Jewish Family Service will honor Wilton’s Laurence Sheinman

Laurence Sheinman will be honored for his volunteer work by JFS (Jewish Family Service) on Sunday, April 21.

Mr. Sheinman, who lives in Wilton, will receive the 34th annual Mitzvah Award at a social event and fund-raiser at Temple Beth El in Stamford. The annual event and auction will begin at 5:30.

Mr. Sheinman began his volunteering on a small scale, working to assist United Way with its drug counseling programs and blood drives and volunteering for activities at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk. Since being introduced to JFS, he has had a major impact on the agency. He joined the board in 2006 and shortly thereafter became vice president. He became president in 2009, serving for three years.

Mr. Sheinman was president during one of the agency’s most difficult periods. He shepherded the organization through the recession years, helping JFS emerge as a stronger agency. During his tenure, the agency increased the number of clients served.

He was deeply involved in creating JFS’ current five-year strategic plan, designed to lead the agency into the next phase of its development. He is a leading force in the agency’s new Cognitive Wellness Initiative, which will launch in the very near future.

This year’s event is being co-chaired by Meryl Japha and Janet Welkovich. Seth Linzer will serve as emcee and auctioneer.

Chaired by Sandy Speter, the fifth silent–and live-auction will include vacations, theater tickets, jewelry, art, Yankee tickets, golf outings and more.

Information: 203-921-4161