Young Leadership Board

The Young Leadership Board (YLB) supports the mission of Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas by engaging young adults to enrich the community. The YLB is made up of a diverse array of young adults ages 25-35 who live and work across DFW.


For more details , please email Leah Guskin at or Kristen Jackson at

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2021-2022 YLB Board Members

Ben Deutsch, YLB Board President

Marcy Applebaum

Mallory Biblo

Leslie Cohn-Wein

Brooklyn Garner

Yael Kuchinsky

Jordan Palefsky

Mollie Toubin

Jordan Yaskil

Laura Weinstein, JFS Board of Directors Liaison

Leah Guskin & Kristen Jackson, Staff Liaisons


This board is empowered to make key decisions about micro-fundraising, co-chairing events, social justice related volunteering, lunch and learns, and more. They also have the opportunity to network with our existing Board of Directors to meet other professionals in the community.


Currently, the Young Leadership Board’s Initiative is to help bring gifts to families for the holidays this year as a part of the long-standing tradition of our Embrace-A-Family gift program.

The holidays will be here before you know it! You can help make the holiday season a little brighter for JFS clients! “Embrace-A-Family” with love and support during the holidays by providing gifts. From single-parent households to military veterans, to older adults struggling to get by on their own, we make a holiday celebration possible for those who would otherwise go without. There’s more than one way to Embrace-A-Family this holiday season.

Let us know you’d like to be an Embracer and our Volunteer Engagement team will send you a description of the individual or family you’re matched with, the items on their holiday wish list, and the timeframe for delivery.

Your donation can cover the cost of last-minute gift requests and help to reach families who haven’t been matched with an Embracer. Last year, these costs totaled about $2,000. NOTE: Please mark your designation as “Other” and write in “Holiday Gifts” or “Embrace A Family”.


Tools for Schools logo

Currently the Young Leadership Board’s Tools for Schools initiative aims to provide as many backpacks stuffed with school supplies as possible to local children in need.

YLB Young Leadership Board


After welcoming six new members to the board, we hosted a happy hour at the Whippersnapper with 10% of proceeds earmarked for Tools for Schools.

In late March, we held our biggest fundraising event yet, Trivia on Tap featuring Geeks Who Drink. We finished out the year with a Facebook fundraiser for Tools for Schools and a backpack stuffing party.

Whether you have donated funds, supplies, or time, your support is helping us make a major impact. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Tools for Schools YLB


We supported the initiative by hosting a happy hour, backpack stuffing party, and supply drive.

Altogether, we:
– assembled 193 backpacks
– raised $2,705
– worked alongside approx. 45 volunteers to stuff backpacks with supplies
– met approx. 80 supporters at our BBQ & Beer event

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