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JFS Luncheon OF Champions Honors Two “Women of Distinction” At Annual Luncheon Of Champions


Milwaukee, WI - Doris H. Chortek and Sarah M. Dean were honored at Jewish Family Services’ annual Luncheon of Champions on June 14th. Through their professional and personal endeavors, these two community heroes have exemplified the importance of helping others and giving back to the community.

Besides Jewish Family Services, Chortek’s leadership has benefitted more than 50 non-profit organizations, including: Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Planned Parenthood, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Alliance for Children & Families, Community Care, Future Milwaukee, Planning Council, Aurora Family Services and Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She credits her parents and their dedication to volunteerism with her desire to help others.

Dean also has a long list of civic and community involvement, along with professional accomplishments. In the 1970’s, she served on then-governor Patrick Lucey’s special task force on health care and eventually became Secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing. After moving to Milwaukee, Dean first became the COO and then the CEO of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, helping to negotiate the merger of the hospital into what is now Aurora Healthcare. Finally, she served as Executive Director of the Faye McBeath Foundation, which awards grants in the areas of children and families, health, aging and civic/governmental affairs.

Over 330 attended the luncheon and program, which included a special tribute by Judge David Hansher to Nathan Fishbach, of blessed memory. Fishbach served on the JFS Board of Directors for twenty years, filling the position of Board Chair from 2008- 2010. One of his many accomplishments was moving the JFS board forward to establish JFS Housing, Inc. Since then, JFS Housing, Inc., has developed two affordable housing apartment buildings in the Village of Brown Deer: Deerwood Crossing is currently serving seniors, and Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing will open this November. Fishbach’s commitment to JFS is sorely missed, and his work in support of the agency will not be forgotten.

Funds raised from the Luncheon of Champions will support JFS programs and services. Since 1867, Jewish Family Services has provided comprehensive social services to the Milwaukee area Jewish and general community. Its mission is to provide supportive services that strengthen families, children and individuals throughout the life cycle within the context of their unique needs and traditions.

Photograph taken by Dan Zaitz. (Front row:) Honorees Doris H. Chortek and Sarah M. Dean. (Back row:) Sylvan Leabman, JFS President/CEO; Jim Marks, formerly of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; and Roberta London, JFS Board Chair.