Families today have questions: How do I cope with my aging parent? What should I do if my child is being bullied? How can I help a loved one who is in an abusive relationship?
JFS is launching the new JFS Miriam Adler Family Life Education Series designed to strengthen and empower families through workshops and discussions on issues affecting all stages of family life. Miriam’s 25 year history of working at JFS and serving families and individuals in the Capital Region gives her the experience and compassion to understand today’s families. She will play an active role in guiding the topics for upcoming lectures, which will be open to all members of the community.
The first seminar addresses Trends in Successful Aging and Caregiving. Presented by Dr. Zvi Gellis, Director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. The seminar takes place at 3:00 on October 28, 2012 at the Golub Center in Albany. For registration information, please call 518-482-8856 or email

SEFCU President and CEO, Michael J. Castellana Receives the
Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award

Miriam Adler is recognized for 25 years of service to JFS
ALBANY- More than 150 community members gathered and helped raise over $22,000 at the JFS Annual Celebration  held June Thursday, June 7th at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, reported event chair Karen Setzen.
At the event Michael Castellana received the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award, which bestows the agency’s highest honor for building business in the Capital Region and commitment to non-profit organizations to improve the lives of adults, children and families. Miriam Adler was also recognized for her 25 years of service at JFS.
In talking of his commitment to non-profit organizations, Catellana said, “I’m humbled to be recognized with the honor of receiving the 2012 Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award.  To be included in the company of the prior winners of this award is truly an honor.” Castellana serves on numerous boards of directors, including the SEFCU Foundation, a non-profit affiliation he formed to pool the time, talent, and financial resources of SEFCU staff in support of children’s causes.
Miriam Adler has been a part of Jewish Family Services for 25 years.  Having grown up in the area, Miriam returned to Albany in 1986 and took a position as Clinical Director at JFS, and in 2007, became Executive Director. “Working for 25 years at JFS has allowed me to express my passion for working with families and individuals, help to build and support the Capital Region Jewish Community, and participate in educating the new generations of social workers.  I am honored to receive this award from JFS which has been such an important part of my life.”

Since 1854. JFSNENY has been dedicated to:

  • Strengthening individual, family and community life;
  • The Jewish value of Tikkun Olam which guides our work.

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