JFS Currents - Winter 2020

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JFS CURRENTS The Short List Turkey Drive a Success

Nearly 25 JFS Board Members, friends and staff volunteered to sort and bag Thanksgiving meals for more than 520 individuals and families in our community.

Holocaust Luncheon

Winter 2020

Signed Albert Einstein Photograph Raffle Only 35 Tickets Remain At JFS, we’re offering a unique opportunity to own a rare piece of history through The Physics of Philanthropy: An Albert Einstein Raffle. One lucky ticket holder will receive a framed black and white photograph signed by the late theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. The portrait, which has been authenticated, is appraised at $10,000. Graciously donated by a JFS supporter, the Einstein portrait will be a pivotal piece of artwork for any collector to bequeath for generations to come. “We are delighted to share this fundraiser with the community,” said Kirby Reed, JFS Communications and Donor Relations Specialist. “By purchasing a ticket, you not only have an incredible chance of winning, but you also give to JFS in a substantial and meaningful way.”

An anonymous donor has pledged to contribute an additional $5,000 as an incentive to sell all 140 tickets.

Miriam Greenman, and her son, Alan, along with 35 Holocuast Survivors and guests celebrated the holiday season with a luncheon at the Crab Trap in Somers Point. The beautifully decorated restaurant provided the perfect setting for the monthly program.

get your ticket today! Visit jfsatlantic.org For more information or to purchase one of the remaining 35 tickets, contact Kirby Reed at kreed@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.1108, x144.

Herb Dinner Delights

Born March 14, 1879, Einstein was one of the great scientific pioneers of our time. His name and image have become synonymous with “genius” and he continues to serve as an inspiration to scientists and academics around the world. In recognition of Einstein’s 140th Birthday, only 140 tickets have been offered. The 7th Annual Herb Dinner at Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay raised $8,500 for JFS Health & Wellness Initiatives thanks to the planning and support of AtlantiCare’s Community Health & Wellness Manager Laura Engelmann, Herbalist Gayle Gross, Restauranteur Cookie Till, Briana Bee of Enlightened Farms, and Nutritional Therapist Diane Melano.

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The winner will receive a Letter of Authenticity and a written evaluation for insurance purposes. Raffle tickets are $100 and may be purchased online at jfsatlantic.org. Proceeds benefit JFS programs and services including: homeless assistance, food pantry and counseling. And here’s a fun fact while you wait for the drawing . . . In 1952, Einstein was asked to be the President of Israel. Though not traditionally religious, Einstein felt a deep connection to his Jewish heritage and often spoke out against anti-Semitism. Watch for the drawing, livestreamed on JFS’ Facebook page at facebook.com/jfsatlantic on Einstein’s 141st Birthday – Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8pm.


Coffee Klatch attendees enjoyed a lively conversation as they shared their thoughts on politics, policies, technology, the arts and more at the program hosted at the JCC. All are welcome to the monthly program.




Special Events | 10

2 | CEO Report

8-9 | Development News

3 | President's Report

10 | Special Events

4-5 | Programs & Services

11 | Community Connections

6-7 | Village by the Shore

12 | Donor Spotlight


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State of the Agency CEO Report At JFS, we firmly believe that everyone deserves the chance to work. As famed comedian Milton Berle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” At our agency, we take every opportunity to build and open doors for our clients. With an unemployment rate of 3.2% in New Jersey, and 4.6% in Atlantic County, as of this past October, finding viable employment, especially for people with disabilities, is difficult. That’s why, our Director of Vocational Services, Dr. Nina Andrea Steinberg, CEO Stolzenberg, who specializes in working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), pled the case early on to add Vocational Services at JFS. In 2015, we started social skills workshops for children with ASD and within a year grew to expand to include clients with neuropsychiatric disorders. To expand the population served, in October, JFS used the Kessler Community Employment funding which enabled us to support, train and place individuals, primarily with specific mental diagnosed illnesses – schizophrenia, bipolar, depressive disorder, etc. – in cohesive employment as part of our Integrated Case Management Service (ICMS) program. The grant funds a wide array of services including: transition to work, employment related transportation solutions, vocational training, workplace preparation and strategies to support recruitment, hiring, placement and retention. While still in its infancy, this program aims to serve 20 people over the next two years. Another facet of vocational training is our Pathways to Recovery program. Many of you may know someone who has struggled with substance abuse – a friend, neighbor or relative. Pathways to Recovery was designed to help individuals and family members who have been impacted by opioid use to seek and maintain employment. The program provides support services designed to reduce barriers one may experience when seeking a job. Pathways to Recovery will help at least 100 people over the next two years and aims to help a minimum of 48 individuals maintain employment for at least six months or more. Since its inception, JFS’ Vocational Services has supported 76 people to obtain employment, some of whom were never given the chance to earn a paycheck. As we continue to grow our Vocational Services division, it is our goal to reduce the unemployment rate in Atlantic County. We believe with each opportunity, each new hire, each work anniversary, we are providing life experiences for individuals, many who may have been bypassed for employment, looking to make their mark in the workforce. Together, we identify individuals and ensure they have the tools and resources needed to embark on employment opportunities. Whether in a local convenience store, clothing retailer, office or even another non-profit, we know that there are a host of businesses in our region looking for hardworking, dedicated individuals. If your business is looking for enthusiastic, reliable employees, then Jewish Family Service is the place to call and we’ll match a client with your business needs.


