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The Center's Founding in 1988
The Center celebrated its fifth anniversary at a United Nations reception on May 5th, 1993. Approximately 200 attended. Attendees also celebrated renaming the JBFCS' educational institute the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute in honor of Martha K. Selig, and the dedication of the Saul C. Cohen Chair in Family and Child Mental Health at JBFCS. The late Saul (Bud) Cohen was a past president of JBFCS. Martha K. Selig, honoree of the evening, contributed to shaping a network of Jewish social services during her 50-year career.

Remarks during the evening were made by Frederic W. Yerman, then president of JBFCS; Alan Jaffe, president of UJA-Federation; Michael I. Sovern, past president of Columbia University; Dr. Albert J. Solnit, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale University; Amy Cohen Arkin; the late Mitchell I. Ginsberg, professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia University; Martha K. Selig, former director of development at JBFCS and an honoree of the evening; Ronald A. Feldman, Dean, Columbia University of Social Work; and, Alan B. Siskind, executive vice-president of JBFCS.

The Center's funding, the Institute's expansion and the establishment of the chair were supported by generous grants to JBFCS from the Saul Z. and Amy S.Cohen Family Foundation.



Gathering at Center's Opening Reception , March 1988

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