Village by the Shore - Fall 2020 Newsletter

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Village by the Shore Fall 2020

Emergency Preparedness: Will you be ready if disaster strikes? With the nation bracing for more tropical storms and hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season, and the cold winter months right around the corner, it’s important to be prepared for any weather-related occurrence. As a JFS Village by the Shore member, we’re here to help you get prepared. If inclement weather causes your power to go out for an extended period of time and your refrigerated or frozen groceries that you purchased through the Shop at Home program spoil, JFS can assist with restocking your pantry. The same holds true for your Kosher Meals on Wheels. At JFS, we want to eliminate the worry about how you’ll get food in an emergency. More importantly, if you should need to leave your residence due to inclement weather, JFS can provide a list of countyapproved shelters for your consideration. It’s always prudent to be prepared for a weather-related situation whether it’s potential flooding, high winds or even a derecho. A JFS Case Manager can provide you with a comprehensive list of what is recommended for an emergency supply kit including non-perishable food, water, medication, first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries and, if relevant, pet supplies. In addition, you should fully charge all devices – cell phones, computers, iPads and more. Whether you live in a home, condominium or apartment, be sure to bring in outdoor furniture and ornaments so they don’t become projectiles. If you are unable to move heavy items, a volunteer can help. Don't forget to fill up your vehicle with a full tank of gasoline and be aware of scheduling changes if you rely on public transportation. At JFS, we’re committed to assisting our Village members in all situations. We know the importance of having peace of mind and JFS’ staff and volunteers are here to help. For more information on Village by the Shore services, call 609.822.1109, or visit

2 I Program Spotlight

4 I Boomer Spotlight

3 I Volunteer Spotlight

5 I Community Connections & Health Spotlight

6 I Benefit Spotlight

Program Spotlight

Strength in Community

Shop at Home: A Safe and Convenient Way to Get Groceries For many people, change is difficult. Since mid-March, many of us have had to adjust to a new normal. That includes how we purchase groceries and other everyday essentials. At JFS, we knew that the COVID-19 pandemic would change the way many Village by the Shore members needed to shop. With the Shop at Home program, Village members speak with a JFS volunteer or staff member to place and pay for their grocery order. Then, a JFS representative goes to the supermarket and purchases items from the list. If an item isn't in stock, your shopper will call and discuss replacements. With the contactless delivery – adhering to socially distanced guidelines – your shopper safely drops the groceries at your door. “The JFS Shop at Home program is wonderful," said Ruth Jacobson. "My husband, Allyn, and I get groceries from Acme delivered once a week and this convenience is a lifesaver. Our shopper, Debra, is terrific and goes above and beyond. Being self-isolated since coming back from Florida in March, this program makes our lives so much easier.” With a JFS volunteer doing her food shopping, Ruth has some extra time to virtually play Canasta. “We have a group of 15 women, Summer Sisters, who have been playing together for about 14 years. While we aren’t able to play in person, we still get to spend time with each other playing online,” she shared. During the past seven months, more than 50 Village members have relied on the Shop at Home program. For more information on JFS volunteer services, including Shop at Home, contact JFS Village by the Shore Membership Director, Tina Serota, at 609.822.1109.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Strength in Community

Jordan Kleinman Jordan Kleinman is a busy man. In addition to working as a local real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway for the past 20 years, Jordan has also steadfastly been a volunteer delivering Kosher Meals on Wheels. Two days every week, Jordan drives across the island to deliver prepared meals to Village by the Shore members who are unable to or uncertain about leaving their homes. As the spry 83-year-old shared, “I get personal satisfaction helping others. It’s good for the psyche.” He added, “I’m happy to see the JFS members and spend a few minutes chit chatting – now socially distanced – to get caught up on the week. Overtime, you develop relationships with them and you know how important it is for them to get the food delivery.” “Jordan has always been a great asset to the volunteer team, and has demonstrated that ten-fold during this time," JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith said. "He has adapted to the changes and processes we use to deliver member meals during the pandemic. Just as importantly, he is always willing to help at a moment’s notice.” The admiration is mutual. “Vanessa and Mary (DeMarco) are phenomenal and dedicated to what they do," said Kleinman. "JFS is fortunate to have them and Village members are fortunate to be able to rely on JFS.” In his spare time, the Marine Corps veteran, who was part of the specialized second force reconnaissance which required skills in paratrooping and underwater swimming, enjoys reading war stories and today’s bestsellers. In addition, he regularly donates blood to the American Red Cross and volunteers to assist with programs and services established by the Marine Corps League. While it has been difficult getting together with friends and family, Jordan enjoys his phone conversations with his two daughters and four grandchildren. Jordan Kleinman emulates the best attributes of a JFS volunteer – caring, compassionate and genuine – and demonstrates how important it is for our community to have volunteers helping residents. For more information on volunteer opportunities at JFS, contact Vanessa Smith at 609.822.1108 x249 or or Mary DeMarco at 609.822.1108 x512 or

