Village by the Shore Fall/Winter 2017
Village By The Numbers Services, socialization and support for adults (50+) to live safe, happy and healthy
2-3 I Boomer Spotlight: Travel
6 I Special Events
I Community Connections
7 I Member Spotlight: The Gests
I Volunteer Spotlight: Zelda Solof
8 I Program Spotlight: Holocaust Survivor Services 1
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From Bucket List Trips to Staycations: How Boomers Travel
he average boomer takes five or more trips throughout the year. Whether retired or approaching retirement, boomers are taking time for themselves and exploring the world. Most travel falls into three categories: The Bucket List, Multi-Generational Trips and the “Staycation”.
travel becomes more of a trend, visiting places from your youth or somewhere that impacted you in some way can be eye opening for everyone. Family travel is a great way to spend time together, create memories and educate kids about different ways of life. Traveling in a large family group can often offer considerable savings while at the same time strengthening family ties.
The Bucket List
As adults age 50+ think about retirement travel, it’s no longer a question of “Can I go somewhere?” but rather, “Where have I always wanted to go?”
Sometimes just getting “away”, even to somewhere local is a great opportunity. A “staycation” can be especially relaxing; to get away from the everyday stresses without lots of packing and preplanning. More than 40% of boomers took a staycation this year, according to AARP.
One criteria that determines the location is an unfulfilled desire to do something they’ve never done before. With people living longer, healthier lives, the eagerness to experience a lifelong desire is pushing this trend to new heights of popularity. According to a recent study by AARP, 4 out of 10 baby boomers have travelrelated bucket lists. Creating a personalized list encourages enormous emotional, mental and physical benefits.
From camping to beach hotels, staycations offer a great opportunity to see things that you have not gotten get a chance to visit, such as local museums, shopping, restaurants, etc. Also, a relaxing staycation offers the perfect time to see a movie, visit the local spa and take a hike in the park.
According to research, the top five domestic bucket list locations are Hawaii, Alaska, California, Nevada and Arizona. The top five international destinations are Australia, Italy, United Kingdom/ Ireland, France and the Caribbean.
When planning your travels, keep in mind that many companies offer boomers/seniors special rates including Choice Hotels, Alaska Airlines, America Airlines, Amtrak, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Southwest Airlines, and U.S. Airways, just to name some (discounts vary by company and depend on age/location). Many restaurants, retail, and activities/entertainment offer boomers and seniors discounts.
Multi-Generational Trips More than ever, mature travelers are taking the kids and grandkids along on their vacations. One in five grandparents reported going on a Disney vacation with their grandchildren. As multigenerational
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Village by the Shore has various events and activities including a weekly Needlework Circle. Recently the group knitted blankets and donated them to patients at AtlantiCare Hospice.
Holocaust Survivors and their families enjoyed a wonderful brunch with entertainment during the annual Holocaust Intergenerational Brunch in August. Each month JFS offers a monthly luncheon for Survivors where they socialize, experience guest speakers, go on trips, and more.
More than 20 Holocaust Survivors and community members visited Crab Trap in late October for a delicious lunch.
Individuals with early stage memory loss/dementia and their loved ones gather monthly at Memory CafĂŠ, where they enjoy conversation, activities and education. In August, participants enjoyed an educational class and craft at the Cape May Nature Center.
JFS volunteers (through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program) are reading to children at Our Lady Star of the Sea Elementary School on a weekly basis to help improve literacy. Interested in being a reading buddy? Contact Eileen Dillon at 609-822-1108 x249 or email@example.com.
JFS RSVP volunteers were recognized for their service during the 5th Annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on April 4, 2017.
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very Thursday morning, as JFS staff arrives to the Margate office, they always see the same familiar and friendly face in the kitchen. Zelda Solof is there, packing up, organizing and getting ready to deliver Kosher meals to local homebound residents. As a kosher meals delivery volunteer, Zelda reports back each week to JFS on the wellbeing of the clients. Stopping to speak to each one, she is sometimes the only friendly face they get to see each week. This is just one of the many ways in which Zelda volunteers with JFS. As a realtor at Marketplace Realty in Margate, Zelda has a somewhat flexible work schedule, allowing her to volunteer at least 15 hours per month (and that’s just with JFS!). On any given day you could see Zelda in the JFS halls, pantry, or boardroom. In addition to delivering meals, she also helps with mailings, assists with Benefits Enrollment Center screenings,
helps with check-in/auction at special events, participates in food drives and much more.
find volunteering personally fulfilling and I enjoy helping others in my community.”
