JFS Currents - Summer 2021

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Summer 2021

JFS Expands Food Pantry

The Short List Dress Down Day

Ventnor City Community Complex teachers raised $166 for JFS as part of their Dress Down Day fundraiser.

Beth El Feeds Familes

Cantor Ralph Goren of Beth El Synagogue donated over 30 bags of food to the pantry which will feed residents.

Holocaust Survivors Luncheon Returns

As Jewish Family Service continues to help fight hunger in the community, we are excited to announce the expansion of the Food Pantry in Margate. Prior to 2020, an average of 2,000 people would utilize the pantry annually. With the onset of the pandemic, that figure has drastically increased. Within the initial five months of this year, JFS has distributed 30,305 lbs. of food to 3,879 people throughout Atlantic County. The renovation more than doubles the size of the existing space allowing JFS to offer specialty items as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, meats and frozen merchandise. The agency anticipates distributing more than 100,000 pounds of food this year.

Rosalind Geyer, wife of Holocaust Survivor George, receives a lunch and bingo cards from JFS Volunteer Ruth Niesen, for the luncheon on June 16. JFS appreciates the Claims Conference partnership for continuing to support our local Survivors.

Caring Committee Gives Back

Scheduled to open in mid-August, the modified pantry will include two wings, the Provisions Pantry which offers non-perishables including tuna, cereal, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, mac-n-cheese, peanut butter, oatmeal and hearty soups and the Specialty Pantry which features Kosher, gluten free, low sodium and other dietary specialties. Inside the Specialty Pantry, JFS has added a Family Pantry which caters to children age five and younger with diapers, wipes, formula, rice cereal and other family-friendly items. Thus far in 2021, JFS has distributed 4,528 diapers to families in need. Food insecurity is often what brings community members to the agency for the first time. Once connected, they often benefit from additional wrap-around support. The JFS Pantry, which is available for all Atlantic County residents, is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Drive-through or walk-up options are available for the health and safety of recipients, staff and volunteers. For more information on donating or volunteering at the JFS Pantry, contact Vanessa Smith at 609.822.1108 x249 or vsmith@jfsatlantic.org. 2 | State of the Agency

Marc Needleman delivered more than 25 bags of food and diapers from The Caring Committee of Shirat Hayam to benefit families using the pantry.

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8 | Development News 10 | Staff Spotlight

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11 | Friends

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State of the Agency Excerpt from remarks presented during the agency’s virtual Annual Meeting on June 9. The last time I spoke the country was coming through the first wave of COVID-19, and we were experiencing a summer of racial reckoning. The pandemic and murder of George Floyd changed lives for all of us. That might have meant experiencing unemployment, housing or food insecurity, changes to our mental wellbeing, heightened commitment to addressing societal inequities and, for some, losing a loved one. We mourn with those who lost grandparents, mothers, fathers, a spouse, siblings, child or others. I would surmise that many of us needed someone to lean on during the unprecedented year.

Andrea Steinberg, CEO Not immune to the global events, JFS faced much change, loss and adversity. JFS lost many compassionate community advocates, friends, supporters, consumers and past Board members. We are grateful for what they gave to our community. We extend our condolences to the families of those we have lost.

Their legacy is the foundation we stand on to carry out the mission of JFS with strength and unwavering commitment. As we have shown, we are an agency of resilience. This past year, we quickly pivoted to assure the changing and growing needs of our staff and community were met. Since March 2020, we have had to make swift decisions and necessary adjustments for a safe workplace, but we wanted to make sure that our agency continued to be the place to lean on. Throughout, JFS assured that our operations continued uninterrupted. Community members turned to the agency, many for the first time. And even in adversity, we have seen growth. Over the past 15 months, we had the opportunity to welcome new donors, volunteers and staff to JFS. Today, we feel fortunate to be returning to some semblance of our old “normal.” We are in-office in the Atlantic City, Margate, Cape May and Egg Harbor Township locations. Even as we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to vaccines, our services are no less in demand. Through the Department of Community Affairs, JFS’ Atlantic Homeless Alliance was awarded two pilot programs – Homeless Diversion and Access to Counsel. With 1,200 people currently facing eviction in Atlantic County, the Homeless Diversion program helps clients gain safe housing rather than emergency shelter. The Access to Counsel pilot provides counseling and social service support to tenants to divert them from eviction. Also, last November, JFS and the Atlantic City Police Department, received a grant from the Department of Justice to improve public safety responses and health outcomes for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse. In 2021, the JFS Food Pantry is a strong support for thousands of people. To meet the drastically increased food needs, more than 60 new volunteers have joined JFS. Volunteerism has once again made the difference in our agency. While volunteers are a blessing, the dedicated team at JFS are the backbone, brains, soul, heart and strength of our agency. The JFS staff seamlessly adjusted to the new “normal” and never missed a beat. Since March 2020, JFS welcomed 26 new staff members. Each and every member of the JFS staff keeps forging ahead and never looks back knowing all of us are in this together. I am grateful for those who have come into our lives and agency – staff, Board, donors, partners and volunteers. There’s great strength in working together to assist those in need and with everyone’s continued support, JFS will be here to provide hope, healing and help for years to come.

Pathways to Recovery Receives Atlantic County Recovery Court Partnership Award JFS Pathways to Recovery staff were presented with the prestigious Atlantic County Recovery Court Partnership Award on June 29 for their work to enhance the lives of clients impacted by opioid use. Last year, 40 people gained employment through the Pathways to Recovery program, including eight individuals who serve as Peer Recovery Specialists using their personal experiences to support others. The Pathways to Recovery program is financed 100% with WIOA National Dislocated Worker NEG federal funding totaling $3,000,000.


