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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funds JFS Social Isolation Project

The Short List Project Homeless Connect

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UK’s Connecting People Model to be Replicated in Atlantic County

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Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined JFS staff at Project Homeless Connect on January 23 in Atlantic City. The annual event provides necessities to the homeless population while connecting them with area housing, medical and social services.

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Research shows that greater social connection is associated with a significant increase in life expectancy. Inspired by creative approaches abroad, communities across the United States are taking steps to reduce social isolation and increase residents’ sense of belonging. To address social engagement, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $2.5 million in funding to bring successful overseas programs to the US.

Holocaust survivors celebrated Tu B’Shevat with the children of Shirat Hayam on January 16. During the luncheon, the group participated in art projects and festive songs.

Village Soap Crafting

Utilizing the Connecting People model from the United Kingdom, JFS will work with incarcerated — or recently released - individuals affected by mental illness to form new relationships—and maintain existing relationships with friends, families, and local community members, as appropriate to their needs and wishes. By helping people stay or get connected, they are better prepared to return home and ultimately reduce re-incarceration rates. The U.S. jail system is grounded in the belief that to facilitate public safety, society must isolate people convicted of crimes from their communities, families, and social supports. The project will be led by Laura Rodgers, LCSW, Chief Program Officer at JFS and include support from the Atlantic County Department of Public Safety and Dr. Christine Tartaro, Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton University. Key Collaborators from the UK include Professor Martin Webber, Director of the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research and Deputy Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, England, and Nicola Moran, PhD. Both Webber and Moran are members of the research team responsible for the development of Connecting People and its adaptation internationally. Recently, Professor Webber and Dr. Moran visited JFS to immerse themselves in the agency’s work. They met with JFS staff members and spent time in the field in order to better adapt the model to suit the needs of local consumers.

Led by Sabai Soap Company’s Marna Cutler, participants learned the art of soap making during Village by the Shore’s event on February 15 at the JCC. Previous events included a Mosaics Party and Wine Tasting, funded by a Jewish Federation micro-grant.

“We are excited about the opportunity to adapt this evidence-based model locally. With the experts and entities we have on board to support this program, we are confident we will make a difference for our consumers in Atlantic County,” said Rodgers.

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State of the Agency Volunteer Workforce At JFS, we often say that volunteers are the backbone of the agency. On any given day you will see people organizing Kosher meals for delivery, putting together a mailing, stocking the pantry shelves and the list goes on. This is no surprise given JFS was established more than 100 years ago by volunteers as a vehicle to help others in need. Volunteers show up each week because of their commitment Andrea Steinberg, CEO to who we are and the people we serve at JFS. We could not carry out our mission to motivate and empower people without their commitment to helping others. We currently have more than 130 volunteers who donate 1,000 hours per year. They do everything from help plan and execute critical fundraising events to assist Village members daily. As the agency continues to grow its programs and services, so too do our professional needs grow. In the coming months, we will be enhancing our volunteer efforts. Through a competitive bidding process, JFS was chosen to be a site for AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) project. VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. VISTA members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest to help eradicate poverty. At JFS, we are looking for two motivated, committed volunteers to work to operate the agency food pantry as well as other essential community initiatives. Under the leadership of the Volunteer Services Supervisor, VISTA members will move work forward. The team looks to build on the strong and committed group of volunteers to enhance the good work that has always been integral to JFS operations. Volunteer involvement is ideal for the growing number of retiring baby boomers and energetic young people who are looking for opportunities to either gain experience or use their life experience to give back. Work is underway to take a more talent management approach to recruit, develop, place, recognize and retain volunteer talent matching their professional skills to essential duties of the agency. While the traditional roles of volunteers will continue, we will also begin to expand on these roles to meet the ever growing needs in the community. By focusing on the professional talents of volunteers, we know their experiences will be even more meaningful, further develop their skills, demonstrate impact, and speak to their interests. In some cases, for example, this approach to recruit and manage volunteer talent could allow retired baby boomers who perhaps served in leadership roles to mentor young agency professionals leading to improved staff morale and lower turnover. Also, many times our local volunteers possess intimate knowledge of our community's assets, challenges and the important players making them integral in helping us stay connected, planning events and helping to promote the agency's mission. What makes JFS unique in today's culture is that volunteers have always been involved in the agency's mission critical work and have been so crucial to our success. I am excited to see what the next level volunteer workforce brings to the community.

