JFS Currents - Summer 2020

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Summer 2020

The Short List

JFS Bridges the Gap Between School and Work

Rymax Supports Food Pantry

In the current economic environment, many teenagers and young adults are struggling to secure steady employment. These challenges are intensified by the presence of a disability which may impact how they interview, their transportation options or how employable they appear.

Margate City Fire Department volunteered to unload a truck full of non-perishable food donated by Rymax President Eve Kolakowski.

National Meatball Day

In May, JFS implemented the Bridges to Employment program for out-of-school youth with disabilities from the Atlantic City area. JFS Vocational Case Managers provide comprehensive services to help participants and their families navigate the sometimes overwhelming transition from high school into the workforce or advanced education. The program assists to connect an individual to job training, apprenticeships, certification programs and more. If someone is looking to further their education or join the military, the staff will assist. As Dr. Nina Stolzenberg, JFS Director of Vocational Services shared, “According to the Institute for Community Inclusion, based at the University of Massachusetts, only 33.7% of working-age adults with disabilities are employed, compared with 72.9% of people without disabilities. For working-age adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, the number plunges to 16%.” Given the opportunity, many of these individuals can and want to work. JFS Bridges to Employment supports them to accomplish that.

Carmine’s Atlantic City employees Jordan Limauro and Stephanie Gomez served meatballs to patrons during a National Meatball Day Fundraiser for JFS.

Einstein Winner Announced

Howard Gross won the Albert Einstein signed portrait on March 14th. JFS raised $14,000 from 140 tickets sold and the anonymous donor, who graciously gifted the authentic framed picture to JFS, contributed another $5,000.

Helping Those in Need

Who is eligible for the program?

What services does Bridges offer?

• Youth ages 16 – 24 • Atlantic City area residents • Have a disability (learning or mental health challenges – ADHD, DD, ASD) • Not currently in school (unenrolled or graduated) • Want to work, further education, receive job training, or join the military

• Individualized Guidance and Support • Career Guidance, Planning, and Counseling • Workplace Readiness Training • Job Training and Placement • Connection to Further Education • Basic Skills Instruction / High School Equivalency Support • Financial Literacy Education • Transportation • Benefits Counseling

For more information on the Bridges to Employment program, contact Mike O’Brien, JFS Vocational Services Supervisor, at 609.703.3037 or mobrien@jfsatlantic.org. JFS’ Atlantic Homeless Alliance Associate Director Erin Bowes was one of several staff members featured in the agency’s Facebook videos. Erin works with individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Check out all of the JFS staff videos at facebook.com/jfsatlantic.

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2 | State of the Agency

6 | Programs & Services

3 | President's Report

7 | Special Events

4-5 | COVID-19 Response 8 | Donor Spotlight 1

State State of of the the Agency Agency Excerpts from remarks presented during the agency’s virtual Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020 Our work has never been more important. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS is committed, accessible, and nimble. I am grateful for the staff, Board, donors and partners who make it all possible.

Andrea Steinberg, CEO

As the pandemic reached our doors, we did not waiver on the need to

maintain and build out necessary services. Not only did day-to-day operations adapt, but the ways in which we served our consumers and the community needed to change. Healing the world starts with healing one another. We must continue to listen, discuss and act. This is something JFS does well in and out of crisis. Village by the Shore has become a safe haven for so many vulnerable seniors who rely on JFS for ready-made meals, grocery delivery, transportation to doctor’s appointments and more. As the nation faces unprecedented job loss, JFS is committed to sustaining and expanding vocational services, especially for those with disabilities. Kessler Community Employment funding enables us to support, train and place individuals in cohesive employment as part of our Integrated Case Management Service (ICMS). The Pathways to Recovery program continues help people impacted by opioid use to seek and maintain employment. JFS’s Vocational Services have helped more than 100 clients obtain employment, some earning paychecks for the very first time. As an agency, we maintain our commitment to working with people with serious mental illness. Whether in ICMS, Supportive Housing, or Links to Health we provide necessary services for an underserved population. JFS continues to work through the many changes at the state level with fee-for-service, rates, and changing expectations to assure the work is maintained. Program staff use creative ways to support people to achieve their goals. The challenge of maintaining an outpatient program fiscally remains a focus for JFS. HEDS Case Management program provides case management services for youth and their families court-ordered to participate in the Home Electronic Detention System (HEDS) enhancement program. The Resilient Youth Program, JFS delivers a trauma-informed emotional regulation group treatment to youth age 17 or younger who have begun to engage in low-level delinquent behavior and are at risk of continued involvement in the Juvenile Justice System. JFS continues to serve as the coordinated entry for all individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Through strong partnerships with the County and AtlantiCare among others, we are providing safety and health for individuals and the community at large. Our work in the homeless space is integrated with our PATH outreach program, as well as justice-involved services. At JFS, we are a team of innovators, helpers and problem-solvers. We are healing the world, every day. With the community's support, the agency will be here to provide hope and healing for years to come.