JFS Annual Meeting Held June 9 The JFS Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for staff, Board members, donor recognition, volunteer appreciation and awards. Johanna Perskie concluded her Board President role, while Joel Caplan, Ph.D., installed, including Melissa Rosenblum, Esq., who will join Matthew Simpson, Secretary. The Honorable Judge (retired) Mark Sandson was sworn in for a oneAdvisory Board. Also recognized were agency donors – The Law Offices of Melissa generous support and contributions. The agency presented RSVP (an AmeriCorps Seniors program) volunteers, Debra 100 volunteer hours recorded this past year, their dedication to helping those in JFS Senior Director of Human Resources, Greg Rosenblit congratulated Fatimah Brianna Gorneau, Ingrid Hartman, Samantha McManus, Vickie Perry, Natalia Christopher Worosila, Deborah LaFalce, and Allison Corley for 10 years, Sandra Noto for 30 years. Outstanding Service Awards, which recognize staff who exhibit Fatimah Archie, Kirby Reed and Sheila Concepion. The Heart & Soul Award, which Michael Griffin, Leonard Smith, Patrice Schleigh and Amber Rummler. The

President's Report: Johanna Perskie Excerpt from remarks during the Annual Meeting As my position as JFS Board President comes to Previous Board President, Darren Matik, left a solid half of 2019, we hosted our House Tour, Card Party each event and growing our supporters. Then the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and brought weeks, JFS leadership pivoted on agency services, and partnerships continued to keep JFS in the one aspect would continue to remain steady – the Board of Directors who are committed to making a of you. Your individual strengths and expertise in occasions. I’m honored and humbled that the JFS leadership, staff, volunteers

Leadership Updates at JFS Richard Gitlen, who has served the past five years as Chief Operating Officer, is reducing his work to part-time and will remain as the Senior Director of Administration. In this role, Rich will continue to oversee Compliance, Information Technology, Fleet Operations, Quality Assurance, Training and Risk Management. With nearly 20 years at JFS, Ann Thoresen, LCSW, has assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Ann served as the Senior Director of Community Support Services & Safety. In her new position, Ann is responsible for building on the agency’s vision and strategic direction as well as overseeing program operations, policies and procedures. She will continue to ensure the agency maintains its status as a premier provider of mental health services in the region through best practice initiatives, innovative approaches to service delivery and program growth. “JFS is fortunate to have Ann and Rich as part of the agency’s leadership team. Their commitment to serving our staff, clients and community is evident by their hard work performed throughout their stellar careers,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “As COO, Ann will continue to build on Rich’s work, while he assumes the agency’s part-time Administration role as he moves closer to enjoying retirement with his family and friends.” Also, Laura Rodgers position has been further defined with a new title, Chief Impact Officer, to reflect her focus. In addition to handling programs and services for adults 50+, Homeless Services and other wellness programs, she now serves as the Community Advisory Board Chair. She will also continue to oversee grants and strategy as well as external partnerships and agency impact. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

State of the Agency Speech Incoming President's volunteers and donors to gather virtually for the state of the agency, installations,

Excerpt from remarks during the Annual Meeting on June 9.

was sworn in as the new President. Executive Officers and Board Members were as Board Vice Presidents, Lawrence Reich as Treasurer, and Sarah Rosenthal as year board term. Alex Marino was announced as Chair of the JFS Community Rosenblum, Republic Bank, and Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel – for their

As a longtime Board member, I’ve witnessed, first-hand, the impact that JFS has on our community every day. Through partnerships with government, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders, JFS maximizes existing local resources and improve outcomes. Its evidence-based and costeffective programming increases access to food, housing, transportation, and mental and behavior health services for diverse populations throughout Atlantic Joel Caplan, Ph.D. and Cape May Counties.

Rahn-Oakes & Dennis Oakes with the Volunteer of the Year award. With more than the face of the pandemic never wavered. Archie, Mary Jean Arreola, Kristen Alzamora, Jalessa Coleman, Lisa Ferguson, Sanchez, Tina Serota, Kelly Schaffer and Reina Vega for five years of service, Rosario and Nina Stolzenberg for 15 years, Laura Rodgers for 25 years, and Carol exceptional performance were presented to Kristen Alzamora, Ingrid Hartman, recognizes staff who go beyond the call of duty was given to Jeanine Welsh, prestigious Leadership Award was presented to Nina Stolzenberg, Ph.D.

on June 9. an end, I never could have imagined how unprecedented my tenure would be. stepping stone for me to continue to build upon, and that we did. In the second and Herb Dinner, which raised $65,000, and we looked forward to building upon a wealth of uncertainty for what the future meant for all of us. As days turned into programs and fundraising and the Board worked cohesively to assure relationships forefront of the community. While our surroundings looked and felt different, I knew commitment of JFS Board. We have a diversified, talented and knowledgeable positive impact in the lives of residents in our community, and I’m thankful for each the legal, medical, hospitality and marketing fields provided pertinence on many and supporters entrusted me to serve in this role.

Matthew Simpson Receives President's Award During the Annual Meeting, Johanna Perskie surprised the evening’s emcee and Vice President, Matthew Simpson, with the President’s Award for his continued dedication and support of the agency and community. Matt works tirelessly to rally colleagues and businesses to support JFS programs and services. He also serves as a Community Advisory Liaison and as a Life & Legacy supporter, ensuring JFS services, can continue for generations to come.

Todd Bolich Oversees Information Technology As the Director of Information Technology, Todd Bolich is responsible for managing the computer system infrastructure, copiers and printers, associated network support systems and hardware, and telephone system. He joins JFS with more than 20 years of Information Technology expertise.