Meet SAR


Meet Sarah. As the Human Resources Manager for a women’s clothing business, she was just three years shy of retirement and excited for the future. S a r a h ’s l i f e re v o l v e d around her career, but after celebrating 22 years with the company, the unthinkable happened. The store filed for bankruptcy and Sarah lost her job. At 59-years-old, she would have to start over. As the months wore on, and with no job prospects in sight, Sarah grew anxious. Her savings were quickly dwindling and by the winter she wouldn’t be able to pay her mortgage. Sarah needed help.

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Mr. & Mrs. Allan Abramowitz Dr. & Mrs. Richard Adelman Mrs. Sharon Altman Dr. & Mrs. Robert Bassman Mr. & Mrs. David Behr Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Phil Bienstock Mr. & Mrs. Alan Bierig Mrs. Valerie Biron Ms. Sandra Bookach Mr. & Mrs. Irving Braunstein Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Calvi Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Casel Mr. & Mrs. Mark Chertok Dr. & Mrs. Robert Chorney PsyD. Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Clofine Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cohan Ms. Ellen Cohen Ms. Nancy Cohen Dr. Stanley Cohen Mr. & Mrs. Mort Cohen Mrs. Charlotte Cook Mrs. Ilene Daniels Dr. & Mrs. Richard Dannenbaum Mr. & Mrs. Richard Della Fave Mr. & Mrs. James Dine Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dunayer Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Eisenberg Ellen Farber Strategic Design Ms. Kathleen Engelman Mr. David Eskin Mr. & Mrs. Francis Fee Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fiebach Financial Capitol Group Ms. Inge Fixler Mr. & Mrs. Bennett Flax Dr. Robert Fleisher Mr. Edward Frebowitz Dr. & Mrs. Alan Friedman Dr. & Mrs. Leonard Galler Mrs. Michelle Gardner Mr. Bernard Gest Honorable Anthony Gibson Mrs. Marcia Goldberg Mr. Charles Goldfarb

Mrs. Paula Goodman Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Jack Gorny Mrs. Miriam Greenman Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Groff Dr. & Mrs. Howard Gross Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Grossman Mr. & Mrs. Martin Gubernick Mr. Mitchell Gurwicz Mr. Robert Hammerschlag Mr. & Mrs. Martin Hamson Mr. & Mrs. Brad Harris Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Harrison Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hirsch Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hirsch Dr. Norman Hirschfeld Ph.D. Mr. & Mrs. Earle Hitchner Dr. Diane Holtzman Mr. & Mrs. Larry Horowitz Dr. Marvin P. Hyett Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hyman Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Walter Jarema Ms. Linda Joseph Mr. Jules Joseph Mrs. Sandy Kahn Ms. Patricia Kamermayer Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Kane Ms. Rona Kaplan Dr. & Mrs. Howard Karp Mrs. Ruth Kelman Mrs. Bonnie Kennedy KESKAL Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund Ms. Samantha Kiley Ms. Shirley Kotzker Mr. & Mrs. Shy Kramer Mrs. Janet Kurland Mr. & Mrs. Robert Latinsky Law Office of Cindy J. Baen, L.L.C. Mr. & Mrs. Joel Levitt Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Levy Mr. & Mrs. Ron Lewkowitz Mrs. Hilde Lewkowitz Dr. & Mrs. Leo Lieberman Ph.D.

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While looking through the paper for job posts, Sarah saw a story about JFS and decided to call. Following her initial visit with Yessie, a JFS Case Manager, Sarah soon had her hands full – one with a bag of food from the Pantry and the other with a list of area resources. That first visit helped her immediate needs, but Sarah was still worried about her future. With Yessie’s help, she started weekly meetings with a counselor to focus on long-term goals and budgeting. Now Sarah spends her days working from home, consulting for a large shipping company. She continues to utilize JFS counseling services as she adapts to her new lifestyle. Sarah’s resume has also added another new entry – volunteer. As a way to give back to JFS, she supports Village by the Shore members by delivering groceries every other Tuesday.

Just as Sarah gives back, please consider donating to JFS Friends Campaign securely on-line at jfsatlantic.org.

our Friends Mr. & Mrs. Louis London Dr. Marc Lowenstein & Dr. Deborah Davies Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Margolis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mayer Drs. Jeff & Leslie Meltzer Mr. & Mrs. David Midelton Ms. Sandra E. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Richard Moore Mr. & Mrs. Harold Moskowitz Mrs. June Nesbitt Mrs. Anne Neustadter Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Neustadter Mrs. Anne Neustadter Ms. Gert Novin & Mr. Ed Kline Mrs. Roslyn Oberson Dr. & Mrs. Marc Peck Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Pitel Mr. & Mrs. Jack Plackter Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Podolnick Ms. Anita Press Ms. Patti Reed-Rosenberg Ms. Ellen Reese Mr. Matthew Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. John Rios Ms. Laura Rodgers Ms. Trinna Rodgers Mrs. Norma Rosenberg Mrs. Selma Rosenberg Mrs. Barbara Rosenblatt Ms. Shelley Rosenfeld Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Rosenkrantz Dr. & Mrs. Leslie Rosenthal Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Rosenthol Dr. & Mrs. Gary Rosman Mr. & Mrs. Henry Roth Mrs. Nancy Rubin Dr. & Mrs. Robert Sabo Ms. Mildred Sacks Dr. David Sagransky Mr. & Mrs. Rob Salad Ms. Rochelle Salway Mrs. Judy Schlank Mrs. Gloria Schriber Ms. Karen Schwab