Each year, the JFS Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for staff, board members, volunteers and supporters to come together to re-cap the year and express eagerness about the agency’s future. While this year’s meeting was hosted virtually on June 10, Vice President Matthew Simpson did a wonderful job serving as emcee for a second time as we featured installations, recognitions and awards. Board President Johanna Perskie installed Board Members and Executive Officers including Matthew Simpson and Lawrence Reich as the new Board Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Colin Bell, Alisa Elkis, Sarah Rosenthal and Jeffrey Vasser were re-appointed to serve an additional two-year term and Danielle Liberman, Esq., was appointed to the Board for a one-year term.

Leaving a Life & Legacy Commitment JFS Board Member Sarah Rosenthal Shares Her Story Growing up, some of my most vivid memories were of being by my mom's side while she did charity work. She instilled in me a commitment to community – to caring for the people and doing what I could to make my community a better place. Being a parent now, I want to instill that same sense of responsibility in my own children and make sure they know that at every stage of life and beyond, it's possible to make a difference. Working to help people doesn't end with one delivery of groceries or one counseling session. The need is ongoing, and ever changing. It won't end in my lifetime, but I know I want to continue to contribute even after I am gone. Life and Legacy is the perfect vehicle to do this. I am able to specify what kind of donation I make and what services will benefit from it. Furthermore, my gift helps to cement a Jewish future in this area, which is incredibly important to me. This community has always been and always will be home. Part of the reason my husband and I wanted to move back home a few years ago was the opportunity to be more involved in the community here. I have always admired the work of JFS. The services provided, from counseling and vocational services to the food pantry and community re-entry programs, all are so vital to helping individuals thrive. There are many times when issues arise where the answer is 'you can call JFS.' The agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of incredible. That is what JFS does. They mobilize to help the community, meeting so many critical needs. It is my honor to commit to support Jewish Family Service now and through my legacy. Life & Legacy is a four-year partnership program by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community. For more information, or to leave a legacy gift to JFS, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications and Donor Relations, at bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org or (609) 822-7409. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

State of theReport Agency President's Remarks presented during the agency’s virtual Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020

Also, Nancy Lynch was welcomed to the JFS Community Advisory Board. Then, Johanna provided a heartfelt thanks to five-year Board Member Traci Werman who consistently provided her strong support for the agency’s Cocktail Party, Friends Campaign, Turkey Drive and House Tour. JFS recognized agency donors including Karen McClellan and Todd Arsenault of Seaboard Building & Restoration, Inc., Geoscape Solar, Mutual of America and Right at Home for their generous support and contribution. Staff recognition, including awards for Outstanding Service, Leadership and Heart & Soul, will be held later this year. Employees celebrating years-ofservice milestones will also be acknowledged. More information about this special event will be shared soon.

Marchiano and Rios Receive Community Honors JFS Chief Financial Officer Steven Marchiano and Accountant Judith Rios were recognized in June by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. Steve was presented with the Leadership and Advocacy Recognition Award while Judy received the Frontline Leadership Recognition Award.

Jack Greenberg is JFS Volunteer of the Year RSVP volunteer Jack Greenberg was named this year's Volunteer of the Year during the JFS Annual Meeting. A full-time Gaming Auditor at Caesars Atlantic City, Jack still finds time to stock the Food Pantry, serve guests at Holocaust Survivor Luncheons, and volunteer at the Golf Tournament and Herb Dinner. “Jack is an amazing volunteer who is a great asset to our team. I know that I can always count on him to do a great job,” said Vanessa Smith, JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor.