“I first started volunteering with JFS because I liked the idea of working with a Jewish agency whose mission of tikkun olam (healing the world) mirrored my own,” said Solof. “I
In addition to volunteering at JFS, Zelda is on the Board of Directors at JOAS, is the Public Relations committee chair for the Atlantic County Board of Realtors, reads to the visually impaired and helps with Project Prom. Over the past four years of volunteering with the agency, Zelda has become one of JFS’ “go-to” volunteers, always willing to step in and help when needed. In honor of her commitment, Zelda was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” at the 2017 JFS Annual Meeting.
JFS Community Initiatives Coordinator Eileen Dillon (left) presents Zelda Solof with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award during the agency’s Annual Meeting in June.
“Zelda encompasses every positive attribute you want to see in a volunteer. She is smart, good natured, personable, reliable and most importantly, has a huge heart,” said Eileen Dillon, JFS Community Initiatives Coordinator. “She is the perfect example that one is never too busy to give back and volunteer.”
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30th Annual JFS House Tour Raises $45,000
JFS Card Party Raises $12,000
Hundreds of attendees enjoyed an exclusive tour through seven Downbeach homes during the JFS House Tour on August 7th.
espite the rainy day, those who attended the 30th Annual JFS House Tour on August 7, 2017 enjoyed seeing some of Ventnor, Margate and Longport’s most stunning homes. From new construction with spectacular views to a home built in 1909, the House Tour offered attendees an exclusive look inside seven Downbeach homes. The annual event raised $45,000 for Village by the Shore.
Mah Jong, Canasta and Bridge players attended the JFS Village by the Shore Card Party on August 23rd at Harbor Pines Golf Club. Pictured (front row left to right) Ilene Daniels and Bonnie Gurwicz, (back row left to right) Donna Gorsen, Dianne Hamson and Susan Mayer play Mah Jong during the Card Party.
Organized by co-chairs Fran Gelman, Pam Sinderbrand and Mitch Tannehill, the 2017 House Tour was a great event, with generous sponsors and advertisers such as Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay, OceanFirst Bank and many more. Attendees, once again, received a complimentary lunch sponsored by Oasis Property Group in their stunning new home on Vendome Avenue in Margate. To celebrate the 30th annual tour, the event also featured an upgraded, luxurious luncheon called Pearl of the Sea. Generously sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Kellman Brown Academy and Mark Arbeit & Co. Real Estate, more than 40 guests attended this special invitation event. Pearl of the Sea offered a private tour of an exquisite crown jewel home in Margate, an elegant lunch catered by Starr Group, signature cocktail, and a VIP pass to the House Tour.
he 4th Annual JFS Card Party, held on August 23, 2017 at Harbor Pines Golf Club raised $12,000 for Village by the Shore. A soldout room of more than 100 attendees gathered for an afternoon of fun games such as Bridge, Canasta and Mah Jong, as well as vendors, food and prizes. This was the most successful Village by the Shore Card Party to-date. With the generous support of sponsors, the Gurwicz Family, Right at Home, Harrison Family Foundation, Journey Hospice, Angelic Hospice, Heartland Hospice Care, Visiting Angels, Donna & Melvyn Gorsen and Miriam & Larry Hirsch, the Card Party raised even more vital funds for Village by the Shore, a program that provides a variety of concierge, volunteer and professional services and socialization for adults (50+) in our community.
The House Tour committee is already searching for homes to place on next year’s tour, scheduled for August 6, 2018. If you would like to find out more information about JFS or ways to get involved, call 609-822-1108 or visit www.jfsatlantic.org.
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Coffee Klatch: Current Events Beyond the Headlines Join Tina Serota, Director of Village by the Shore and Josh Cutler, JCC Program Director for this lively monthly discussion that features insightful, animated, and fast paced conversation about politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This monthly event (held on Fridays) started out with only a handful of attendees and has grown to an average of 25 participants per month! With attendees ranging in age from 50 to 90, there is always a different perspective offered with any given topic. Coffee Klatch attendees enjoy refreshments (muffins, bagels, fruit etc.) while participating in fun, interactive conversation. This event is free for Village by the Shore members.
