JFS Currents Winter 2023 Newsletter

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The Short List:

Ava Southrey, 11, created personal care and snack bags for JFS to distribute during outreach as her Girl Scout Bronze Award project.

Community Volunteer Day

Keep Warm in the Winter

Winter 2023

JFS Dedicates Boardroom Wall Art

Box Full of Backpacks

Jon Rosky donated 24 backpacks for people who are living without permanent housing along with furniture for those leaving homelessness.

Staff, Board members, community partners, and supporters gathered together on October 19th to dedicate a wall art installation in the Margate office. Inspired by the agency’s Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), the design was created to showcase the staff and the work they do in support of JFS’ core value “tikkun olam” (healing the world). The core value is written in seven languages and the wall displays three large screens highlighting staff, community and business supporters, volunteers, events, and awards. The dedication is another step in the agency’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The JFS Anti-Racism Committee, CoChaired by staff members Vickie Perry and Fatimah Archie, work under the guidance of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. The ARC was formed as a proactive step to foster an environment of learning, compassion, and understanding for the struggles and challenges of diverse communities working to effect positive change. The ARC will continue to innovate and educate staff and the community on the ever-changing environment which will be reflected on the wall display.

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“I would tell anyone who needs assistance to reach out to JFS. They are definitely good at helping people and will treat you as a person trying to better themselves regardless of your circumstance. With JFS, I know that I’m on a better life path.”

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Girl Scout Collection OceanFirst Bank WaveMakers from the Ocean City branch helped JFS unload non-perishable donations during their Community First Day on October 6th. Beth El Synagogue members purchased 48 winter jackets for agency clients. Tammy Spanier (right) delivered to JFS’ Vanessa Smith in December. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City donated more than 50 boxes of shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion and other toiletries to stock the JFS pantry. Toiletries Donation
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Former JFS Board member, Mark Sandson welcomes attendees to the dedication of the Boardroom Wall Art by stating, “Today, we are here to celebrate the JFS staff, our partners, community members, volunteers, and those we serve. The dedicated artwork showcases an authentic representation of all of us.”

State of the Agency

State of the Agency

About ten years ago, after seeing JFS staff working to help community members day after day, an area judge said to a JFS representative, “why not have JFS come in one day a week to Atlantic City court and see how a case manager can help.” Social workers have been saying for years that people should be connected to essential support rather than punishment.

Given this opportunity, we did what JFS does best. We showed up and connected people with services and support they needed. It was almost inevitable when someone entered the courtroom they would hear “Oh good, they’re here with their JFS worker.” While there wasn’t a formal program; we knew what people needed and that was our driver.

Looking back, one conversation with a judge led JFS to a solid relationship that positioned us as a premier social service provider for the County’s new consolidated court model. This model brings 10 municipalities together into one court that is known as a Central Municipal Court. Based in Mays Landing, under the auspices of the County, it allows us to be efficient with significant cost savings for multiple municipalities.

When we heard that Central Municipal Court was a prospect, we knew that JFS had the experience and have shown our ability to develop and quickly stand up programs as we displayed in launching the Atlantic Homeless Alliance. JFS has the relationships throughout the social service and judicial system and a proven track-record making us an ideal partner.

A year after Central Municipal Court became a reality, JFS’ team is fully operational Monday through Friday with all municipalities receiving a consistent service. Two full-time staff members are working hand-inhand with the court staff to refine the process to effectively help people in the justice system. This not only allows us to work seamlessly within the court but also connected to the entire system of care throughout the community.

As part of the Central Municipal Court, JFS staff are providing immediate assessments and needed connections to mental health, drug addiction treatment, and develop alternatives to traditional municipal fines. We work alongside Avanzar, who is on-site weekly, to provide access to domestic violence services. The added support helps to reduce time on the court docket for open matters and ultimately shows a reduction in recidivism. JFS is helping people and providing follow-up contacts to see how they are progressing.

The courts, Sheriff and the Prosecutor are all committed to finding solutions for individuals when there are underlying conditions influenced by poverty and structural racism, mental health and addiction. It is huge step in changing not only a system, but also individual’s experience and outcomes as a result. This is an enormous advancement for people living with mental illness and also offers an opportunity for small municipalities that may not have had social service support within its court system to gain essential services that otherwise might be challenging to access. I am proud that JFS is part of this change.

Now that a social service support has been instituted through a Central Municipal Court in Atlantic County, this model can be replicated throughout the state and beyond. At JFS, we are taking the next steps to verify the impact of these services and sharing best practice to others. In partnership with Christine Tartaro Ph.D. of Stockton University to review data including demographics, biopsychosocial assessments, risk assessments, referrals and recidivism reduction to prove analysis on our outcomes to share beyond our county.

The forward thinking of County government, the Atlantic/Cape Vicinage, the NJ Legislature, and the NJ Administrative Office of the courts is leading edge by not only creating a consolidated court model but incorporating social service support from JFS. We know that these services will make the difference and help people to achieve a more stable and successful outcome. JFS will continue to work diligently within this system and also develop a model that can be emulated for every municipality through the United States.