Fatimah Archie and Samantha McManus Recognized by NJPRA JFS Case Manager for Supportive Housing/ Housing First, Fatimah Archie and Community Support Services Supervisor, Samantha McManus, LSW, were recently recognized by the 2021 New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. The award is presented to staff of health agencies and organizations whose focus is strengthening rehabilitation and treatment options for mental health clients. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

I admire the hard work that JFS staff, administrators, volunteers and other personnel provide to clients. Their commitment to helping people is exceptional. It’s a privilege to support your important work in my capacity as President. Last year was unprecedented and while the future is inherently uncertain, JFS can be well-prepared to meet our community’s ongoing needs. JFS will reinforce existing relationships while exploring fresh partnerships. We will breakdown silos for broader cross-sector collaborations to better mobilize resources. We will capitalize on new service delivery models that we’ve recently grown more accustomed to, such as telehealth, to increase scope and access for young people and older adults. As a Board and agency, we’ll learn from the past and embrace new expectations for the future to develop a strategic plan that magnifies JFS’s commitment to the region. JFS will confidently fulfill its mission to motivate and empower people to enhance their quality of life. I’ll draw from my background as a public servant, business owner, teacher and researcher to help JFS become even more community engaged and data informed. Together, we’ll strengthen program evaluations and optimally align resources with people and places that need them most. We’re halfway into 2021 and JFS is already set to distribute more than 100,000 pounds of food, conduct 5,000 counseling sessions, obtain permanent housing for 100 people, and secure jobs for 50 people with disabilities before the year’s end. Over the next two years while I’m President, JFS will do even more as the needs will likely grow. We’ll be ready. We will increase our presence at professional conferences to promote our local successes nationwide, and to increase demand within a larger talent pool of job seekers eager to live in South Jersey and work with our nationally-renowned agency. We’ll also increase internship opportunities at JFS to train the next generation of social workers, case managers and clinicians. We currently have 175 employees and we’re growing. I’m thankful the past presidents have already built a solid foundation to grow upon. I want to thank Dr. Richard Wise for introducing me to the JFS family. Thank you to Johanna Perskie. You’ve undoubtedly left us with a healthier and more resilient JFS. I couldn’t embrace this opportunity to serve as President without the loving support of my wife and children. Thank you Oranit, Oriellah and Shailee, for letting me share my time and energy with JFS. And to my fellow Board members, community advisory committee members, volunteers, donors, JFS employees, contractors and other partners, thank you for your knowledge, grit and ongoing commitment to this agency and our community.

Lillian Elsohn Promoted to Director of Community Support Services

L i l l i a n E l s o h n , L C S W, h a s transitioned to JFS Director of Community Support Services. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing clinicians to assure client assessments, rehabilitation plans and necessary interventions, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Behavioral Support and Motivational Interviewing.


Programs & Services Finding Hope and Healing with JFS Sometimes a chance encounter is all a person needs to turn their life around. A skilled pipe fitter and concrete mason by trade, Charles worked in the construction industry for decades. While he was always upfront with employers about his checkered past – battling substance use – that never mattered when they saw his hard work and trade talent. Then, the unimaginable happened. In his early 50s, Charles was dealt devastating news on a doctor’s visit. He was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. While having his lower intestines and gallbladder removed rendered him cancer-free, it also caused his body to ultimately develop a sizeable hernia. Charles found himself out of work since he wasn’t capable of providing the strong, strenuous ability needed for a tradesman. Unable to work, Charles struggled financially and found himself on the streets living under the Atlantic City Boardwalk. All the while he was continuing to battle hernia pain as well as depression and anxiety. For more than two years, Charles attempted to navigate the system to get help, but grew frustrated by the process and lack of progress. With no medical insurance, he was unable to get a doctor or medical facility to commit to the surgery, and as such, the hernia kept growing in size. More so, Charles was resistant to stay in a shelter environment due to his depressive schizophrenia where he heard voices and experienced paranoia. During street outreach with the JFS PATH team, Charles met PATH Case Manager Susan. While he was familiar with seeing her at various community outreach events, he was hesitant to ever accept an offer for help. As a proud, independent man, Charles prided himself on never relying on anyone. Now he felt he should since he was unable to get the help needed by himself. Susan worked with Charles to build trust. They met regularly to address his needs. Susan knew Charles had to first address the hernia which was causing extreme discomfort. She was able to find a primary care physician who saw an immediate need to help. Charles was able to get the hernia removed at Cooper University Medical Center. When he was released, Susan connected Charles with a non-profit, Angels in Motion, who secured temporary housing and respite care after surgery. Next, Susan linked Charles to a mental health agency, Community Wellness Center at AtlantiCare, which combines mental health treatment and medical collaboration. Susan helped Charles apply for Social Security insurance through the SOAR process, and he was approved. Charles completed a comprehensive assessment through the Atlantic Homeless Alliance and he was able to secure assistance through a Housing First voucher to move into permanent independent housing in Atlantic City. When the pandemic hit, Charles was grateful for the roof over his head and a safe place to live. He was able to stay inside his quaint, one-bedroom apartment that overlooks the boardwalk and ocean, therefore, reducing the risk of getting COVID-19. During this time, his Case Manager Jeff made sure Charles had food and necessary items. He also used the virtual social support to help with his depression and anxiety. In the Spring of 2021, Charles got the Johnson & Johnson vaccination through AtlantiCare. As the world begins to open up, Charles is healthy, plans to volunteer at a local community garden and hopes to find steady employment. When you ask 57-year-old Charles about all that he has been through and where he’s at today he says, “Anyone can get help, they just need to want it. I never would have been here if it wasn’t for Jewish Family Service, Susan and Jeff. Everyone really helped me and continues to be there for me.”