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Housing First Program Reports Positive Results for Chronically Homeless JFS' Housing First program has exceeded initial expectations for tackling chronic homelessness across the county. In 2016, the agency was awarded vouchers from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to assist chronically homeless individuals find and maintain housing. The Department of Housing and Development defines chronic homelessness as an individual with a disability who has been homeless for one year or on at least four separate occasions in the last three years or an individual residing in an institutional care facility, including a jail, hospital, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility. Working with AtlantiCare and the Atlantic County Justice Facility, JFS identified 45 high risk individuals, eight of whom were veterans. These individuals were high system utilizers of the hospital emergency department, jail, or both. As of this year, none of the participants have returned to homelessness and all have seen a dramatic decrease in healthcare and criminal justice system usage, including one individual who went from 55 emergency room visits to only two. Chronically homeless individuals are among the most vulnerable homeless groups. To help alleviate the problem, JFS has identified best practices that require affordable housing paired with flexible support services. JFS staff worked with Housing First participants to coordinate primary medical care, substance abuse and/or mental health counseling, assistance in securing benefits such as Medicaid and Food Stamps, help in obtaining and maintaining employment, and guidance when securing housing, security deposits, furniture, household items and transportation. The project team, overseen by Christina Bailey, LCSW, Director of Atlantic Homeless Alliance and Justice Involved Services, consists of a Housing Locator, Case Managers/Supportive Housing Staff and an On-Call Team.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Cont. from pg. 1) Studies find those with mental illness face isolation due to the strain the disease puts on relationships and the stigma associated with the illness. For individuals who are incarcerated, social isolation comes from physical separation, a lack of positive social interactions, damaged trust, and the stigma of having a criminal record. JFS recognizes the relationship between these two groups, as people experiencing mental illness and trauma are significantly over-represented in jails. Approximately 14.5 percent of men and 31 percent of women in jails have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder, compared to 3-5 percent outside of incarceration. RWJF has been a catalyst for fundamental changes in health care by funding initiatives which enable people to live healthier lives. In keeping with the Foundation’s mission, Connecting People presents an opportunity to advance a culture of health in the U.S. Social isolation poses a significant and increasing health risk. Incarcerated individuals experience chronic health conditions, infectious diseases, substance abuse and mental illness at much higher rates than the general population. By directly addressing the mental health of returning citizens, and potentially reducing recidivism, this project could contribute to stronger health outcomes among those formerly incarcerated. With the ultimate goal of measurably better outcomes for all, JFS will be at the forefront for adapting the program for other marginalized populations, including individuals with learning disabilities and those experiencing homelessness, as well as at other agencies across the country. For more information about this initiative, please contact Laura Rodgers at 609-822-1108 x133 or lrodgers@jfsatlantic.org.

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Life & Legacy: Strengthening the Future of Jewish Organizations Life & Legacy is a four-year partnership program conducted by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community. During the first year of the program, our Jewish community received more than 180 Declarations of Intent with an estimated $7 million of future funding. To ensure the agency will only be greater down the road, JFS received 26 commitments from our generous supporters in year one. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Life & Legacy supporters, there will always be an open door, a kind soul and sympathetic ear when community members are in need. If you would like more information about leaving a legacy to positively impact future generations, please contact Beth Joseph at 609.822.7409 or bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org.

“When I got involved with JFS 19 years ago, I could have never predicted the impact this organization would have on my life. Philanthropy has always been important to my family and I was proud to follow my parents’ lead. When I joined the JFS Board in 2000, we were a $5.2 million agency with 78 employees. The agency now has a budget of $11.6 million and 175 employees. Just a couple of years ago, JFS offered 17 programs; however, now, meeting the needs of the community, the agency offers more than 30 programs and services. I am proud to say that the agency serves more than 8,000 people each year. To ensure JFS remains for generations to come, I am leaving a Legacy gift to JFS. I encourage others to make this commitment to ensure Jewish organizations like JFS are here into the future. It is our responsibility to keep the light burning." - Mitchell Gurwicz, JFS Past President, Life & Legacy JFS Chair

President’s Report

Mission in the Community Whether you serve as a board member, committee member, volunteer, staff, or are a consumer receiving support, you have the power to impact our mission in the community. Even a simple action like creating or sharing a social media post can have a profound impact. When JFS Board Vice President Johanna Perskie shared why she gives Darren Matik, President to JFS on Facebook this past Giving Tuesday, she raised $1,200 for the agency within 48 hours. Last year, Todd Arsenault as a new JFS & JCC Golf Tournament committee member brought in thousands of dollars in sponsorships not to mention dozens of in-kind donations and golfers. This year, as co-chair of the event, he is working hard to raise our fundraising target to a new level of $65,000 which will benefit essential agency services. Examples of your impact are everywhere. Each Thursday, Zelda Soloff is in the JFS kitchen bright and early packing meals to deliver to homebound residents. Even with two jobs and her own family obligations, she makes time to help others who rely on our support. JFS is always evolving and building to increase our effectiveness in the community. The wonderful and important work of staff allows JFS to carry its exemplary reputation as a premier agency in South Jersey. Earlier this year, a consumer named John moved into permanent housing for the first time in more than a decade. He works with a JFS Case Manager almost daily to empower himself for positive change as he assimilates into his new situation. Through his experience with JFS, John has recognized the importance of giving back and volunteers in the food pantry. Whatever has brought you to JFS, your efforts are paying off for those in need in our community. Please make sure you take a moment to thank the people who are helping advance our mission. A simple thank you goes a long way. And share these stories, especially with those who might not know what JFS does. Never underestimate your power to influence even by what seems like a small gesture. You continue to be a voice for those who turn to JFS.

Cila Behr Retires after 25 years Cila Behr, JFS Front Desk Administrative Associate, retired in December after 25 years of service. Behr began her career as a receptionist and saw the agency grow from approximately 30 employees to a staff of 180. As JFS grew, so did Behr’s role. Often the first person people saw when they walked through the doors, Behr was able to direct clients to the appropriate programs and services they needed. For her years of exemplary service, Behr was twice nominated for the JFS annual “Heart and Soul” award, and though she may no longer be employed with JFS, Behr will continue to share her time and talents with the agency, volunteering for the annual House Tour in August.

