JVS’ 38-Year Job Counselor Retires — After Launching Hundreds of Careers

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (July 29, 2021) –Debra Silver, who lives in Beverly Hills and is a member of Temple Emanu-El, reflects that her career has been incredibly rewarding.

She was just married and new to Detroit when Wisconsin native Debra Silver got a job at JVS Human Services back in 1982. She thought it would be for a couple of years.

Instead, the social worker turned career counselor — who admits she knew nothing about career counseling when she first started — forged a 38-year career with the agency.

During that time, she has guided the working lives of more than 1,000 local people and inspired close to 400 Jewish college students to consider a career working in the Jewish community through a paid summer internship program called JOIN.

Silver, who lives in Beverly Hills and is a member of Temple Emanu-El, is set to retire in August and reflects that her career has been incredibly rewarding. “Being given the chance to impact people, to empower them to make changes in their lives, was my calling, I think,” she says. 

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