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Save the Date Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:00–800 pm

JFS Annual Celebration Honoring Jerry and Ilene Sykes

Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award Shabbos House 320 Fuller Road Albany, NY 12203

JFS Honors Jerry and Ilene Sykes

Two Seminars, Two Timely Topics, Two Great Speakers

JFS is pleased to announce Jerry and Ilene Sykes as the 2013 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award recipients. They will be honored at our Annual Celebration on Thursday, June 6th at Shabbos House in Albany.

The Return of the Kids: When Your Adult Children Refill Your Empty Nest The Golub Center, Albany

Please join us in honoring the Sykes for their longtime commitment to our community. This year’s celebration provides the perfect setting for connecting with friends and colleagues, enjoying an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and supporting the vital services JFS provides for individuals and families in the Capital Region.

The return of adult children, combined with caring for elderly parents, is causing families to be more financially and emotionally stretched than ever. Dr. Klim will address the challenges and discusses strategies for dealing with these multi-generational issues, as well as provide ways for making the adjustment more manageable and even rewarding.

“We are honored to be receiving the 2013 Anschel Weiss Community Builder Award. We have always received a great deal of personal satisfaction from our community endeavors and it is wonderful to be recognized,” said Jerry and Ilene.

The Origins of Health: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

The Sykes owned and operated The Party Warehouse since 1989. During those 24 years, both personally and through their business, they enthusiastically supported many not for profit organizations through out the Capital District. In addition, Ilene and Jerry served on numerous Boards of Directors. Ilene is President of Hillel at The University of Albany. Among other organizations, she is Past President of The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY). Jerry is on the Endowment Board of Governors of JFNENY and a board member of the Daughters of Sarah Foundation and Shabbos House. He is Past President of the New York State Museum Institute.

Dr. Mark Pettus, Chief of Medicine, St. Peter’s Hospital Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:30 pm Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Despite what we’ve been told, we are not prisoners of our DNA. Dr. Mark Pettus provides recent, compelling evidence that your genes are quite malleable, and that human beings are designed to change and adapt in response to our environment. How you bathe your DNA in food, love, stress, play and work ultimately influences your health now, and in the future! Come and learn how. The Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series is designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. Please contact 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org to RSVP for these seminars.

If you would like to attend, please call JFS at 518482-8856. Tickets can be purchased online beginning in April at jfsneny.org. Corporate sponsorship packages are available. Call for details.

Join Us!

518-482-8856 info@jfsneny.org

Dr. Susan Klim, Northeast Psychological Associates Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm

INSIDE

President and ED Messages 2 Ask JFS - Post-Graduation Stress 3 Meet James Sautter 3

Meet Our New Board Members 4 JFS - By the Numbers 5 The 2013 JFS Annual Celebration 6

Jewish FAMILY Services


.

Family MATTERS

A Message from the Board President

is published by Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFSNENY).

The past few months at JFS have seen a surge of enthusiasm, activity and engagement with individuals, families, partner agencies and many other stakeholders. The economy may be slowly rebounding, but our service metrics clearly remind us that Capital Region community members are still experiencing many needs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Robert Gumson President

Doug Schwartz, MD Vice President

Clara Simon Secretary

Jocelyn Dax Treasurer

Karen Setzen

Assistant Treasurer

Stephen A. Ribner

Immediate Past President

Dr. Marvin Garfinkel Senior Trustee

Seniors continue to turn to JFS for a range of services. Last year, JFS clinical staff provided over 1,500 hours of in-home counseling for the elderly, a 50% increase over 2011. And the need for supportive home visits also increased, as more and more seniors require brief safety checks and friendly visits to prevent isolation. As JFS builds a strong staff team, our services and programs continue to wrap around emerging needs and take on new directions. We look forward with optimism to a bright year and future but cannot remain nimble and responsive without your help. Please consider becoming involved with JFS by joining our board, serving on a committee or volunteering. May this year be filled with health and joy for everyone. Bob

Christine A. Holle Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Ian R. Arcus Linda Cohen Brian Daniels Glenn Liebman Ira Lobel Evelyn Loeb Bill Nathan Alfred M. Norek Judith Rettig Deborah Rosen Zamer

Please contact us at: JFSNENY 877 Madison Avenue Please to contact us Albany,feel NY free 12208 with your comments and P 518-482-8856 suggestions: F 518-489-5839 JFSNENY E info@jfsneny.org 877 Madison Avenue jfsneny.org Albany, NY 12208 P JFS518-482-8856 receives funding from: F 518-489-5839 E editor@jfsneny.org jfsneny.org

JFS Welcomes New Board Members

Together we can do great things! Over these last few months I’ve given much thought to all that JFS has done, all that we are doing, and all that is possible in the future. Exciting times are ahead for JFS! We are boldly going forward, with innovation, vision and growth to meet the ever-increasing challenges and needs of the community. I am committed to this and believe that JFS can be the community’s agency of choice for highquality, professional and compassionate services. And I want you to imagine yourself being a part of our exciting transformation! What if you joined JFS friends and supporters on June 6th to honor Jerry and Ilene Sykes for their tireless commitment to our community? And what if a friend needed bereavement counseling and you referred her to JFS? Or if a member of your family was diagnosed with a serious illness and you reached out to JFS for guidance? Here’s what would happen: you would not only be supporting your friend and your family member, you would be helping ensure that JFS continues to be the trusted community resource that we have been for nearly 160 years. I invite you to call and find out more about what JFS can do for you and your family. Kindest regards, Christine

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 2

Q

Ask JFS: Dealing with Post Graduation Stress

Our son is in his last year of college. When he was home a week ago for the break, he seemed unusually quiet and non-communicative. As far as we know, he is doing okay academically. For someone graduating college, he doesn’t seem to be excited or even anticipating the event. We want to ask about his plans for after graduation, but we don’t want to pester him, but we can’t help but notice that he seems troubled. Can you suggest some ways we might be able to find out what the problem is, assuming there is one?