Connecting People Finds Success Entering Phase Three The Connecting People project, which focuses on helping people to increase their social networks in an effort to decrease social isolation, has had much success in its initial phases. Recently, consumers in the Justice Involved Services (JIS) program were able to connect with family members, combat addiction and embrace sobriety, connect and volunteer with their houses of worship, secure housing following re-entry, and open doors through community connections. Consumers were able to stabilize relationships with friends and family, reconnect, and establish new relationships, while also eliminating negative contacts, and ultimately, creating a more connected, positive and successful environment. As Connecting People enters the third phase of the project, the team is extending beyond JIS consumers and working with Supportive Housing, Project Assistance Transition from Homelessness, Mental Health Justice Involved Services, and Integrated Case Management Services and then moving ahead to assist vocational and outpatient clients. Currently, eight staff members from across programs have completed the initial six-hour training and are prepared to begin model delivery. We are excited to announce that Connecting People also opened its first Supportive Housing client. Moving ahead, the team looks forward to implementing the Connecting People model with wider consumer base over the coming year to ensure its continued success.

JFS Receives CARF International Accreditation Once again, JFS received the esteemed Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International three-year accreditation as a symbol of the agency’s commitment to quality. The accreditation was provided for JFS Community Employment Services for Job Development and Employment Support, and Health Home: Comprehensive Care for Adults. Within the Employment Services segment, JFS was recognized for assisting individuals to obtain job opportunities that are reflective of their choices and preferences. Through a strengths-based approach, the program provides person-directed services that support individuals to choose, achieve, and maintain employment in integrated community settings. For the Health Home, JFS was credited with providing comprehensive case management, care coordination, health promotion, traditional care, individual and family support services, and access to community and social support services. CARF International is an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services designed and operated to ensure people are served with quality and integrity.

Motional Interviewing Empowers Clients and Staff The Motivational Interviewing Learning Community is a space for continued education of staff members across the agency. Learning Community members meet monthly to plan “brown bag” skill practice sessions, conduct trainings for new staff and for those looking to refresh, and send a monthly MI Minute email with quick skills tips. Motivational Interviewing is about helping people who are struggling to make a change and the participation of people there to help them along the way. JFS successfully adopted the evidence-based practice more than five years ago.

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End Hunger in Atlantic County Food insecurity is real in many households. Parents skip meals so children can eat. Seniors decide between buying medicine or food. These tough choices are a reality. When Superstorm Sandy flooded the island, thousands turned to JFS for emergency food. The casino closures and rising unemployment which followed caused people to need food. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our county, the JFS Food Pantry became an essential for many families. Hundreds of community members sought out nutritional support from JFS for the first time. With such a drastic increase in need, JFS wants to assure that no one goes hungry. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. We follow all Community Food Bank guidelines and practice CDC safety recommendations for handling and distribution. Looking ahead, JFS will provide fresh vegetables, meats and non-perishables to 10,000 moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents and neighbors this year. With your support, JFS can continue to help reduce food insecurity in the community.

Soup’er Bowl Collection Drive Wins Big While millions of sports enthusiasts watched the Super Bowl on television in February, JFS hosted their own ‘Soup’er Bowl to combat hunger in the community, collecting more than 400 cans of hearty soups. “Soup is a great meal because it is easy to prepare and also filled with protein and vegetables,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “Game day is synonymous with food which is why we wanted to bring awareness about the 1 in 11 people who are experiencing food insecurity in our community.” During the two-week collection, individuals and businesses, including Galloway Auto & Tire Center and the Margate Homeowners Association, dropped off soups to stock the food pantry and keep families fed.

Food Pantry by the Numbers JFS anticipates distributing 100,000 pounds of food this year On average, JFS provides 25,000 diapers (Newborn - Size 6) as well as formula, wipes and other necessities JFS fed 7,335 people last year, including 2,487 children Since January 2020, volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours working in the food pantry Since March 2020, JFS has delivered 5,268 Kosher Meals on Wheels

Thomas Moller and Jim Brambilla of Mutual of America delivered 60 cans of hearty soup to Beth Joseph at JFS as part of the agency’s ‘Soup’er Bowl fundraiser. They also provided boxes of plastic gloves, masks and sanitizer.

JFS is offering exclusive opportunities to support the Food Pantry, which range from $500 to $1,000,000. From recogntion on reusable grocery bags to building signage and naming rights, there are a variety of ways to support JFS in its evolution to assure no one goes hungry.

As of January 2021, JFS delivered 1,837 food pantry bags to residents in need

TOGETHER we are building healthier communities.

for more information about the jfs naming Opportunities, contact beth joseph 609.822.7409 • bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org