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Programs & Services

Village by the Shore Connecting the Community for Aging Independently

JFS Links to Health Keeping Clients Connected to Care Recent studies show adults with serious mental illness have a decreased life expectancy of up to 25 years compared to the general population. Behavioral Health Home models, like JFS Links to Health, work to provide care coordination, linkages and coaching to help individuals stay engaged and connected to their health ultimately improving outcomes and reducing hospitalizations. Through the experienced and qualified Links to Health staff, individuals receive many benefits including help with scheduling primary care provider appointments, medical screenings and wellness workshops. JFS Links to Health is certified by the Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services in the State of New Jersey. With vast experience in a variety of mental health services, many healthcare providers refer patients to JFS for expert care. To date, there are more than 70 clients in the Links to Health program and growing.

Who is eligible? • • • • •

Individuals 18 and older Resident of Atlantic or Cape May Counties Have a chronic medical condition or are at risk of a chronic medical condition Diagnosis of any form of schizophrenia, schizo affective disorder, and/or bipolar disorder Current recipient of or eligible to receive New Jersey Medicaid.

Why is this program important? Studies show that individuals diagnosed with a mental illness are often unable to follow through with the necessary treatment. This can lead to additional medical conditions, lack of critical treatment and even shorter life expectancy.

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How do participants benefit? • Assistance with scheduling primary care provider appointments • Linkages to medical and mental health specialists

Social Events Discounts Transportation

Communication support between providers (case managers, nurses, therapists, doctors, health coaches)

Skilled support for self management (blood pressure, stress, diabetes & chronic conditions)

Wellness workshops (exercise programs, smoking cessation, substance use)

Nutrition & weight management support

Medical screenings (cancer, depression & cardiovascular disease)

For more information about Links to Health services please contact Jim McGuigan at 609.822.1108 x149 or jmcguigan@jfsatlantic.org.

Meal Delivery Care Coordination Learn more about becoming a member. jfsvillagebytheshore.org 609.822.1109 4

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Programs & Services

Agency Aims to Increase Efficiency Through Access Center

On the Move Program Helps Clients Spring Into Action On the Move builds on the agency’s extensive list of health and wellness offerings. The goal of the new initiative is to promote overall health and prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, related risk factors and other illnesses for existing JFS clients. The behavior-based program, led by Ann Thoresen, LCSW, Senior Director at JFS, consists of a free, 12week series of workshops designed to help those experiencing barriers to healthy living. In particular, the On the Move program benefits individuals with mental illness, differing physical abilities and those experiencing homelessness or recently housed.

Members of the Access Center team are pictured here (left to right): Jennifer Snyder, Front Desk Associate; Rita King, LCSW, Supervisor; Maria Diaz, Front Desk Associate; Naomi Jones, Ph.D., Senior Director of Outpatient Services; Crystal Snow, Intake Associate; and Paola Ortiz-Morillo, Intake Associate.

In an effort to improve access to the agency, enhance quality outcomes and decrease client wait times, Jewish Family Service has created the Access Center, a centralized team of case workers, front desk personnel (including bilingual staff), and interns to meet the demands of the agency’s growing requests for service. The Access Center restructures the way community members interact with JFS staff, outpatient counseling needs and requests for service, such as food pantry, offering a coordinated and streamlined approach to services. JFS outpatient counseling, specifically those focused on children impacted by trauma and significant stress, are highly sought after evidence-based services in the community. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency, local pediatricians and school personnel all refer children to JFS based on the high quality of care. “It’s very rewarding to be recognized in that way,” said Naomi Jones, Ph.D., Senior Director of Outpatient Services. “But in order to successfully meet that increased demand for service, the way people access the agency needed to change.”

Based on the “Active Living Every Day” curriculum, trained JFS staff will lead facilitated, group-based problem solving methods by which clients will learn how to integrate physical activity into everyday living. Some of the skills they will learn include: identifying and addressing barriers to physical activity; creating realistic goals and rewards for physical activity; and developing social support. On the Move will complement JFS’ existing wellness services and activities which include diabetes support groups and self-management courses, nutrition counselling, fresh food vouchers, and more. “Its approach is unique because it addresses the root causes of inactivity rather than simply prescribing exercise,” said Thoresen. “The focus is on helping people learn the problem-solving and behavior change skills that will enable them to adopt and maintain physical activity for a lifetime.”

