At a critical moment at the height of his illness, during a period when he was unconscious, doctors began contemplating removing Barry Stein from his ventilator. Susan Stern vehemently denied their request, saying that “His work is not done.” JFS is honoring Barry Stein on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at a free Zoom event where Barry will share the story of his journey to recovery after contracting COVID-19 in 2020. Though Barry retired, he is committed to sharing his story with others and the lessons he has learned from this life threatening experience.
Barry will be interviewed by Mike Greenwald, currently a Senior Advisor at WITF, where he had formerly served as Senior Vice President. Mike began his career in the 1960’s as a TV producer-director and later established WITF’s public relations and development departments. In his career, Mike has been a program host, interviewer, moderator, narrator, emcee, and live event producer. He has lived in the Harrisburg area since his teenage years and has been an active member of the community.
Barry’s illness and sudden retirement denied JFS the opportunity to thank Barry in a more public way for his five years of service to the agency. During his time at JFS, Barry increased JFS’ community profile, recruited Board members with a diverse set of skills, and helped grow agency services. During the course of his four decade career, Barry also served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, as the Executive Director at the Jewish Family Service in Rochester, New York and as a Community Chapter Executive at the Red Cross of Tompkins County, New York.
While the event is free, community members must pre-register in order to attend. JFS is suggesting that attendees consider making a gift in Barry’s honor to the JFS Tree of Life or to support student internships. To register for the event, click here, where you can also make a gift in Barry’s honor.