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Member Spotlight: BettyJane Rabinowitz “I hope the Village continues for a long time, it’s needed in our community,” explains BettyJane Rabinowitz, a Village by the Shore member for nearly four years. BettyJane takes advantage of all that the Village has to offer. “The benefits are great. The drivers have taken me in their chariots to doctor appointments and the hairdresser. I’ve received Kosher Meals on Wheels one or two times. The food is tasty and comes pre-packaged so you just need to heat it up,” said BettyJane. Perhaps her favorite component of the Village are the events. “I used to love attending the Coffee Klatch and luncheons before the pandemic. Now, the Village offers programs virtually and they are just as fun and interesting.” The bespectacled, soft-spoken octogenarian, who stands barely five feet tall, makes a presence whether in-person or virtually. Her thirst for knowledge is also evident as she shares, “Even at my age, I still want to learn and understand everything I can whether it involves fixing a problem in the house, cooking a new version of a recipe or reading something in the newspaper.” It’s that same self-assured presence she displays when participating in the Village Zoom programs – Positivity Project, Nurse’s Roundtable, Comfort Cuisine, Bingo, Movie Society, and especially Trivia Game Day. “I’m a history buff so I really enjoy that category of the game,” said BettyJane. When not participating in the Village, BettyJane and her friends enjoy a weekly virtually book club, in which Hamlet is the novel the group is currently reading. She’s also taken up a new hobby, adult coloring books. “I use color pencils and work my way through the Vogue book coloring animals, women, fashion accessories and more. It’s wonderful for steadiness and fun to see the finished product,” BettyJane shared. However, she is looking forward when she can safely meet with her friends and go back to her other two hobbies, playing Mahjong and Canasta. A Margate, New Jersey, resident for more than 50 years, BettyJane was born in Philadelphia and raised in Atlantic City – right near the former high school. “I was a Labor & Delivery Nurse at the local hospital and then worked in a doctor’s office. When I met my husband, Samuel, I became a homemaker and enjoyed my proudest career – being a mother and raising our four children,” said BettyJane. Today, BettyJane is beginning to enjoy the slow turn back to normalcy by spending time with some of her children and 12 grandchildren. Recently, her daughter visited and she was able to tightly hug her – something she hadn’t done in more than a year. “I so missed those warm hugs that I didn’t want to let go. As more family and friends get vaccinated, I’ll be able to spend more time with them and hopefully, the Village will also be able to get back to in-person programs. Tina (Serota) has done a terrific job creating imaginative programs for the members. I am truly so glad that I joined the Village."

Care Coordination Having someone to rely on for help to understand your health, sort through paperwork and provide guided support to better the quality of your life is what encompasses JFS’ Care Coordination program. As part of the Village by the Shore membership, agency care Coordinators are focused on assisting people navigate each day a little easier which can help reduce stress and anxiety sometimes associated with how to get things done. For instance, a Care Coordinator will accompany a client to a doctor’s appointment, never leaving their side. They serve as an extra set of eyes and ears when the doctor is providing a diagnosis, test results or answering a patient’s questions. A JFS Care Coordinator also makes phone calls to insurance companies, businesses, banks, medical facilities, cable, electric and gas companies representing the member to handle necessary 6

matters. In addition, a Care Coordinator will explore to see if a member qualifies for any additional governmental benefits based on their household income or coverage. Just as important, they will research any unexpected inquiries to ensure a client is not being scammed. Care Coordination can also reach out through a friendly phone call to check on a member’s well-being. JFS has the dedicated staff to handle a client’s needs with compassion and care. As a client continues to age, and they require alternate living arrangements, a Care Coordinator can assist with either hiring homecare or research and visit assisted living, skilled nursing, and/ or memory care facilities. From appointments and running essential errands to on-site visits, a Care Coordinator wants a member to feel safe and comfortable in their surroundings. Overall, a JFS Village Care Coordinator handles the ‘leg work’ to make a client’s day-to-day life experience and environment as anxiety-free and comfortable as possible. For more information on the Care Coordination program, contact Village by the Shore at 609.822.1109.

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Health in Harmony: The Benefits of Music Music is an important part of everyday life. Many of us listen to music when in the car, hum along to a television show’s theme song or listen to what’s playing on overhead speakers in the store. Research has found that music can promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve productivity. For music listeners, pleasing melodies deliver benefits for physical, social and mental health, especially being isolated during the pandemic. Recent studies show that people who listen to music often experience a better nights’ sleep, increased energy levels and mobility, and an overall boost in cognitive abilities. Music has shown to enhance moods, improve interest levels and increase positive emotions. With today’s technology, music is more abundant than ever before and right at your fingertips. Here is a variety of music activities to consider:

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Use an electronic device and create a personalized playlist with songs from your favorite genres Turn your radio to a station that plays your preferred music Check out YouTube and discover up-and-coming singers Plan to attend a socially-distance outdoor summer concert in the community Use online tutorials and learn to play an instrument

With Village by the Shore, you can listen to your favorite music while participating in the Memoir Writing Workshop. The background music may help jolt some of your fondest memories as you capture your life’s experiences. During the Village’s Positivity Project, you can relax and meditate to the soothing sounds of waves, raindrops or even birds chirping as you participate in mindful self-care exercises. As a Johns Hopkins Otolaryngologist said, “There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does. If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool.” Take time to enjoy a day filled with music and the wonderful memories it evokes in your life.

Volunteer Spotlight: Congetta 'Gigi' Marino Volunteerism is part of Congetta Marino’s fabric. Best known as Gigi, the 50-yearold mother of two, weaves in a multitude of volunteerism efforts when not working full-time as a Slot Services Associate at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa.

In addition to her JFS efforts, Gigi, who garnered approximately 100 hours volunteering in 2020 alone, also supports the Marine Mammal Stranding at their Whales & Ales Fundraiser, Field of Dreams, which provides physically and mentally disabled children with the opportunity to participate in playing baseball, and the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, making PPE masks for kids.

Gigi became familiar with JFS when her company hosted a Community Vendor Fair. With more than a dozen organizations in attendance within the ballroom, Gigi took her time and visited just about every table – American Red Cross, Humane Society of Atlantic County, Salvation Army and more. At the JFS informational table, Gigi was drawn to the diverse programs and services as well as the flexibility to volunteer when her schedule permits, which is usually two days a week.