Rita King, LCSW, Access Center Supervisor, will manage all points of entry for people's access in order to facilitate quick connections to the appropriate services. King, who began her career with JFS in 2016, previously served as the agency’s Associate Director of Justice Involved Services. A recipient of the agency’s 2017 Leadership Award, King brings a wealth of supervisory expertise to her new role. King also possesses a comprehensive background in mental health, as a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team)-trained mental health professional and as a “De-escalation for Individuals with Special Needs” training facilitator, having trained approximately 1,200 law enforcement professionals to date. In some cases, King will perform the initial assessment for potential clients and evaluate their needs, including connecting them with agency supported services, appointments with a therapist, or referrals to higher levels of care, including access to substance abuse resources or partial care. Additionally, King will continuously monitor therapist schedules to quickly fill open appointments and cancellations. “We want to be able to offer the highest quality of service,” said King. “Part of that is managing schedules more efficiently.” The Access Center is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outpatient counseling services are available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Rita King at 609.822.1108 x 411. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

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Village to Village Network Helping Adults Age in Place Did you know that JFS Village by the Shore (VBTS) is part of a larger network? The Village to Village Network is a national organization of community-based Villages throughout the United States dedicated to changing the paradigm of aging in America. The Village Movement has successfully established a model that enables older adults to age in place inside their homes while remaining active and connected within their communities. Villages improve quality of life, provide alternatives in transportation and support services, and tackle isolation among the aging populations. JFS VBTS is one of more than 250 villages operating across the United States and 150 more are in development. Today, more than 60,000 people are a part of the Village Movement. One of those is JFS Village by the Shore member Barbara Sullivan, who is also the Director of the national Village to Village Network. Barbara recently moved to Atlantic County and has already participated in a variety of Village by the Shore social programs. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that we will all benefit from. Villages are founded on the concept of neighbors helping neighbors. VBTS embraces this idea with a variety of member services such as complimentary trash valet, meal delivery, social activities, discounts from select service providers, and more. These offerings continue to improve quality of life and expand choices for boomers. Village members also experience increased independence which helps tackle the harmful effects caused by loneliness. When people participate in their local village, either as a member, volunteer, or service partner, they join a movement committed to making a positive impact on the lives of others. The Village movement is an important part of the new revolution in aging!

Volunteer Spotlight:

" I am excited t0 be a member of Village by the Shore. It is important to me to connect the national organization to individual communities. To g e t h e r w e c a n h e l p maximize the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement.” – Barbara Sullivan

JFS Village by the Shore member and Village to Village Network Director

Fran Baronowitz

As the second generation of a Holocaust Survivor family, Fran Baronowitz grew up practicing tikkun olam, (healing the world) so it was only natural for her to continue to seek ways to help her friends, neighbors and community. Fran remembers her father helping neighbors with grocery shopping, and she continues the tradition by watering neighbors’ plants, taking in their mail and caring for aging family members. Back when the JFS building housed the Hebrew Academy, Fran spent hours volunteering as president of the Parents’ Association, working in the school office and helping to run BINGO. Fran became an RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteer at JFS in 2016 when she agreed to facilitate Needlework With Friends, a Village sponsored program. Every Thursday, Fran leads a group as they knitted, crocheted, quilted, and shared their lives with each other, quickly becoming friends. They knitted hats for the Israeli army, lap blankets for AtlantiCare Hospice, and innumerable scarves and sweaters for family and friends. Fran was among the first volunteers to start weekly phone check-ins to Village members and has made many wonderful “phone friends” as she brightens the lives of local seniors. Fran helps at Holocaust Survivor luncheons, with Village mailings, and pitching in at the food pantry. Recently, Fran got involved with the New Jersey Organizing Project. She is putting in many volunteer hours working to get dollars from Hurricane Sandy forgiven, fighting fraudulent contractors and assisting with keeping Medicare and Medicaid functioning at the Affordable Care Act levels in NJ. Fran’s involvement has gone from an initial meeting at a local diner to meetings at the State House. She was a speaker at the organization's recent convention and is a sought after expert. Local meetings are held at the Ventnor Library for those having residual issues from Superstorm Sandy. JFS Volunteers are the backbone for so much of what JFS accomplish-es in our community. They give freely of themselves, but as Fran says “in helping others I am helping myself.” Studies show that volunteers have greater physical and mental functionality, and less depression because of the social interactions and a sense of purpose. Fran says, “I love being with people, talking with them and helping. It makes me feel good. It keeps me up and positive, which is the most important thing. I hope to pass this family tradition on to my grandchildren.”

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This is an excerpt of the Village by the Shore Fall/Winter 2018 newsletter. To receive the newsletter in its entirety, contact 609-822-1109 or villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org.

Boomer Spotlight:

