Success Story Facts

  • The past  JCRS president, Bruce Miller, was a JCRS success story. He was elected at the JCRS annual meeting on March 27, 2011, in New Orleans. In the 1960s, Bruce and his brother Marc attended Camp Barney Medintz with scholarship aid from JCRS. A Greater New Orleans tax attorney for more than 30 years, Bruce is married to Dr. Jane Miller, and they are the parents of adult sons, Hal and Andrew.
  • Close to 300 young adults who were aided by JCRS when they were youths have given our agency permission to use their name, endorsements, and photos in JCRS public relations material.
  • A number of these success stories currently serve on the JCRS Board or committees.
  • JCRS success stories represent a wide range of vocations and professions. Many success stories have worked in the Jewish communal service field.
  • Two JCRS success stories were featured in People Magazine in the 1990s: magician and wooden nickel engraver, the late Louis Berkie, and scientist and environmentalist, Dr. Mark Plotkin.
  • For 2011, the speakers at the JCRS Annual Meeting on March 27 were Marlene Trestman and her brother, Dr. Robert Trestman. Both are former JCRS foster children, and each has built a national reputation in her and his respective fields. For more details, follow this link or check out our Events Page.
  • Currently, in the state of Texas, three executives with different Jewish Federations all received JCRS financial assistance when they were youths. They are: Bradley Laye, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas; Mona Karten, Recent Program Director, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; and Shari Kammerman, Assistant to the President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.
  • Rabbis aided by JCRS when they were youths include:
    • Rabbi Jeremy Schneider, Temple Kol Ami (Scottsdale, AZ) and recently assistant rabbi at Temple Shalom (Dallas, Texas)
    • Rabbi James Egolf, Congregation Beth David (Gladwyne, PA and formerly of Congregation Beth Israel (Jackson, MS)
    • Rabbi Avraham Lubarsky, Yeshiva Torat Shraga (Jerusalem, Israel)
    • Rabbi Erin Ellis Mason (ordination in May of 2011) URJ Camp Newman (Santa Rosa, CA and formerly of Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, TX)
  • Currently, JCRS is aware of three young married couples who were assisted individually when they were youths. The couples grew up and/or currently live in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Soon, JCRS hopes to feature a story about some of these couples under Success Story Profiles.
  • In 2008, the JCRS published an edition of The Jewish Childnewsletter that featured fifteen families of young adults where the JCRS had once assisted at least three of the family’s children when they were youths. The families featured include:
    • The Turner Family: 4 sons (Fort Worth, TX)
    • The O’Keefe Family: 4 daughters (Memphis, TN)
    • The Bork Family: 3 daughters (El Paso, TX)
    • The Green Family: 3 daughters, 1 son (Tyler, TX)
    • The Bloomston Family: 5 sons (Birmingham, AL)
    • The Wearb Family: 4 daughters (Birmingham, AL)
    • The Nesson Family: 2 sons, 1 daughter (Fayetteville, AR)
    • The Spanier Family: 2 daughters, 2 sons (New Orleans, LA)
    • The Abrams Family: 2 sons, 1 daughter (Central, MS)
    • The Weil Family: 2 daughters, 2 sons (Huntsville, AL)
    • The Duke Family: 2 sons, 1 daughter (Houston, TX)
    • The Katz Family: 4 sons (New Orleans, LA)
    • The Piha-Paul Family: 2 sons, 1 daughter (Baton Rouge, LA)
    • The Sherman Family: 2 sons, 1 daughter (Houston, TX)
    • The Singer Family: 2 sons, 1 daughter (Memphis, TN)
    • The 54 success stories listed above represent 7 physicians/ dentists, 8 educators, 2 engineers, 3 journalists/ broadcasters, 2 attorneys, 2 interior designers, 3 Jewish communal professionals, 2 archivists, 1 psychologist, 1 scientist, and numerous business managers and entrepreneurs
    • In September of 2011, JCRS featured 13 sets of sister success stories in its literature. Call our office for a hard copy, or follow this link for more details about these sisters.