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Newsletter of The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren

Spring 2014


We Do Extraordinary Things Together, we can do extraordinary things. The Jewish Community is an integral part of our lives and its’ ability to thrive depends on our successful efforts working together to repair the lives of those in need locally, in Israel and all around the world. Together we work to bring to life our shared values of tzedakah (generosity and compassion) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). The Jewish Federation brings together our local agencies, with our worldwide partners, to support Jews wherever they live and to provide whatever they need to maintain basic life essentials and sustain the future of the community. Specifically, with your help, shelter is given, meals are provided, medicine is delivered.

At Home

Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

In Israel

Around the World

Never Again: Holding Everyone Accountable Official State of N.J. Holocaust Commemoration

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

7:00 pm

9:30 AM

Hosted by Temple Sholom

Brookdale Community CollegeLincroft Campus

594 N. Bridge Street Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Featured Speakers William R. Marks and Ellen G. Teller of The Marks Law Firm, PC (“MLF”).

Hannah Rosenthal will speak to the role of the U.S. during the Holocaust and anti-Semitism today. To Register: or call 732-224-1889

Don’t Miss!

Mansion in May Women’s Philanthropy Spring Event

Sunday, May 18 See Pages 6 & 7!


GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR JEWISH FEDERATION! WE NEED YOUR EXPERTISE! Although our main mission is to raise funds through the mechanism of many different appeals throughout the year, we use education, community building and special programming to help transform lives. Our emphasis is to strengthen and cement Jewish values and goals while preserving traditions and connections for future generations. Whether it is a community commemoration, a special Women's Philanthropy "Imagine" project, a Business Networking function, supporting local agencies and initiatives or a special appeal to respond to an urgent need, we are all connected through the Federation by the spirit of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam. We all seek to build, strengthen and enrich Jewish life in our tri-county area of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.

GET INVOLVED ON A COMMITTEE BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP Plan and conduct Business Networking Group breakfasts and events, set agendas, assist with invitations, perform outreach to potential attendees, assist with business directories and other materials, work to develop hosts and sponsors for the programs, and conduct follow up. WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY Work to involve women in the goals of the Jewish Federation. Develop Lion of Judah and Pomegranate programs and keep female donors involved and advised of the needs and programs of the Federation. Plan women-based events and work with national Women’s Divisional efforts. Answer questions, provide guidance and work to maintain the involvement of women in the work of the Jewish Federation. CAMPAIGN CABINET Develop and implement annual campaign plan. Conduct community outreach activities, and overall fund raising campaigns and strategies for the Federation. Make recommendations to the Board regarding special fund raising events. Assist with all campaign related efforts for local and overseas needs. SPONSOR A FUTURE FEDERATION EVENT! Sponsoring a Federation event ensures your business positive exposure to our tri-county area and the opportunity to showcase your name as a leading provider in your field. As an umbrella organization with an established, widereaching presence in our community, we offer our sponsors high-impact visibility and recognition at many levels. Together, we can make a difference locally and around the world. It’s a win-win for everyone! 2


Additional Efforts

Ukraine has one of the largest Jewish populations in the world, estimated between 350,000-400,000. This region is home to some of the world’s poorest Jews, including a large population of elderly in need of chronic care, and impoverished children and families. These Jews are caught in the crossfire. Since the start of the current crisis, staff and services in the area have been stretched to continue to provide for the needs of the community. Today, in the face of increasing costs and continuing instability, additional resources are required to ensure that basic services are maintained and emerging needs are addressed effectively. We have opened a special appeal to assist.

Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement Rutgers Hillel provides opportunities for every Jewish student at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus to deepen their connection to Jewish identity and Jewish community.

Birthright Israel


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Birthright Israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Its founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift to strengthen Jewish identity and connections and to educate our young people about the history and heritage of our people. Our Federation is in need of your assistance and to raise the funds necessary to open up this unforgettable life changing experience to the many deserving individuals awaiting an opportunity to participate.


May this Passover give happiness, peace, and prosperity, and bring all the best to you and yours!

Happy Passover from The Jewish Federation Board and Staff!