Melissa Rosenblum, Esq., Recognized with the 2020 JFS President’s Award Melissa Rosenblum, Esq., was presented with the prestigious President’s Award during the JFS Annual Meeting for her dedication and support of the agency and community. Melissa has been a strong advocate and champion of justice, a voice for the voiceless and a pillar of the community. As a Board Member and Treasurer, she rallies individuals to support fundraisers and assures financial stability. JFS congratulates Melissa on this well-deserved honor. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Johanna Perskie

Strength in our community, in our Board and in our staff and volunteers is what we’ve leaned on these past several months. None of us could have imagined the extent that COVID-19 would have had on our nation. Yet as the days grew into weeks and then months, we understood that we needed to work together to ensure those who depend on JFS

would know we were there for them – as our staff always are. Regardless of a crisis, this is the facet in which JFS operates every day. A stellar work ethic, compassion, flexibility, can-do and will-do attitude assures we continue to meet the needs of our current and new clients. Which leads me to share with you the importance of JFS’ strong partnerships and relationships with government officials, businesses and community members. Staff works directly with police departments across the region on conflict resolution and mental illness indicators training. Our work with the Recovery Court as well as The Honorable Judge Mark Sandson on Pathways to Recovery, and JFS Board Member and attorney, Melissa Rosenblum, with the judicial system. In addition to helping advocate and lobby for consumers and services, elected officials are a great advocate for our agency. NJ Senator Chris Brown hosted a Facebook Live conversation with Andrea Steinberg and Ann Thoresen to discuss the services available to families in need. Our relationship with government agencies advanced our services. We are currently co-located in the county building and Atlantic County Government is a strong partner in operating the coordinated homeless services through the Atlantic Homeless Alliance. Linwood Mayor and former JFS President Darren Matik connects JFS with politicians and funders like the Hearst Foundation, a $100,000 donor, and coordinates food collection. In our community, the on-going support for our programs is paramount. JFS is fortunate to have AtlantiCare Foundation's Samantha Kiley on our Advisory Board, further strengthening the relationship between our agencies. Our partnership with AtlantiCare’s Healthplex & AtlantiCare Behavioral Health program continues to be on the forefront so clients get the help needed. Over 250 volunteers, from all aspects of the community, offer their experience and time. From OceanFirst Bank staff helping with events to Fox Rothschild’s Turkey Drive collection, to realtors, Jordan and Zelda, who deliver meals each week, our community is what makes JFS strong. While we were unable to gather for the Annual Cocktail Party or House Tour, we are looking ahead to partnerships through the upcoming JFS vs. JCC Golf Tournament scheduled to take place on October 1st. Our strong relationships enable us to raise dollars in times of great need and assure our fiscal strength. Lastly, the people behind the businesses, organizations, companies and neighborhoods who generously reach into their pockets and show their JFS commitment through sponsorships, donations, tickets, and more. Our supporters are amazing, evident by the money collected for COVID-19 efforts. It’s been said that deep within any crisis is an opportunity for friends and strangers to step up and help. Our community is always helping but that statement is very true based on how friends and strangers of JFS stepped up and continue to step up every day.


COVID-19 Response As the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, JFS leadership and staff responded immediately to ensure our work would continue uninterrupted. We need your help.



Boardroom is transformed into an expanded food pantry with drive-thru service

MARCH 31 MARCH 10 JFS creates COVID-19 Task Force with leadership staff


JFS transforms Cocktail Party into a No-Show fundraising event, raising $27,000


IT department deploys dozens of additional laptops and cell phones for all staff to work remotely

10,000 cell phone minutes purchased for consumers to continue care management through telephone

JFS orders PPE for staff and consumers (masks, gloves, disinfectant, hand sanitizer) and equips offices and cars with supplies. Community begins donating handmade masks to support staff as well.


Village by the Shore began virtual social programming with a Passover Seder via Zoom. Programming continues monthly including Coffee Klatch, Memoir Workshop and Game Nights.

