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The Joy Project: Amy, Judy, + Dasi

April 23, 2019
Amy Brent invited Lindsay Leder, our Senior Director of Community Engagement, and myself to her home for gefilte fish day. As Pesach approaches each year, Amy, her mother, Judy, and her mother-in-law, Dasi, prepare for the holiday by making their homemade fish to serve at Amy’s seder. Lindsay and I could hear all the chatting […]

Volunteer of the Year: Renee Unger

April 22, 2019
If you spend enough time in the Development Suite, you’re bound to hear Renee’s name. People here are constantly mentioning her presence and contributions, as well as, her fun personality. Renee is a volunteer extraordinaire: she has cleaned yards during Fall Fix Up, delivered Thanksgiving boxes, was a Friendly Visitor to homebound adults, and adopted […]

The Joy Project: Nicole + Sylvia

April 17, 2019
For Nicole Bopp, and her mom, Sylvia Nelson, pretty much every day is a holiday. Sylvia, an only child, born in Nebraska and who converted to Judaism as an adult, promised her parents she would continue to celebrate all the holidays she was raised with. Her now grown children have continued to do the same. […]

Volunteer Appreciation Month: Marcia Persin + Richard Teets

April 16, 2019
Jewish Family Service assists all community members interested in accessing health insurance. Since 2013, our team of certified health care navigators has responded to more than 18,000 requests for assistance in exploring and purchasing insurance on the health care marketplace through the Affordable Care Act. Our agency has been fortunate to have some incredibly knowledgeable […]

Volunteer Appreciation Month: Naomi Trager

March 30, 2019
We are so appreciative of the many volunteers that give countless hours to Jewish Family Service all over the agency. Naomi has been volunteering here for almost 3 years doing office responsibilities in the Volunteer Services office. She likes organizing and filing and says, “I like the old way. No computers, no phones.” Here are […]

The Joy Project: Lindsay + Amy

March 26, 2019
Walking into Lindsay Leder’s house, I immediately noticed 2 things: the sweet smell of fresh vegetables and the sound of laughter coming from the kitchen.     I spent the morning with Lindsay, our Senior Director of Community Engagement, and her cousin Amy, so they could talk to me about the Joy Project, our annual […]

Thank you!

March 20, 2019
A big thank you to Sue Curhan for her years of service as Jewish Family Service board chairperson. Sue brought great passion and thoughtfulness to the role and we are most appreciative of the positive impact she has made during her tenure. “Sue was responsible for implementing and overseeing two key developments to strengthen JFS–the […]

Volunteer Profile: Olivia Wilson

March 20, 2019
JFS is so appreciative of Olivia’s time and dedication, as well as GM’s Dollars for Doers program which encourages volunteering by making a monetary donation based on the number of volunteer hours given by its employees. What prompted you to volunteer for Jewish Family Service? I learned about Jewish Family Service through my workplace, teamGM […]

Spotlight Event Book Club

March 19, 2019
Get ready for our Spotlight Event by attending the JFS Book Club. Tara Hayes, Ph.D., known locally as the “Book Club Professor,” will moderate a discussion of Liza Long’s book. Friday, April 12, 2019 10am-12pm Jewish Family Service 6555 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield Admission $18 Please register at or contact Wendy Eisenshtadt at […]

Make Mother’s Day more meaningful

March 19, 2019
By sending a tribute from The Joy Project, you’ll not only honor the special women in your life, but you’ll help the thousands more served by Jewish Family Service. Your donation will go toward providing counseling, basic needs, transportation and many other critical services to women and children in need. For more information, visit […]
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