“Volunteering makes me feel joyful that I could make someone’s life a little better while also getting a learning experience for me to develop new skills, discover new passions and gain new insights about myself and life around me. Just as importantly, it keeps me humble and grateful for what I have in my life,” said Gigi.

“Gigi takes tremendous pride in her volunteer work. She handles every task with a smile on her face. Gigi understands the importance of having someone or someplace to rely on if needed,” said Mary DeMarco, JFS Retired Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator. As a three-year JFS volunteer, Gigi with her soft tone voice, makes a bold presence when entering a room with her neon green Borgata logo t-shirt and meticulously polished fingernails. She assists the agency by re-stocking the pantry with cans of hearty soups knowing they will help fill somebody’s empty stomach. Gigi also keeps busy making check-in calls to Village by the Shore members, especially Fran. During her weekly call, Gigi takes Fran’s grocery order and chats about how her family is continuing to adjust to pandemic restrictions – plus they spend time reviewing what they are cooking. Gigi shares her latest dessert recipe incase Fran wants to add the ingredients to her grocery order.

When Gigi’s not volunteering, working or spending time with her daughters, she can be found in the kitchen cooking chili, stew and kugel or making cheesecake, brownies, and cookies – from her Aunt Irene’s secret cookbook. Her Borgata co-workers are all smiles when they see Gigi walk across the casino floor carrying sweet treats. “Besides that I love baking, it’s my way of giving back to my casino colleagues who are there to help each other,” Gigi said. NOTE: As part of the MGM Cares program (Borgata’s parent company), the 10 associates with the most volunteer hours on an annual basis are awarded $250 for the charity of their choice. Gigi chose JFS.

When the pandemic hit and seniors were unable to go grocery shopping, Gigi stepped in to help with food shopping and delivery for clients on the island. She has also volunteered as a hostess at the popular JFS House Tour fundraiser. Whatever the “ask” is for her day of volunteering, Gigi is always ready to help. “Honestly, I tried volunteering once and I was hooked,” she shared. “The feeling you get inside yourself from helping someone and the good vibes come back ten-fold.”

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Development News JFS Food Pantry Receives $15,000 from ACME

AC Community Fund Supports Food Pantry and Counseling Services The Atlantic City Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, presented JFS with a $5,000 grant to support the agency’s Food Pantry and counseling services for Atlantic City residents. The ACCF was created to strengthen the community for current and future generations as well as to organize and mobilize the city's capacity and resources to advance causes identified by and for residents.

As part of ACME’s 130 Days of Giving: Nourishing Neighbors Campaign and the ACME Markets Foundation, JFS received a $15,000 donation to stock the pantry with hearty foods and basic essentials for community residents in need. Ventnor ACME Store Manager Lisa Yaede and ACME District Manager Matt Juhring presented Beth Joseph, JFS Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations, with a check.

JFS Presented with $15,000 Grant from Wawa Foundation The Wawa Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant, ensuring the agency can continue to keep its pantry shelves well-stocked to accommodate the influx of food requests from individuals and families in our region. The foundation is committed to supporting healthy living programs and leading hunger relief efforts, which are two significant focuses of the agency.

Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel Joins as Agency Builder Donor

TD Charitable Foundation Gives $125,000 to Support AHA Program

TD Charitable Foundation provided JFS with a $125,000 grant to support the agency’s Atlantic Homeless Alliance program, a countywide ‘front door’ through which Atlantic County community members can enter when facing eviction or homelessness. The program provides comprehensive, coordinated support and the foundation’s funds provides direct relief and supportive services to residents in need.

Republic Bank Gives $3,000 to Support JFS Programs Leslie DiLuigi, Senior Vice President & Retail Market Manager at Republic Bank, presented a $3,000 check to JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg, and Access Center Case Manager Paola Morillo. The Republic Bank funds will benefit JFS programs including counseling, supportive housing and vocational assistance which will enable clients to better understand and achieve fiscal responsibility and stability.

JFS Awarded $75,000 by AmeriCorps Seniors

Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations of JFS, presents a plaque to Stephen Collins, Eileen Perice and Joseph Perice of Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel. As a two-year agency donor, Roth-Goldsteins’ $2,500 annual contribution will assure that residents and clients continue to receive JFS, services and programs that benefit their individual needs.


AmeriCorps Seniors awarded JFS a grant of $75,000 to support the agency’s Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and volunteer efforts. This is the sixth year receiving the generous grant which assures JFS staff and volunteers can continue to seamlessly provide essential services and programs for the region’s older adults. As Atalaya Sergi, Director of AmeriCorps Seniors program said, “As we confront the evolving needs of each community, Jewish Family Service is stepping up to the challenge with creativity and optimism. I’m proud that the RSVP grant will ensure a strong, bright future of national service in New Jersey.” Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Special Events Charles Kramer Donates to JFS Village by the Shore in Memory of Lynn Kramer Ly n n a n d t h e K r a m e r family have made a major impact, not only at JFS, but throughout the community. We are fortunate to have known Lynn’s tenacity, amazing style and generous soul. From golfing in our annual tournament to agency donations or attending Cocktail Party, Lynn’s quick wit and generous spirit will be missed at the agency. In her honor, Charles Kramer has made a generous donation to the Village by the Shore program which will be officially renamed The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore.

Village by the Shore Card Party Returns August 26 The 7th Annual JFS Village by the Shore Card Party, dedicated to late Community Philanthropist and host Bonnie Gurwicz, will take place at Harbor Pines Golf Club on Thursday, August 26. Guests can look forward to a fun afternoon of delicious lunch, auction items, door prizes and exciting games of Mahjong, Bridge and Canasta. Cost is $75 per player with proceeds benefiting Village by the Shore programs and services. Event sponsorship opportunities from $250 to $2,500 are available. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Kirby Reed at 609.822.1108 x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org.