A

Your son, like so many near-graduates, may not have a realistic idea of what is expected of him. He may be feeling unfocused and anxious

because he doesn’t know what he wants to do. When he comes home for Spring break, consider sitting down with him to find out what he thinks the next step is. What are his expectations and plans for after graduation? After you and he answer some of these questions together, you will be in a better position to be helpful in a constructive way. “Too often, students focus on the immediate task of graduating along with trying to figure out what they are going to do for the rest of their lives,” said Jim Sautter, JFS Clinical Supervisor. “But what they really need to focus on is making a transition plan.

Thinking about the future will only exacerbate feelings of stress and anxiety.” The goal is to encourage your son to talk with you and work on some of the issues. You can let him know that it is normal not to know what he wants to do with the rest of his life, and that it is acceptable to take this transition one step at a time. You might also encourage him to speak with a counselor who can help him with career planning and with assessing his skills. It’s important for you to stay touch with him during his last few months of school to let him know that you care.

Meet James Sautter This month we welcome James Sautter (Jim) as our new Clinical Supervisor. Jim has over 30 years of social work experience, and the breadth of his knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our services. In addition to a private practice working with individuals and families, Jim most recently provided counseling for members of the military. While the range of issues these families confront is typical of others, military spouses and children experience heightened fears of a parent being hurt, adjusting to frequent moves, as well as transitions when a parent returns from service. “For children, Dad’s hugs might feel different, Mom might be depressed, or the returning parent could have PTSD,” says Sautter. It takes an insightful clinician to work with these families and understand these complex issues, all while being compassionate and helpful. Jim also has considerable experience working in hospitals and nursing homes. He has extensive knowledge about issues facing adults caring for their aging parent. “Being a caregiver can cause anxiety, stress and depression,” says Sautter. “The most difficult part is getting caregivers to recognize that they need outside help.” And Jim’s years of living in the Capital Region makes him an encyclopedia of community resources to help families. Our clinical team is already tapping into his well of knowledge.

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 3

James Sautter Clinical Supervisor

Brian S. Daniels began his career in state service in 1994 and has served

in several capacities including his current role is an associate commissioner with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. In this capacity he also continues to serve as director of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. Why JFS? Brian said that he is inspired by a passion for human services delivery punctuated by a love for service to the Jewish People. Brian is an ordained Reform rabbi and lives in Clifton Park with his wife, Karen, and their children.

Brian Daniels

Deborah Rosen Zamer is a NYS licensed realtor with Judy Rosen

Real Estate in Albany, NY. She received her Bachelor’s at SUNY Binghamton and then served in the U.S. Peace Corps in a rural village in Benin, West Africa. She returned to Albany and earned a Master in Social Work from SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare. With an interest in policy and government she worked as a budget analyst with the NYS Division of Budget, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s budget, until she had her first child.

Deborah Rosen Zamer

Deborah looks forward to becoming an active member of the JFS Board of Directors. She lives in Albany with her husband, Dr. Joshua Zamer, and their two boys, ages 4 and 6. She is active in her community, including Congregation Beth Emeth and New Scotland Elementary School.

Glenn Liebman is the CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State, a statewide mental health advocacy organization. Prior to that, Glenn worked for both the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Mental Health. He is also a freelance sports writer who has written several sports quote books and currently writes his own sports blog. Glenn also serves on the board of directors of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home and Families Together in New York State. He has a Master’s in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He lives with his wife and son in Guilderland.

Glenn Liebman

JFS By the Numbers 2,995 Number of people whose lives were touched by JFS programs.

1,522 Hours of in-home counseling for seniors provided by JFS staff.

51% Increase in-home counseling

247 Number of supportive home visits to

seniors by JFS staff.

Increase in supportive home visits versus 2011.

26%

368 Number of seniors received services

from JFS. 13% Increase in seniors served over 2011.

sessions provided versus 2011.

1,794 Number of mental health counseling hours

provided by JFS clinicians.

16% Increase in counseling services

provided since 2011.

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 4


.

Family MATTERS

A Message from the Board President

is published by Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFSNENY).

The past few months at JFS have seen a surge of enthusiasm, activity and engagement with individuals, families, partner agencies and many other stakeholders. The economy may be slowly rebounding, but our service metrics clearly remind us that Capital Region community members are still experiencing many needs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Robert Gumson President

Doug Schwartz, MD Vice President

Clara Simon Secretary

Jocelyn Dax Treasurer

Karen Setzen

Assistant Treasurer

Stephen A. Ribner

Immediate Past President

Dr. Marvin Garfinkel Senior Trustee

Seniors continue to turn to JFS for a range of services. Last year, JFS clinical staff provided over 1,500 hours of in-home counseling for the elderly, a 50% increase over 2011. And the need for supportive home visits also increased, as more and more seniors require brief safety checks and friendly visits to prevent isolation. As JFS builds a strong staff team, our services and programs continue to wrap around emerging needs and take on new directions. We look forward with optimism to a bright year and future but cannot remain nimble and responsive without your help. Please consider becoming involved with JFS by joining our board, serving on a committee or volunteering. May this year be filled with health and joy for everyone. Bob

Christine A. Holle Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Ian R. Arcus Linda Cohen Brian Daniels Glenn Liebman Ira Lobel Evelyn Loeb Bill Nathan Alfred M. Norek Judith Rettig Deborah Rosen Zamer