A New Approach to Aging

Life is a series of ages and stages; the only constant being change. Artful aging is about how we em-brace the cycle of change at every age and stage of life. So how are the boomers handling the 65 and beyond years? Boomers are the largest generation to become elders. They are also the first generation to have a much longer time between their “older” and “oldest” years. Many can now reasonably contemplate living into their 90’s and even 100’s. With increasing life spans, boomers needed to re-frame their older years as a time of new opportunities and growth. Many boomers are asking themselves, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life? At the same time, communities around the country needed a cost effective way of assisting seniors with aging in place while remaining vital parts of their neighborhood. As boomers were seeking communit y, new relationships, and socialization, fresh ideas took hold and produced the Village concept. More than 250 community villages have answered the call. Villages allow members to maintain their feelings of independence by having a say in the types of services provided and when and how they are provided. This gives a sense of autonomy and control over their own lives. Through the concept of neighbor helping neighbor, JFS Village by the Shore (VBTS) replaces dependence with interdependence. For an introductory price of $180 annually or $18 a month for 12 months, members have access to door to door transportation, trash valet, tech support, meal delivery, in home grocery shopping, weekly phone check-ins & friendly visits, care coordination and access to a vetted partner network of local businesses, restaurants & agencies. VBTS also provides many social and educational programs and events like Coffee Klatch (current events beyond the headlines), Lunch Around Town, Village Socials with live dance bands, flower arranging, painting and gardening classes, creative writing, soap making, memory cafes, tai chi and so much more! Aging should not make one a “burden” but rather role models for future generations of living every day to its fullest in the best possible way. Members can also become volunteers. Socialization (the number one factor that supports healthy aging) and providing purpose are built into volunteering. While helping others volunteers are actually helping themselves. Village volunteers facilitate classes, help with many of the member services listed above, support JFS fund raisers, work in the food pantry & diaper pantry, and are often the eyes and ears for Village staff. JFS Retired Senior Volunteer Corp (RSVP) volunteers also are dispersed around the larger community to places like Gilda’s Club and Reading Buddies, and are soon to be working with the local homeless population. This helps adults remain connected through involvement with social activism and organizational work while sharing their knowledge and care with the community. VBTS also vets neighborhood businesses and agencies that offer a variety of reliable, trustworthy and quality services to Village members not provided by Village staff and volunteers. Elder legal services, HVAC services, contractors, pet care, pharmacy, home-care, senior design, and hospice are just a few of the services offered. These “Service Partners” often offer discounts to Village members. As boomers contemplate their future, they look within to determine how best to incorporate their values and meaning into their everyday lives. As they accept and grow with life’s physical, mental and emotional changes, they are embracing new relationships, second careers and volunteerism, while pursuing hobbies, social activism and travel, all with a balance of lessons learned and hope for the future. If you’d like to get more involved with the community through JFS Village, please call Tina Serota at 609-822-1109.

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Development News

JFS Named Bank of America Neighborhood Builder

Pictured left to right are Beth Joseph, JFS Senior Director of Communications and Donor Relations; Laura Rodgers, LCSW, JFS Chief Program Officer; Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO; Robert Doherty, Bank of America NJ Market President; and Christine Zoda-Egizi, JFS Associate Director of Community Support Services.

JFS recently was awarded Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award for providing critical services to the community. Bank of America created the Neighborhood Builders program in 2004 to support the work of non-profit organizations which serve as the backbone of many communities. Through this program, grants are awarded to provide tools, training and funding to help selected nonprofit organizations create more sustainable communities. “While the daily need for support is constant, it is critical that we understand and focus on the long term effect of our work,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “Not only does this program advance nonprofit work but strengthens leaders and supports organizational leadership development.” As a Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardee, JFS will receive $200,000 in flexible funding over the next two years for leadership development for an executive director and an emerging leader at the organization, and the opportunity to connect to a network of peer organizations and access capital. Neighborhood Builders is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic investments in nonprofit leadership development, strengthening the network of nonprofit leadership that is critical to helping our local communities thrive. JFS named Christine Zoda-Egizi, Associate Director of Community Support Services, as its emerging leader as part of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Grant. She, along with CEO, Andrea Steinberg will participate in a series of training sessions and workshops as part of this multi-year initiative.

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MLR Friends & Family Bike Ride Makes Last Trek More than a dozen people participated in the 11th Annual Marc L. Rosenberg (MLR) Friends & Family Bike Ride on September 22, 2018. The final bike ride was a memorable one, according to event organizer Patti Rosenberg. “Our later date proved to be the perfect day for a bike ride at the Shore. A big thank you to those who came along on the ride as well as to those who could not make it but still supported our effort.” Patti also announced this will be the last year for the bike ride. Since its inception in 2008, she coordinated 11 rides raising more than $25,000 to support the Marc L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund at JFS in memory of her husband.

Food Pantry Receives Support from The Wawa Foundation JFS received $7,500 from The Wawa Foundation in October 2018 to support the agency’s Food Pantry and nutritional services programs. The Wawa Foundation supports positive change and awareness for its community partners with a focus on Health, Hunger and Everyday Heroes. In addition to a financial contribution, Wawa continues to support JFS through food and beverage donations.

TD Bank Awards $5,000 to Support Vocational Services JFS received a $5,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation to fund the agency’s vocational services, which supports individuals dealing with a disability to find employment. The funds allow JFS to provide job search and internship support, soft skills development, and job retention support.

Grant from Fox & Roach to Fund Food Pantry Fox & Roach Trident Charities awarded JFS $4,000 to fund the Food Pantry, ensuring children, individuals and families have access to essential food. Serving over 2,500 individuals and families per year, the Food Pantry continues to be an important resource for senior citizens on fixed incomes, families with low incomes, and those experiencing a temporary crisis.

JFNA Funds Groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care JFS is proud to receive a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. This award will enable JFS to provide enhanced programming for survivors, as well as provide the agency with intensive training on Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care.