Christine Zoda-Egizi and Iyana James Promoted

Christine Zoda-Egizi, LCSW, has been promoted Senior Director of Atlantic Homeless Alliance (AHA) & Justice Involved Services (JIS). In this position, Christine plans, directs and coordinates all aspects of AHA and JIS ideologies and services. She oversees the Atlantic City Community Team (ACCT) which co-responds alongside our police partners to mental health and substance abuse calls as well as the Central Municipal Court, which JFS serves as the social service partner.

In a related move, Iyana James, LSW, has been promoted to Associate Director of JIS. Iyana focuses on the Central Municipal Court, Mental Health Justice Involved Services, and the Discharge Re-entry Program which includes direct supervision, compliance oversight and more as well as person-centered, wrap-around community re-entry plans which are individualized for each person.

Dawn Ragland Leads Healthy Community Initiatives

Dawn Ragland joins the JFS team in the position of Director of Healthy Community Initiatives. In this role, Dawn manages The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, which offers programs and services for older adults, The Rothenberg Center for Family Life, which provides health education and wellness programs, Volunteer Services, and the Food Pantry. Dawn also handles the development and application of grants related to support for older adults and other community members.

Prior to joining JFS, Dawn served as a Program Manager for the Family Service Association of New Jersey. A graduate of Northcentral University, Dawn earned a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stockton University. Dawn is also a member of the Maternal Experience Advisory Board and a volunteer at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Valerie Braunstein Joins JFS as Older Adult Psychologist

JFS is pleased to welcome Valerie Braunstein, Psy.D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Braunstein joins the team with nearly 20 years of trauma-informed clinical experience with individual, group, and family therapy.

She will provide highly individualized and trauma-informed therapy services, for adults age 60+, in the convenience of the client’s home, at the Margate office, or remotely. In addition, she will host monthly wellness workshops for Holocaust Survivors and their caregivers to provide socialization and other wellness skills.

Dr. Braunstein earned a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Widener University Institute of Clinical Psychology. In addition, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Villanova University.

Kelly Ford Recognized by NJPRA

JFS Case Manager Kelly Ford was recently recognized as Practitioner of the Year by the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for her tireless and helpful service to clients. The annual award is presented to staff at health agencies and organizations whose focus is strengthening rehabilitation and treatment options for mental health clients.

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Andrea Steinberg, CEO Christine Zoda-Egizi Iyana James Dawn Ragland Valerie Braunstein Kelly Ford

JFS Welcomes New Board Member

At JFS, we’re proud to have a stellar Board of Directors who collectively offer a vast business knowledge and passion for community. They are dedicated to making the area, in which many of them live and work, a stronger community.

State of the Agency

Eric Goldberg’s professional expertise encompasses business and hospitality. He is a founder & former Chief Executive Officer of PureStar, the foremost provider of linen management and laundry services for the travel industry, with locations across the United States, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Eric is now a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the company’s Senior Advisor. Eric and his family volunteer to assist with JFS fundraisers and in the agency’s food pantry. With his business savvy background and community commitment, Eric perfectly complements the hardworking JFS Board of Directors.

JFS Dedicates Boardroom Wall Art

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Just one year ago, more than 300 people anxiously awaited JFS counseling. Adults, children, struggling couples, families in crisis, and grieving seniors were dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and other issues that can have severe ripple effects if left untreated. I insisted that we do more as an agency to accommodate the growing demand for counseling services. Working together with the Board of Directors and the JFS executive team, JFS prioritized counseling by adding therapists, extending hours, and opening alternate locations. While the national postCOVID mental health crisis continues, JFS has made significant impacts to address it in South Jersey over the past year.

“This beautiful wall is the fruition of conversations and ideas in support of our staff’s needs,” explained Perry. “These are the giving professionals who assist community members on a daily basis, in their homes and on the streets of our neighborhoods. These staff members complete the circle of inclusion that is JFS, and support the agency’s mission which is not just words, it is action.”

With more than 70 attendees, guests enjoyed presentations by Mark Sandson, ARC Co-Chair Vickie Perry, clients Maria Delgado and David Wirtz, and DEI Chair Nina Stolzenberg. Following the presentations, guests enjoyed food from local restaurants – Platters Seafood & Soul Food, Nizam’s Indian Cuisine, Dim Sum & Then Some, and Taqueria Rendon – which offered a variety of diverse multi-cultural fare.

“As excited as we are to unveil the wall, we know that this event is a mile marker not an endpoint,” said Nina Stolzenberg, JFS’ Director of Vocational Services and Chair of the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion program. “JFS works to stay on pace with the ever-changing environment, and the ‘living’ nature of the wall reflects this reality.”

JFS Staff Celebrate the Holidays

Nearly 100 JFS staff members enjoyed a buffet lunch, DJ entertainment, dancing, photo booth, and spending time with colleagues during the holiday party on December 15th at the Greate Bay Country Club.

Staff wore their favorite unique holiday sweaters to the party for a chance to win fun prizes.