“Together [our family] wishes to honor and remember Lynn by giving our largest bequest ever to support the Village by the Shore. Lynn and I always felt that the JFS did so much good work for the community, and that it had excellent and professional leadership. In meeting with JFS, it was clear that the Village plays an important role in helping many people to maintain a better quality of life; and in addition, the JFS will be supporting the community for the long term,” explains Charles. An official dedication ceremony will take place on September 12th at JFS. Thanks to this support, her involvement and dedication to helping others will continue to make an impact for years to come. She will be deeply missed but her legacy will remain a strength in our community.

Golf Tournament Raises $58,000 for JFS & JCC The 8th Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament, a joint fundraising event between JFS and the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, raised more than $58,000 to benefit both agencies. With 140 golfers participating, the funfilled afternoon at Harbor Pines Golf Club featured exciting on-course contests including Longest Drive, Hit the Float, Putting, and Hit the Solar Panel, sponsored by Geoscape Solar. In addition, a Hole in One contest provided a chance for players to win a two-year lease on a Jeep Wrangler Sahara from Gary Barbera. This year’s sponsors included The Jack R. Linsky Foundation, Seaboard Building & Restoration, Fox Rothschild, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fulton Bank, Susan & Robert Lang, South Jersey Paper, Atlantic Coast Alarm, Joan & Craig Glick, Fitzpatrick Bongiovanni & Kelly, Jersey Carpet, Tile & Wood, Harrison Beverage, Brown & Brown Insurance, Calvi Electric, Danielle Liberman, Esq., Harbor Pines Golf Club, J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home & Monuments, Inc., Kades & Cheifetz, and Sherman, Silverstein, Kohn, Rose & Podolsky Attorneys at Law.

Paula Gardner, Judy Levine, Michele Zelig and Amy Kelly enjoyed an afternoon of golf, contests and food during the 8th Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament hosted at Harbor Pines Golf Club.

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The funds raised will help JFS and the Katz JCC further their mission to provide children and seniors of Atlantic County, as well as the community as a whole, with programs and services to enhance and enrich their lives.


Staff Spotlight

GET TO KNOW OUR EMPLOYEES JFS has 175 dedicated staff members working in offices and in the community across Atlantic and Cape May Counties. A client visiting the office for a counseling session, neighbors stopping by a JFS booth at a community outreach event, a Village member who requires a ride to a medical appointment or a supporter delivering groceries to the Food Pantry – all present opportunities to interact with the agency’s talented staff. Ferdilenia Romero, Access Center, Front Desk In my position, I am responsible for scheduling clients, coordinating communication between clients and other professionals, offering administrative support across the organization, greeting people who visit the agency, redirecting phone calls, and so much more. Growing up, I remember coming to JFS every other day to get a ride from my oldest cousin who worked there at the time. One day he took me on a tour of what he did here at JFS. What attracted me was the charity work. My parents are big on helping our community. So once I saw how much JFS did to help people, I was inspired. I told my cousin that one day I’d be working here, and here I am! I see this company not only as a positive work environment, but also as a good opportunity to use my skills and qualifications to make a difference. I can’t wait to finish my degree in Psychology and further my career here at JFS. Paola Ortiz-Morillo, Case Manager, Access Center As a Case Manager in the Access Center at JFS, I am often the first one a person talks to or sees when they need help of any kind. No two days are the same. I have the opportunity to motivate and empower people to reach their full potential by listening to each person’s own unique story and develop a plan or referrals to best improve their lives. I am grateful to work for an agency in which everyone collectively works towards a common goal: improving the lives of those we serve. Since the start of COVID-19, our agency mobilized in a seamless way, ensuring the safety of both staff and clients while still providing vital services to those in need. Working alongside a team of dedicated professionals and volunteers, I look forward to coming to work every day.

Abdul Fletcher, IT & EHR Coordinator In November 2018, I started as a PC Support Specialist and in 2020 was promoted to IT & EHR Coordinator. In a nutshell, my role is to assess and resolve most hardware and software issues. Usually, I’m behind-the-scenes but have the pleasure of meeting volunteers and community members throughout my work day. In addition to onboarding every new employee with their technology needs and training, I am the go-to for laptop and iPhone issues that arise. In the past, I’ve been employed in everything from retail to logistics to the medical field, so I knew this would be a good career opportunity for me.

Pamela Palmer, PATH Case Manager As the daughter of Dr. Jacki McKinney, a founding member of the National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network, my mother was a pioneer for the Women’s Movement. Having my mother as my mentor provided me with a front row seat to many unique experiences, which helped develop a strong foundation for self-determination and led to my passion for helping others. Working for JFS, an organization thriving with the same goals as myself, inspires me to continue to help others. As a PATH Case Manager, I’m committed to community outreach to engage individuals experiencing homelessness. We work cohesively to develop a plan to change their situation and ultimately, enhance their lives. I am honored to be identified as a team member with Jewish Family Service, where we provide exceptional services to individuals and families throughout local communities. 10

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This past year certainly tested our resilience and strength on numerous levels and provided each of us with a better understanding of the importance of helping each other. By making a contribution to the JFS Friends Campaign, you help to meet the escalating needs of community members who turn to JFS for help with food, counseling, supportive housing and more. As an agency, we’ve provided tele-health sessions, delivered meals to isolated seniors and responded to thousands of calls for assistance. With the financial commitment from friends, such as yourself, we can continue to provide individuals and families with the necessary services, programs and care they need during these uncertain times. JFS strives to raise $35,000 each year for our Friends Campaign. Donate today @ jfsatlantic.org.