Please contact us at: JFSNENY 877 Madison Avenue Please to contact us Albany,feel NY free 12208 with your comments and P 518-482-8856 suggestions: F 518-489-5839 JFSNENY E info@jfsneny.org 877 Madison Avenue jfsneny.org Albany, NY 12208 P JFS518-482-8856 receives funding from: F 518-489-5839 E editor@jfsneny.org jfsneny.org

JFS Welcomes New Board Members

Together we can do great things! Over these last few months I’ve given much thought to all that JFS has done, all that we are doing, and all that is possible in the future. Exciting times are ahead for JFS! We are boldly going forward, with innovation, vision and growth to meet the ever-increasing challenges and needs of the community. I am committed to this and believe that JFS can be the community’s agency of choice for highquality, professional and compassionate services. And I want you to imagine yourself being a part of our exciting transformation! What if you joined JFS friends and supporters on June 6th to honor Jerry and Ilene Sykes for their tireless commitment to our community? And what if a friend needed bereavement counseling and you referred her to JFS? Or if a member of your family was diagnosed with a serious illness and you reached out to JFS for guidance? Here’s what would happen: you would not only be supporting your friend and your family member, you would be helping ensure that JFS continues to be the trusted community resource that we have been for nearly 160 years. I invite you to call and find out more about what JFS can do for you and your family. Kindest regards, Christine

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 2

Q

Ask JFS: Dealing with Post Graduation Stress

Our son is in his last year of college. When he was home a week ago for the break, he seemed unusually quiet and non-communicative. As far as we know, he is doing okay academically. For someone graduating college, he doesn’t seem to be excited or even anticipating the event. We want to ask about his plans for after graduation, but we don’t want to pester him, but we can’t help but notice that he seems troubled. Can you suggest some ways we might be able to find out what the problem is, assuming there is one?

A

Your son, like so many near-graduates, may not have a realistic idea of what is expected of him. He may be feeling unfocused and anxious

because he doesn’t know what he wants to do. When he comes home for Spring break, consider sitting down with him to find out what he thinks the next step is. What are his expectations and plans for after graduation? After you and he answer some of these questions together, you will be in a better position to be helpful in a constructive way. “Too often, students focus on the immediate task of graduating along with trying to figure out what they are going to do for the rest of their lives,” said Jim Sautter, JFS Clinical Supervisor. “But what they really need to focus on is making a transition plan.

Thinking about the future will only exacerbate feelings of stress and anxiety.” The goal is to encourage your son to talk with you and work on some of the issues. You can let him know that it is normal not to know what he wants to do with the rest of his life, and that it is acceptable to take this transition one step at a time. You might also encourage him to speak with a counselor who can help him with career planning and with assessing his skills. It’s important for you to stay touch with him during his last few months of school to let him know that you care.

Meet James Sautter This month we welcome James Sautter (Jim) as our new Clinical Supervisor. Jim has over 30 years of social work experience, and the breadth of his knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our services. In addition to a private practice working with individuals and families, Jim most recently provided counseling for members of the military. While the range of issues these families confront is typical of others, military spouses and children experience heightened fears of a parent being hurt, adjusting to frequent moves, as well as transitions when a parent returns from service. “For children, Dad’s hugs might feel different, Mom might be depressed, or the returning parent could have PTSD,” says Sautter. It takes an insightful clinician to work with these families and understand these complex issues, all while being compassionate and helpful. Jim also has considerable experience working in hospitals and nursing homes. He has extensive knowledge about issues facing adults caring for their aging parent. “Being a caregiver can cause anxiety, stress and depression,” says Sautter. “The most difficult part is getting caregivers to recognize that they need outside help.” And Jim’s years of living in the Capital Region makes him an encyclopedia of community resources to help families. Our clinical team is already tapping into his well of knowledge.

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 3

James Sautter Clinical Supervisor

Brian S. Daniels began his career in state service in 1994 and has served

in several capacities including his current role is an associate commissioner with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. In this capacity he also continues to serve as director of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. Why JFS? Brian said that he is inspired by a passion for human services delivery punctuated by a love for service to the Jewish People. Brian is an ordained Reform rabbi and lives in Clifton Park with his wife, Karen, and their children.

Brian Daniels

Deborah Rosen Zamer is a NYS licensed realtor with Judy Rosen

Real Estate in Albany, NY. She received her Bachelor’s at SUNY Binghamton and then served in the U.S. Peace Corps in a rural village in Benin, West Africa. She returned to Albany and earned a Master in Social Work from SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare. With an interest in policy and government she worked as a budget analyst with the NYS Division of Budget, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s budget, until she had her first child.

Deborah Rosen Zamer

Deborah looks forward to becoming an active member of the JFS Board of Directors. She lives in Albany with her husband, Dr. Joshua Zamer, and their two boys, ages 4 and 6. She is active in her community, including Congregation Beth Emeth and New Scotland Elementary School.

Glenn Liebman is the CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State, a statewide mental health advocacy organization. Prior to that, Glenn worked for both the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Mental Health. He is also a freelance sports writer who has written several sports quote books and currently writes his own sports blog. Glenn also serves on the board of directors of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home and Families Together in New York State. He has a Master’s in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He lives with his wife and son in Guilderland.

Glenn Liebman

JFS By the Numbers 2,995 Number of people whose lives were touched by JFS programs.

1,522 Hours of in-home counseling for seniors provided by JFS staff.

51% Increase in-home counseling

247 Number of supportive home visits to

seniors by JFS staff.

Increase in supportive home visits versus 2011.

