Mort Startz was the Executive Director of Jewish Family Service for 25 years. He came to Cincinnati after receiving his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in order to develop the Family Life Education Department, which was a bold innovation in the human services field in 1955. Mort was nationally known as a leader in this field, teaching symposia across the country.
Upon his leadership as Executive Director, a role he assumed in 1964, the agency expanded into nontraditional areas such as support for the elderly, early childhood development, adoption services, and refugee resettlement. At the same time, Mort served throughout the community on boards and with non-profit associations. He retired in 1989 and remained actively engaged, co-founding the Institute for Learning in Retirement (now known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI), and the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Society, in which his wife was a member and performer.
The Ann and Mort Startz Professional Development Fund will provide scholarships for Jewish Family Service staff training. Your donation will memorialize the contributions of these two giving people and create a lasting connection to Jewish Family Service, to which they gave so much.
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