Mr. & Mrs. David Schwartz Scott Brown Insurance Agency Mr. & Mrs. Robert Segal Dr. David Seitman Mr. & Mrs. Morris Shapiro Mr. & Mrs. Yitzhak Sharon Mr. Calvin Shaud Mrs. Pnina Sher Mrs. Elaine Shusman Dr. & Mrs. Alan Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Simpson Ms. Elaine Small Ms. Bernadette Snyder Ms. Rona Snyder Jack M. Soble Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Spanier Mrs. Miriam Spitalnick Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Stanger Mrs. Miriam Stein Mr. & Mrs. Mark Stein Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Steinberg Dr. & Mrs. Stanford Steinberg Mr. & Mrs. Richard Steinberg Mr. & Mrs. Joel Steinberg Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Steiner, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Stern Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Strauss Mr. & Mrs. Barry Summers Ms. Shirley Swerdloff Mr. & Mrs. Irving Tannenbaum The Horizon Foundation for NJ Matching Gift UBS Employee Giving Program Dr. & Mrs. Morton Waldman Mrs. Claire Weinstein Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Weiss Dr. Nathaniel Wiesenfeld Dr. & Mrs. Richard Wise Mr. Kirk Wisemayer Ms. Roberta M. Woessner Mr. & Mrs. Martin Wood Mr. & Mrs. Eric Wood, Esq. Mrs. Sherry Zellat Mr. & Mrs. Alan Zuckerman

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State of theReport Agency President's As JFS’ President, my vision and passion for 2020 will ensure we remain a prosperous community agency helping thousands of people in need while supporting our partners, staff and community. This year, JFS will continue to build on the progress since my installation. We bolstered our Board with additional communityminded individuals who maintain a wealth of expertise in their diverse fields. Our newest Board members include: Alisa Elkis, who employs a strong background in the hospitality/gaming industry; Sarah Rosenthal, whose strength is in real estate; Jeffrey Vasser, who spent years in the tourism industry; and Colin Bell with legal and government expertise. The enthusiasm and knowledge of these members complement our other Executive Officers and Board Members and we know that through their powerful commitment, we have the ability to forge a positive impact for those who need it the most. As an agency, fundraising is a key way we raise revenue to help individuals and families in our community. I’m excited to share with you that we will continue to host five prominent events in 2020. First, we’ve re-energized our popular Cocktail Party, which will take place March 28th. With a more interactive experience, this must-attend event will surprise and delight guests with a basketball theme party paired with fun games, brackets and prizes that attendees will love. As we move into the spring season, the JFS vs. JCC Golf Tournament will tee off on May 28th at a different course, the Harbor Pines Golf Club. Our highly-anticipated House Tour, in the heart of the summer on August 3rd, always offers attendees a first-hand look into some of the area’s most luxurious estates – and we’ve already confirmed our first home for the event. Our highlycompetitive and fun Card Party will round out the summer season on August 27th. And finally, the much-admired Herb Dinner will pleasure the palate as the “Farm to Table Dinner” on October 20th at Steve & Cookie's which will cap-off our annual fundraisers. However, our efforts don’t stop there. Each day, we work behindthe-scenes to keep ourselves at the forefront of securing grants to fund a multitude of agency programs and services. Just as important, our collections remain a staple to fill our Food Pantry with nutritious meals to provide to individuals and families. For the High Holiday drive, we garnered more than 200 bags of food from local synagogues, and our Thanksgiving Turkey drive allowed us to ultimately provide hearty meals for 520 individuals and families due to the collective effort of nearly 25 businesses and hundreds of donors. Pair that with a host of daily walk-in contributions, and our Pantry serves as a mainstay for those neighbors who need it the most. Utilizing the strong Board, successful fundraising dollars and generous contributions, our commitment to the community can excel. This year, we will provide at least 160 seniors essential Village by the Shore services, house approximately 200 people who may otherwise remain on the streets, and supply more than 2,500 individuals with food from our pantry. Everyone plays a role in our agency and I firmly believe that no matter what your JFS role – shareholder, board member, staff, volunteer or donor – you contribute to our success. Our collaborative effort allows our agency to remain a strong ally in our region every day. Thanks again for your dedication to JFS and I look forward to achieving our goals together!


Programs & Services Volunteer Services Volunteers are the backbone of our agency. As an organization established 90 years ago solely on volunteers, we consistently rely on them to carry out our mission to help others in our community. From delivering Kosher Meals on Wheels to assisting with the Trash Valet program to being a Friendly Visitor for our Village members, JFS has more than 200 volunteers who give their time annually. Whether it’s an hour, a day, a month or a year, there are opportunities at JFS and in the community to meet each person’s volunteerism desires.

Mary DeMarco and Vanessa Smith work together to organize JFS Volunteers

Mary DeMarco and Vanessa Smith organize volunteers for JFS programs and services

In December, JFS welcomed Mary Galvin DeMarco as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator. In this position, Mary organizes and assigns volunteers as well as oversees our Kosher Meals on Wheels program. Funded by SeniorCorps, RSVP volunteers are over the age of 55 who give their time to enhance the community. Prior to joining us, Mary served for 10 years as the Senior Meal Director for Middlesex County overseeing the home delivery and congregate programs. Mary’s experience and enthusiasm will complement the hardworking JFS team. As the sign on her office wall states, “I just want to be happy and help people.” Currently, we have JFS volunteer opportunities to serve as Friendly Visitors for our seniors, deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels, and chat with some of our Village by the Shore members through our phone check-in program. For more information, contact JFS Volunteer Services at volunteer@jfsatlantic.org.

