JFCS- Food Pantry

Get to know the JFCS Food Pantry

According to HealthyLouisvilleMetro.org, 16.1% of Jefferson County citizens are food insecure. Because Louisville is not a big city like New York or L.A., it is less common to see hungry people on a daily basis. Sonny and Janet Meyer, the directors of the Herman Meyer & Son Inc. Funeral Home, were concerned about those who go hungry in Louisville and …

Team Member Tuesday: Kim Toebbe

Kim Toebbe never meets a stranger, which is the perfect characteristic for a volunteer recruiter and coordinator for JFCS.  Kim had been the activities director at Four Courts, which gave her great insights into the Jewish community and many of the families whose parents/grandparents resided there. Kim seemed to be the natural fit for the JFCS Volunteer Coordinator when the …

Volunteer Spotlight: Sophie Snyder

JFCS’s Marjorie and Robert Kohn Pledge 13 program is an excellent way for young students studying for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah to give back to their community by volunteering. As they are studying to become Jewish adults, and what it means to be a Jewish adult, they are learning through real-world experience. A large part of being a Jewish adult …

Volunteer Spotlight: Henry Strull

A student who volunteers over summer vacation, while remarkable and generous, is rare. Henry Strull, a rising senior at IU Bloomington, has fortunately taken up the mantle. After studying abroad in Prague this past semester, enjoying tasty pastries and scenery, and learning about the Prague itself, Henry came back to Louisville and immediately began volunteering. First, he volunteered for two …

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Kling, Sophia Goldberg, and the Meeron family

The Carole & Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah program hosts fun, inter-generational events scheduled throughout the year around Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Hanukkah. The program is a great way to teach children of all ages about the importance of performing mitzvot. This week, we are highlighting the brilliant efforts of our Family Mitzvah volunteers; Julie Kling, Sophia Goldberg, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Evelyn Figa

  The Doris L. & Theodore B. Meyers JFCS Shabbos Friends program provides a monthly Shabbat celebration with Jewish seniors living in local assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Volunteers visit and spend time with the Jewish residents, share holiday memories, and saying the traditional Sabbath prayers. This week as part of Volunteer Appreciation Month we are highlighting one of our …

PALS is more than just transportation

Written by Aaron Guffey,  Administrative Assistant,  Klein Older Adult Services at JFCS Going out on Passport Around Louisville Service (PALS) rides has quickly become one of the highlights of my week. Not only do I get to help people stay independent in their homes but I get to do one of my favorite things, hear people’s stories and share mine …

Doris L. & Theodore B. Meyers JFCS Shabbos Friends program brings the joy of Shabbat to Jewish seniors

Written by Susan Sobel, Shabbos Friends program Volunteer My connection to Shabbos Friends at Treyton Oak Towers (TOT) is personal. My mother, Sybil Parnes, moved from Princeton, NJ, and lived there independently from 2010-2015. On the third Friday of the month, my mother would corral the Jewish residents for the gathering of Shabbos Friends. She was a community builder and …