Seasons Newsletter – March 2014

Keep Up With JFCS – Calendar of Events

March 23 – J-Serve Kid’s Carnival
March 24 – Job Seekers Resource Group begins
March 26 – Smooth Sailing with BNI
March 31 & April 1 – LinkedIn Workshop
April 1 – Internship Applications Due
April 15 & 16 – Passover – JFCS Closed
April 21 & 22 – Passover – JFCS Closed
May 15 – Launching Your Career Boot Camp
May 18 – Family Mitzvah with PJ Library
May 22 – MOSAIC Awards


J-Serve Kid’s Carnival Benefits JFCS Food Pantry

J-Serve will host a Kid’s Carnival for children in grades K – 5 on Sunday, March 23. The event will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the JCC, 3600 Dutchmans Lane. Admission is free with a donation to the JFCS Food Pantry.

Activities include a bounce house, obstacle course, basketball, face painting, ring toss, fortune telling, games and a candy walk.

The Carnival is a project of J-Serve, the international day of Jewish teen service. The Carnival is funded by J-Serve and staffed by volunteers from grades 6 – 12.


Enhance Your Job Search with JFCS

Regardless of your career goals, JFCS can help you improve your job search with Job Seekers Resource Group. This group meets weekly for six weeks to explore job search strategies and skills including resume development, networking, interviews and more.

The next session of Job Seekers Resource Group begins on Monday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A one-time materials fee of $10 covers the entire six-week workshop cycle. Contact Andrea Brown at (502) 452-6341, ext. 334.


BNI Offers “Smooth Sailing” at JFCS

Business Networking International will host “Smooth Sailing” at JFCS on Wednesday, March 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

This symposium can help you make smart decisions for the next chapter of your life. Topics will include healthcare, money management, real estate, careers and personal health. The program features Ken Schulz (Humana MarketPOINT consultant and former WHAS meteorologist) as the keynote speaker. Refreshments are included.

Tickets are $15/person and $25/couple in advance, or $20/person and $30/couple on the day of the event. To register, contact Janet Poole at (502) 452-6341, ext. 222.


Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

If you are not using LinkedIn, you could miss out on employment opportunities. LinkedIn is the fastest-growing virtual business network in the world, and JFCS can help you utilize it to your best advantage.

Our two-part LinkedIn Workshop will be held on March 31 and April 1. Both sessions will last from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

You will learn why LinkedIn is important to your job search and how employers use it. Best of all, you will walk away with your own profile, complete with a professional photo.

A fee of $20 covers both sessions of the workshop. Contact Janet Poole to register, (502) 452-6341, ext. 222.


Internship Applications Are Due April 1

Paid summer internships are available at JFCS, the Jewish Community of Louisville, and the Jewish Community Center. Interns within this program will have opportunities to meet key community leaders and other professionals for career-related activities.

The positions will be active full-time for nine weeks, from June 2 to August 1. For more details, visit our website or contact Ellen Shapira at (502) 452-6341, ext. 225.


Transition from B.A. to Payday with Launching Your Career Program

In the late spring and early summer, JFCS will offer a free program for college students and recent graduates to help transition from academic life to the working world.

Launching Your Career will be offered as a one-day Boot Camp (May 15) as well as a five-week workshop (June 9 – July 7).

This free program is sponsored by a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Contact Ellen Shapira at (502) 452-6341, ext. 225, for more information.


A Salute to International Americans
May 22, 2014

The MOSAIC Awards is the signature fundraising event for JFCS. It is the only event in the region that recognizes immigrants and refugees who have made significant contributions in their professional fields and in our local/global community. Mayor Greg Fischer and his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, believe that this event is so important for the community that they have stepped up to be the honorary chairs this year.

If you are a business owner or a corporate decision maker, we would appreciate your consideration of joining us as an event sponsor. Sponsorships are $1,500 – $10,000; the higher the level, the more recognition your business receives. Please contact Beverly Bromley at (502) 452-6341 to reserve your table.

This year’s honorees are:

Dr. Muhammad Babar – Pakistan
Medical director of Oaklawn and Jefferson Place nursing homes and active in interfaith activities

Dr. Johanna van Wijk Bos – The Netherlands
Theologian at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and feminist activist and advocate of social justice

Marta Miranda – Cuba
President and CEO of the Center for Women and Families

Bruce Simpson – Scotland
Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet

Joseph Twagilimana – Rwanda
Data Mining Analyst with Wellpoint, Inc., and volunteer activist in the African refugee community

New Location

The venue for the 2014 MOSAIC Awards has changed. This year’s event will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown at 280 West Jefferson Street.

Family Tributes

If you would like to honor your ancestors with a Family Tribute, contact Beverly Bromley for more information.


Mark your calendars for Monday, June 23, when the Republic Bank Players Challenge will take place at the Standard Club, benefitting JFCS and the JCC.

Golf, Tennis, Bridge and Canasta Tournaments
Bourbon Tasting • Silent Auction • Awards Dinner

A favorite activity at this event is the Silent Auction. Can you help us make this auction the best ever? WE NEED AUCTION ITEMS VALUED AT $100 OR MORE.

Favorite items:

• A 4-7 day vacation at a condo in Florida, a chalet in Colorado or a lakefront cottage
Do you have one and are willing to donate its usage when you are not there?
• Golf outings at exclusive courses
• Airline mileage or travel packages
• Use of a corporate box at the YUM! Center, Slugger Field or Churchill Downs
• Fine dining
• Arts/Concert events
• Sports equipment
• One-of-a-kind experience
• Chef-cooked dinner at your home

Please contact Beverly Bromley at (502) 452-6341, ext. 223, if you wish to make a donation.


Take the Feinstein Challenge with the JFCS Food Pantry

Thanks to a generous matching grant from Alan Shawn Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation, JFCS is eligible to receive matching funds for Food Pantry donations received throughout March and April. Please mark your donations with “Feinstein Challenge” to help us qualify for these additional funds.

Current Food Pantry needs include:

• Chunky soups
• Ramen noodles
• Canned tuna
• Cookies
• Toothpaste and toothbrushes
• Toilet paper
• One-pound bags of rice
• Canned fruit
• Cold cereal
• Toilet paper

For the upcoming holy days, we also need items that are Kosher for Passover:

• Gefilte fish
• Matzo
• Matzo meal
• Matzo ball soup mix
• Macaroons

Donated food must be in original packaging and within its expiration date. Grocery gift cards and monetary contributions may be made to the JFCS Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.


Face It® Partners Sponsor Spring Events

April is Child Abuse and Neglect Month, and two of our Face It® partners are helping to end child abuse with events to raise awareness in Kentuckiana.

Family and Children’s Place will sponsor a Rally to End Child Abuse on Tuesday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Big Four Bridge.

Exploited Children’s Help Organization will hold its Pig Out for Prevention at Shack in the Back BBQ in Fairdale, KY, on Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Both of these events are a great way to show your support for these partners who uphold the Face It® mission to end child abuse in our community by 2023.

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