Jewish Family Service celebrates 100th birthday with friends and supporters


Contact: Galina Abashina, Marketing and Development Coordinator, (413) 455-1936 x106

Springfield – Nearly 150 friends and supporters of Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts gathered at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate in beautiful Forest Park on Thursday, October 6th to celebrate a major milestone for JFS- 100 years of solving problems and helping families.

The Centennial Celebration kicked-off with Hermine Levey Weston, event chair and Secretary of the JFS Board of Directors inviting local elected officials to congratulate JFS starting with Senator Eric Lesser who praised the mission of JFS and pledged to support its work. He presented a proclamation followed by State Representative Brian Ashe and Springfield City Council President Michael Fenton who also expressed gratitude for the work of JFS in the greater community.  Daniel Plotkin, President of the JFS Board of Directors thanked the many sponsors and supporters who made this celebration possible. Rabbi Justin David of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gave a dvar torah and reflected on the importance of the work JFS does assisting the most vulnerable populations in the community including children, refugees and elders. 

Maxine Stein, JFS CEO saluted all the current and former staff members in attendance and introduced Felicia Sloin, a singer and “entertain-ucator” who performed a rap of JFS history which drew loud applause from the crowd. Anita Sarro, JFS Board Vice Chair recognized all the Past Presidents in attendance- Amy Bricker, Martin Broder, Bill Caplin, Hyman Darling, Joseph Dorison, Mark Gold, Philip Hendel, Michael Katz, Hermine Levey Weston, and Steven Weiss as well as Bernice Thaler, longtime Life Board Member for their many contributions in helping build JFS into the viable and responsible multi-service social service agency it is today. Dr. Michael Sorrell, JFS Life Board Member and Rabbi Amy Katz of Temple Beth El in Springfield each spoke highly of the evening’s honorees Dr. Martin and Marian Broder highlighting their many indelible contributions to JFS and the community-at-large. Finally, Dr. Martin Broder energized the room by announcing plans for the future of JFS including expansion and a capital campaign to build a “Center for New Americans.”  More details about how to get involved are forthcoming. Thank you to all who celebrated with us and we hope you will join us as we embark on this journey because our next century starts today!