Jewish Family Service 90th Anniversary Event

February 26, 2018

An evening with Jeannette Walls,
Author of The Glass Castle
Andi and Larry Wolfe, Chairs

Since 1928, Jewish Family Service has been helping individuals, families, and the community face and overcome the many challenges impacting their quality of life. And we’ll be celebrating those 90 years of service at our annual event.

Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle – a best-selling book and recent film starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson – will be the Reva Stocker Speaker. Proceeds from the event will support the vital services provided by JFS including mental health and wellness, safety net and care of older adults.

The Glass Castle has been a New York Times best-seller for more than four years and was named one of the Top 10 Books of the Decade by Amazon. This inspirational book has been taught at universities in courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development, and poverty. Walls speaks to a variety of organizations about overcoming hardships and turning adversity into an advantage.

Walls and her siblings lived in a series of cars, tents, and leaky-roofed houses without heat. They foraged for food in farmers’ fields and trash cans, wore cast-off clothing, and bathed so infrequently as to attract the scorn of schoolmates. Their unstructured life and economic deprivation were partly a product of their father’s alcoholism, as well as their mother’s free-spiritedness, often bordering on mental illness.

Come join us at the JFS annual event, where Walls will discuss her experiences growing up in extreme poverty, the problems that plagued her family, and how she was able to break free of a destructive lifestyle to become a successful journalist.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | 7pm
Tickets $36 / 2 for $50 / Students $10

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
27375 Bell Road, Southfield

For registration and sponsorship information, visit or call 248.592.2339.