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Volunteer Spotlight September 2022: Raleigh Kent

Can you tell us about yourself and your background? My earlier years were on the Minneapolis Northside, later moving to south Minneapolis. I graduated from Washburn High School and went on to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. After graduating with a BSN, I went to work as a pediatri[...]

Volunteer Spotlight August 2022: Bill Gershan

Can you tell us about yourself and your background? I am a retired physician, a pediatric pulmonologist, who most recently worked at the University of Minnesota from 2014–2022. I originally grew up in Wisconsin. I am married and have two grown children. What motivated you to begin volunteer[...]

Volunteer Spotlight July 2022: Mickey Greenberg

Can you tell us about yourself and your background? I am a 1961 graduate of North High School, went to the University of Minnesota for undergrad and law school (1969). I worked as a corporate attorney for Fingerhut Corporation before moving to Israel in 1974, where I worked as Purchasing Manager[...]

Volunteer Spotlight June 2022: Milo Beyene

Can you tell us about yourself and your background? About a year ago, I enrolled in the “Introduction to Judaism” course available at Temple Israel shortly after reading “Why Be Jewish? A Testament” by Edgar Bronfman Sr. I highly recommend the book, but especially the class. Over the wee[...]

Volunteer Spotlight April 2022: Ted Peilen

Can you tell us about yourself and your background? I was born and raised in St. Louis Park, where I always had a connection to the local Jewish community growing up, whether through Talmud Torah, BBYO or synagogue. I went to college out-of-state and lived all over the country for several years [...]

Volunteer Spotlight March 2022: Eva Neubeck

Eva Neubeck with her grandchildren Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? I am a first generation American born to parents who fled Nazi Germany in 1939. Beautifully resilient people, their parenting style included nurturing meaningful friendships, creating supportive co[...]

Volunteer Spotlight January 2022: Kori Savitt

Kori Savitt, with her husband, Charles Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a mom of three beautiful daughters and two great son-in-laws, a Baubie to three perfect grandkids, and I’ve been married to a wonderful man, Charles, for 40 years. I am a big sports fan and I love my d[...]

Volunteer Spotlight December 2021: Harry Engel

Harry Engel, pictured with his wife, Sari, and their grandchildren, Harper, Oliver and Livienne. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am an almost-forever resident of Minnesota having arrived here as a 3-year-old along with my twin brother, Randy, and our parents. My parents (of blesse[...]

Volunteer Spotlight – September 2021: Louisa Hext

What is your background? I was born and raised in London, England. My family are Ashkenazi Jews who emigrated from Vilna, Lithuania, and Moscow, Russia, over several generations. I came to the U.S. for graduate work in sociology in 1986, living in Columbus, Ohio. I was recruited by the Minn[...]

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2021: Sheryl Rutzick

What current volunteer role(s) do you have with JFCS and what volunteer role(s) have you held in the past?  My current volunteer role is as a driver for Garber Transportation. Once in a while, I will assist with delivering items to PJ Library families’ homes for virtual events taking plac[...]