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Boomer Spotlight

Strength in Community

Election 2020

Make your vote count on November 3

In the 18th century, the thirteen colonies, and in particular New Jersey, suffrage was restricted to white males who owned 100 acres of property. Not until 1920 were women granted the right to vote. Equality has come a long way and as politics become more integrated into our everyday lives, exercising your right to vote is more important than ever. Whether it is for a political office, a referendum, or something related to the county you live in, the ability to vote has shaped the manner and importance of how our country operates. Along the way, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials continued to build on the importance of voting and having a say in our democracy. As Author and Motivational Speaker Simon Sinek said, “Leadership is not about the election, it’s about the next generation.” Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s imperative to vote in this year's presidential election. Voting is a critical, meaningful way to express yourself and support the issues you care most about. With the circumstances around this upcoming election being unique due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of New Jersey has implemented a vote by mail ballot to protect the health and safety of its residents by eliminating groups congregating and potentially not adhering to social distancing guidelines at polling locations. Remember, voting is a part of our democracy. It provides each person with the opportunity to have a say on the people running for political office and matters that affect our region and nation. If you ever thought one vote couldn't make a difference, look to recent history. In 2017, a Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie with the winner's name being pulled from a bowl, while a police officer in Washington state lost a primary in a state House race by one vote. Your opinion matters and your voice needs to be heard. As a registered voter, you should always make every effort to cast your ballot whenever there is a local, state or national election. For more information on local and national elections and to view the candidates vying for office on Tuesday, November 3, visit

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Health Spotlight

Community Connections

Strength in Community

Strength in Community

MANNA at the Shore Donates $1,800 to JFS Food Pantry

Put your Best Foot Forward this Winter After a summer season of going barefoot or wearing sandals, it’s time to get your feet ready for the cooler months ahead. Dr. Gregory Mowen, D.P.M., a Podiatrist in Ventnor, shared tips to keep your feet well cared for and in good shape.

JFS Board President Johanna Perskie and JFS Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg stand in the agency’s Food Pantry after accepting an $1,800 donation from MANNA at the Shore Board Member Sherry Hoffman. The contribution helps keep the pantry stocked for families and individuals throughout Atlantic County. MANNA is a non-profit volunteer organization that prepares meals for ill residents who are unable to cook for themselves.

Growing a Garden of Fresh Vegetables Gardening teacher, Bernadette Getzler, shows off flowers and vegetables from her DIY Container Garden, including lettuce, green beans, carrots, butternut squash and tomatoes. Village by the Shore offers ongoing gardening workshops throughout the year.

House Tour on Hiatus

1. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure they are thoroughly dried. 2. Inspect your feet. Pay close attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the feet soles may indicate Athlete's Foot. 3. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides as this may lead to ingrown toenails. If you have diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems, you should not treat your own feet since they are more prone to infection. 4. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may escalate a minor problem.

While JFS made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s House Tour, community members gave nearly $10,000 to support Village programs including virtual events, transportation, Kosher Meals on Wheels, grocery shopping and delivery, and case management.

5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest.

Hafetz and Associates Support the Village

Hafetz and Associates, an insurance agency that specializes in employee benefits, Medicare and individual coverage, contributed $10,000 to the JFS COVID-19 Relief Fund. Their support assures Village by the Shore services, including Kosher Meals on Wheels, essential transportation, virtual programming and grocery delivery, continue seamlessly.


6. Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity you participate in – jogging, walking, biking, etc. 7. Alternate shoes. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes every day. Finally, it’s important to remember that your extremities – feet and hands – are the first body parts to feel the change in weather. When temperatures begin to dip, be sure to put on socks with your footwear. Not only do socks keep your feet warm, they provide another level of comfort and can help to prevent potential frostbite. This article was written with information provided by Dr. Gregory Mowen, D.P.H. Please consult with your personal podiatrist before considering or implementing these recommendations.

Benefit Spotlight

Strength in Community

Village Business Partners Offer a Host of Conveniences As a Village by the Shore member, you have the opportunity to take advantage of a host of programs and services. Membership Benefits include virtual events, like DIY Gardening, Memoir Workshop, and Comfort Cuisine; Shop at Home and Kosher Meals on Wheels, transportation to appointments, phone chats with volunteers and more. But did you know the Village provides access to vetted community business partners who provide high-quality services, often at discounted rates to Village members? Service partners come from all sectors of the community. A family-owned and operated business, A Shore Maid can customize your cleaning needs with attention to detail. Many of us have spent several months homebound and are looking to make a few design changes in our residence. Ellen Farber Design can provide a fresh interior look for one room or your entire home, with a focus on beauty, comfort and safety. If you’re finding it a bit more difficult to get around your home, then the team at SOS Group, Inc. can provide modifications including ramp installation, stair lifts, handrails and more. Also, with cooler weather just around the corner, the technicians at Clay’s Climate Control can inspect and prepare your heating system for the months ahead. It’s not just your home's interior that our service partners handle, the exterior also needs to be tended to. Home & Healthy LLC will clean your gutters, power wash siding and windows, and in the winter months, remove snow so you have a clear, safe walkway. Don’t forget your dirty trash and recycling cans. If your containers could use a good scrubbing, then Shore Cans can assist with eco-friendly sanitizing and deodorizing. With nearly 25 service partners, Village members have access to trusted maintenance, dining, home healthcare, estate planning and interior décor companies. If your business is interested in joining our Service Partner Network, contact Tina Serota at 609.822.1109 or Service Partners must complete an application and orientation as well as advertise in the Village by the Shore newsletter, which is distributed to members, volunteers, community partners and local businesses twice per year.

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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.


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