26%

368 Number of seniors received services

from JFS. 13% Increase in seniors served over 2011.

sessions provided versus 2011.

1,794 Number of mental health counseling hours

provided by JFS clinicians.

16% Increase in counseling services

provided since 2011.

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 4


.

Family MATTERS

A Message from the Board President

is published by Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFSNENY).

The past few months at JFS have seen a surge of enthusiasm, activity and engagement with individuals, families, partner agencies and many other stakeholders. The economy may be slowly rebounding, but our service metrics clearly remind us that Capital Region community members are still experiencing many needs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Robert Gumson President

Doug Schwartz, MD Vice President

Clara Simon Secretary

Jocelyn Dax Treasurer

Karen Setzen

Assistant Treasurer

Stephen A. Ribner

Immediate Past President

Dr. Marvin Garfinkel Senior Trustee

Seniors continue to turn to JFS for a range of services. Last year, JFS clinical staff provided over 1,500 hours of in-home counseling for the elderly, a 50% increase over 2011. And the need for supportive home visits also increased, as more and more seniors require brief safety checks and friendly visits to prevent isolation. As JFS builds a strong staff team, our services and programs continue to wrap around emerging needs and take on new directions. We look forward with optimism to a bright year and future but cannot remain nimble and responsive without your help. Please consider becoming involved with JFS by joining our board, serving on a committee or volunteering. May this year be filled with health and joy for everyone. Bob

Christine A. Holle Executive Director

BOARD MEMBERS Ian R. Arcus Linda Cohen Brian Daniels Glenn Liebman Ira Lobel Evelyn Loeb Bill Nathan Alfred M. Norek Judith Rettig Deborah Rosen Zamer

Please contact us at: JFSNENY 877 Madison Avenue Please to contact us Albany,feel NY free 12208 with your comments and P 518-482-8856 suggestions: F 518-489-5839 JFSNENY E info@jfsneny.org 877 Madison Avenue jfsneny.org Albany, NY 12208 P JFS518-482-8856 receives funding from: F 518-489-5839 E editor@jfsneny.org jfsneny.org

JFS Welcomes New Board Members

Together we can do great things! Over these last few months I’ve given much thought to all that JFS has done, all that we are doing, and all that is possible in the future. Exciting times are ahead for JFS! We are boldly going forward, with innovation, vision and growth to meet the ever-increasing challenges and needs of the community. I am committed to this and believe that JFS can be the community’s agency of choice for highquality, professional and compassionate services. And I want you to imagine yourself being a part of our exciting transformation! What if you joined JFS friends and supporters on June 6th to honor Jerry and Ilene Sykes for their tireless commitment to our community? And what if a friend needed bereavement counseling and you referred her to JFS? Or if a member of your family was diagnosed with a serious illness and you reached out to JFS for guidance? Here’s what would happen: you would not only be supporting your friend and your family member, you would be helping ensure that JFS continues to be the trusted community resource that we have been for nearly 160 years. I invite you to call and find out more about what JFS can do for you and your family. Kindest regards, Christine

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 2

Q

Ask JFS: Dealing with Post Graduation Stress

Our son is in his last year of college. When he was home a week ago for the break, he seemed unusually quiet and non-communicative. As far as we know, he is doing okay academically. For someone graduating college, he doesn’t seem to be excited or even anticipating the event. We want to ask about his plans for after graduation, but we don’t want to pester him, but we can’t help but notice that he seems troubled. Can you suggest some ways we might be able to find out what the problem is, assuming there is one?

A

Your son, like so many near-graduates, may not have a realistic idea of what is expected of him. He may be feeling unfocused and anxious

because he doesn’t know what he wants to do. When he comes home for Spring break, consider sitting down with him to find out what he thinks the next step is. What are his expectations and plans for after graduation? After you and he answer some of these questions together, you will be in a better position to be helpful in a constructive way. “Too often, students focus on the immediate task of graduating along with trying to figure out what they are going to do for the rest of their lives,” said Jim Sautter, JFS Clinical Supervisor. “But what they really need to focus on is making a transition plan.

Thinking about the future will only exacerbate feelings of stress and anxiety.” The goal is to encourage your son to talk with you and work on some of the issues. You can let him know that it is normal not to know what he wants to do with the rest of his life, and that it is acceptable to take this transition one step at a time. You might also encourage him to speak with a counselor who can help him with career planning and with assessing his skills. It’s important for you to stay touch with him during his last few months of school to let him know that you care.

Meet James Sautter This month we welcome James Sautter (Jim) as our new Clinical Supervisor. Jim has over 30 years of social work experience, and the breadth of his knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our services. In addition to a private practice working with individuals and families, Jim most recently provided counseling for members of the military. While the range of issues these families confront is typical of others, military spouses and children experience heightened fears of a parent being hurt, adjusting to frequent moves, as well as transitions when a parent returns from service. “For children, Dad’s hugs might feel different, Mom might be depressed, or the returning parent could have PTSD,” says Sautter. It takes an insightful clinician to work with these families and understand these complex issues, all while being compassionate and helpful. Jim also has considerable experience working in hospitals and nursing homes. He has extensive knowledge about issues facing adults caring for their aging parent. “Being a caregiver can cause anxiety, stress and depression,” says Sautter. “The most difficult part is getting caregivers to recognize that they need outside help.” And Jim’s years of living in the Capital Region makes him an encyclopedia of community resources to help families. Our clinical team is already tapping into his well of knowledge.

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 3

James Sautter Clinical Supervisor

Brian S. Daniels began his career in state service in 1994 and has served

in several capacities including his current role is an associate commissioner with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. In this capacity he also continues to serve as director of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. Why JFS? Brian said that he is inspired by a passion for human services delivery punctuated by a love for service to the Jewish People. Brian is an ordained Reform rabbi and lives in Clifton Park with his wife, Karen, and their children.