JFS Committed to Providing Access to Mental Health Programs Nearly One in Four Adults Suffer from a Mental Illness According to the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, which is part of the National Institute of Health, an estimated 26% -- nearly one in four adults – over the age 18 is diagnosed with a mental illness in a given year. At times considered a stigma, mental health issues affect all walks life regardless of age, race, economic or social status. JFS has been dedicated to providing premier services for individuals with mental illness across various program areas. Since January 2019, JFS has provided support to nearly 700 clients with a definitive, serious mental health diagnosis including schizoaffective disorder, bio-polar and schizophrenia. JFS Mental Health programs include Integrated Case Management Service (ICMS), Supportive Housing Services and Links to Health (a Behavioral Health Home). Integrated Case Management Services (ICMS) Consumer-centered services to achieve wellness and recovery are provided predominately off-site in the individual’s natural environment. The goal of ICMS is to provide after care services to people with persistent mental illness, especially those leaving the state psychiatric hospital. Links to Health (also known as Behavioral Health Home) A Behavioral Health Home model that offers healthcare connections, care coordination, linkages, coaching, mental health and medical services as well as wellness workshops to adults (18+) in Atlantic County who have a chronic medical condition and are on Medicaid. Supportive Housing Services Within the Supportive Housing Services program, outreach and psychiatric rehabilitation support is provided to individuals who need to sustain their housing and integrate into the community. Most of the program consumers have a recent history of chronic homelessness or psychiatric hospitalization. This program is one of various Supportive Housing Services within the agency. JFS remains an advocate agency steadfastly committed to providing mental health services, case management, counseling, group activities, self-help skills, wellness workshops and referrals. Through a person-center approach, clients are encouraged to stay healthy and engaged in the community. JFS now accepts new people through community referrals. For information on JFS programming or to enroll, contact the Access Center directly at 609.822.1108.

JFS Supports Holocaust Survivors – Pledge To Do The Same As an organization, JFS takes pride to support and assist nearly 40 local Holocaust Survivors. Whether its hosting monthly socialization luncheons, sharing cultural activities, assisting with Claims Conference paperwork, care coordination, or transportation to appointments, JFS is devoted to immeasurably adding to the quality of life of Holocaust Survivors in our region. On January 27, JFS staff showed their support in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day with the #WeRemember campaign. Created by the World Jewish Congress, this program harnessed the power of digital media to make sure knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust is remembered for generations to come. At JFS, our unwavering commitment to provide essential support for these survivors is paramount. Therefore, the need to ensure funding is available for programs and services for their entire lifetime is critical. For more information or to make a pledge to JFS’ Holocaust Survivor Fund, please call 609.822.1108 or visit jfsatlantic.org.


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Programs & Services

Our JFS Vocational Services staff work with local employers to create a positive and successful environment for individuals with disabilities to thrive in a competitive workforce. JFS provides job coaching, training and on-site support to make sure our clients have the tools and resources needed to thrive in a new job.

Meet Brian – Peer Support Advocate at Mental Health Association of Atlantic County For people in the casino industry, seven is considered a lucky number. But not for Brian. At 56, and a bit gray around the edges, Brian would tell you that eight is his lucky number. Eight years ago, he was fighting health and substance abuse problems. Then, after a third visit to the hospital in as many weeks, a doctor warned Brian that if he didn’t change his hard living habits, he wouldn’t survive another month. Taking the doctor’s stern words to heart, on a cold and blistery day, December 23, 2011 – eight years ago and eight days before the New Year – Brian began his first day of sobriety, by attending a 12-Step Program. He was now committed to living and enjoying a future filled with family, friends and hopefully a rewarding career. Then, a physical setback occurred. Brian was forced to have a partial amputation of his left leg following an infection. Knowing he was mentally stronger than he had been for years, Brian adapted to his new physical situation. However, as the months passed, Brian did periodically battle spells of depression and anxiety, mostly about the feasibility of securing a job. Although he had great customer service skills, Brian worried he might never get hired with an eight-year work gap and minimal computer skills. That’s when he approached JFS. He heard from friends about the community support the agency provides and, while he felt lost and uncertain of his future, he firmly believed JFS could help him. Dressed in his favorite blue jeans and hoodie sweatshirt, Brian opened the door and met Shelly. This knowledgeable woman promptly provided Brian with a handful of paperwork and a bag of nutritious groceries. Couple his JFS visit with the recommendation from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Brian ultimately met with MaryAnn, the Director of Vocational Services, who reassured Brian that he can achieve a successful future. She emphasized that the work gap wasn’t a factor and his experience and enthusiasm were paramount. MaryAnn had Brian work with Mike in JFS Vocational Services to fine-tune his resume, sharpen his interview skills and most importantly, build his confidence. Mike arranged for Brian to interview at the Mental Health Association of Atlantic County (MHAAC). Their work together paid off – Brian was offered a job. But first, he needed to complete a 108-hour classroom course for state certification. With MHA’s assistance, Brian was admitted to the course and he nervously embarked on this new endeavor since he hadn’t attended school or studied in almost 40 years. Today, Brian works at MHAAC as a Peer Support Advocate and you guessed it – he has eight clients. He also volunteers at an amputee support group at Bacharach Rehabilitation and serves as a 12-Step Program Chair at meetings throughout Atlantic County.

