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Tribute to Community Couples November 9

SAVE THE DATE - On Nov. 9, 2014 JFS will honor Karen Fjeldsted Doctorman & Gary Doctorman, Anne & Sandy Dolowitz, Kitty & Neil Kaplan, and Helen & Rick Rappaport at the 7th Annual Jewish Family Service Tribute Gala at Little America. Please join us as we celebrate these "Community Couples" and their impact on the Jewish as well as general communities of Utah through their dedication, humanitarian work, and contributions of time, talent and support to the many worthy causes dearest to them. This special evening promises to be memorable; click here to relive the celebration of last year's JFS Gala.

Are You Stuck? Enhance Self-Care!

Jewish Family Service and Salt Lake Family Health Center are co-hosting a Mind-Body Skills Workshop led by Mara Rabin, MD and Amy Edwards, ACMHC. Improve wellness in this supportive small group setting with scientifically proven skills to boost physical and emotional health. Contact Amy for information on the next series of this popular workshop scheduled for Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, from October 15 to December 17, 2014. $350, sliding fee scale available. Advanced registration required. Contact Amy at 801.746.4334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "Learning about and practicing mind-body skills in a group facilitated by Amy Edwards was one of the best things I've done this year!  I learned new things about myself and discovered ways in which I can respond more effectively to the stress I experience in my day-to-day life.  I learned new (and better) ways to relax both my mind and my body.  And, I'm sleeping better.  Amy helped me connect with my inherent creativity and wonder, and participating in the workshop brought new energy and positivity to my life, especially to those areas where I often feel stuck." Julie P.

What Would Be on Your Playlist?

JFS has launched the first Music & Memory program in Utah. It provides personalized music playlists via digital music technology to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia to engage the mind and enable these individuals to reconnect with the world and those around them through music-triggered memories. It is a partnership with the non-profit Music & Memory, as featured in the documentary film "Alive Inside," the Audience Award winner for best documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. On April 7, 2014 Zions Bank & the Utah Film Center co-hosted a special screening of this documentary followed by a Q&A by Dan Cohen, founding Executive Director of Music & Memory, Inc. at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Additional FREE SCREENINGS of the film are scheduled for: Tuesday, July 22 - Salt Lake City Public Library, SLC UT - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14 - Viridian Center, South Jordan UT - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16 - King Koal Theatre, Price UT - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 21 - Star Hall, Moab UT - 7:00 p.m.Thursday, August 21 - Peery’s Theatre, Ogden UT - 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 15 - Snowbird Cliff Lodge [part of the Rocky Mt. Geriatrics Conference] - 5:15 p.m. Additional info and a video trailer can be found…

2013 Tribute Dinner A Night to Remember

The sixth annual Jewish Family Service Tribute Dinner was held on October 27, 2013, where JFS and the community celebrated three "Inspiring Women" - Suzanne Goldsmith, Joanne McGillis, and Irene Tannenbaum - for lifetimes of good deeds to the Jewish as well as general communities in Utah. View photos of this memorable evening HERE.Please see local media coverage of the event: KSL Channel 5 News, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News. JFS extends a hearty THANK YOU to ALL who supported the event! We are extremely grateful to our corporate and table sponsors, and  those who gave time and talent to help us host our biggest crowd ever! We are very pleased to announce we met our challenge grant, and our heartfelt gratitude goes to the two generous donors of the $25,000 challenge grant who doubled the value of everyone's contribution towards the evening's festivities!  The JFS Tribute Dinner raises vital funds to help people of all faiths throughout Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch Counties so JFS can supply food for the hungry, teach job search skills and offer emotional support to the unemployed, counsel the depressed, offer resources to keep marriages and families together, and respite to those caring for loved ones. For further information, please call 801.746.4334.