Throughout 2022, JFS provided 312 initial evaluations to begin counseling, and performed a total of 8,076 tele-health and in-person counseling or therapy sessions. JFS partnered with two Somers Point schools – Dawes Avenue Elementary School and Jordan Road Middle School – to offer individual and group therapy sessions. This was by request and in response to Mental Health America’s research indicating that 15% of people ages 12 – 17 reported suffering from at least one major depressive episode in the past year. JFS also added group therapy sessions for students at Mainland Regional High School where 62 students have already utilized and benefited from this support.

JFS hired a full-time bi-lingual (English and Spanish) therapist, who was born and raised in Atlantic City, to support community members in AC. An outreach staff member was also hired to engage with community members and offer potentially life-saving support services. Both of these new roles were fully funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to empower Atlantic City residents.

In addition, the Jewish Federations of North America graciously funded the hiring of an Older Adult Trauma Therapist to support adults over 60 years of age who have experienced trauma during their lifetime. From Holocaust survivors to war veterans, these community members are often in need of effective and accommodating mental health services. JFS’ therapist provides individual and group therapy sessions remotely, in-office, or in the person’s home.

JFS now has 20 therapists diligently working to help those in need, and we are actively working to hire more who can work with both adults and children. The waitlist is much shorter than it was a year ago, but there’s still progress to be made.

As I look ahead to the final months of my two-year term as Board President, I am proud of the positive impact JFS has delivered. It won’t stop. We will continue to prioritize mental health until every person in our community can easily access the services and support they need. This includes hiring more full-time therapists, creating new outlets and opportunities for service delivery, and reducing barriers to care throughout the region.

These are hefty goals, and they’re attainable with adequate funding. JFS remains steadfast in obtaining grants, partnering with community organizations, and leveraging existing local resources. However, counseling program expenses continue to outweigh the revenue. That’s why JFS launched a Mental Health Fund campaign to raise $500,000 to support the necessities of operating the mental health program based on growing demands. I am happy to report that an anonymous donor graciously gifted JFS with a matching fund commitment up to the first $25,000. To date, we have raised over $41,000. I have set a goal to reach $100,000 raised by June 30, 2023 – my last day as President. Please help by contributing any amount, and spread the word. Good health includes the mind and body. A strong community – our community -- requires that we all contribute to making access to mental health services a priority for everyone.

Until next time, I wish all of you a wonderful 2023!

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Natashia Cooper, Paige Holl, James Israel, and Rosa Falciano attended the JFS Staff Holiday Party.
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Programs & Services

New Electronic Health Record System at JFS Improves Client Access

JFS strives to be the communities’ premier human services provider which includes documentation and safe storage of client records inputting and access for patient records. JFS’ current electronic health record system, Avatar, has been used for more than a decade, but with technology constantly being enhanced, and JFS continuing to expand programs, the agency is in the process of changing systems to an innovative vendor whose technological services could grow with JFS needs.

Following diligent research, Cerner Corporation’s Integrated Behavioral Health system, now known as Oracle, was selected as the new electronic health record system. In December 2021, JFS leadership and technology staff hired Cerner and began the transition to a reliable, user-friendly, and advanced product to streamline data inputting, reporting, and record keeping to improve the delivery, coordination, and quality of agency services.

“We strive to utilize the latest technology which can be cross-accessed by departments to ensure necessary client information can be stored accurately and accessed quickly,” said Ann Thoresen, JFS Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important that staff have the highest quality tools and resources to perform their roles and Cerner offers that as a leading provider of digital information systems in the healthcare industry.”

Cerner comes with a Healthelife portal to allow clients access to certain healthcare material and Telehealth visits. The system has the capacity to utilize electronic signatures and scanning which will reduce the agency’s carbon footprint and provides a message center function for seamless access to internal workflow functions, client progress notes, program workflows, staff work that requires review and approval, and more.

In early spring, JFS will launch Cerner as its electronic health record system. Until then, staff will continue to train and test the system to assure there is a seamless transition and implementation from the former Avatar to Cerner.

Atlantic Homeless Alliance: Helping People in Need

JFS’ Atlantic Homeless Alliance (AHA) helps vulnerable people in our community by serving as the coordinated entry service for individuals and families who are at-risk of or are experiencing homelessness.

While the need for affordable housing remains a consistently discussed topic, solutions are not readily available and community members continue to be affected by homelessness around the region. JFS works with leaders in the community to plan and implement programming in an effort to end homelessness.

In 2022, the AHA staff assisted 2,346 people. This included 897 individuals and families from which 373 secured permanent housing. Additionally, the AHA team connected 102 people with substance use treatment, 325 people with mental health treatment, and 282 individuals with financial resources.

As part of AHA’s work, the Eviction Diversion Initiative, a pilot program funded by the NJ Department of Community Affairs, was implemented in March 2022 to help people facing eviction and potential homelessness to maintain stable housing. JFS provided eviction diversion services to 253 households in Atlantic and Cape May Counties last year. Program Resource Navigators provide information about the availability of rental assistance, support during landlord-tenant conferences and link to benefits available at local, state and federal levels. Also, the Navigators provide rental application assistance, process eviction protection filing, and link to legal services and other resources to assist in diverting evictions.