"I'm living proof that if you have the inner strength to stick to the program and guidance set forth by the JFS, you can make it," Brian said. He firmly believes that his past life experiences will not define him, but continue to mold him into the confident, spiritual man he is today. And eight remains a lucky number. Now, if he could only figure out a way to get eight days in a week so he has more time to enjoy his personal and professional life.

In June 2018, ACYouth, a coalition which supports Atlantic County youth by raising awareness of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) was created. This initiative offers a coordinated approach to resiliency resources and best practices. JFS has engaged a broad cross-section of school district and community professionals who have shared resources, generated new collaborations and participated in revolutionary ACEs and resiliency trainings. This year, ACYouth is excited to be working with other organizations to help create a trauma-informed community in Atlantic County. As Sharon Simon, ACYouth Chairperson shared, “Trauma-informed can look different from one community to another. Commonalities include an understanding of how adversity affects the community and the importance of instituting resiliency-building practices across education, juvenile justice, faith, housing, health care and business sectors to help create healthy and safe environments in which youth can thrive.” Should you be interested in joining ACYouth or would like more information, contact Sharon Simon at 609.822.1108, x152 or ssimon@jfsatlantic.org.

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Get Social Winter is a great time to get social and stay active. For $18 per month, Village by the Shore has dozens of activities, like gardening, soap making and cooking classes, just to name a few, that keep seniors engaged in the community all year long. Insightful and fast-paced conversation is what’s brewing at Coffee Klatch. These 90-minute, interactive workshops, where everyone is welcome to speak their mind, have attracted special guest speakers, including Southern District of New York bankruptcy judge Shelley Chapman and NJ Assemblyman John Armato. Attendees enjoy refreshments while talking politics, technology, world events, the arts, religion, and more in a respectful and moderated setting. Coffee Klatch is free for Village members and occurs once a month in the JCC boardroom from 10:30am to 12pm. Each month, Lunch Around Town guests gather at a local eatery to enjoy friendly conversation and a delicious meal. Past restaurants have included The Crab Trap, Downbeach Deli, Gilchrist Restaurant and Agnes Café. Guests can order directly from the menu and pay their own way. As an added treat, Village members receive a discount from five to fifteen percent depending on the venue. Experience the thrill of storytelling by capturing your life’s loves, adventures, desires, history and ancestry in a workshop led by Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing and published author, Harriet Levin Millan. This exciting Memoir Writing Workshop is held at the JCC from 11am to 12:30pm monthly. Specialized events, including local theater productions, dance socials, cooking classes, flower arranging, trips to area baseball games and more are offered complimentary or at reduced cost to Village members throughout the year. These programs are made possible through the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. In partnership with the JCC, Village members over 60 also enjoy free entrance to Water Wellness and Creative Writing and may take advantage of JCC member pricing for Brunch & Learn, Mahjong Brunch and Dinner and a Movie. To keep up-to-date with all Village events and programs, email villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org to be added to the monthly mailing list or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.org.

Member Spotlight: Rabbi Aaron Krauss Traveling the world as a Navy Chaplain with the Third Marine Division in the late 1950s, Rabbi Krauss fondly recounts several humorous stories about life as a Jewish American Chaplain looking for Kosher food and restaurants in Morocco, Taiwan and Okinawa – and finding them. The only child of an old-fashioned Orthodox Jewish family, his mother, Ida, was from Bridgeport, Connecticut, and his father, Max, immigrated from Lithuania, where he attended the Ponevezh Yeshiva, commonly known as the place where poor people gathered to learn. For Rabbi Krauss, education was always a driving force. As a child, he attended Barnum Public School, where he was one of only two Jewish students in the class. By middle school, he was attending RJJ Yeshiva with his cousin. At recess, he happily recalls walking through the very narrow alley then across the street to buy chickpeas for a penny and then visiting another vendor for a two-cent roll. All total, his three-cent custom sandwich was a delicious treat! Rabbi Krauss went on to study at Yeshiva University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his rabbinical ordination, Master of Hebrew Literature and Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary. While pursuing graduate studies at Columbia University, he attended lectures by John Randall, head of the Philosophy department, and Paul Tillich, a well-known theologian scholar. In 1962, Rabbi Krauss received a call that ultimately led to his relocation to the uptown Atlantic City inlet area. There, he became the Rabbi at the Community Synagogue, the first conservative shul in the area. Organized more than 100 years ago following World War I, the synagogue served a thriving community that included 11 Kosher butchers and a multitude of Jewish organizations, Kosher hotels and guest houses. However, with the changing landscape in the late 1970s, Rabbi Krauss shared, “When the casinos moved in and began acquiring properties, Atlantic City became the tale of two cities – the casino industry and the rest of AC.” Eventually, some members of the beloved Community Synagogue broke away and formed Beth El Synagogue in Margate. From 1983 to 2003, Rabbi Krauss led the congregation. Following a brief retirement, he again returned to lead Beth El and holds that position today. With a life filled with events and experiences, perhaps his most heartfelt accomplishment was marrying his beloved wife, Millie, raising their two children and doting on their four grandchildren. Now, after proudly ministering to the needs of our community, when asked what brought him and Millie to the Village by the Shore, he shared, “when I was talking about giving up my car and facing the physical limitations, I called the Village." Millie explained, “We like chicken soup and I don’t have to cook it! It’s a big help to know that you can go to the freezer and have supper.”


