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Jewish Family Services – 120 Years

A truly historic birthday of 120 years was celebrated in style recently honoring the Jewish Family Services agency. More than 650 guests gathered at the Overland Park Marriott and enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by the Jewbie Brothers. Co-chairs for the memorable event were Brenda Althouse and Paul Fingersh and Amy and Peter Shapiro. Don Goldman, JFS executive director and chief executive officer, was honored with the Dr. Phyliss and Robert A. Bernstein Humanitarian Award, as he is retiring after 16 years of serving the agency. Sandi Fried, volunteer extraordinaire, was given the Alfred Benjamin Friend of the Family Award. 

JFS Staff Members: (Front row) Moshit Snir, Meaghan Schaible, Laura Gilman, Taly Friedman, and Jo Hickey (second row) Valentine Estrada, Celeste Aronoff, Maggie Haghirian, Jennifer Lydon, Jodi Perelmuter, Julia Marolt, and Debbie Bass (third row) Nick Haines, Dayton Isbell, Kei Katsunuma, Sondra Wallace, Jacob Elyachar, and Laurel Burchfield


Zahava Cohen, Avi Brudoley, and Ro and Howard Jacobson


Amanda Birger and Marianna Birger


The Jewbie Brothers provided the entertainment with Leslie Zucker, Ron Altman, Rabbi Scott White, and Eric Morgenstern.

Featured in the October 28, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Ryan Bruce and Sam Goller


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