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Special Events

JFS Herb Dinner Raises $5,000

Upcoming Events May

JFS & JCC Golf Tournament Tees Off May 30 Team JFS is ready to reclaim the trophy at the 6th Annual Tournament Fore Charity on May 30th at the Linwood Country Club. JFS Committee Co-Chairs, Brett Balsley and Todd Arsenault, along with JCC Committee Chair David Schultz, are hard at work to ensure this year’s tournament is a success. Registration begins at 11:30 am followed by a shotgun start at 1 pm. The cost to participate is $225 per golfer and includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are available. Contact Jenna DeCicco at 609.822.108 x218 or jdecicco@jfsatlantic.org for more information. June

Monica Lewinsky to Headline 26th Annual Women’s Forum Guests were treated to an evening of culinary delights as they gathered at Steve & Cookie’s on November 6th to support the agency’s health and wellness initiatives. The annual event brings awareness to the lack of nutritional options for those in the community, particularly for those experiencing mental illness. Sixty guests enjoyed a three-course vegetarian and glutenfree meal made with seasonal herbs, vegetables and farm-raised eggs. Herbalist Gayle Gross, accompanied by nutritionist Diane Melano and chicken rancher Gail Reichman, shared the nutritional benefits of each dish, which included Korean pancakes with oyster and shiitake mushrooms; beetroot, cauliflower and turnip soup, roasted butternut squash and sautéed kale and sweet potato hummus. The next Herb Dinner will take place October 29, 2019.

Special thanks to Cookie Till and her amazing staff for planning and preparing a delicious and unique meal once again.

Social activist and anti-bullying ambassador Monica Lewinsky will be the featured speaker at this year’s Women’s Forum, scheduled for June 6, 2019 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. Last year’s event raised $50,000 to support four non-profits, including JFS, CASA, Boys & Girls Club and Atlantic City Day Nursery. Visit Women's Forum on Facebook for more information. August

32nd Annual JFS House Tour is August 5 This year’s event, scheduled for August 5, hopes to raise $65,000 to support JFS Village by the Shore. Unlike any fundraiser in South Jersey, the JFS House Tour offers guests a unique opportunity to explore the most luxurious seashore homes throughout Ventnor, Margate and Longport.

“Beads and Bling” Cocktail Party Raises $65,000

SWEET POTATO HUMMUS Ingredients: • 1 large sweet • potato (about 1 ½ pounds) peeled • and cut into large pieces

2 garlic cloves, smashed 3 Tbsp pure tahini or tahini butter

• 1 ½ tsp kosher salt • 1 lime, halved • 1 cup water • Olive Oil for drizzling

Place a rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 375 F. Scatter sweet potato and garlic across a parchment lined baking sheet. Generously drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Roast about 4045 minutes, tossing halfway through, until garlic is golden brown and sweet potato is tender and browned in a few spots. Cool slightly, then transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add tahini, salt, and squeeze in lime juice. Pulse to incorporate. With motor running, gradually add 1 cup of water. Mixture should be the consistency of hummus, add more water if needed. Enjoy! Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Guests at the 12th Annual JFS Cocktail Party celebrated Mardi Gras in style at Bourre in Atlantic City, raising $65,000 to support the agency. Co-chairs Farah & Michael Burns, Claudia & Eric Goldberg, and Antoinette & Eric Wood, along with the entire committee, organized the event where guests were entertained while enjoying cocktails and conversation, authentic NOLA food, and a live auction including a behind the scenes look at HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and a trip to Mardi Gras! One lucky guest left with a stunning Ippolita Senso 18k yellow gold station necklace, courtesy of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. With the charitable support of sponsors Kensington Design Services, Fox Rothschild, Atlantic City Linen Supply, and many others, JFS continues to increase awareness in the community about the critical work the agency does to help those in need. 9


Community Connections

Project Homeless Connect Linwood Country Club Food Drive

During the month of December, Linwood Country Club members and staff collected non-perishable food items for the JFS Food Pantry. The JFS Food Pantry offers hearty meal options to individuals and families who are experiencing economic hardships, homebound seniors on fixed incomes, adults with disabilities, young families with low incomes, and others facing temporary crises.

Brothers, Sam and Luke Goldstein, spent time at JFS sorting coats for Project Homeless Connect. Volunteers like the Goldsteins are the backbone of Jewish Family Service and inspire others with their generosity, kindness and desire to help others.

Village Painting Party

Village members and guests gathered at the Katz JCC in December for a painting workshop. Participants were provided with canvases and materials to paint a scenic scene featuring a cardinal in the snow.

MudGirls Studios joins JFS Wellness Partnership

In 2018, Jewish Family Service partnered with Gilda’s Club South Jersey and the Leadership Studio to offer wellness services to women in Atlantic County. This year, MudGirls Studio, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities in art and entrepreneurship to economically disadvantaged and at-risk women, joins the list of partners. Throughout the year, JFS and its partners will coordinate programs and health fairs in an effort to reach underserved women. 10

The Joseph Project

The Beth El Synagogue congregation raised funds to support The Joseph Project, which provides new winter coats for underprivileged individuals. The campaign, led by Tammy Spanier, provided 100 coats to JFS clients and families. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties


Friends Scott needed steady employment to remain independent. Scott was referred to the JFS Vocational program because he wanted to work, but at 54 years-old he had no job experience due to disability and mental illness. PAWS Pet Care, a JFS dog walking service, which provides job training, coaching, and employment to people with disabilities helped Scott learn customer service, dog walking, basic first aid, and how to use a smartphone. When Scott received his first paycheck, he could hardly contain his excitement. “I never thought I would have the worth enough to actually get a paycheck!” One year later, Scott has steady employment at a local apparel store and is living in his own apartment.