MARCH 16 JFS begins transition to office-based staff to remote work


COVID-19 letter sent to all consumers with updates and safety precautions


Anticipated revenue loss from office closures and event cancellations prompt launch of COVID-19 Response Funding Initiative through fundraising and grants



JFS & AtlantiCare develop isolation plan for homeless COVID-19 individuals upon hospital discharge

JFS Food Pantry experiences a 30% increase in requests for food assistance since the state's Shelter-in-Place order


Annual Friends direct mail campaign launches with $35,000 goal to help homebound seniors like Walter

A special thank you to those who generously made a financial donation to the COVID-19 Response efforts. Givers listed through July 15, 2020. To view more givers, visit Ways to Give – View Our Supporters at jfsatlantic.org Absecon Island Internal Medicine Ms. Janis Albuck Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Alloy Ms. Shelley Arch Atlantic City and County Board of Realtors Atlantic City Electric Atlantic County Bar Assoc. AtlantiCare Mainland ER Bank of America Charitable Foundation Ms. Jennifer Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Randy Barto Mr. Harry Bassford Mr. Lewis Battisti Mrs. Cila Behr Mr. Malcolm Bekoff Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bell


Mr. Colin Bell & Ms. Sarah Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Mark Berman Ms. Sara Bernstein Beth Israel Sisterhood Mr. & Mrs. Murray Bevitz Ms. Dorris Bird Blankenbuehler Associates Mr. & Mrs. Steven Blitzstein Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Borenstein Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Calvi Ms. Janice Cambron Dr. & Mrs. Joel Caplan Mr. & Mrs. Carmine Catalana IV

Dr. & Mrs. Harry Chaikin Mrs. Elaine Charny Ms. Susan Clark Mr. & Mrs. Barry Cohen Ms. Ellen Cohen Congregation Beth Israel CRDA Dr. & Mrs. Allan Cummings Ms. Leslie DiLuigi Mr. & Mrs. James Dine Mr. Paul Dougherty Ms. Katherine Durante Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Dworsky Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Eisen The Marshall Family Dr. & Mrs. Herman Felder Ms. Brooke Feldman Dr. & Mrs. Marc Feldman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Feriozzi

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Freedman Dr. & Mrs. Alan Friedman Mr. Marc Friedman, Esq. Mrs. Dawn Gadon Mr. & Mrs. Peter Galowitz Ms. Marcia Gelman Ms. Patricia Goldstein Mr. & Mrs. Bill Gormely Ms. Jane Gottlieb Dr. & Mrs. Howard Gross Hafetz & Associates Ms. Janine Haines Mr. Robert Hammerschlag Mr. & Mrs. Zach Hammond Mr. & Mrs. Martin Herring Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Herring Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hirsch Ms. Sherry Hoffman Housing & Community

Development Ms. Julie Howard Ms. Jane Howell Ms. Nora Iepson Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation Ms. Stefanie Jeffreys Ms. Linda Joseph & Mr. David Nelson Dr. & Mrs. Abram Kaplan Ms. Ellyn Karp Ms. Hannah Karr Ms. Joan Katz Ms. Beth Katz Ms. Carole Kessler Mr. & Mrs. Alan Kligerman Mr. James Klinghoffer Mr. & Mrs. Shy Kramer Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Kremer Mr. Daniel Krisch

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JFS receives $20,000 in COVID-19 grant funding from both The Horizon Foundation for NJ and Bank of America Charitable Foundation


JFS Kosher Meals on Wheels weekly delivery increases by 67% to assure ready-made meals for homebound seniors

MAY 18


JFS therapists provide 542 essential counseling sessions throughout April as telehealth services continued to expand.

Holocaust Survivors gather virtually for the first of weekly Social Club chats with Dr. Donald Cassidy

Despite many companies suffering layoffs, JFS held a virtual new hire orientation for 14 JFS employees hired since February

After more than 30 consecutive years, JFS makes the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 House Tour which raises $65,000 for Village by the Shore services and programming for adults 50+. Past supporters and attendees are asked to donate their ticket or sponsorship amount toward the fundraising effort.


The Food Pantry assists 850 people in June – a 79% percent increase over the previous year, clearly showcasing the need in our community.