YES! I pledge to the 2014 Annual Campaign: $_____

Check Enclosed___ Make check payable to Jewish Federation SHAW

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Donate online at or complete and mail to: 775 Talamini Road Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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Your New or Increased Pledge Will Be Matched Today! For a limited time, every new or increased pledge will leverage a Dollar for Dollar match from a special community challenge grant-�Kehilat Achat�

For additional information about tributes, gifts of stock, corporate matching gifts, or creating a Jewish legacy, please contact us at (908)725-6994 or on the web at 4

Did you know? The jewish federation supports the martin and edith stein hospice The first and only non-profit Jewish organization to provide hospice care in central New Jersey, the Stein Hospice offers exceptional individualized end-of-life care for patients and families residing in Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Warren, Northern Monmouth and Union counties. Based in Somerset and established eight years ago, Stein Hospice strives to affirm the dignity of life, to call for visiting and caring for the sick, to promote respect for those who have passed away, and to help comfort the living. Mary Jane Yoder, hospice nurse liaison, said that those who experience the Stein Hospice difference, appreciate the tireless efforts and genuine respect that is given to hospice patients and their families because our staff truly goes “above and beyond.” “We ensure that the comfort and dignity of our hospice patients comes first,” she said, adding that families also appreciate the Stein Hospice programs such as a bereavement group, massage therapy, music therapy and the popular Chicken Soup Project, which nourishes patients and caregivers with a variety of soups prepared with love by volunteers in the community. For more information, contact Sharon Criscione, RN, Clinical Director of the Stein Hospice, at 732-227-1212 or

Save the Date! That Our Hearts May Grow Wise: Cultivating Wisdom as We Age Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12 Noon Location: Wilf Campus-360 DeMott Lane Somerset, NJ 08873 Sponsored by Wilf Campus and Jewish Family Service

Save These Dates! May 21 & 22, 2014 9:00 am to 12:30pm


The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon a Cordially Invites You to


Luncheon to follow at Delicious Heights (Pasta, Vegetarian, and Fish options) 285 Main Street

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bedminster, NJ

$118 Couvert

Each year, inspired by the Jewish tradition of tzedakah ("philanthropy") and tikkun olam ("repairing the world"), the Jewish Federation's Women's Philanthropy Division chooses and commits their efforts to two charitable programs - one local and one in Israel - and works throughout the following year to educate our community and raise funds for them. This year, the Women's Philanthropy Division is focusing their efforts on assisting severely disabled children in Israel and our tricounty area through Aleh Negev in the Negev, and The Arc's Jerry Davis Center for Children in Families in Manville, New Jersey.

“Any success we [Aleh Negev] have achieved is due in great part to you [Jewish Federation] and your support of Aleh Negev’s vision. I hope you will take pride in seeing what we have accomplished – together – over the past year. Thank you in advance for your friendship, love and support, and assistance that is enabling us to create breakthrough opportunities for the most vulnerable members of Israeli society, and to help build a better and brighter future for us all.” -Yossi Kahana, Director of Development, Aleh Negev

On behalf of The Arc of Somerset County and The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families, I wanted to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Jewish Federations Woman’s Philanthropy group for the opportunity to partner with them. The event [Imagine Oct, 2013] was inspirational and heartfelt. Your committee did a beautiful job with the event and we were honored and proud to be a part of it. Thank you for your efforts towards supporting the children with disabilities of Hunterdon , Somerset and Warren Counties. -Lauren Panarella, the Arc of Somerset County 6

and Warren Women’s Philanthropy Division o Their Spring Event:

in May

Pomegranate Pin Program The Pomegranate pin is a symbol of a women’s commitment to and compassion for the Jewish people. It represents the best of what Federation does-bringing together like minded donors to do a world of good. To qualify for a pomegranate pin, women must donate $1,800 or more to the Women’s Philanthropy Division.

Register online at

Meet us at 9:45 am at the U.S. Equestrian Headquarters at 576 Fowler Road in Gladstone, NJ to be shuttled to the Mansion Are You A Member of the Pride? Blairsden, the largest of the Somerset Hills Mansions from the Gilded Era, will be open to the public for just one month, for the first time in decades. Built in 1898, Blairsden was designed by the architectural firm which designed the New York Public Library, United States Senate, and House of Representatives offices in Washington D.C. Hailed as a feat of design, engineering, and state-of-the-art technology, Blairsden is one of the finest examples of Beaux-arts architecture and landscape design.

Join 17,500 dedicated Jewish women with a passion for tzedakah who have made The Lion an international symbol of generosity. The Lion of Judah is a symbol of today’s Jewish Women’s strength, a symbol of her caring of the organized Jewish world and a symbol of her financial commitment of at lest $5,000. The Lion of Judah program has brought together women of all ages and from all walks of life in order to play an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity, and building Jewish identity.

Save the Date! International Lion of Judah Conference September 7-10 New York City Spend three days learning and sharing with the most passionate, philanthropic Jewish women in 7 the world.

State Legislators Tour Israel, educated by Federation representatives

JERUSALEM — Ten percent of the New Jersey Legislature participated in a mission to Israel from Feb. 28 to March 3 which was sponsored by the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations.

The mission provided an opportunity to inform and educate NJ legislators about Israel. Participants visited historical and religious sites meaningful to Jews and Christians and attended information sessions with members of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), Foreign Ministry, and media and business sectors. “Our NJ legislators were given a broad view of the very tough challenges Israel faces, along with the opportunities and innovations that Israel offers the world,” said Mission chair Mark S. Levenson, president of the State Association.

Policy Conference held in Washington D.C. Local Briefing Held and Sponsored By George and Harriet Blank

Over 14,000 supporters gathered in Washington D.C. for the AIPAC Policy Conference in early March. The conference emphasized the importance of the relationship between the United States and Israel and focused on educating members of Congress, key leaders, and student representatives about the critical need to continue to support Israel. Speakers included AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr, Senator John McCain, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Robert Menendez, and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel Prime Minister NetanyahuKeynote Speaker

A local briefing, sponsored by George and Harriet Blank, was held for our community on March 25 to provide an overview of the current situation in the Middle East. Learn more and register Now for the AIPAC Policy Conference 2015! Visit 8 8

Elaine Dunst, Immediate Past President, Honored at A Night to Celebrate Israel Jacob Binstein, Rutgers Hillel Student, Also Honored Elaine Dunst was honored in April at the 2nd Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel, a community event in support of Israel Bonds. This event featured keynote speaker, Israeli Minister of Economic Affairs Eli Groner and also honored Jacob Binstein, a Rutgers Hillel Student. Dunst was introduced by fellow Federation Board Member Alissa Fox.

Federation Board Member Alissa Fox (l) presents the Israel Unity Award to Elaine Dunst(r)

Dunst is Immediate Past President of the Jewish Federation, and she was honored for her tireless efforts to raise dollars for people in need locally and overseas. She has helped in so many ways, working to start the Melton School of Adult Jewish learning, helping to plan the first Community Women’s Mission to Israel, helping to start our Women’s Philanthropy Effort, and leading our Federation to successfully expand programs and services.

Federation Business Networking Group Attends Breakfast held at adult day center Despite wintery conditions, The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties held a successful Business Networking Group breakfast hosted by The Adult Day Center of Somerset County in Bridgewater and sponsored by Cerminara Architect on Thursday, February 6th, 2014. Over 40 professional individuals with businesses throughout the Central NJ area braved icy roads to attend the breakfast. The Jewish Federation holds several Business Networking Group events throughout the year in order to provide an opportunity for professionals who wish to expand their contacts. Ken Kaplan and Michael Lehner, cochairs of the BNG Committee, welcomed everyone and Federation Executive Director Diane Naar began with a brief overview of the services that the Federation provides. The Adult Day Center was one of the programs that the Federation's Women's Philanthropy Division supported last year. All participants gave a 30-second summary about their profession work.

BNG Co Chairs Ken Kaplan (l) and Michael Lehner (r) thank Sponsor Carmine Cerminara (c)

A certificate of appreciation was presented to the sponsor of the event, Carmine Cerminara of Cerminara Architect. Carmine and his wife Suzanne were warmly thanked for their kind assistance. Mr. Cerminara described his personal connection to the Adult Day Center as well as the work his architectural firm is involved in. Jeff Macaulay, Executive Director of the Adult Day Center, outlined the range of services provided to senior residents of the Center, including financial assistance to those in need of care, family respite services, as well as social interaction activities. Check our website for details and call Katie Bopp at The Federation to be added to our E-blast list. JOIN THE BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP COMMITTEE! 908.725.6994 X202

Sponsors Carmine and Suzanne Cerminara of Cerminara Architects 9

SAVE THE DATE Jewish Family Service of SHW Annual Meeting Wednesday. June 11, 2014 Installation of Officers and Trustees Honorees include Senior Service Program Funders and the Hebrew Free Loan Program 7:00 p.m. Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater RSVP to JFS by 6/6/14 908-725-7799 or Save The Date-35th Anniversary Celebration April 30, 2015

Registration Fee: Fee includes dinner, snacks, open bar and start-up chips.