Thank you to our Friends... Friends Contributions January 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019 Mr. & Mrs. Allan Abramowitz Dr. & Mrs. Richard Adelman Ms. Susan Albright Mrs. Sharon Altman Mr. & Mrs. Alex Barrera BCA Insurance Group Mr. & Mrs. David Behr Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bell Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Howard Bernstein Mrs. Mara Bienstock Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Bierig Mr. & Mrs. Alan Bierig Drs. David & Norma Blecker Ms. Sandra Bookach Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Borenstein Ms. Denise Borisch Mr. & Mrs. Irving Braunstein Mr. & Mrs. Bob Buckley Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Bush Dr. & Mrs. Joel Caplan Mr. & Mrs. David Carter Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Casel Dr. & Mrs. Robert Chorney Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Clofine Mr. & Mrs. Mort Cohen Dr. Stanley Cohen Mr. & Mrs. Barry Cohen Ms. Barbara Cohen Congregation Beth Israel Conover-Swanson, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Della Fave Mr. & Mrs. James Dine Mrs. Linda Dolan Downbeach Deli Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dunayer Rabbi & Mrs. Jason Edelstein Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Eisen Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Eisenberg Mrs. Myra Eskin Mr. & Mrs. Francis Fee Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Feinberg Drs. Alan & Barbara Feldman Dr. & Mrs. Marc Feldman Dr. & Mrs. Mathew Finkelson Ms. Inga Fixler Mr. & Mrs. Bennett Flax Mr. Robert Fleisher Dr. & Mrs. Brett Foxman Mr. Edward Frebowitz Mr. & Mrs. Norton Freedman Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Freiberg Dr. & Mrs. Alan Friedman Dr. & Mrs. Scott Fuerman

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gahr Dr. & Mrs. Leonard Galler Ms. Marlene Garber Mrs. Michelle Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Gash Mr. & Mrs. Jeanne & Bernard Gest Glenn Insurance Mrs. Marcia Goldberg Mr. Charles Goldfarb Mrs. Florence Goldfine Ms. Elizabeth Goodwin Cantor Ralph Goren Mr. & Mrs. Jack Gorny Dr. & Mrs. Melvyn Gorsen Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Gosin Ms. Shirley Gottlieb Ms. Joan Gravitz Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Groff Dr. & Mrs. Howard Gross Ms. Merle Gross Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Grossman Mr. Jerome Grossman Mr. Stanley Grossman Mr. Mitchell Gurwicz Mrs. Susan Hamberg Mr. Robert Hammerschlag Mr. & Mrs. Martin Hamson Mr. & Mrs. Roger Hansen Barbara Harvis & Dr. Andrew Renny Mr. & Mrs. Martin Herring Mr. Gary Hill Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hirsch Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hirsch Mr. & Mrs. Earle Hitchner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Horowitz Mr. & Mrs. Marc Hurvitz Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hyman Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Jonas Mr. Jules Joseph Ms. Donna Josephs Mrs. Sandy Kahn Mr. & Mrs. Gary Kanalstein Dr. & Mrs. Abram Kaplan Ms. Rona Kaplan Ms. Barbara Kardon Dr. & Mrs. Howard Karp Mrs. Ruth Kelman Mrs. Bonnie Kennedy KESKAL Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund Ms. Joanne Kettler Ms. Jean Kohl Ms. Shirley Kotzker

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Kripitz Mrs. Janet Kurland Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lang Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Langston Law Office of Cindy J. Baen Leeds Builders Mr. Yechiel Lehavy Mr. & Mrs. Paul Letzter Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Levin Mr. Dennis Levinson Mr. & Mrs. Joel Levitt Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Levy Mrs. Hilde Lewkowitz Mr. & Mrs. Ron Lewkowitz Dr. & Mrs. Leo Lieberman Mr. & Mrs. Louis London Mr. & Mrs. Donald Love Dr. Marc Lowenstein & Dr. Deborah Davies Ms. Sandra Luber Mr. & Mrs. Marc Ludwig Margate City Employee Association Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Margolis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mayer Mrs. Maryann McLoughlin-O'Donnell Mr. & Mrs. Brian Meyers Ms. Sandra E. Miller Mrs. Rosalie Mogell Mr. & Mrs. Richard Moore Mr. & Mrs. Harold Moskowitz Mrs. Carol Myerowitz Mr. David Nelson Mrs. Anne Neustadter Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Neustadter Hon. & Mrs. Robert Neustadter Dr. & Mrs. Marc Peck Mrs. Claire Perskie Mr. & Mrs. Martin Peskoe Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Pitel Mr. & Mrs. Jack Plackter Mrs. Marilyn Podell Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Podolnick Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Podolsky Mrs. Carolyn Polisano Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Rahn Rabbi & Mrs. Rabbi Avrahom Rapoport Mr. & Mrs. Howard Reed Ms. Patti Reed-Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Reynolds Ms. Maureen Ritzel Ms. Trinna Rodgers Ms. Laura Rodgers Mrs. Selma Rosenberg Dr. & Mrs. Alfred Rosenblatt Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Rosenkrantz