AHA is successful with a strong partnership with the Atlantic City Police Department, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Hope One Initiative, Adelaide’s Place, AtlantiCare, and Covenant House. The JFS AHA professionals work across teams with co-workers from the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), Housing First, and Justice Involved Services (JIS) programs as well as community partners and business leaders to ensure a seamless process to help those in need. In 2023, JFS’ AHA will continue to offer comprehensive support, both in the field and the Atlantic County Office.

The AHA office is located on the first floor of the Atlantic County Office Building, 1333 Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City. Walk-ins welcome. For more information on Atlantic Homeless Alliance services, call 609-3432282 or email aha@jfsatlantic.org.

Trauma-Informed Care Committee Supports Best Practices at JFS

As the need for mental health care continues to surge throughout the nation, it’s important to remember the potential toll this type of care can take on staff helping those individuals. In a proactive approach, the agency founded the Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) committee. This forwardthinking group provides integrated organizational and clinical practices which includes clinical and non-clinical training as well as methods to screen for trauma and prevent secondary traumatic stress within staff.

As JFS Senior Director of Outpatient Services, Naomi Jones Ph.D. shared, “The program allows us to intertwine training with many of the agency committees including Wellness & Recovery and Safety to continue to ensure a safe staff environment.”

Led by Dr. Jones, the committee consists of nearly 12 staff members from varying programs and meets monthly. While in its initial stages, this TIC committee will help to minimize or mitigate the affect JFS staff may incur while working with individuals who are trauma impacted.

Counseling Expands to Reach Underserved People

JFS is pleased to announce that it is expanding outpatient counseling services for those over the age of 18. Historically Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA), Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color who have serious chronic mental health diagnosis have been underserved when it comes to counseling support. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) provided JFS funding with a focus on the identified special populations. These services allow participating individuals to process negative feelings of exclusion, isolation, judgement, and violence as well as build resilience against comments from others that their identity is immoral or unacceptable.

JFS Therapist Chris Worosila will work in this program to enroll 65 clients over the course of the year into clinical therapy at JFS’ Margate and Atlantic City counseling locations. In addition, staff will interact with community residents at neighborhood events, recreation centers, community agencies, and houses of worship promoting JFS counseling supports. They will provide trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices such as motivational interviewing and non-violent crisis intervention to program participants.

Funded by DMHAS, the program aligns with JFS’ emphasis on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and belonging.

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Atlantic City Community Team (ACCT), a partnership between JFS and the AC Police Department, work together in the city when law enforcement and social service support can be paired.

JFS Provides Families with Food

More than 8,000 people had food on their table thanks to JFS. With food insecurity still high in Atlantic County, the JFS Food Pantry is an essential resource for many. With the expansion of the pantry in Summer 2021, JFS was able to offer additional nutritional offerings including fresh produce, frozen meats, proteins and basic necessities. In 2022, the JFS Food Pantry distributed 58,228 pounds of food to 8,827 people, including 3,220 children. This includes thousands of diapers and other necessities for young children

To meet the growing needs, JFS also opened a satellite food pantry in Atlantic City in early Summer 2022. To offer easier access to residents, the Atlantic City JFS Pantry is open to walk-ins on the third Monday of each month from 10 am -12 pm. Recipients receive a bag filled with non-perishable essentials and produce is also available. On average more than 30 people are coming on AC distribute day.

To operate the Food Pantry, JFS relies on dozens of volunteers and several staff members and the support of countless community members to assure the shelves are stocked and food is distributed as the demands change. Every Tuesday, volunteers from the Personalized Independent Living Opportunities and Training (P.I.L.O.T.) program come to JFS to organize canned goods and bag food for distribution to those in need. The P.I.L.O.T. program provides participants with an opportunity to maintain, enhance, and acquire skills and experiences in the community.

In September, members of Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Shirat Hayam, and Temple Beth Shalom as well as community individuals, hosted a High Holiday collection and donated more than 220 bags of food to JFS. Most utilized foods are peanut butter, jelly, hearty soups, canned tuna, cereal, rice, pasta, vegetables, and macaroni & cheese as well as can openers.

The JFS Food Pantry, in both Margate and Atlantic City, continues to be an essential resource for community members. Open Monday through Friday from 9am until 3pm in Margate, the pantry is open to all Atlantic County residents and walk-ins are welcome. Community members can also contact Intake at 609-822-1108 x1.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, JFS hosted an afternoon of lunch, music and painting for Holocaust Survivors in the region. Local Survivors shared stories about their lives and families with other guests. Holocaust Survivors Mary Tintenfass enjoyed painting, while Arie Kasiarz danced to Klezmer music. There are approximately 25 Holocaust Survivors living in Atlantic County and JFS provides a variety of services including care coordination, socialization, transportation and more.

To make a donation to the Holocaust Survivor Fund, call Beth Joseph at 609.822.7409 or email development@jfsatlantic.org.