Brian Daniels

Deborah Rosen Zamer is a NYS licensed realtor with Judy Rosen

Real Estate in Albany, NY. She received her Bachelor’s at SUNY Binghamton and then served in the U.S. Peace Corps in a rural village in Benin, West Africa. She returned to Albany and earned a Master in Social Work from SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare. With an interest in policy and government she worked as a budget analyst with the NYS Division of Budget, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s budget, until she had her first child.

Deborah Rosen Zamer

Deborah looks forward to becoming an active member of the JFS Board of Directors. She lives in Albany with her husband, Dr. Joshua Zamer, and their two boys, ages 4 and 6. She is active in her community, including Congregation Beth Emeth and New Scotland Elementary School.

Glenn Liebman is the CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State, a statewide mental health advocacy organization. Prior to that, Glenn worked for both the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Mental Health. He is also a freelance sports writer who has written several sports quote books and currently writes his own sports blog. Glenn also serves on the board of directors of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home and Families Together in New York State. He has a Master’s in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He lives with his wife and son in Guilderland.

Glenn Liebman

JFS By the Numbers 2,995 Number of people whose lives were touched by JFS programs.

1,522 Hours of in-home counseling for seniors provided by JFS staff.

51% Increase in-home counseling

247 Number of supportive home visits to

seniors by JFS staff.

Increase in supportive home visits versus 2011.

26%

368 Number of seniors received services

from JFS. 13% Increase in seniors served over 2011.

sessions provided versus 2011.

1,794 Number of mental health counseling hours

provided by JFS clinicians.

16% Increase in counseling services

provided since 2011.

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 4


Thank You to Our Generous Supporters Your donations are essential to ensuring those in need receive quality support and services. Many thanks to the following individuals, organizations, and corporations for their contributions in 2012.

Jewish

US POSTAGE PAID

Northeastern New York

CORPORATE SPONSORS Albany ENT & Allergy Services Albany Medical Center CDTA The College of Saint Rose Fact Finders Fenimore Asset Management Key Bank Massry Charitable Foundation Nigro Companies Schuyler Companies SEFCU Shop Rite Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Sheldon & Rochelle Abelson Seth & Gail Agata Elaine Ainspan The Sidney & Beatrice Albert Foundation Arthur & Rita Alowitz Abraham & Freida Anolik Ian Arcus Alan & Gloria Arnold Robert & Sherry Ashery Janet Axelrod Joseph & Evalyn Basloe Georges & Marlene Belfort Edward & Elizabeth Berger Stephan & Roberta Berk Sharon Berko Marc & Leslie Berlinsky Dolores Binder Jane & Moses Brand Charles Braverman & Julia Rosen Donald Bray Dorice Brickman Karl & Barbara Brodsky Anna K. Buchenbaum Marilyn Burke Michael Byron Abe & Dorothea Capon Tim Carleton & Elisa Meredith Linda Carrothers Lonnie & Suzzane Clar Kenneth & Judith Clements James Cohen Jeffrey & Bonita Cohen L. Donald Cohen Sandra Cohen Sidney Cohen Congregation Ohav Shalom Selig Corman Peter & Joan Danziger

Barry Davis Jocelyn Dax Jack Devore Leslie Diamond Frederic Dicker Jeri Eisenberg Beverly Eisenstadt Marjorie Elitzer Malka & Eitan Evan Samuel & Patricia Fallek Larry & Evelyn Farbstein Diana Fenton Fine Properties, Inc. Nadia Finkelstein Stewart & Pamela Finton Arnold Fisher Leslie & Audrey Fisher Mary Ford Harvey & Sandra Fox Jay & Catherine Frank Freedman Philanthropic Fund Eric & Joanna Fried Darwin Gallaway Marjorie Gang Marvin Garfinkel Bernard & Barbara Geizer Dr. Zvi D. Gellis Marc & Cheryl Ginsburg Arthur & Ethel Ginsburg Richard & Nancy Ginsburg Constance Glasgow M. Sherry Gold Nathan & Selma Goldberg Randy & Kathleen Goldberg Franklin Goldberger Elizabeth Goldstein Ina Gonick Richard & Diane Goodman Jill Goodman & Arthur Malkin Ida Gordon Myron Gordon Daniel Gordon & Anne Messer Sandra Ruth Gorenstein Gladys Graubart Steven Greenberg Matthew & Sally Greenblatt Lee Greenstein Neal & Cindy Greenstein Maurice Griffel Robert Gumson Richard Hanft Jonathan & Margaret Harvey Edmond & Helene Haven Joel & Julia Helfman Lori Hershenhart Sophie Hollander Gary & Christine Holle Rosanne Horn Terry Horowitz Barnett & Carolyn Horowitz

Nathan & Amy Horwitz Barry Ikler Barry & Diane Isenberg Bernard & Tema Isser Lillian Jacobs Shirley Jacobson Murray & Marsha Jaros Raymond Joyce Jr. Stephan & Shelley Justa Martin & Jean Kaback Ethel Kagan Ernest & Gloria Kahn Steven & Elana Kamenir Sidney & Shirley Kanofsky Alden & Janet Kaplan Milton Kaplan Bernice Karp Esther Karp Michael & Susan Karp Gerald & Ellen Katzman Bernard & Diane Kern Robert Keyes Shalom & Rena Kieval John & Marlene Kimball Jeffrey Kimmer David Kinney Alan Klein Thomas Kligerman Eric & Rose Ann Knieling Louise Koenig Sheldon & Barbara Kramer Dr. Daniel & Celine Kredentser Beth Laddin Leland & Deborah Lakritz Naomi Laub Ruth Lauber Alan & Rose Levensohn David Levine Esther Levine Freda Levine Margaret Levine Karen Beth Levy Leo & Martha Levy Esther Lewis Rabbi Ted Lichtenfeld Paul & Susan Lipman Richard & Sandra Lipman Karen Lipson Alan & Karen Lobel Ira & Sheila Lobel Evelyn Loeb Jane Loeb Jerome Lupu Richard & Beverly Magidson Joseph H. Mann Jr. Jessica Many Larry Marowitz Richard & Ruth Marowitz Sister Jean McGinty Ben & Ruth Mendel

