On Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 P.M., the community is invited to gather in the Memphis Jewish Community Center’s Herbert and Mary Shainberg Lobby to celebrate a community-wide effort over a span of three years to support a vital agency that is Caring for Generations in Jewish Memphis.

A community celebration of the Wendy & Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service, Caring for Generations is free and open to the public. It’s a chance to come together to celebrate life-changing programs like Judy and Larry Moss Senior Services, Finestone Home Delivered Meals, the Kay and Allen Iskiwitz Shalom Shuttle, and the Peggy E. & L.R. Jalenak, Jr. Food and Baby Pantry, as well as the leaders and donors who collaborated to realize this monumental achievement. To learn more and register, visit

In 2014, leaders of the Memphis Jewish community joined together to create a new vision for serving the evolving social service needs of its members. The changing demographics and needs of our Jewish community required a reimagining of our Jewish Family Service. After months of research and planning, a new model of delivering social services was created under the auspices of the Memphis Jewish Community Center, with the fundraising might of Jewish Foundation of Memphis and Memphis Jewish Federation behind it.

Fast forward to September 2022, and Fogelman JFS is an integral community organization serving hundreds of community members annually. With the support of generous donors and steered by the partnership between the MJCC and Federation/Foundation, this forward-thinking organization has honed its focus on the most important areas of work in caring for our community’s members on our growing senior population, families in crisis, special needs support, and information and referral.

“68 donors contributed more than $7.6 million to ensure that our community will always be a place that is able to Care for Generations,” said Laura Linder, President and CEO of Jewish Community Partners, which manages Federation and Foundation. “Kicked-off in fall, 2019 with a transformational lead gift from Wendy and Avron B. Fogelman and quickly followed by the generosity of Judy and Larry Moss, this historic campaign was off and running. In usual Memphis fashion, our community didn’t hesitate to stand up and be counted. This event is an opportunity to celebrate what we’ve achieved, together.”

Caring for Generations will begin with a wine and dairy dessert reception. Dietary laws will be observed. Fogelman JFS Past President Betsy Saslawsky will welcome guests from the podium, followed by remarks from Linder and MJCC President/CEO Larry Skolnick. The MJCC’s Rabbi Abe Schacter-Gampel will offer a Blessing of Giving, and Fogelman JFS Past Chair and MJCC President-elect Judy Bookman will close the program with a look ahead.

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Every Tuesday, we’ll share a story that spotlights the work of the Wendy and Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service at the Memphis Jewish Community Center with News From the Heart. Browse these stories here.

July 29- Shalom Shuttle: Always at Your Service

April 28- (Above) Debra and Alex Saharovoch Commit to Community

February 5- Cindy and Mark Finestone Continue Generation Philanthropic Traditions

December 17- Hallie, z”l, and Jay Cohen’s Gift to Support the Wendy & Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service

November 19- (Above) Baby Pantry Launches with Help from Federation’s Lions

November 5- Judy & Larry Moss: Supporting FJFS Means Giving Back to Community

October 15- Susan Nieman: How Fogelman Jewish Family Service Shaped My Life

October 1- Shabbat Sholom Program Offers Seniors A High Holiday Treat

September 11- (Above) Donors Like Lisa Menuskin and Neil Gibson Help FJFS Meet Needs in Jewish Memphis

August 26- FJFS Collaborates with Community to Help Parents Navigate Return to School

August 20- Clients Benefit from Strong Relationships with Staff

August 13- Donors Keep Kosher Food Pantry Stocked During Pandemic

July 28- We’re Here for You: A Message from Director of Social Services Mary Elizabeth Jones

July 22- Volunteer Callers Connect isolated Seniors to Community

July 14- (Above) A Healthy Bounty for Hungry Seniors

July 7- A Friendly Voice and Open Years

July 1- Education is Key

June 25- Working Together to Serve the Most Vulnerable

June 16- (Above) Special Needs Support Amid Pandemic

June 9- In Times of Financial Emergency, FJFS is Here for You

June 2- Shalom Shuttle Returns to Normal Schedule

May 27- (Above) Volunteers Adapt During Pandemic

May 19- Mindful of Mental Wellness

May 12- FJFS Staff Continues to Connect with Memphis Jewish Seniors Despite COVID-19 Barriers

May 5- (Above) School Counselor Offers Comforting Advice for Students and Parents During Covid-19 Crisis

April 28- Wendy and Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service Continues to Keep our Community Safe and Connected

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