MAY 15

JFS staff provided more than 1,617 hours of case management for 707 individuals over the past month



JFS safely welcomed back volunteers to assist with grocery ordering, shopping and delivery for vulnerable seniors.

Dr. David Landset Mr. Paul Langer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Latinsky Mr. & Mrs. Adam Lefsky Mr. & Mrs. Lee Levine Mr. James Levin & Ms. Andrea Commaker Ms. Helen Levins Mr. & Mrs. Ron Lewkowitz Mrs. Hilde Lewkowitz Mr. Barney Linn Mr. & Mrs. David Lowenstein Ms. Sandra Luber Mr. & Mrs. Hal Lugerner Mr. & Mrs. Dennis MacGrogan Ms. Claire Malchiodi MANNA at the Shore Ms. Emily Marchese Margate PBA Local 65 Ms. Janet Maslow Mr. Isadore May Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mayer

COVID-19 Response funding reaches $250,000 thanks to generous donations from Resorts, Hafetz & Associates, NJ Pandemic Relief Fund and Walmart.

Mr. Rick McKelvey Mr. & Mrs. Jules Mendelsohn Mr. & Mrs. Richard Menear Mrs. Rosalie Mogell Ms. Barbara E. Moscariello Mutual of America New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund New Jersey Realtors NextGenAC Mr. & Mrs. Frank Nunziato OceanFirst Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Ozlek Ms. Liz Perskie Mr. & Mrs. Jack Plackter Ms. Dara Quattrone-Roche Ms. Jane Quigley Mr. & Mrs. Robert Randel Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Rapoport Ms. Eileen Raynes Ms. Patti Reed-Rosenberg Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Reich

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Access Center completes 332 intakes for community members since Shelter-in-Place order

Resorts Casino Hotel Ms. Patricia Reynolds Mrs. Maryann Robson Rodef Sholom Sisterhood Ms. Amy Rokuson Ms. Laureen Rosenbaum Mrs. Barbara Rosenblatt Ms. Melissa Rosenblum Ms. Randee Rosenfeld Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Rosenthal Roth-Goldstein's Memorial Chapel, LLC Ms. Rochelle Salway Mr. & Mrs. David Sanders Mr. & Mrs. Steven Sarratore Mr. & Mrs. Garrett Scarpa Mr. Louis Schott Ms. Karen Schwab Mr. & Mrs. Mark Schwartz Ms. Judith Schwartz Seaview Elementary School Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Seymour

MAY 31

Staff preformed 556 COVID-19 health screenings to assure the safety and health of clients and consumers during in-person interactions throughout May.

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Shields Dr. & Mrs. Alan Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Steven Sinderbrand Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Slomine Mr. & Mrs. Jim Soffer Mr. Mark Soifer Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sokalsky Mr. & Mrs. Howard Solomon Mrs. Roberta Soper Mr. & Mrs. Mark Stein Mr. Robert Steinberg Ms. Catherine Sutman Ms. Shirley Swerdloff The Albertsons Company The Azeez Foundation The Charles & Lynn Kramer Family Foundation The Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey


COVID-19 Emergency Relief fundraising efforts surpass $450,000 thanks to donations from Alan & Peggy Kligerman, James Klinghoffer, CRDA, OceanFirst Foundation, Ron Ozlek and Alan Simpson. The Wawa Foundation Mr. Daniel Thoren Mr. & Mrs. Michael Toland Mr. & Mrs. Rolf Tragbar United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Waldman Ms. Lynne Walters Walmart Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert Warren, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Richard Werman Ms. Patricia Wild & Mr. Ron Ruff Mr. Kirk Wisemayer Ms. Jill Wood Mr. & Mrs. Eric Wood Mrs. Sherry Zellat Mr. & Mrs. Alan Zuckerman


Programs & Services

Village by the Shore Keeps Members Connected through Virtual Programming With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the way in which organizations host programs and events, Village by the Shore offers virtual programming to assure a safe environment. Each month, Village members, their family and friends can enjoy interactive, thought-provoking and creative programs for the mind, body and soul including Coffee Klatch, Memoir Workshop, The Positivity Project and Comfort Cuisine to name a few. To learn more about upcoming events visit www.jfsvillagebytheshore.org.