Dr. & Mrs. Gary Rosman Mr. & Mrs. Henry Roth Mrs. Nancy Rubin Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Rubins Dr. & Mrs. Robert Sabo Ms. Jeanne L. Sackman Dr. David Sagransky Mr. & Mrs. Rob Salad Ms. Rochelle Salway Mrs. Judy Schlank Mr. & Mrs. Neil Schmerling Mrs. Gloria Schriber Mrs. Karen Schwab Mr. & Mrs. Mark Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. David Schwartz Scott Brown Insurance Agency Dr. David Seitman Mr. & Mrs. Morris Shapiro Dr. & Mr. Eric Share Mr. & Mrs. Yitzhak Sharon Mr. & Mrs. Karl Shechtman Mrs. Pnina Sher Mrs. Elaine Shusman Dr. & Mrs. Alan Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Richard Singer Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Snyder Jack M. Soble Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Spanier Mr. & Mrs. Morton Spiegel Mr. & Mrs. David Spitalnick Mr. & Mrs. Mark Stein Mrs. Miriam Stein Mr. & Mrs. Marc Stein Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Steinberg Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Stern Mr. & Mrs. Lew Stolzenberg Ms. Shirley Swerdloff Ms. Barbara Taylor The Horizon Foundation for NJ Matching Gift Mr. & Mrs. Rolf Tragbar UBS Employee Giving Program Ms. Marilyn Wagenheim Dr. & Mrs. Morton Waldman Ms. Ruth Washburn Ms. Elaine Waxman Hon. & Mrs. Gerald Weinstein Mrs. Gloria Weitzenhof Hon. & Mrs. Michael Winkelstein Dr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Ms. Roberta M. Woessner Mr. & Mrs. Eric Wood Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Martin Wood Mrs. Sherry Zellat

A complete list of givers is at jfsatlantic.org under Ways to Give.

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Jewish Family Service Atlantic & Cape May Counties 607 North Jerome Avenue Margate, NJ 08402 P 609 822 1108 F 609 822 1106 jfsatlantic.org

Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg, LCSW President Darren Matik Vice Presidents Johanna Perskie Joel Caplan, Ph.D. Treasurer Traci Werman Secretary Melissa Pisetzner, Esq. Past Presidents* Richard B. Wise, M.D. Mitchell Gurwicz Board Members Randy D. Ayoob Collin G. Bell, Esq. Alisa L. Elkis Joel B. Frankel, D.M.D. Eric Goldberg Ali Lieberman Lawrence A. Reich, DDS Sarah Rosenthal Matthew Simpson * Previous Presidents º Deceased

Honorary Board of Directors* Gail Mackler-Carlino Kenneth Eisenberg Alice Epsteinº Anna Feldman Bethanie Gorny, Ed.D Larry Horowitz, CPA Shy Kramer Robert Lang, Esq. Marc Lowenstein, Ph.D. Arlene Potler Patti Reed-Rosenberg Carol G. Rimm Lois Rothenbergº Douglas Stanger, Esq. Kenneth Steinberg Eric Wood, Esq. Golda Wood Community Advisory Board Joanne Gahr, M.S., CRC Barry Goff, Jr. Jennifer K. Goudy Teresa Katz Samantha Kiley Alexander C. Marino Alexandra Nunzi Sean Riggin James A. Sarkos John Zarych, Esq.

JFS is an affiliate agency of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties and a partner agency with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County

Donor Spotlight Client Spotlight

In 2018, Fox Rehabilitation made a financial commitment to Jewish Family Service as a Leader Agency Donor, pledging $10,000 over the next 2 years, to ensure continued access to essential programs and services to those in the community. Fox Rehabilitation has made it their mission to rehabilitate lives by empowering their staff to provide exceptional care to older adults and helping them to achieve what they once thought impossible – optimal function to live full, meaningful lives. A leader in physical therapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, and speechlanguage pathology, Fox Rehabilitation has practices in 17 states, and continues to grow. As a Village by the Shore service partner, Fox Rehabilitation has proven themselves a trusted resource for members and seniors across Atlantic County. Their support also extends to House Tour, Cocktail Party, and the JFS & JCC Golf Tournament.

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Agency Donors V I S I O N A RY Hafetz Family Foundation Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation Mr. James Klinghoffer Susan G. Komen Central & South Jersey The Jewish Community Foundation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties The David & Mary Krassenstein Foundation United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Bank of America Charitable Foundation

CHAMPION OceanFirst Foundation Burns Property Group, LLC AkPharma, Inc. Andi & David Goldberg

CHAI Harrison Beverage Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay/7311 The Charles & Lynn Kramer Family Foundation

LEADER Wise Family Eye Center Andrea & Mark Sandson Fox Rehabilitation The Wawa Foundation Geoscape Solar The Azeez Foundation

BUILDER AtlantiCare Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA Fox Rothschild, LLP Galloway Auto & Tire Center Mitchell Gurwicz Newman’s Own Foundation Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel Wells Fargo Antoinette & Eric Wood Anna & Marc Feldman Bonnie & Ed Gurwicz Court Furniture Claudia & Eric Goldberg TD Charitable Foundation Herbert & Lois Rothenberg Charitable Foundation To become an agency donor or learn more, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations @ 609.822.7409.

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Explore the latest edition of JFS Currents, the bi-annual newsletter of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

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Explore the latest edition of JFS Currents, the bi-annual newsletter of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

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