Be a part of StoryCorps and Syracuse Jewish Family Service’s 125th anniversary!

Deadline to Apply: June 23!


Sharing stories is how we weave the fabric of community that builds – and restores – individual, family and community wellbeing. Syracuse Jewish Family Service is celebrating our first 125 years of building wellbeing in Central New York by partnering with WRVO Public Media to host the StoryCorps mobile recording team from July 16 to July 18, right here in Syracuse. If you have a story or experience you’d like to share, make sure you apply for one of the 30 available interview slots!

storycorps If selected, you and your partner (a friend, family member, or colleague) will have 40 minutes to talk to each other about a story or topic of your choice. StoryCorps’s team will conduct 15 primary interviews in July, and WRVO Public Media will record interviews with up to 15 alternates during the following weeks. Interviews will take place at WRVO’s Syracuse studio in the SUNY Oswego MetroCenter.

WRVO will edit all the sessions down to 3- to 4-minute stories. The 15 primary stories that result will be archived with the StoryCorps recordings at the Library of Congress. WRVO will broadcast all of the stories locally as well as placing them on the WRVO website.

If you are interested in applying for one of the available interview slots, please fill out the following form and press submit! Applications are due by June 23, 2017. We will contact you by June 28 to let you know if you have been selected, and what time slot you have been given.

To learn more about StoryCorps, visit their website at or listen to WRVO FM on Friday mornings at 6:25am and 8:25am. If you have any questions about StoryCorps in CNY, please contact Deborah Ellis (315) 446-9111x256 or visit

Registration is now closed.
Thank you to everyone for the incredible StoryCorps applications!

Upcoming Events

M-Power U: An Arts and Minds Community

Contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, to learn about enrolling in this weekly 4-hour M-Power U session.

Introducing: Arts and Minds Cafe, 2:30-3:30pm free through September!

All members of the community with early memory loss concerns, and their care partners, are welcome to join us for the Arts and Minds Cafe during the final hour of the Arts and Minds Community. From 2:30-3:30 pm, enjoy a social hour, refreshments, and an expressive arts activity. (No pre-screening or pre-registration required)

Center for Healthy Living

  • Views on Aging: Through the Movie Lens: Continues Sunday, 5/27, 6/24, 3-5:30pm; $10/series
  • Poetry as a Pathway to Spirituality in Later Life: Weds/ 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 9-11am; $15/series
  • Zen and the Art of Caregiving: Thurs 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6-7:30pm; $15/series
  • Advance Care Planning: Tues 5/8, 5/22; 10-11:30am; $10/series
  • Gift of Grace Conversation Game: Tues 5/15, 10-11:30am; $5

M-Power U Now Enrolling for Arts and Minds Community

M-Power U — A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss: We are now  enrolling participants for a new section called An Arts and Minds Community on Fridays starting February 16 from 11:30am to 3:30pm at Menorah Park. Contact SJFS Assistant Director Ellen Somers at x. 225 to make an appointment for screening and information!

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