JFS Launches HEDS Case Management Program As the state continues to pioneer programs to reduce incarceration levels amongst our youth, the New Jersey Superior Court Family Division has created the Home Electronic Detention System Case Management Program, (HEDS) which serves as an alternative to the established detention program. With the HEDS Case Management Program, a JFS Case Manager will work closely with a court-designated youth to identify, develop and achieve individual goals. In doing so, the program will show the court system that the youth is diligently working to reduce any technical violations and enhance their future. The Case Manager will offer professional support, insight and an array of dedicated services including: • Development of concrete skills – problem solving, better communication, anger management resolution and more • Connections and referrals to other professionals or resources in the community to further develop the clients’ personal and professional abilities

Member Spotlight: Diana Gray Residents join Village by the Shore for a number of reasons – socialization, meals, discounts, care coordination. For Diana Gray, she joined for one reason only – “I was just looking for a ride.” After years of climbing onto the small, cramped shuttle intended for Atlantic City seniors, Diana needed a change. After talking with Tina Serota, Membership Director, she was fascinated with the scope of services but it was hearing about the personalized rides that piqued her interest most. Finally, Diana would be able to go shopping on her own schedule. As Diana shared, “I love the door-to-door transportation service. Whether its Alan, Hank, Ronald or Karen, I love their conversation, patience, politeness and respect. Now, Diana attends the Village Memoir Writing Workshop where the teacher affectionately calls her “the seeker” since she consistently scours her memory to capture life experiences. Keeping active in her well-deserved retirement, she also participates in the monthly Coffee Klatch and Lunch Around Town. “With the Village, I’m able to meet new people and socialize with positive, intelligent conversation and different points of view while really enjoying so much more of the area,” said Diana. Like so many who join the Village, it’s for one specific reason or another. For Diana, she was looking for a dependable ride and as she exclaimed, “I found reliable transportation and a fun, fulfilling life with the Village.” If you are interested in joining Village by the Shore, contact Membership Director Tina Serota at tserota@jfsatlantic.org or call 609.822.1109.

• Access to transportation, vocational assistance, and advocacy at court disposition “With the HEDS Case Management program, our staff will provide support and psychoeducation as well as assist in developing resources for youth who are placed in the program and reduce racial disparity of youth involved in the juvenile justice system,” said Naomi Jones, Ph.D., Senior Director of Outpatient Services. In addition, the program provides family support to further educate parents and/or guardians about the court process and available peer support with other families experiencing similar situations. JFS was also awarded funding for the Resilient Youth Program, a traumainformed emotional regulation group treatment for youth age 17 or younger who have begun to engage in low-level delinquent behavior and are at risk of continued involvement in the Juvenile Justice System.

Mental Health Support Available through Counseling Appointments For many, the pandemic has created new challenges or worsened existing feelings of anxiety and depression. Adjusting to a new reality, financial stress, the uncertainty around school re-openings and fear of contracting the virus are all common concerns. JFS continues to offer both in-person and tele-health counseling services with knowledgeable staff who have extensive experience in helping individual’s manage stressors and improve their quality of life. If you feel like you are experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19, JFS can help. Our outpatient therapists specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults, families and the older adult population. Counselors have extensive experience in a variety of areas, including grief and loss, behavioral issues, emotional trauma, family conflicts and more. To schedule an appointment, call 609.822.1108.


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Community Connections & Special Events Water Dog Commits to Keeping Families Fed Steve Marchel, owner of Water Dog Smoke House, hands JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg boxes of food collected at the restaurant. Marchel continues t o d o n a t e h u n d re d s o f pounds of food collected from residents and vendors to keep JFS Food Pantry stocked.

AtlantiCare Staff Raise Funds for JFS After receiving food, masks and support from the public, Emergency Room staff at AtlantiCare decided to pay it forward by organizing a donation drive to support JFS programs and services.

Community Answers the Call with In-Kind Donations

JFS and the JCC join forces once again to raise funds for agency programs and services during the 7th Annual Golf Tournament on October 1st. The tournament will include on-course contests as well as hit the solar panel, courtesy of Geoscape Solar. Whether you’re a proficient golfer or first-time player, there’s something for everyone. Tickets are $225 per golfer and include greens fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner. For ticket or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kirby Reed at 609.822.1108, x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org. For more information about this event, visit jfsatlantic.org.

