JFS Desert Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Annual Patronage Party


Nearly 200 guests, board members, volunteers and staff attended the Jewish Desert Family Service (JFS) 19th annual patronal feast on Sunday December 5, thanking all agency stakeholders for supporting the organization’s mission to meet the social service needs of the Jewish community and in general throughout the Coachella Valley with a commitment to promote good -be people of all ages, income and lifestyles.

Held at the Ferrari dealership in Rancho Mirage, guests were surrounded by beautiful automobiles, exclusive cocktails, and delicious food provided by Willie rhin of Eight4Nine. JFS secretary Lee erwin, Executive Director of Contour Dermatology, explained that “this event is a big ‘thank you’ to the donors who donate their time and support.

Barbara fromm, Former JFS President said, “Tonight we honor our major donors who help keep JFS services effective throughout the Coachella Valley.” She said she is especially grateful for the work JFS provides to families suffering from domestic violence.

Another former president, Carol Fragen, enthusiastically praised JFS “for helping children and young people in need. … That is why the organization is called ‘family service'”.

Current Chairman of the Board of Directors of JFS Aviva snow asked each past president to join her in lighting a candle to celebrate the 8th day of Chanukah. Fragen, Fromm, Ed gubman, Don Levy, Sam oberman, Sandy Seplow and Judy Wallis were present and attended the ceremony. Cheryl scarlett, Director of Major Gifts and Fundraising, was invited to light the last candle in recognition of her dedication to JFS and its services.

JFS honors past presidents at the 19th Annual Patrons Day: Aviva Snow, current president;  Barbara Fromm;  Sam Oberman;  Judy Wallis;  Sandy Seplow;  Carol Fragen and Don Lévy.  Not pictured: Ed Gubman.

Snow explained how JFS is “all about the community and the people working together to give back.” She said that while all of the services JFS provides are important, she has a particular interest in “preventing homelessness, bullying high school students,” and her personal love due to her degrees in protection. social and gerontology: “the well-being of the elderly who are alone, isolated and Holocaust survivors.” Snow shares the JFS philosophy of “helping others regardless of religion, race, age or background. ‘sexual orientation’.

JFS patron Brandon Boswell Diamonds auctioned off a moonstone ring with black and white diamonds valued at over $ 6,500. All proceeds from the auction as well as 20% of all jewelry sales went directly to JFS programs.

JFS Mission

The Jewish Family Service of the Desert is a non-denominational, nonprofit agency founded on the Jewish principle of healing the world. JFS has served the needs of the valley’s social services for 40 years, providing over 15,000 mental health counseling and augmented case management services per year that includes emergency financial assistance, community engagement offering events live and special programming for the Jewish community.

Executive Director Kraig johnson grasped the importance of the evening, saying he was touched by the community’s trust in JFS. “If they didn’t trust us, they wouldn’t support us and the work we do,” he said. “Customers have confidence in the service we provide to the community. JFS is making a significant difference in the lives of residents of Coachella Valley.”

Next event

Sue cameron, “Secrets of TV Legends” columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, shares entertaining stories of TV stars from Benny, Berle, Hope and Ball to Wonder Woman, housewives – desperate and real – and the Kardashians. JFS will honor Phyllis eisenberg with the JFS Humanitarian Award at the event, to be held at the Mary Pickford Theater on Wednesday, March 9, with a show only at 1:30 p.m. and a VIP show at 5 p.m. with reception. For those who cannot attend, a Zoom link will be provided.

Special thanks to JFS visionaries Barbara arnstein, Erwin and Dr Tim Jochen, Bea Keats and Jerry Fogelson, Wendy and Bob good friend, Karen and Robert gober, Judy Allen and Jim hummer, Jeanne and Dr Myron Mintz, Ron and Aviva Snow, Linda and Mitchell wexler, Bob wernick and Nan ship.

For more information, contact Scarlett at (760) 325-4088 ext. 107 or via [email protected].

Al Jones has been appointed by city council as administrator of the Palm Springs Library, of which he is treasurer. He served as the former Chairman of the Palm Springs International Airport Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of Dezart Performs, of the Board of Directors of CSU Palm Desert Campus Advancement, of the Advisory Board of Priority One Coachella Valley and a member of DBA and Main Street. Past community engagement includes the board of directors of DAP Health Partners for Life; the Desert LGBTQ Community Center, where he served as secretary of the board for five years, and Sanctuary Palm Springs.


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