Thank you to our Friends Friends Contributions January 1 - June 30, 2021

Alexa & Alex Barrera Arlene & James Berg Jodi & Greg Bernhardt Susan & Alan Bierig Dorris Bird Barbara & Irving Braunstein Carol & Louis Chartock Ellen Cohen Jane Colman Conover-Swanson, Inc. Jessica & Richard DellaFave Alisa Elkis Betsy & Bob Fiebach Inge Fixler Jeanette & Bennett Flax Donald Fogel Sheila & Alan Friedman Marcia Gelman Marcia Goldberg Charles Goldfarb Debra Goldich Bethanie & Jack Gorny Susan Hamberg Robert Hammerschlag Geri & Brian Hefferson Diane Holtzman Nancy & Richard Hyman Jack Soble Family Foundation Marlene & Bernard Jacobs Sandy Kahn

Barbara Kardon Ellyn & Stephen Karp Ruth Kelman Bonnie Kennedy Shirley Kotzker Linda & Edmond Kulp Bruce Kurland Carole & Paul Letzter Susan & Lawrence Levy Ann & Leo Lieberman Paula & Louis London Marc Lowenstein & Deborah Davies Susan & Robert Mayer Leslie & Jeff Meltzer Sandra Miller Martha & Harold Moskowitz Carol Myerowitz June Nesbitt Network for Good Diane & Larry Neustadler Ann Neustadter Betsy & Marc Peck Marcia Perkins Frances & Martin Peskoe Eileen Pitel Marilyn Podell Illeane & Marvin Podolnick Deena & Joseph Podolsky Eileen Raynes

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Helen & Howard Reed Patti Reed-Rosenberg Barbara Harvis & Andrew Renny Maryann Robson Trinna Rodgers Norma Rosenberg Faith & Jonathan Rosenkrantz Debra & Gary Rosman Barbara & Henry Roth Nancy Rubin Jeanne Sackman Phyllis & Rob Salad Andy & Mark Sandson Elaine & Seymour Schlossberg Bonnie & Morris Shapiro Sandy & Yitzhak Sharon Pnina Sher Elaine Shusman

Carol & Alan Simpson James Soffer Judy & Gerard Spanier Leslie & Richard Steinberg Herbert Stern The Horizon Foundation for NJ Matching Gift Robert Vatter Sandra Waldman Linda & Philip Weiner Gloria Weitzenhof Devata White Phyllis Perkins & Nathaniel Wiesenfeld Roberta Woessner Golda Wood Susan & Raymond Young Miriam Zamansky


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Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg, LCSW President Joel Caplan, Ph.D. Vice Presidents Melissa Rosenblum, Esq. Matthew Simpson Treasurer Lawrence A. Reich, DDS Secretary Sarah Rosenthal Past Presidents* Darren Matik Johanna Perskie Board Members Randy D. Ayoob Colin G. Bell, Esq. Joel B. Frankel, D.M.D. Mark H. Sandson, J.S.C. (Ret.) Jeffrey S. Vasser

Honorary Board of Directors* Gail Mackler-Carlino Kenneth Eisenberg Alice Epstein° Anna Feldman Bethanie Gorny, Ed. D Mitchell Gurwicz Larry Horowitz, CPA Shy Kramer Robert Lang, Esq. Marc Lowenstein, Ph.D. Arlene Polter Patti Reed-Rosenberg Carol G. Rimm Lois Rothenberg° Douglas Stanger, Esq. Kenneth Steinberg Richard Wise, M.D. 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 Matthew D. Sykes John Zarych, Esq.

*Previous Presidents °Deceased

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 For 21 years, Cookie Till, owner of Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate, has been an agency donor supporting various initiatives to better our community. Along with generous financial support, Cookie graciously hosts the Farm to Table Dinner (formerly known as Herb Dinner), a JFS fundraiser that provides guests with a unique culinary dining experience coupled with an intimate discussion about wine pairing and herbs. Six years ago, Cookie, along with amazing baker and friend, Kim Richmond, opened the popular No. 7311 Bakery in Ventnor. The business offers innovative baked items paired with fair-trade coffee and organic teas as well as showcases a collection of handcrafted items from local artisans. In March of 2020, Reed’s Organic Farm was established as a 501(c3) to support A Meaningful Purpose. The farm is focused on providing workforce development and programming for the underserved as well as organic produce for the entire community. Cookie’s pride and commitment to the community is evident through her local businesses and by supporting organizations, such as JFS, that enhance the quality of life for those in need.


Agency Donors V I S I O N A RY Bank of America Charitable Foundation Hafetz Family Foundation Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation Mr. James Klinghoffer Seaboard Building & Restoration, Inc. (Karen McClellan & Todd Arsenault) TD Charitable Foundation The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey The Jewish Community Foundation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties The Dave & Mary Krassenstein Foundation United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County

CHAMPION AkPharma, Inc. Andi & David Goldberg Burns Property Group, LLC/BANDI Property Group Geoscape Solar OceanFirst Charitable Foundation

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

LEADER The Herbert & Lois Rothenberg Charitable Foundation The Wawa Foundation Wise Family Eye Center

BUILDER AtlantiCare Galloway Auto & Tire Center The Law Offices of Melissa Rosenblum Mitchell Gurwicz Republic Bank Right at Home Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel Wells Fargo Antoinette & Eric Wood

To become an agency donor or learn more, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations at 609.822.7409. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties