Jewish Family Services will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 6, at which time Kelly Somberg will be installed as the organization’s president. Fay Balk will be recognized for her leadership the past two years as outgoing president. Fay will share remarks and highlights of her term. A slate of new board members will also be elected.
The entire community is invited. There is no charge to attend, but a reservation is needed by October 1. Please contact Ilyssa Block, JFS Events Coordinator, at 913-730-1746 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Jewish Community Campus, Social Hall
9:30 am – Brunch Reception
10:00 am – Formal Meeting
Somberg becomes board president after years serving as a volunteer and board member of JFS. She’s excited to take on this leadership role.
“I am proud of the work that JFS does to improve the lives of people in our Jewish community and greater community in the areas of mental health, older adult services, food insecurity and social work case management. I have always been impressed with the innovative approach of JFS, the commitment to providing client-centered services, and their willingness to create partnerships with other agencies.” – Kelly Somberg
Several individuals will be honored for their dedication to JFS’ mission:
The Bernstein Humanitarian Award will be presented to Stewart and Joy Koesten. Stewart Koesten is a past president of JFS and was instrumental in spearheading JFS’ $7 million endowment campaign as well as establishing an annual event for JFS which has become the Friends of the Family event. Joy was instrumental in pushing forward JFS’ efforts in mental health. She was the facilitator for the NAMI Family-to-Family course, and led the initial research on stigma and mental health, which became the basis for the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition. They are personally connected to JFS for help received when a family member needed support for mental health and addiction issues.
Former JFS President Gail Lozoff will be honored with the Alfred Benjamin Award. Gail assumed leadership of the JFS board at a transformative time for JFS and helped modernize its operations and stabilize the agency financially. Under her leadership, JET Express and Help@Home were born to focus on older adult services and living with independence as one ages. She led the rebranding efforts that are still in place today and was pivotal in reconnecting JFS to the Jewish community.
Volunteers of the Year and staff awards also will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
Donations in honor of award recipients may be made at jfskc.org/donate.