SILVER SPRING, Md. (May 1, 2017)—The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) announced the Kursban Family as their 2017 Humanitarian Awardees for their collective and individual ongoing dedication to causes that better humanity and the world in which we live. The family will be honored alongside Kitty Kelley, America’s best-selling investigative biographer, at the JCA’s 24th Annual Sylvia Blajwas Productive Aging Award Dinner to be held May 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
“The JCA Board and staff leadership team feel that the Kursban family has contributed so much to so many for such a long time,” said David. N. Gamse, CEO of JCA. “Family & Nursing Care, founded by Sandy Kursban in 1968, is a for-profit business with the compassionate soul of a charity. All of the Kursbans give selflessly of their time and resources to improve our community and the world. We are proud to honor them for their contributions.”
In addition to founding Family & Nursing Care in 1968 to provide quality in-home care for aging adults, Sandy Kursban founded the Family & Nursing Care Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County, in 2008. The Foundation serves two purposes: to provide low-income aging adults with the dedicated homecare they need, and to support homecare training programs for individuals who want to become caregivers. Ms. Kursban passed along her passion for helping to her three children who will also be honored.
Neal Kursban, President of Family & Nursing Care, gives of his time and resources to myriad causes, including Planned Parenthood, fighting cancer and volunteering his time at a homeless shelter. Mindy Kursban, General Counsel of Family & Nursing Care, is passionate about equality. She serves by being a voice for the voiceless and works to prevent the exploitation and abuse of animals and to protect the environment. Following closely in her mother’s footsteps, Julie Black is the President of Nurture Care, an organization that refers caregivers to aging adults. She is also active in the larger community, giving generously of her time and resources to organizations that make a positive impact in the world.
“My family is so honored to be receiving this award,” said Sandy Kursban. “I have been blessed in my life and have always felt compelled to help others who are less fortunate. My children have found their own causes and passions and make me proud with their societal contributions each and every day.”
This is the seventh year that the JCA has honored outstanding humanitarians as part of their Productive Aging Awards Dinner. The Kursbans join past awardees: Esthy & James Adler (2016), Sylvia Greenberg (2015), The Honorable Sidney Kramer (2014), Arlene & Robert Kogod (2013), Irma & Lester Poretsky (2011), Joanne & Norman Goldstein (2010) and Rabbi Matthew Simon (2009).
“JCA was built on the Jewish values of tzedakah (righteous duty) and tikkun olam (repairing the world),” said Gamse. “All of the Kursbans embody these values in their professional and personal pursuits.”