Ready to Work: JFS Expands Vocational Services

Work gives individuals a sense of purpose and self-worth. For many, it defines who we are and is a source of justifiable pride. Work helps improve individual and family finances, and it offers the opportunity to connect socially. Yet for many people their mental health, medical, cognitive, or developmental status becomes a barrier to obtaining work. JFS believes that employment for people with disabilities should be the norm, not the exception, and that all people have skills to offer the community.

JFS’ Vocational Services helps to realize this vision by supporting jobseekers with disabilities in applying for meaningful opportunities and educating employers on the benefits of adopting more equitable hiring practices that are inclusive of people with disabilities.

Career Transition Services

Transitioning from school to the world of work, post-secondary education or vocational training can be daunting. Youth may face distinct challenges in areas of lack of experience, transportation, and social skills. At JFS, the Vocational Services staff takes pride to bridging the gap for youth transitioning from high school to the next step in their lives. For some, deciding their long-term goals may be confusing, and a difficult decision, especially if they have a disability such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, mental illness, or an intellectual disability. Vocational Services include mock interviewing, resume writing, college tours, financial literacy education, communication skills, and trainings.

Through programs such as Bridges to Employment, JFS staff work to facilitate a career plan matched to an individual’s abilities by providing opportunities to gain information about the workforce, job training, building skills, and uncovering personal interests. With JFS’ Bridges to Employment program, staff help individuals by connecting them to their choice of job training, apprenticeships, employment, certification programs, higher education, military, and more.

Career Transition Services are available for youth 14 – 24 years of age within Atlantic and Cape May Counties who are enrolled in middle or high school, dis-enrolled or graduated. Program participants must have an IEP, 504 plan, or history of a disability.

Vocational Funding and Success

To support this important vocational work, Truist Community Development awarded JFS a $10,000 grant which will support to inspire and build job opportunities for people with disabilities. To date, more than 100 people have received a career pathways assessment and work readiness training to better acclimate them in the workforce. At JFS, we are pleased to share that 47 people in the program have obtained work. In addition, 54 people have maintained their employment for more than 90 days.

Justice-System Outreach & Building Skills (JOBS)

Some people will experience dual barriers when a disability is combined with a history of justice involvement. Through interdisciplinary collaboration between JFS’ Justice-Involved Services (JIS) and Vocational Services programs, the agency developed the Justice-System Outreach & Building Skills (JOBS) pilot program to support individuals who have a disability and justice involvement. JFS identifies individuals with disabilities involved with the justice system and connects them to specialized job search and placement support.

GOAL $500,000

To meet this objective, JFS provides on-site outreach and assessment at the Atlantic County courts and jail facility and provides job coaching, and holistic services to help individuals succeed in the workforce. With a generous $35,000 grant from the Kessler Foundation, the JOBS program will assist to increase financial stability, independence, and reduce recidivism in the long-term.

For more information on JFS’ Vocational Services program, contact Intake at 609.822.1108 x1.

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JFS’ Vanessa Smith gets ready to unload the agency’s van with food donated by congregants of Beth Israel in Northfield. JFS Clinical Psychologist Valerie Braunstein, Psy.D. offered food to Holocaust Survivors Arie Kasiarz and Mary Tintenfass at the Holocaust Remembrance Day event.

The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore

Care Coordination

While The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore offers an array of services, programs, events, and volunteer opportunities for members to take advantage of, the Care Coordination program provides assistance navigating daily tasks for those in need. For some members who utilize this Village program, it helps reduce stress and anxiety that may overwhelm a day. For others who may not currently require the program, it’s good to know that the Village Care Coordination offers a variety of services if and when you need it including transportation, assistance at doctor appointments, errands, communication with family members and more.

The program offers a unique conciergestyle service with professional expertise to support members. 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. In addition, they may help a member work through, and better understand, insurance or retirement paperwork. The Care Coordinator can assist as much or as little as necessary.

“With none of my family living locally, my care coordinator takes me food shopping, to medical appointments and gets information from doctor’s, and other places,” said Steve Gordon, a six-year Care Coordination recipient. “In the past, the Care Coordinator helped me secure housing and I love the place I live in now with the beach view. It’s a great service.”

In addition, as a client ages, they may require alternative living arrangements and a Care Coordinator can assist with either hiring homecare or research and visit assisted living, skilled nursing and/or memory care facilities. A JFS Care Coordinator is there to make your life a bit easier.

Retirement & Investments

While there continues to be uncertainty and market fluctuations based on inflation, interest rate hikes, instability due to world conflicts and recovery from the pandemic, it’s important to remember that these and other temporary happenings may influence your overall financial planning. Whether a person is a short-term or longterm investor, it’s important to stay on course with finances.

“When it comes to saving for retirement, the best thing you can do is stick to a long-term financial plan that aligns with your risk tolerance and time horizon,” explained Joseph Gaffoglio, President of Mutual of America Capital Management, LLC. “Also maintain a diversified portfolio and don’t let market gyrations lead you astray.”

