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Serving Families, Preserving Traditions

“Rhythm & Soul 2016” drew 200 patrons to the Audubon Tea Room to support Jewish Family Service in offering individuals and families access to affordable care, support and resources to enhance their well-being and self-sufficiency at every stage of life. Co-Chairs for the event were Aviva Bowman, Vivian Cahn and Nancy Bissinger Timm. The evening raised $86,000.

Julanne Isaacson, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service 1973-1994, was the honoree this year in honor of the several programs launched during her leadership that remain core to JFS’s mission today. These programs include: Homemaker, which offers light housekeeping and transportation for older and disabled adults; Teen Life Counts, a suicide prevention education program presented in area schools; Lifeline, a personal emergency response system; and Passover Food Distribution, which provides kosher for Passover food for all members of the Jewish community to participate in the holiday. In Julanne Isaacson’s honor, a patron-hour special cocktail was dubbed The Mint Julanne.

Deena Gerber, Former Executive Director, presented the award to Julanne, as well as an original artwork by Lizano Glass Haus, and a plate by Faber awards.

Event speakers included Dr. Tom Haspel, who spoke on behalf of the family; Julie Wise Oreck, Board President; and Roselle Ungar, JFS Executive Director. The Mike Rihner Trio provided musical entertainment.


What: “Rhythm & Soul 2016,” benefiting Jewish Family Service of GNO
When: Sunday, May 22
Where: Audubon Tea Room


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