college graduates to transition from academic life to the working world. The “Launching Your Career” workshop will be held in two different formats, so participants can choose the option that fits their schedules.


0414-NL-LYCOne-Day Intensive Boot Camp

Thursday, May 15

3 to 8 p.m.


Five-Week Traditional Course

Monday nights, June 9 to July 7

6 to 8 p.m.


Topics will include planning for the future, networking, personal branding, job search tools, interview techniques and more.


Everyone who completes the course will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor working in his or her field. They will also be eligible for a free resume audit with a JFCS career counselor.


This program is funded by a grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Dinner is included with all workshop sessions. Registration is free; space is limited, so contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222, to reserve a seat.

Ace the Test with ACT Prep


0414-NL-ACTFor high school juniors, college entrance exams can bring a lot of stress. Test preparation workshops help reduce anxiety by helping students to become comfortable with the testing format and by providing strategies to improve their scores.


The next ACT Preparation Workshop at JFCS is scheduled from May 12 through June 10. Sessions are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.


The fee of $170 includes two current ACT preparation textbooks. This workshop is limited to 20 students. To register, contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222.

Improve Your Job Search with JFCS


If you have tried to find a new job recently, you know how difficult it is to make an impression among the hundreds of other applicants. JFCS can help you improve your resume, brush up your interview skills, and take your job search to new heights.


Two low-cost workshops are available to address these concerns and others that can help you land the job of your dreams. A one-time fee of only $10 will cover the cost of the workshop that fits your schedule.


0414-NL-JSRGEmployment Search Jumpstart

Monday evenings, 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

April 28 to May 19

Contact Janet Poole, 452-6341, ext. 222


Job Seekers Resource Group

Monday mornings, 10:30 a.m. to noon

June 2 to July 7

Contact Andrea Brown, 452-6341, ext. 334

JFCS Annual Meeting  

You are invited to attend the 106th Annual Meeting at JFCS on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. Join us for the election of new board members and the recognition of award winners and volunteers. Dessert and coffee will be served.


The meeting is free and open to the public. Please call 452-6341 to reserve your seat.


Learn About Tzedakah with JFCS and PJ Library


Come to JFCS on Sunday, May 18, for a fun afternoon of reading and crafts at the second annual Tzedakah Fair. Pizza will be provided, and admission costs only $5 plus one canned or non-perishable item for the JFCS Food Pantry.


Children who participate will be “paid” for creating bookmarks, picture frames reusable bags and packages for soldiers. Their “earnings” will be donated at the end of the day.


This event is sponsored by the Carole and Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah Program at JFCS and the PJ Library. Contact Jennifer Tuvlin to register at 238-2719.

0414-NL-RBPCAre You Ready for the Challenge? 


Join JFCS and the Jewish Community Center at The Standard Club on Monday, June 23, for a fun-filled day of golf, tennis, bridge, canasta and mahjong.


This annual challenge has some new features for its eleventh year, including an instructional clinic with Nick Barth and a tournament for mahjong players. Call JFCS to register your pair or foursome today.


Golf Tournament

Player Check-In – 10:30 a.m.

Driving Range Open – 11 a.m.

Golf Clinic – 11 a.m.

Lunch – noon

Shotgun Start – 12:30 p.m.

Dinner – 6 p.m.

Awards – 7 p.m.

$275 per player. Contact Kathryn Bentley to register


Tennis Tournament

Player Check-In – 9 a.m.

Tournament Begins – 9:30 a.m.

Lunch – 12:30 p.m.

$60 per player. Contact Kathryn Bentley to register


Canasta, Bridge and Mahjong

Tournaments begin – 1 p.m.

Tournaments end – 5 p.m.

$25 per player. Contact Beverly Bromley to register.

Food Pantry Challenge Ends April 30


0414-NL-PantryIt is not too late to help the JFCS Food Pantry benefit from the Feinstein Challenge. The Challenge, which ends on April 30, provides matching funds based on contributions during the months of March and April.


Current Food Pantry needs include:

  • One-pound bags of rice
  • Canned fruit
  • Cold cereal
  • Toilet paper
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Coffee
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste


All food items must be in the original packaging. We are only able to accept items within their noted expiration dates. Monetary gifts may be made to the Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.

Take a Stand to Prevent Child Abuse


0414-NL-FaceItOn April 9, JFCS staffers took their stand at the Rally to End Child Abuse. The event, held at the Big Four Bridge, was organized by Family & Children’s Place and Face It as the kick-off to Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Jennifer Long and Helen Hord joined in the rally with Face It partners and community members. The culmination of the event was a walk across the bridge in honor of children who have been abused.


Click here to learn more about what you can do to prevent child abuse.

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