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This is an excerpt of the Village by the Shore Fall/Winter 2018 newsletter. To receive the newsletter in its entirety, contact 609.822.1109 or villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org.

Kosher Meals on Wheels Thursday is Sylvia’s* favorite day of the week. That’s when she sees Bob, a JFS volunteer, who delivers a week’s worth of nutritious meals. Once Bob is finished putting the meals away, he and Sylvia sit in the dining room with a fresh pot of coffee – hazelnut, Bob’s favorite – and talk about current events, family and their shared love of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW), like so many Village programs, keeps people like Sylvia connected to the community, allowing them to age in place for as long as it is appropriate and safe. The program provides healthy, easy to prepare meals to Village members. Each meal contains a variety of food, including fruits and vegetables; hearty soups and breads; entrees like chicken, turkey or fish, and dessert. Many KMOW clients live alone and the program not only provides meals but contact, conversation and a means of checking on their health and well-being. As a Village member, Kosher meals are $7.50 per meal, however sliding scale discounts are available based on income. For more information on becoming a KMOW volunteer or to receive meals, please contact Vanessa Smith at 609.822.1108, x249 or vsmith@jfsatlantic.org.

To volunteer to deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels each Thursday, please contact Vanessa Smith at 609.822.1108, x249 or vsmith@jfsatlantic.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Rosenthol Marla Rosenthol can’t sit still. An avid ballroom dancer, trained triathlete and world traveler, this busy mom to three still finds time to volunteer with JFS. Through the Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) program, Marla spends Thursday mornings packing bags full of food and delivering them to Village members who might otherwise go without. In addition to providing nourishing meals, Marla also looks forward to chatting and spending time with her “Villagers.” Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Marla began her career in the advertising world and soon transitioned into printing and publishing, ultimately retiring a few years ago from a custom invitations and stationary business. With daughters Paige, Hallie and Leila now living in the New York area, Marla and her husband, Leonard, decided to establish roots in Margate. Having benefited from Jewish Family Service while in college, Marla knew she wanted to give back in some way now that JFS was in her own backyard. “All of our Villagers had full lives and spent much of it working, raising a family and contributing to the world,” said Marla. “As a volunteer, we are on the front lines showing them the respect that they deserve now that they are in their older years.” Marla’s generosity and compassion for others stems from her 99 year-old, Las Vegas dwelling grandmother. “I would love to be doing these things for her, so instead, I am helping out other people’s mothers and grandmothers,” said Marla. “It really is my pleasure!” In addition to KMOW, Marla also volunteers through In-Home Grocery Shopping and Delivery and as a house hostess for the annual JFS House Tour. “Villagers have a lifetime of wisdom to pass on,” said Marla. “It is an honor and a privilege to converse with them and serve them.”

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Development News Horizon Foundation Grants $40,000 for Wellness Network The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey continued its generous community partnership with JFS by awarding a $40,000 grant for the agency’s Wellness Network (WN). As the charitable arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, The Horizon Foundation has provided $180,000 in grants to JFS since 2012. The Wellness Network (WN) has provided a lifeline for more than 500 Atlantic County residents who have one or more chronic conditions and experience barriers to care. The Wellness Network encourages individuals to identify healthier personal goals, create care plans and adopt self-management practices. JFS’ experience shows that WN’s innovative care coordination and patient advocacy services result in better health outcomes and a reduction in preventable hospitalizations.

Wawa Foundation Provides $10,000

Right at Home Becomes Newest Agency Donor

Earlier this year, the Wawa Foundation provided JFS with a $10,000 grant. The money will be used to support the agency’s Food Pantry and Nutritional Services programs, which will assist to provide essential, non-perishable food for those in need in our community. As a community partner, Wawa and JFS work together to ensure no individual or family goes hungry.

JFS is proud to expand its community partnership with Right at Home. Since 2008, Right at Home has been providing dependable care for a loved one in their home throughout the Southern New Jersey area. As a dedicated Village by the Shore Service Partner caring for many agency consumers, Right at Home has increased their support with a two-year pledge as a Builder Donor. From volunteering to sponsorship, this partnership will continue to flourish. JFS appreciates the financial support of Right at Home.

Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation Grants $25,000

OceanFirst Foundation Awards Village with $20,000

The Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation contributed a $25,000 grant to JFS. With the foundation dedicated to assist Jewish agencies in Atlantic County, JFS has earmarked this grant to benefit Village by the Shore programs for residents over the age of 50 in our community. The contribution will provide programs and services needed so they may continue to enjoy life in their own home through the concept of neighbors helping neighbors.

we appreciate the funding of our community SUPPORTERS.

OceanFirst Foundation continued its community partnership with JFS by presenting the organization with a $20,000 grant to benefit Village by the Shore, a program which provides a multitude of concierge, professional and volunteer services and socialization for residents over the age of 50. Pictured left to right: Chick Pinto, Retail Financial Service Manager, OceanFirst Bank; Beth Joseph, JFS Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations; Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer; Veronica Morey, SVP Director of Retail Banking; and Marla Rosenthol, JFS RSVP Volunteer.

Kessler Foundation Funding Expands Vocational Services

Whether you make a one-time or multi-year contribution, regardless of the amount, JFS values your support toward our programs and services. To make a donation, please visit jfsatlantic.org.