JFS has made the difficult decision to cancel this year's House Tour, a staple of the community for more than 30 years. Donations are still encouraged and each contribution benefits Atlantic County seniors who rely on JFS and Village by the Shore for lifesaving services, social programming and support. Visit jfsatlantic.org and consider donating what you would have spent on a ticket or sponsorship.

Jessica Wise (left) donated handmade face masks for JFS staff and clients while girl scouts (right) from Daisy and Brownie Troop 11057 of Linwood collected food to stock the JFS Food Pantry.

Photographer Raises $2,000 through 'Porchtraits'

Farm to Table Dinner is October 20th With a three-course vegetarian meal sure to delight the palate and senses, the Farm to Table Dinner (formerly Herb Dinner) at Steve & Cookie’s will be hosted on Tuesday, October 20th. The event will feature extraordinary dishes packed with seasonal herbs and vegetables perfectly complimented with red and white wines, edible centerpieces and a raffle. Follow facebook.com/jfsatlantic for updates and ticket information.

No-Show Cocktail Party Raises $27,000

Photographer Randee Rosenfeld hosted a family 'porchtrait' fundraiser to support JFS, raising $2,000 for essential services. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Quick thinking from the event committee and an outpouring of community support transformed this year's Cocktail Party into a No-Show success. Scheduled for March 28th at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, the basketball-themed event, presented by Kensington Design Services, will now take place next year to coincide with the collegiate basketball finals.


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Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg, LCSW President Johanna Perskie Vice Presidents Joel Caplan, Ph.D. Matthew Simpson Treasurer Melissa Rosenblum, Esq. Secretary Lawrence A. Reich, DDS Past Presidents* Darren Matik Richard B. Wise, M.D. Board Members Randy D. Ayoob Colin G. Bell, Esq. Alisa L. Elkis Joel B. Frankel, D.M.D. Danielle L. Liberman, Esq. Ali Lieberman Sarah Rosenthal Jeffrey S. Vasser * Previous Presidents º Deceased

Honorary Board of Directors* Gail Mackler-Carlino Kenneth Eisenberg Alice Epsteinº Anna Feldman Bethanie Gorny, Ed.D Mitchell Gurwicz 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 Barry Goff, Jr. Jennifer K. Goudy Teresa Katz Samantha Kiley Nancy A. Lynch Alexander C. Marino Alexandra E. 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

Agency Donors V I S I O N A RY

For more than six years, Galloway Auto & Tire Center in Somers Point has been an ardent JFS supporter both financially as a Builder Agency Donor and by hosting food collections several times a year. Owner Jason Conway encourages his customers, suppliers and employees to donate dry goods including instant oatmeal, peanut butter & jelly and snacks. Jason also helps keep the JFS Fleet of more than 55 vehicles up and running. From oil changes and jump starts to parts replacement and flat tires, the team at Galloway Auto ensures staff can assist clients safely and in a timely fashion. A family-operated business for nearly 30 years, Jason shared that giving back to the community is an important part of his philosophy and he knows that JFS is an essential agency for individuals, families and seniors. Jewish Family Service is grateful to Galloway Auto & Tire Center for their continued support and partnership.


Bank of America Charitable Foundation Hafetz Family Foundation Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation Mr. James Klinghoffer Susan G. Komen Central & South Jersey The David & Mary Krassenstein Foundation The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey The Jewish Community Foundation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

CHAMPION AkPharma, Inc. Burns/BANDI Property Group Geoscape Solar Andi & David Goldberg OceanFirst Foundation To become an agency donor or learn more, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations @ 609.822.7409.

CHAI Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA Harrison Beverage Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay/7311 The Charles & Lynn Kramer Family Foundation

LEADER Fox Rehabilitation The Wawa Foundation Wise Family Eye Center

BUILDER AtlantiCare CORT Furniture Galloway Auto & Tire Center Ed Gurwicz Mitchell Gurwicz Mutual of America Right at Home TD Charitable Foundation The Herbert & Lois Rothenberg Charitable Foundation Wells Fargo Antoinette & Eric Wood

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