Sarah Bearden
David Berin
Elijah Feret
Daniel Gulko







Shirley Tsur-Magen

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York has awarded five scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students to help with their college-related expenses. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants were asked to meet various requirements and to write an essay on their understanding of Jewish Family Services’ impact on the community and suggest innovative ways for college-aged people to support the JFS’s mission.

The 2021-22 Awardees:

Sarah Bearden was awarded $2,000 from the Hessberg Trust. She is a freshman at Columbia University studying civil engineering.

David Berin received $1,000 from the JFS Combined Scholarship Fund. Hailing from Bethlehem, he is a freshman at UCLA studying psychobiology on a premed track.

Elijah Feret was awarded $1,000 from the David and Rose Udelson Bray Scholarship Fund. A member of Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady, he is a freshman at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. studying biomendical engineering on the premed track.

Daniel Gulko received $1,000 from the David and Rose Udelson Bray Scholarship Fund. He is in the MD program at Albany Medical College and is interested in studying neurology.

Shirly Tsur-Magen received $1,000 from the JFS Combined Scholarship Fund. She is a former JFS intern and is working towards a master’s degree in social work at the University at Albany.

The JFS Combined Scholarship Fund is made up of the funds: Frederick DeBeer Scholarship, Jewish Family Services Scholarship, Beatrice B. Levy Scholarship, George M. Simon Scholarship (restricted to a resident of Albany) and the Eli Werlin Scholarship.

The mission of JFS NENy, according to the organization, is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and the community by providing compassionate, collaborative human services, guided by Jewish values.

“Leaving a legacy can be done in many ways. It is particularly special to leave a portion of a person’s estate to a charitable organization for the good use of the organization and related uses, said Jane Ginsburg, president and CEO at JFS. “We are honored to steward planned gifts from donors who established scholarships in their wills for the organization to distribute.” Information on establishing a planned gift to benefit the services that JFS provides may be obtained by contacting Ginsburg at 518-516-1101 or