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Transitions at JFS


By Morgan Goad, Associate Director of Development, Jewish Family Services

A new Fiscal Year at JFS is always a time of transition. We are saying heartfelt goodbyes to retiring Board Members, and extend warm welcomes to our new additions!


Jessica Samet

Jessica Samet

Jessica’s involvement with JFS began in 1993 as a Master’s student intern alongside Sydney Fleischer and Ellen Glass!

She has made a lifelong career of assisting seniors and their families, and brought that same passion during her term on the JFS Board.

Rabbi Martin Beifield  Jr.

Rabbi Martin Beifield Jr.

Rabbi Beifield, Jr. returned for a final term after serving a full nine years on the Board between 2003 and 2013.

His greatest interest has been developing his fellow Board members as leaders, and he was always generous with his time and advice.


Shanaye La Beaud

Shanaye la Beaud

Shanaye learned about JFS as an MBA student at VCU. She brought her passion to helping organize Connecting Hearts’ events and the 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign.

 Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes with a buddy

Jake also joined the Board as a result of a project with VCU’s MBA program. He enjoyed reaching out to family during Giving Tuesday and telling the story of how JFS Connecting Hearts finds families for children in foster care!




Tom Topinka

Tom Topinka

Tom was always a great resource for the latest trends in the healthcare industry. He’s also a talented photographer and always happy to bring along his camera to JFS events!


Dr. David Galpern

Dr. David Galpern

Dr. Galpern is a board-certified hand surgeon and holds an MBA from VCU.

He has volunteered on the Boards of many local Jewish organizations, including JCFR, Chabad, and Aleph Bet. His experience in the healthcare field will be a great asset to JFS!


Cantor Dara Rosenblatt

Cantor Dara Rosenblatt

Originally from Connecticut, Cantor Dara Rosenblatt has been in Richmond almost four years. Her journey to being Cantor at Temple Beth-El is rooted in her love for Jewish music and prayer and the joy that it brings not just to her, but everyone around her. 

She is looking forward to learning more about JFS’ work in the larger Richmond Jewish community!

Ryan Mitchell

Ryan Mitchell

Ryan jumped in with both feet last year as a sponsor and co-host of JFS Connecting Hearts’ event last fall, and was inspired by JFS’ work in adoption and foster care. He brings a canny business sense and wide connections everywhere he goes.

Ashley Noell

The Noel Family

Ashley has been a volunteer in diverse roles within the Richmond Jewish community for nearly a decade.

Her contributions have led to recognition such as the Sam E. and Virginia V. Binswanger Young Leadership Award and the Bob Reinhard Award, both from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. Her family’s story was also featured in the 2021 JFS Annual Report!

If you are interested in getting involved in our mission, please get in touch with Morgan at mgoad@jfsrichmond.org.  

 Jewish Family Services is supported, in part, by a generous annual contribution and programming grants from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.


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