In October, JFS was awarded a $35,000 Community Employment grant from the Kessler Foundation. The Kessler Foundation mission of driving positive change for people with disabilities aligns with JFS’ Vocational Services, specifically by providing access to job opportunities. This funding enables JFS to support, train and place individuals, primarily with serious mental illnesses – schizophrenia, bipolar, depressive disorder, etc. – in cohesive employment as part of our Integrated Case Management Service (ICMS) program. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Development News State of New Jersey Awards $230,813 Grant to JFS In January, the State of New Jersey, and specifically, the NJ Department of Community Affairs, awarded JFS with $230,813 from the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing 2 Grant program. This award funds assistance and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness in Atlantic County. JFS provides these individuals and families with the tools and resources needed to address, and ultimately, eradicate this situation in our counties. Since its inception, JFS has assisted 11,481 people with 96% of them successfully remaining and maintaining their housing. With this funding, JFS will be able to continue to provide comprehensive assistance and stabilization services to this vulnerable population of our community.

Geoscape Solar Makes $25,000 Pledge Geoscape Solar, one of the country’s leading solar companies, has made a multi-year commitment to JFS as a Champion Donor. Their pledge of $5,000 annually for the next five years will benefit JFS’ community initiatives including the Atlantic Homeless Alliance, Counseling, Village by the Shore, and Vocational Services. With a vision to help create a world without fossil fuels, Geoscape Solar prides itself on installing energy systems allowing customers, including non-profits such as JFS, to reduce or eliminate a monthly utility bill. In 2018, Geoscape partnered with JFS to install solar panels atop the Margate building and since then, the agency has been able to save in excess of $9,100 per year, which allowed us to redirect those dollars to fund other agency projects and programs. In addition to those savings, the panels generated income through the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) of more than $14,000. For more information about Geoscape Solar, call 973.535.4361 or visit geoscapesolar.com.

Susan G. Komen Grant Funding for Ninth Consecutive Year JFS has partnered once again with the esteemed Susan G. Komen® Central and South Jersey Affiliate to help fund the agency’s Women’s Health Network. As a Visionary Donor of the agency, the Affiliate has contributed more than $525,000 to JFS through its Community Grants program. These funds enable JFS to offer breast health education and reduce barriers to mammography diagnostic screenings. Through the support of the Network’s Nurse Navigator and JFS Case Managers, over 3,500 women have learned risk factors associated with breast cancer through educational workshops and personalized consultations since the program’s inception in 2011. Nearly 1,800 of these women received potentially lifesaving mammograms and follow-up diagnostic tests. With its enhanced education program, JFS has been able to increase participation in annual and diagnostic breast cancer screenings among women over the age of 40.

TD Bank Awards $10,000 for Vocational Services JFS was once again awarded a grant to fund the agency’s Vocational Services. The $10,000 award, which will assist individuals with a disability seeking employment, allows JFS to provide job search and internship support, soft skills development and employment retention support. TD Charitable Foundation President Michael Carbone stated, “TD is committed to driving positive change through its work with non-profit organizations that enrich the lives of our customers across the diverse communities we serve.” At JFS, we join together to assure there is always an open door, a kind soul and a sympathetic ear to assist those in need. For more than 90 years, JFS has been here to help those in need in our community. With your Life & Legacy support, we can ensure our light will continue to burn for generations to come. Life & Legacy is a four-year partnership program conducted by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which motivates Jewish organizations to integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community. Plan to become a Life & Legacy partner. If you would like more information about leaving a legacy to positively impact future generations, please contact Beth Joseph at 609.822.7409 or bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org.

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Special Events This year, JFS will continue to host signature events for attendees to enjoy while raising revenue for the agency to support programs and services for our community. Grab your calendar and jot down some of these important event dates.

Save the Date

13th Annual Cocktail Party Expected to be a Slam Dunk on March 28


JFS & JCC Golf Tournament Tees Off May 28 We’re excited to host this popular event in a different location, Harbor Pines Golf Club, a premier course nestled in the woods of Egg Harbor Township. JFS Committee Chair Todd Arsenault and JCC Committee Chair David Schultz, are busy planning to ensure this year’s tournament is a success. Registration begins at 11:30am followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. The cost to participate is $225 per golfer which includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Kirby Reed at 609.822.1108, x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org. June

It will be an evening of baskets, brackets and buckets as the 13th Annual Cocktail Party takes center court at The Wave Nightclub & Lounge at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on Saturday, March 28 at 6pm. Guests will enjoy an event filled with culinary specialties, beer, wine, cocktails, action-packed entertainment and a host of surprises. Tickets are $150 per person. Plus, sponsorship opportunities are available.

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• 10 tickets to Cocktail Party • MVP Experience: - VIP area - Logo on table signage - Munch Madness snack pack • Logo on event signage, step-and-repeat, promotional materials, press releases, etc. • Logo on bracket and raffle signage • Signage at event entrance • Opportunity to include materials in gift bags • Logo and website link on JFS website • Recognition in post release, including photo • Logo on Thank You eblast • Recognition in JFS Newsletter (+15,000 mailed) • (5) Social media posts

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• 8 tickets to Cocktail Party • MVP Experience: - VIP area - Logo on table signage - Munch Madness snack pack • Logo on event signage, promotional materials, press releases, etc. • Logo on food and beverage signage • Opportunity to include materials in gift bags • Logo and website link on JFS website • Recognition in post release • (3) Social media posts

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• 6 tickets to Cocktail Party • MVP Experience: - VIP area - Logo on table signage - Munch Madness snack pack • Logo on event signage, promotional materials, press releases, etc. • Opportunity to include materials in gift bags • Logo and website link on JFS website • Recognition in post release • (2) Social media posts

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JFS House Tour Returns August 3 A community staple, the Annual House Tour offers attendees an exclusive opportunity to view first-hand some of the most magnificent seashore homes throughout Longport, Margate and Ventnor. Whether it’s a beachside retreat, a bayside new build or a well-appointed vintage home in the heart of a neighborhood, guests will enjoy the uniqueness of every home. The House Tour will take place on Monday, August 3. Tickets are $40 before June 30 and may be purchased by visiting jfsatlantic.org.


