JFS to Honor Fred Erlich and Amy Klein

August 24, 2017


Become a Corporate Sponsor, Join the Honorary Committee or Buy Tickets Here.

On October 19, 2017, JFS will honor Amy Klein and Fred Erlich for their outstanding contributions to making our world a better place.

JFS demonstrates and embraces the Jewish value of tikkun olam—repairing the world—in all our community based work. Our Annual Celebration will recognize the commitment of our honorees to serve humanity with humility and to act as role models for future generations. They will be presented the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award. Past recipients of this award include Mara Ginsberg, Chanie Simon, Rabbi Beverly Magidson, The Golub Family, Jerry & Ilene Sykes, Michael Castellana, Steve Lobel, Morris and Esther Massry, Dr. Mark Sullivan and Representative Michael McNulty.

“It is humbling to be recognized with the Anschel Weiss Community Builders Award. I consider it a great honor to serve the community each day through my work at Capital Roots, helping to make our neighborhoods and families healthier.  As Anschel has, I hope that I can inspire others on their paths to create change in our world,” said Amy Klein.

“I am honored to receive the Jewish Family Services Community Builder Award. As a previous board member, and passionate advocate for individuals and families, the mission and work of JFS speaks to my heart, said Fred Erlich. “I am deeply humbled by this award and recognition. Anschell Weiss was a friend, colleague and fellow Rotarian who was a consummate professional and demonstrated the highest ideals. May we all continue to repair the world, serve with humility, embrace our differences, and build vibrant communities, he added.

Fredrick Erlich is founder and CEO of Living Resources, a not-for-profit health and human services agency that serves more than 2,000 people across 14 programs throughout the Capital Region. Mr. Erlich founded this agency in 1974 as an organization committed to maintaining a continuum of services that addresses the full range of needs experienced by individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities (including autism spectrum disorders), and traumatic brain injuries.

In 2016, he received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the University at Albany Alumni Association. He is also the recipient of The Bishop Hubbard Award for promoting and creating services for people with disabilities.

Amy Klein is CEO of Capital Roots, which works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health the Capital Region through community gardens, access to healthy foods, nutritional and horticultural education and urban greening programs. Under Amy’s leadership, ten new programs have been launched, including the nationally recognized Veggie Mobile, that increase access to fresh, affordable food in our region’s underserved neighborhoods and expanded the non-profit’s geographical reach to include four counties. As CEO, she oversees 32 staff members who work to implement the various programs.

Please Join Us! Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Shabbos House, 320 Fuller Road, Albany. To become a corporate sponsor, join the honorary committee or buy tickets, please call 518-482-8856 or visit jfsneny.org.

Download the Corporate & Honorary Form here.