JFS Memphis

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

Read more

Jewish Family Service plays a vital role in our community, caring for people with its abundance of compassionate social service programs, and connecting people with other providers when additional services are sought. More than just a service provider, JFS becomes a partner to its clients, creating collaborative relationships with people in need of support.

From helping people in emergency financial situations, to supplementing community members’ pantries in times of need, JFS is always there with an answer to difficult problems in the lives of Jewish Memphains.

This month, JFS is offering programs aimed at addressing two of the most difficult issues members of our community face- chemical dependence and dementia.

Addiction and dementia ravage families, brutalizing victims and their caregivers. Sadly, both conditions also cause those suffering and their families to often feel lost behind a veil of isolation. These two programs aim to break through the stigma and cut to the heart of healing for those suffering, and their loved ones.

Both programs will be held at the Memphis Jewish Community Center

Thursday, April 20, JFS will hold an Introduction to Substance Abuse, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the MJCC. Participants will build their understanding of an important community issue in a special talk by Dr. Tom Fowlkes,  Director of Medical & Professional Services, Oxford Treatment Center. Dr. Fowlkes will discuss addiction and treatment, with topics including prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic.

A founding partner of Oxford Treatment Center and former Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Fowlkes has more than 18 years experience as a medical director of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare service providers. He is board certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine, and is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.

Refreshments will be provided, and there will be time reserved for a Q & A after Dr. Fowlkes speaks.

Friday, April 28, JFS presents Dementia Friendly: Understanding, Caring, Responding at the MJCC. The day kicks off with sign in and continental breakfast at 7:30 A.M., with the program beginning at 8:00 A.M, and running until 12:00 noon. Dr. Victor Sandler and Annette Sandler, MA will speak.

Annette Sandler is the aging services director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

The program will examine hospice and palliative care in dementia treatment, end of life issues related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, and will offer participants Dementia Friends curriculum training, allowing them to become a certified “dementia friend.”

Dr. Victor Sandler is a geriatrician in Minneapolis and serves as co-chair of the University of Minnesota Bio-Ethics Committee. Annette Sandler holds an MA in Gerontology and is the Director of Aging Services at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Minneapolis. They will present on hospice and palliative care and end of life issues as they relate to Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition, they will provide training in the Dementia Friends curriculum.

The dementia program costs $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Register online at www.jccmemphis.org (Class number 4296) and for more information contact Shyla Brown at 901-767-8511 or sbrown@jccmemphis.org.

Jewish Community Partners supports JFS through Jewish Foundation of Memphis fund-holders and through gifts made to Memphis Jewish Federation during our Annual Campaign and throughout the year. 

Your gift today supports these and other programs in the Memphis Jewish community.



Read more