Max & Lois Mendelson Steven Miller Adelaide Muhlfelder Carl Myers William & Elizabeth Nathan Alfred & Meryl Norek Kathleen Normile Bernie & Reeva Nowitz Leon & Joan Paley Harvey & Dorothy Patashnick Seymour Peltin Alan Pfeffer Frederic & Beverly Pineau Lawrence & Mancia Propp Gregory & Wendy Pyle Sheldon Rein Judy Rettig Anne Reznikoff Arthur & Helane Rheingold Steve Ribner Eliot Rich & Marla Eglowstein Wayne & Monica Richter Edith Riemer Harold & Francine Rockowitz Adrienne Rogers Hy & Elaine Rosen Ira & Jeannette Rosen Jonathan & Anna Rosen Robert & Carol Rosenblatt Peter & B.J. Rosenfeld Paul & Taube Rothenberg Lew & Gretchen Rubenstein Ira & Diane Rubtchinsky Sandra Russian Joseph & Gail Sacco Levia Santoro George Louis Sarachan James & Joan Savitt Morris & Barbara Sax Vita Scarlet Eva Schanzenbacher Michael & Barbara Scher Marjorie Schmid Alan Schriber Douglas Schwartz Gail Schwartz Carol Segal Richard Seiden Gavin & Karen Setzen Mildred Shafer Sumner Shapiro Cindy Shenker & Jim Campbell Gabriela Sherer Eugene & Marina Shpirt Bruce & Mary Ann Shubert Alfred & Rose Shuman Martin Siegel George & Clarice Silverstein Philanthropic Fund Rabbi Nachman & Clara Simon

Frank Simon Albert & Christine Singer Sofiya Smelyanskaya Patricia Snyder Joel Spiro David Springarn Deborah Stark Leslie Stein Don & Roberta Steiner Sanford & Gail Sternstein Patricia Stewart Paul & Janet Stoler Henry & Nancy Stone Sandra Storfer Henda Strasser Norman & Adele Strominger Irving & Arthea Strongin James & Margo Strosberg Robert & Robin Suitor Sophie Swire Stephan & Jacqueline Swyer Monica Tan Eli Taub & Nancy Bell Henry & Terry Tedischi Temple Israel Alice Tepper Richard & Alice Toll Melvin & Joyce Toub Diana Tranter Frances Waldman Washington Tavern Devorah & Brett Wasserman Peter Weinberg Natalie Weinstein Dorothy Weiss Leonard Weiss Robert Weissberg & Mishka Luft David & Nancy Wilder Jonas Wolff Linda Woodward Steven Young & Ellen Sandman Linda Zenner Robert & Ellen Zirin

IN-KIND DONORS Congregation B’nai Sholom Delaware Plaza Wine & Liquor Shirley Levey St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 5

Family MATTERS

NON PROFIT ORG

FAMILY Services

PERMIT #587

877 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12208

ALBANY, NY

Spring 2013, Vol. 2, No. 1

jfsneny.org

JFS

Save the Date Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:00–800 pm

JFS Annual Celebration Honoring Jerry and Ilene Sykes

Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award Shabbos House 320 Fuller Road Albany, NY 12203

JFS Honors Jerry and Ilene Sykes

Two Seminars, Two Timely Topics, Two Great Speakers

JFS is pleased to announce Jerry and Ilene Sykes as the 2013 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award recipients. They will be honored at our Annual Celebration on Thursday, June 6th at Shabbos House in Albany.

The Return of the Kids: When Your Adult Children Refill Your Empty Nest The Golub Center, Albany

Please join us in honoring the Sykes for their longtime commitment to our community. This year’s celebration provides the perfect setting for connecting with friends and colleagues, enjoying an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and supporting the vital services JFS provides for individuals and families in the Capital Region.

The return of adult children, combined with caring for elderly parents, is causing families to be more financially and emotionally stretched than ever. Dr. Klim will address the challenges and discusses strategies for dealing with these multi-generational issues, as well as provide ways for making the adjustment more manageable and even rewarding.

“We are honored to be receiving the 2013 Anschel Weiss Community Builder Award. We have always received a great deal of personal satisfaction from our community endeavors and it is wonderful to be recognized,” said Jerry and Ilene.

The Origins of Health: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

The Sykes owned and operated The Party Warehouse since 1989. During those 24 years, both personally and through their business, they enthusiastically supported many not for profit organizations through out the Capital District. In addition, Ilene and Jerry served on numerous Boards of Directors. Ilene is President of Hillel at The University of Albany. Among other organizations, she is Past President of The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY). Jerry is on the Endowment Board of Governors of JFNENY and a board member of the Daughters of Sarah Foundation and Shabbos House. He is Past President of the New York State Museum Institute.