Interest Rates

For both novice and seasoned investors, it’s good to know how broad decisions, such as an interest rate hike can affect overall lifestyle. For example, as the Federal government continues to raise interest rates, the cost of borrowing money for consumers is becoming greater. Higher rates increase the amount of interest consumers pay on credit cards, car loans and mortgages. For example, if you borrow $200,000 for a mortgage at 3% fixed interest for 15 years, you will ultimately pay $248,609.39 over the lifetime of the loan. However, if the fixed interest rate is 5%, you’ll pay $284,685.71 for the 15 year loan, which is an extra $36,076.32.**


When it comes to the job market, the Federal government projects that unemployment will remain below 4% for at least the remainder of this year. With the current economy, research shows that Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 73) are working longer. That means, the strong job market, combined with higher levels of savings from this group, should help support a robust economy.

Meet Eric Kaplan

As a Care Coordinator, Eric Kaplan supports Village members through a multitude of care coordination services including appointment assistance, errands, communication with family members and more. His commitment to Village members enable them to contently age in the comfort of their own surroundings. Eric treats each member like family, assuring their health, well-being and safety are top priority.

A 14-year JFS staff member, Eric previously held the positions of Jail Diversion Case Manager, Compliance Coordinator, and ICMS/Vocational Support Case Manager.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and studied Radio & Television Production at Marietta College. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son, photography, and attending live concerts.


Investing is the process of buying assets that increase in value over time and provide returns in the form of income payments or capital gains. When an investment gains in value between the time you purchased it and when you decide to sell it, that’s know as appreciation. During one’s lifetime, many people experience investment gains through the sale of a home that appreciated in value during the years you lived there. Or, when you purchased a piece of gold jewelry 50 years ago, this commodity might appreciate over time.


As with many aspects in life, it’s a personal choice how one chooses to invest and ultimately build a portfolio. At times, you may select a stock based on the product or manufacturer. Or perhaps you heard about something unique – like a company building electronic and hybrid vehicles, which offer significant emission benefits. The stock market offers thousands of investment options including communication services, consumer staples, energy, financial, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology or more. Think about this . . . When the Microsoft stock hit the market in 1986, it cost $21 per share. Today, it’s trading at $235 per share. While it’s difficult to calculate how much you would have made, due to purchased shares and market fluctuation, it’s reasonable to believe that it would have been an ideal investment.

Remember, you should always do research and consider consulting with a financial planner to assist with developing and maintaining your own personal portfolio of investments.

* A portion of this article information provided by Mutual of America Financial Group.

**Loan comparison provided by Equifax.

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Excerpts from The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore Summer 2022 newsletter. To receive the newsletter in its entirety, contact 609.822.1109 or villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org.

Member Spotlight: Anita & Perry Robinson Community Connections

Anita and Perry Robinson share a nostalgic love for each other and for education. Anita attended Germantown High School while Perry attended Overbrook High School in Philadelphia where they both excelled in academics. In addition, Perry was a top athlete who played football in high school, then college and semi-professional. Periodically, they passed in the hallways, but each ran with their own circle of friends. They were in college in the 50’s at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania when they were casually introduced by mutual friends.

Even today, when Perry, 90, speaks about Anita, 88, you can see how he truly fawns over her beautiful smile and the best dimples. As he shared, “She is truly one in a million.” However, obstacles would keep them from building a relationship for many years. You see, Anita and Perry were married to other people. Their friendship continued for years and both ultimately graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education. From there, Anita earned a Master’s in Education from Cheyney and Perry completed a Master’s in Administration attending Temple University, then Penn State. Over the years, they grew their families with Perry and his wife adopting two sons and Anita and her husband having two sons. As years passed, they both never forgot about the other and when they ended up teaching at the same school, William Dick Elementary, their feelings flew once again.

Three years after Anita’s 12-year marriage, and Perry’s 16-year marriage ended, they officially became husband and wife. Now married for 51 years, they raised their blended family in a sparling five bedrooms, three bathrooms, single family home complete with a pool, fireplace, deck and more in Sicklerville, New Jersey. As the years passed, and their children moved out, Anita and Perry “looked through the windows of the world” as they traveled to Barcelona, Tokyo, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Grand Canyon, Olympics and Penn Relays learning about and enjoying each destination.

When they decided the home became too big for just the two of them, Anita and Perry relocated to Atlantic City. For years, they enjoyed a timeshare at the Flagship and loved being in the city, so they moved to the Ocean Terrace Apartments, which offers stunning views of the Brigantine beach to the right and towering casinos to the left. As Anita shared, “Being on the eighth floor, you can sit by the oversized windows or on the open-air patio and watch the day’s activity until the sun goes down.”

After Perry stopped driving, they knew they would need transportation to medical appointments, shopping and more. While they have the bus and jitney stops right outside their front door, they wanted something more reliable. The Robinson’s heard about The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore through neighbors in their building. As members for more than a year, the Robinson’s have utilized the transportation and grocery shopping programs and Meals on Wheels delivery. As Anita said, “Whatever someone’s need is, the Village offers plenty of programs to help people. The staff is kind and sociable. Plus, the convenience and flexibility is good since we don’t drive and our families live further away.” While both are retired and enjoying their golden years, Anita and Perry still enjoy learning. “Each day provides a chance to learn something new whether it’s from reading fiction books from the library or enjoying one of our favorite activities – riding in the tram down the world-famous Boardwalk. We get a chance to meet people, spend time with them and engage in conversation,” said Perry.