Register by May 12 for the Best Value!

Golfer Fee: $310 if paid by May 1 $335 after May 1 For more information, visit! 10

Leverage Your Support To The Jewish Federation! If you work for a company listed to the right, your next gift to the Jewish Federation could be matched! Corporate matching gifts are a great way for our donors to maximize personal contributions to the Jewish Federation and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution! How do I get my gift matched? Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses, retirees and widows/widowers. Most company procedures are simple: 1. Request a Matching Form from your company. 2. Complete and submit the form to the Jewish Federation. 3. Our Jewish Federation will verify the completed form and return it to your company. 4. Your company will then issue a matching gift contribution to the Jewish Federation. Completed matching gift forms can be mailed to: Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties 775 Talamini Road Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Attn: Eli Goldstein


Companies with Charitable Matching Policies: ADP AIG Matching Grants Program American Express Gift Matching Program Ameriprise Financial Gift Matching Program Aventis AXA Ayco Charitable Foundation Bank of America Bank of America Foundation Bank of America Corporation Sponsorships Becton Dickinson Matching Gift Program Bristol-Myers Squibb Chubb & Son Delta Dental Eisai Corporate Matching Gift Program Hoechst Celanese Matching Gifts Center JCC Swim Team Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies Liz Claiborne Foundation Merck Company Foundation Merck Partnership for Giving National Starch and Chemical Foundation, Inc. Nissan Motor Corporation in USA Olympus (Hirsch) Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Pfizer United Way Campaign Philanthropic Services, Household International Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program RBC Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sanofi Aventis The Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation UBS Foundation USA Giving Station Verizon Foundation Wachovia Foundation Matching Gifts Program And many more-Check with your company to find out if they will match your gift.

For many of us, one of the larger assets in our estates is a retirement plan account (or multiple accounts), specifically IRAs and 401(k) accounts, as well as other similar type retirement plan accounts. Other than as to Roth IRAs, one of the unfortunate realities of these types of retirement plan accounts is that they virtually can never escape taxation – unless you give them away. That is, whether you withdraw the money while you’re alive, or leave it to your heirs upon your death, these funds inescapably are subject to tax. In addition, if you’re fortunate enough to have a substantial estate, the tax burden on retirement assets (between the estate tax and then the personal tax when distributed) can well exceed 60%. A very tax effective way to distribute retirement plan assets left in your estate is to bequeath them to charity – for instance, the Jewish Federation. By doing so, such contributions completely escape taxation – they are not subject to estate or income taxation. This is really a win-win for everyone. 11

For more than 53 years, The Jewish Federation has been the unifying force for Jewish community-building and philanthropy. We work to enrich the quality of Jewish life in our tri-county area by bringing comfort and hope to the vulnerable and investing in programs that build Jewish knowledge, identity, and communityensuring the next generation of Jews. In cooperation with The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and working in partnership with a network of local, national, and international beneficiary agencies and programs, we touch countless lives each year.

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Find us on... Board of Directors


Steven B. Lieberman, Current President

Diane Naar Executive Director (908)725-6994 X202

Kalman Barson George Blank Mark Chazin Elaine Dunst, Immediate Past President Alissa Fox

Eli Goldstein Financial Services Manager (908)725-6994 X253 Kim Lazarus Development Coordinator (908)725-6994 X 204

The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties is the umbrella organization of the area's Jewish community, bringing together agencies, organizations, and communities to support and fulfill the needs of the Jewish people.

Katie Bopp Program Assistant (908)725-6994 X 238

The Federation raises funds to coordinate services, and helps support agencies that touch the lives of Jews in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties, in Israel, and throughout the world.

Leonard Knauer Sandra Krawitz Eric Lavitsky Pamela Nemeth Arthur Roswell Michael Saul Edward Tolman Gerald Weissman Robin Wishnie

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The Speaker-Spring 2014  
The Speaker-Spring 2014