Dr. Mark Pettus, Chief of Medicine, St. Peter’s Hospital Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:30 pm Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Despite what we’ve been told, we are not prisoners of our DNA. Dr. Mark Pettus provides recent, compelling evidence that your genes are quite malleable, and that human beings are designed to change and adapt in response to our environment. How you bathe your DNA in food, love, stress, play and work ultimately influences your health now, and in the future! Come and learn how. The Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series is designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. Please contact 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org to RSVP for these seminars.

If you would like to attend, please call JFS at 518482-8856. Tickets can be purchased online beginning in April at jfsneny.org. Corporate sponsorship packages are available. Call for details.

Join Us!

518-482-8856 info@jfsneny.org

Dr. Susan Klim, Northeast Psychological Associates Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm

INSIDE

President and ED Messages 2 Ask JFS - Post-Graduation Stress 3 Meet James Sautter 3

Meet Our New Board Members 4 JFS - By the Numbers 5 The 2013 JFS Annual Celebration 6

Jewish FAMILY Services


Thank You to Our Generous Supporters Your donations are essential to ensuring those in need receive quality support and services. Many thanks to the following individuals, organizations, and corporations for their contributions in 2012.

Jewish

US POSTAGE PAID

Northeastern New York

CORPORATE SPONSORS Albany ENT & Allergy Services Albany Medical Center CDTA The College of Saint Rose Fact Finders Fenimore Asset Management Key Bank Massry Charitable Foundation Nigro Companies Schuyler Companies SEFCU Shop Rite Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Sheldon & Rochelle Abelson Seth & Gail Agata Elaine Ainspan The Sidney & Beatrice Albert Foundation Arthur & Rita Alowitz Abraham & Freida Anolik Ian Arcus Alan & Gloria Arnold Robert & Sherry Ashery Janet Axelrod Joseph & Evalyn Basloe Georges & Marlene Belfort Edward & Elizabeth Berger Stephan & Roberta Berk Sharon Berko Marc & Leslie Berlinsky Dolores Binder Jane & Moses Brand Charles Braverman & Julia Rosen Donald Bray Dorice Brickman Karl & Barbara Brodsky Anna K. Buchenbaum Marilyn Burke Michael Byron Abe & Dorothea Capon Tim Carleton & Elisa Meredith Linda Carrothers Lonnie & Suzzane Clar Kenneth & Judith Clements James Cohen Jeffrey & Bonita Cohen L. Donald Cohen Sandra Cohen Sidney Cohen Congregation Ohav Shalom Selig Corman Peter & Joan Danziger

Barry Davis Jocelyn Dax Jack Devore Leslie Diamond Frederic Dicker Jeri Eisenberg Beverly Eisenstadt Marjorie Elitzer Malka & Eitan Evan Samuel & Patricia Fallek Larry & Evelyn Farbstein Diana Fenton Fine Properties, Inc. Nadia Finkelstein Stewart & Pamela Finton Arnold Fisher Leslie & Audrey Fisher Mary Ford Harvey & Sandra Fox Jay & Catherine Frank Freedman Philanthropic Fund Eric & Joanna Fried Darwin Gallaway Marjorie Gang Marvin Garfinkel Bernard & Barbara Geizer Dr. Zvi D. Gellis Marc & Cheryl Ginsburg Arthur & Ethel Ginsburg Richard & Nancy Ginsburg Constance Glasgow M. Sherry Gold Nathan & Selma Goldberg Randy & Kathleen Goldberg Franklin Goldberger Elizabeth Goldstein Ina Gonick Richard & Diane Goodman Jill Goodman & Arthur Malkin Ida Gordon Myron Gordon Daniel Gordon & Anne Messer Sandra Ruth Gorenstein Gladys Graubart Steven Greenberg Matthew & Sally Greenblatt Lee Greenstein Neal & Cindy Greenstein Maurice Griffel Robert Gumson Richard Hanft Jonathan & Margaret Harvey Edmond & Helene Haven Joel & Julia Helfman Lori Hershenhart Sophie Hollander Gary & Christine Holle Rosanne Horn Terry Horowitz Barnett & Carolyn Horowitz

Nathan & Amy Horwitz Barry Ikler Barry & Diane Isenberg Bernard & Tema Isser Lillian Jacobs Shirley Jacobson Murray & Marsha Jaros Raymond Joyce Jr. Stephan & Shelley Justa Martin & Jean Kaback Ethel Kagan Ernest & Gloria Kahn Steven & Elana Kamenir Sidney & Shirley Kanofsky Alden & Janet Kaplan Milton Kaplan Bernice Karp Esther Karp Michael & Susan Karp Gerald & Ellen Katzman Bernard & Diane Kern Robert Keyes Shalom & Rena Kieval John & Marlene Kimball Jeffrey Kimmer David Kinney Alan Klein Thomas Kligerman Eric & Rose Ann Knieling Louise Koenig Sheldon & Barbara Kramer Dr. Daniel & Celine Kredentser Beth Laddin Leland & Deborah Lakritz Naomi Laub Ruth Lauber Alan & Rose Levensohn David Levine Esther Levine Freda Levine Margaret Levine Karen Beth Levy Leo & Martha Levy Esther Lewis Rabbi Ted Lichtenfeld Paul & Susan Lipman Richard & Sandra Lipman Karen Lipson Alan & Karen Lobel Ira & Sheila Lobel Evelyn Loeb Jane Loeb Jerome Lupu Richard & Beverly Magidson Joseph H. Mann Jr. Jessica Many Larry Marowitz Richard & Ruth Marowitz Sister Jean McGinty Ben & Ruth Mendel