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Jeanne and Bernard Gest celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary.
The Gest’s at their wedding in 1946.
eanne and Bernard Gest have been married for 71 years. They have five children, eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, who are all very devoted and supportive of them. Recently, one of their sons connected them with an aid who helps them at dinner time, while one of their other sons, who is a doctor in California, communicates regularly with their doctors regarding their medical care. The Gests love to visit their family in California each year, and enjoy when their family visits New Jersey as well. Even though Jeanne and Bernard’s family is very involved, they still needed some assistance, and that is where Village by the Shore stepped in.
participating in Village events, the Gests are getting the most out of their Village membership. “I recently attended Coffee Klatch and found it very stimulating and I plan to go again,” said Jeanne. “I used to bring people together to have discussions such as this, and I am glad to see that the Village has organized a similar group.” For the cost of $36 per month (plus the cost of Kosher meals), Jeanne and Bernard receive all of the above mentioned benefits. They take advantage of many of the great services a Village membership offers, and are the perfect example of how a Village membership can help make life easier.
As Margate residents for 35 years, Jeanne and Bernard stay active in the community. They are members of Beth El Synagogue and the JCC. Jeanne is involved in Hadassah and invited Tina Serota, Director of Village by the Shore, to come speak to the group. While hearing about the program, Jeanne was very impressed with what she heard. “I kept hearing stories of other community members that were part of the Village and I thought the services offered were good,” said Jeanne. “I’ve been following the evolution of the Village and I am impressed with the growth of the program.” Recently, after a hospital stay, Jeanne used the Kosher Mealson-Wheels program. She says that she enjoyed the meals and liked that JFS accommodated their vegetarian preferences. After that positive experience, Jeanne and Bernard began using many of the services the Village has to offer. From Care Coordination, to utilizing rides to doctor appointments and
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Holocaust Survivor Services
here are dozens of Holocaust Survivors living in our community. It is the obligation and privilege of Jewish Family Service to support and care for the Holocaust Survivors in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Holocaust Survivors and individuals who resided in occupied countries during the Holocaust are eligible for services through the JFS Holocaust Survivor Program with funding provided by The Claims Conference. There are currently 37 Survivors receiving a variety of supportive services.
providing emergency assistance, and picking up medications. Additionally, specialized support groups, social events, and other essential programs help to improve overall quality of life.
JFS has experienced and dedicated care coordinators who oversee the wellbeing of Holocaust Survivors. They assist with services such as accompanying individuals to doctor’s appointments,
JFS works directly with The Claims Conference, which allows the agency to guide survivors to receive their entitlements. The mission of The Claims Conference over its history has always
The agency also offers a monthly Holocaust Survivor luncheon where attendees can socialize, experience guest speakers, shows and even interact with local students who are learning about the Holocaust. Other activities include an intergenerational luncheon and trips.
been to secure a small measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The Claims Conference is also addressing the needs of the aging population of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution through grants to organizations, like JFS. This funding is to assist survivors with the application process to receive their entitlements, as well as offer services such as Survivor luncheons and home health care for those that quality. If you, your loved one, or someone you know, might be eligible to receive services and/or would enjoy the monthly luncheons and gatherings, please contact Tina Serota, Director of Village by the Shore at (609) 822-1109 or email@example.com.
In Their Own Words...
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“The annual Intergenerational luncheon is very organized, great entertainment, and it’s really nice. Family coming to the event was important to me and afterward said they enjoyed the day.” - Sonia Kaplan
“The programs are outstanding! They make such a difference in people’s lives. It’s good for them to share the time together.” - Carolyn Blatstein (daughter of Izzy and Rose Steinberg)
“At the Intergenerational Brunch, when I heard all of those Jewish songs it took me in my neshuma, in my heart. It gave me goosebumps. I cried. Just beautiful!” - Doris Weiss
“The Holocaust Luncheon programs are great! Having activities such as gardening, bingo, music, restaurants, is more fun and diversified. George and I really enjoy it!” - Roz Geyer
Village by the Shore 609.822.1109 firstname.lastname@example.org 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402 jfsvillagebytheshore.org
JFS is an affiliate agency of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a partner agency with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County.