Posted on Oct 29, 2019
JFCS representatives with Rotary Club PresidentJewish Family & Children’s Service received the Business of the Year Award from Golden Valley Rotary Club. October is "Economic and Community Development Month" for the Rotary International calendar. The Golden Valley Rotary Club celebrates each year by naming a local Business of the Year to honor. The 2019 selection is Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) in Golden Valley.
 
JFCS representatives accepting the award were Judy Halper, Executive Director; Lee Friedman, Chief Operating Officer; Lori Leavitt, Marketing and Communications Director; Dana Rubin, Development Director; Jeff Barin, Board Chair; and Jaye Snyder, Board Member. They are pictured with Bryan Palmer, Golden Valley Rotary Club President.
 
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Rotary Club and proud to be a part of the Golden Valley community along with so many businesses and organizations working to make a positive impact,” JFCS Chief Executive Officer Judy Halper said. “JFCS provides essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need. We are also co-located with PRISM, and we are grateful for the opportunity to amplify one another’s work and improve service delivery to people in need. Just as the Rotary Club is dedicated to community service, at JFCS we are dedicated to serving our community, one person at a time, with boundless compassion.”
 
Jewish Family & Children’s Service was recognized for their commitment to providing programs, services, and support for thousands in the Jewish and broader communities; for providing senior services, career services, children and family services, community engagement, and counseling and mental health support; for their staff that is highly trained and professional, providing culturally sensitive, confidential care that incorporates best practices; for repairing the world one person at a time, a central value of Judaism, informing their work and mission; for partnering with PRISM to invest in a new building, improve and grow programs, and make an impact in Golden Valley; for delivering essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering, and offer support in times of need; they are here for all, always. Golden Valley Rotary Club believes that Jewish Family & Children’s Service exemplifies Rotary's motto of "Service-Above-Self."
 
This is the 13th annual celebration of Golden Valley Rotary Club’s Business of the Year. In 2006, Golden Valley Rotary Club began the annual practice during Rotary's "Economic and Community Development Month" each October. A business or organization based in Golden Valley is honored that: exemplifies and shows leadership in good works in the community; is perceived to be a good employer in the community; and is perceived to observe high ethical standards, integrity, competence, and professional contributions in its industry.
 
Past recipients include:
2006 - Armstrong, Torseth, Skold and Rydeen (ATS&R Planners / Architects / Engineers)
2007 - Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
2008 - General Mills
2009 - Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
2010 - Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
2012 - Golden Valley Chester Bird American Legion, Post 523
2013 - Winkley Orthotics & Prosthetics
2014 - PRISM Golden Valley, MN
2015 - My Music Store
2016 - Culver's of Golden Valley
2017 - Animal Humane Society
2018 - Tennant Company
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