Max & Lois Mendelson Steven Miller Adelaide Muhlfelder Carl Myers William & Elizabeth Nathan Alfred & Meryl Norek Kathleen Normile Bernie & Reeva Nowitz Leon & Joan Paley Harvey & Dorothy Patashnick Seymour Peltin Alan Pfeffer Frederic & Beverly Pineau Lawrence & Mancia Propp Gregory & Wendy Pyle Sheldon Rein Judy Rettig Anne Reznikoff Arthur & Helane Rheingold Steve Ribner Eliot Rich & Marla Eglowstein Wayne & Monica Richter Edith Riemer Harold & Francine Rockowitz Adrienne Rogers Hy & Elaine Rosen Ira & Jeannette Rosen Jonathan & Anna Rosen Robert & Carol Rosenblatt Peter & B.J. Rosenfeld Paul & Taube Rothenberg Lew & Gretchen Rubenstein Ira & Diane Rubtchinsky Sandra Russian Joseph & Gail Sacco Levia Santoro George Louis Sarachan James & Joan Savitt Morris & Barbara Sax Vita Scarlet Eva Schanzenbacher Michael & Barbara Scher Marjorie Schmid Alan Schriber Douglas Schwartz Gail Schwartz Carol Segal Richard Seiden Gavin & Karen Setzen Mildred Shafer Sumner Shapiro Cindy Shenker & Jim Campbell Gabriela Sherer Eugene & Marina Shpirt Bruce & Mary Ann Shubert Alfred & Rose Shuman Martin Siegel George & Clarice Silverstein Philanthropic Fund Rabbi Nachman & Clara Simon

Frank Simon Albert & Christine Singer Sofiya Smelyanskaya Patricia Snyder Joel Spiro David Springarn Deborah Stark Leslie Stein Don & Roberta Steiner Sanford & Gail Sternstein Patricia Stewart Paul & Janet Stoler Henry & Nancy Stone Sandra Storfer Henda Strasser Norman & Adele Strominger Irving & Arthea Strongin James & Margo Strosberg Robert & Robin Suitor Sophie Swire Stephan & Jacqueline Swyer Monica Tan Eli Taub & Nancy Bell Henry & Terry Tedischi Temple Israel Alice Tepper Richard & Alice Toll Melvin & Joyce Toub Diana Tranter Frances Waldman Washington Tavern Devorah & Brett Wasserman Peter Weinberg Natalie Weinstein Dorothy Weiss Leonard Weiss Robert Weissberg & Mishka Luft David & Nancy Wilder Jonas Wolff Linda Woodward Steven Young & Ellen Sandman Linda Zenner Robert & Ellen Zirin

IN-KIND DONORS Congregation B’nai Sholom Delaware Plaza Wine & Liquor Shirley Levey St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church

JFS Family MATTERS Spring 2013 Pg. 5

Family MATTERS

NON PROFIT ORG

FAMILY Services

PERMIT #587

877 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12208

ALBANY, NY

Spring 2013, Vol. 2, No. 1

jfsneny.org

JFS

Save the Date Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:00–800 pm

JFS Annual Celebration Honoring Jerry and Ilene Sykes

Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award Shabbos House 320 Fuller Road Albany, NY 12203

JFS Honors Jerry and Ilene Sykes

Two Seminars, Two Timely Topics, Two Great Speakers

JFS is pleased to announce Jerry and Ilene Sykes as the 2013 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award recipients. They will be honored at our Annual Celebration on Thursday, June 6th at Shabbos House in Albany.

The Return of the Kids: When Your Adult Children Refill Your Empty Nest The Golub Center, Albany

Please join us in honoring the Sykes for their longtime commitment to our community. This year’s celebration provides the perfect setting for connecting with friends and colleagues, enjoying an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and supporting the vital services JFS provides for individuals and families in the Capital Region.

The return of adult children, combined with caring for elderly parents, is causing families to be more financially and emotionally stretched than ever. Dr. Klim will address the challenges and discusses strategies for dealing with these multi-generational issues, as well as provide ways for making the adjustment more manageable and even rewarding.

“We are honored to be receiving the 2013 Anschel Weiss Community Builder Award. We have always received a great deal of personal satisfaction from our community endeavors and it is wonderful to be recognized,” said Jerry and Ilene.

The Origins of Health: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

The Sykes owned and operated The Party Warehouse since 1989. During those 24 years, both personally and through their business, they enthusiastically supported many not for profit organizations through out the Capital District. In addition, Ilene and Jerry served on numerous Boards of Directors. Ilene is President of Hillel at The University of Albany. Among other organizations, she is Past President of The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY). Jerry is on the Endowment Board of Governors of JFNENY and a board member of the Daughters of Sarah Foundation and Shabbos House. He is Past President of the New York State Museum Institute.

Dr. Mark Pettus, Chief of Medicine, St. Peter’s Hospital Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:30 pm Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Despite what we’ve been told, we are not prisoners of our DNA. Dr. Mark Pettus provides recent, compelling evidence that your genes are quite malleable, and that human beings are designed to change and adapt in response to our environment. How you bathe your DNA in food, love, stress, play and work ultimately influences your health now, and in the future! Come and learn how. The Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series is designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. Please contact 518-482-8856 or info@jfsneny.org to RSVP for these seminars.

If you would like to attend, please call JFS at 518482-8856. Tickets can be purchased online beginning in April at jfsneny.org. Corporate sponsorship packages are available. Call for details.

Join Us!

518-482-8856 info@jfsneny.org

Dr. Susan Klim, Northeast Psychological Associates Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm

INSIDE

President and ED Messages 2 Ask JFS - Post-Graduation Stress 3 Meet James Sautter 3

Meet Our New Board Members 4 JFS - By the Numbers 5 The 2013 JFS Annual Celebration 6

Jewish FAMILY Services

JFS Family Matters Spring 2013  

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