Kaskey Foundation Supports Kosher Meals on Wheels

For more than three years, The Jeanne and Richard Kaskey Foundation has been supporting Kosher Meals on Wheels which is part of The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, a program with nearly 200 members age 50+. This year, the Foundation graciously awarded JFS $15,000 to benefit the KMOW program.

From January through November 2022, JFS delivered 3,045 Kosher meals – from soup to dessert – to people in the region. For many, this program assures older adults can remain safely in their own homes and enjoy hearty and healthy meals.

The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore Holiday Social, in partnership with United Methodist Communities, Right at Home, Visiting Angels, and the Katz JCC, welcomed 50 people for an afternoon of dancing, dining, and time with friends.

JFS received a generous $150,000 grant from NextFifty Initiative, a Coloradobased foundation that supports efforts to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

On July 19th, JFS hosted a Community Wellness Event. More than 50 people learned about JFS programs, services and events by staff members Mary Jean Arreola, Begum Malali, and Sharon Simon. In addition, they had an opportunity to get blood pressure checks by the local Fire Department, enjoy music by Jon Thompson, guest speaker Barry Bittenmaster of AARP, snack food and a chance to win prizes.

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Barbara Nathan, Steve Gordon, Jeanine Gallagher, and Tina Serota participated in the November Lunch Around Town at Gilchrist Restaurant in Margate.

Special Events

NFI and The Brown Family Tournament Fore Charity May 18th

Get ready to tee off at the NFI and The Brown Family Tournament Fore Charity, benefitting Jewish Family Service and the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, on Thursday, May 18th at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township.

A must-attend community program sponsored by the NFI and The Brown Family, JFS and JCC provides both agencies the opportunity to raise funds to further their missions to enrich the lives of children, seniors, and the Atlantic County community.

This year, we have elevated the tournament to offer morning and afternoon tee times. In addition, the event will have an array of tournament contests and offer exciting giveaways, followed by an elaborate hors d’oeuvres and awards ceremony. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or novice player, get your foursome together for a fun day on the greens. Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $200. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Joseph at bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.7409.

Women’s Forum featuring Ali Wentworth to Benefit JFS

Actress, Comedian, and New York Times Best-Selling Author Ali Wentworth will entertain the audience with humorous tales about parenting, marriage, and life at the 28th Annual Women’s Forum on June 8th at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

A consummate artist, Ali created, wrote, and starred in the comedy series, Nightcap, which aired on the Pop network for two seasons. In addition, she served as the creator, star, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Starz network series, Head Case. Television viewers will also remember Ali as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend, Schmoopie, on his hit sitcom. In the movies, Ali portrayed Meryl Streep’s best friend in the film, It’s Complicated. She has also co-starred in the motion pictures, Jerry Maguire, Office Space, and Trial and Error.

Away from the spotlight, Ali has been recognized as a New York Times Bestselling Author for The Wasp Cookbook, Ali in Wonderland, Happily Ali After, and Go Ask Ali. In 2022, she published her most recent book, Ali’s Well That Ends Well. In addition, Ali enjoys writing movie scripts and magazine columns.

At the event, guests will enjoy a delicious lunch and a chance to bid on over 100 auction items. Last year’s event raised more than $90,000 to support JFS, Boys & Girls Club, CASA, and Atlantic City Day Nursery. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thewomensforum.

34th Annual JFS House Tour on August 7th presented by Surroundings Interiors

The highly-anticipated event of the summer returns with the 34th Annual JFS House Tour taking place on August 7th. This spectacular fundraiser provides guests with a rare opportunity to tour luxurious Downbeach homes that feature state-of-the-art gourmet kitchens, custom woodworking, unique décor and lighting, beautiful landscaping, breathtaking views, and more.

We are excited to share that Surroundings Interiors of Northfield will once again serve as the Event Sponsor, and Linda Novelli of The Novelli Team at Compass Real Estate, will be a VIP Sponsor. With a host of other sponsorship opportunities available, businesses and organizations have the chance to promote their offerings to more than 500 event attendees.

This year, JFS is looking at ways to enhance this unique fundraiser with a vendor expo, boutique shopping, an exclusive pre-event soiree, and more. The goal is to raise $60,000 which will support The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, a community initiative that provides support services, programs, and socialization events for people 50 years of age and older.

Look for more upcoming details about tickets, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities at jfsatlantic.org.

VIP ticket holders enjoyed the convenience of door-to-door transportation, priority entry into the six beautiful Downbeach homes and gift bags at last year’s House Tour.

Card Party Set for August 24th to Benefit The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore

Guests can look forward to the 8th Annual JFS Card Party taking place on August 24th at the Harbor Pines Golf Club. The fundraiser, dedicated to the late Community Philanthropist Bonnie Gurwicz, will feature a delicious buffet lunch, auction items, door prizes and exciting games of Mahjong, Canasta, and Bridge.

Last year’s event raised close to $20,000 to support programs and services of The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, which provides a variety of concierge, volunteer and professional services and socialization for adults (50+) in our community.