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• Logo on event signage • Opportunity to include materials in gift bags • Logo and website link on JFS website

Tickets, Raffles & Sponsorships can be secured online at jfsatlantic.org or by contacting Kirby Reed, Communications & Donor Relations Specialist at 609.822.1108, x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org.


Mark your calendar for the 27th Annual Women’s Forum, scheduled for Thursday, June 4th at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. Last year’s forum raised more than $75,000 to benefit four non-profits in our region – JFS, CASA, Boys & Girls Club and Atlantic City Day Nursery. Visit the Women’s Forum Facebook Page for more information on this year’s guest speaker and ticket availability.

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Women’s Forum Takes Center Stage on June 4

Card Party Shuffles in August 27 Guests will enjoy an afternoon playing their favorite games – Canasta, Bridge and Mahjong – at the 7th Annual Card Party at Harbor Pines Golf Club on Thursday, August 27. Proceeds from the event, which also features food, vendors and prizes, raises money for the JFS Village by the Shore programs. Cost is $75 per player. For more information, visit jfsatlantic.org. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Community Connections

Village Members Bring Their Dancing Shoes Community Supports Turkey Drive Brothers Sam and Luke Goldstein collected more than 40 bags of food from friends, neighbors and small local businesses for the JFS Thanksgiving meal drive. The non-perishable foods provided a traditional holiday meal to those in need.

More than 40 Village members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of music and dancing at the JFS Holiday Social in December. The event at the JCC featured a three-piece band, refreshments and an opportunity to kick-off the holiday season amongst friends.

Families Gather for Intergenerational Brunch Crafting Fall Flowers Village members gathered to show their creative talents by making autumn floral arrangements instructed by the professionals at Rain Florist in Ventnor. Participants were provided with seasonal flowers and vases to fashion their arrangements.

Holocaust survivors and their guests enjoyed a special Intergenerational Brunch with music by the Bobby Block Orchestra. The band played Klezmer, Yiddish, Swing and Broadway music while the attendees dined on a delicious, seasonal brunch. A special thanks to our sponsors – The Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center and The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage – both of Stockton University.

JFS Staff Celebrates the Holidays What a fun time the JFS staff had at the Annual Holiday Party hosted at the Greate Bay Country Club. The team enjoyed a delicious lunch, DJ entertainment, dancing, photo booth and a chance to win prizes to kick-off the holiday season.

High Holiday Food Drive RSVP Volunteers Joan Swirsky and Fred Klein sort through more than 200 bags of food donated from members of Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Shirat Hayam, and Temple Beth Shalom as well as other community partners during the High Holiday collection. With the JFS Food Pantry serving hundreds of individuals and families each month, every bag of groceries donated assists someone in our community.

GET SOCIAL! Looking to keep up-to-date on all of the Jewish Family Service programs, events and news? Simply visit us at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There’s always something happening at JFS, so connect with us! Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Holocaust Survivor Luncheon Rings in the New Year JFS Village Care Coordinator Jamie Reichelt and Village by the Shore Member Sonia Kaplan dined on lentil soup, whitefish salad and lox with bagels during the January Holocaust Survivor Luncheon at JFS. Nearly 20 guests spent the afternoon sharing conversation, listening to big band music, dining and playing trivia games as they celebrated the New Year.


Jewish Family Service Atlantic & Cape May Counties

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607 North Jerome Avenue Margate, NJ 08402 P 609 822 1108 F 609 822 1106 jfsatlantic.org

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

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

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

Beth Joseph, JFS Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations; Christine Zoda-Egizi, Director of Atlantic Homeless Alliance & Justice Involved Services; Brian Juleskusky, Senior Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager of Bank of America; Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer; and Michelle Martino, Senior Vice President - New Jersey Community Relations Manager.

A community advocate, Bank of America has been a steadfast supporter of JFS for years. Bank of America Charitable Foundation began in 2013 with a donation to the agency’s Food Pantry. This annual grant ensures the agency’s pantry is stocked with essential non-perishables throughout the year, especially during high demand months. In 2018, JFS was proud to be recognized as the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder awardee. Now entering its second year of the grant, the agency continues to utilize the generous $200,000 in flexible funding. In addition to the funding, the program includes leadership development for an executive director and an emerging leader at the organization, which provides them with the opportunity to connect to a network of peer organizations and access capital. Bank of America associates assist JFS with collections, events and volunteer initiatives throughout the year with Brian Juleskusky leading by example. In addition to Brian’s fundraising support, he also serves as a committee member for the annual Cocktail Party and Golf Tournament. He consistently works with JFS staff to ensure fun, flawless events from inception to completion. Together, JFS and Bank of America work to create more sustainable communities.


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 in Atlantic County

CHAMPION AkPharma, Inc. Andi & David Goldberg Burns Property Group, LLC Geoscape Solar 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 Azeez Foundation The Wawa Foundation Wise Family Eye Center

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

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