We’d Like to Introduce

Diane and Richard “Ricky” Smookler have been fixtures in the St. Paul Jewish community for decades. Both born in the Twin Cities, they didn’t meet until studying at the University of Bologna, Italy. St. Paul has been their home for 45 years and their service, dedication, and support of many Jewish organizations runs deep.

Their connection with JFS is long. Rick served on the JFS board of directors for 10 years, from 2001-2011, and they have been donors for 27 years. “What we do is important, even critical.” Rick and Diane share a deep sense of caring about the Jewish community and want to make sure the programs and services we provide are here for those who come after us, including their nine grandchildren. Says Rick, “somebody needs to be there to help.”

They call on everyone to help spread the word about JFS. The Smooklers also believe it is crucial to get more members of the community involved. They hope their enthusiasm and increasing involvement can help change that.