JFS Benefit Luncheon

JFS Benefit Luncheon 2020

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Hemmingson Center Ballroom
Gonzaga University
702 E. Desmet Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202


Guest Speaker:
Karen Treiger


After 18 years of practicing law in Seattle, Karen Treiger felt an unmistakable call to explore the story of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. Educated at Barnard College and New York University Law School –where she was editor-in-chief of NYU Law Review — Treiger made the momentous decision to retire from her law practice and pull together the threads of a family story she had heard for many years.

The result of her three-year inquiry is the widely praised book, My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story. In it, Treiger chronicles both Sam and Esther Goldberg’s journey, including Sam’s escape from the death camp Treblinka, as well as her family’s experiences in Poland when they retraced the path from Treblinka to the pit in the Polish forest where they hid until their liberation.  As Treiger became invigorated and inspired by the people she encountered, Sam and Esther’s story became her story too.

Since its publication a year ago, the book has won two prestigious awards: the Nancy Pearl Book Award for Best Memoir and a bronze medal from the Independent Publishers Association in the category of world history.

In June of 2019, Karen traveled to Poland to launch the Polish translation of the book and speak in Warsaw and at the Krakow Jewish Festival. She has been named to the Jewish Book Council Author Network, the Speakers Bureau of Seattle’s Holocaust Center for Humanity, and the University of Washington Extension Writing Program Advisory Council. 

RSVP/Donation Form


Name(s) of attendee(s)


Sponsor/Honoree Tribute Booklet
Fund Selection

The General Fund donations are applied to the agency’s areas of greatest need. The Deborah Ann Press Luncheon Fund supports monthly JFS Luncheons, which provide Jewish seniors (and others) with opportunities for socializing and learning together. The PJ Library Fund supports subscriptions to the PJ Library program, which provides high-quality, Jewish-themed children’s books to Inland Northwest families at no cost to them. This fund also helps JFS organize special events for Jewish families with kids 12 and under.

I cannot attend but am donating to SAJFS:

Deadline for inclusion in Sponsor/Honoree Tribute Booklet: April 22.
Final deadline for all RSVPs: April 29.

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