Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 2:00 pm—5:00 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building
109 Zina Pitcher Place Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The mosaic is a metaphor for the development and growth of Jewish Family Services—
many different services, events, experiences, and partnerships combined to create the exquisite, one-of-a-kind masterpiece we call “JFS.” 

The Bernstein Award was created in honor of Claire and Isadore Bernstein z’l, leaders in the Ann Arbor Jewish Community, and is presented to outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations who demonstrate exemplary service to JFS and the community.


The Herb Amster Center was created in honor of Herb Amster z’l, a beloved local entrepreneur and innovative leader, and this award is presented to individuals, businesses and organizations for achievement in leadership and involvement in the Amster Center.


Old National Bank

Through volunteerism, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants and financial education, Old National Bank has been a long time friend and valued partner to JFS. This commitment to community helps define Old National’s mission and vision as a community bank.

Leslie Bash

For over 40 years, Leslie Bash has shared her vision, passion, and dedication with Jewish communities. Whether heading the JCC, The Jewish Film Festival, The Jewish Book Festival or serving on countless committees and multiple boards, including the JFS Board, she leads by example, kindly giving back to strengthen our community.

Gretchen Gardner & Josh Pokempner

Gretchen Gardner and Josh Pokempner have participated in, networked, advocated, and grown a number of progressive non-profits and charities in the Ann Arbor community. Their creative and passionate approach to community, and to business, illuminate The Amster Center’s foundational adage: “Do good things, but remember the bottom line so you can do more good things.

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”