If you would like to be a part of the event planning committee, contact Beth Joseph at 609.822.7409 or bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org.

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Mike Reiter, Julie Fink, Marc Neumann, and Helene Hordes hit the fairways at last year’s golf tournament at Harbor Pines Golf Club. Wendy Ruden, Joan Gedansky, Ruthie Jacobson, Fran Jonas, and Barbara Berger played Canasta at last year’s Card Party. Ali Wentworth

JFS Feeds Families

Hundreds of Families Enjoy Holiday Meal

With generous support from the community, JFS was able to provide traditional Thanksgiving dinners to local residents. During the autumn season, JFS collected monetary donations and non-perishable food which afforded the agency an opportunity to provide 670 meals throughout the holidays to families in the region. With contributions from community members as well as businesses, organizations, and groups including: Berkshire Hathaway, Board of Jewish Education, Casel’s Marketplace, Coldwell Bank Argus Realty, Compass Real Estate, Eugene A. Tighe Middle School, Fox Rothschild, Galloway Auto & Tire Center, Girl Scouts, JCC Preschool, Margate Homeowners Association, Margate Playgroups Plus, Marketplace Realty, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., OceanFirst Bank, Platinum Real Estate, Shirat Hayam, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, and the William H. Ross III School who hosted collections to help put a turkey and all of the trimmings on the table for many residents this Thanksgiving holiday.

“At JFS, we continue to be thankful for the tremendous support provided by businesses, organizations, residents and so many others who donate to our annual turkey drive. JFS was committed to provide a hearty Thanksgiving meal to everyone who turned to us for assistance and our agency continues to be there for those in need throughout the year,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO.


Reta & Brian Adler

Aren & Abe Alfaro

Ronnie Alper

Shelly Arch

Donna & James Arentz

Robin Ayoob

Sarah Johnson & Colin Bell

Ilene & Steven Berman

Maddy & Harvey Rovinsky

Rachel Bogatin

Barbara & Irving Braunstein

Linda Caplin

Roberta Clark

Judi & Neil Cohen

Kimberly & Steve Cohen

Joy Cohen

Barbara & Louis Cohen

Joan & Jerry Cohn

Mary Crawford

Pamela Cross

Ilene Daniels

Wilma & Richard Dannenbaum

Downbeach Deli

Reva Dubin

Randee & Richard Dutton

Ellen & Lloyd Eisen

Eugene A. Tighe Middle School

Marcia & Robert Fiedler

Pamela & David Finkel

Donald Fogel

Fox Rothschild

Sheila & Alan Friedman

Joanne & Tom Gahr

Jason Conway

Carla & Larry Gash

Bernice Gelfont

Arthur Gerwitz

Jean Gibbons

Beth & Stanford Gittlen

Tim Glenn

Judith Goldman

Cantor Ralph Goren

Jane Gottlieb

Lawrence Gradman

Tracy Greenfield

Barbara & Douglas Groff

Gayle & Howard Gross

Susan Hamberg

Diane Holtzman

William Hooper

Christine Hughes

Jeri & Marc Hurvitz

Cara Joftis

Jules Joseph

Linda Joseph & David Nelson

Sandy Kahn

Jeffrey Kaliser

Barbara & Gary Kanalstein

Rene & Clifford Kane

Rachel & Abram Kaplan

Barbara Kardon

Marny Keller

Bonnie Kennedy

Michele Killmer

Ellen & Jonathan Kremer

Susan & Robert Lang

Miles Herman

Joshua Levin

Janet Levine

Adrien & Matt Levinson

Robin Lewis

Sharon & Ron Lewkowitz

Hilde Lewkowitz

Ellen & Gregg Lichtenstein

Sherri Lilenfeld

Brenda & David Lowenstein

Deborah Davies & Marc Lowenstein

Barry Markman & Howard


Sonia Matthews

Marilyn Maurer

Susan & Robert Mayer

Denise McCardle Ladden

Nellie McDermott

Susan Menkowitz

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Ilene Miller

Wilma & Richard Moore

Eileen & Joseph Muskett

Mutual of America

Tamim Naber & Samar Bursheh

Rhona Nagelberg

Alexa Nehmad

Ann Neustadter

Nick Valinote

Ruth Niesen

Mark Novasack

Frank Nunziato

Roslyn Oberson

OceanFirst Charitable Foundation

Lori & Robert Pasahow

Eliana Pisetzner

Marjorie & Jack Plackter

Playgroups Plus

Eileen Raynes

Beth Reichman

Jacalyn Reinberg

Eileen Risler

Laura Rodgers

Meryl & Joseph Rodgers

Barbara Rosenblatt

Melissa Rosenblum

Gail & Robert Rosenthal

Janis Rothermel

Mindy & Robert Rovinsky

Nancy Rubin

Phyllis & Rob Salad

Rochelle Salway

Susan Sandler

Janet & Steven Sarratore

Beverly Schechtman

Shaye Schloss

Bonnie & Morris Shapiro

Robin & Thomas Shields

Beth & Michael Shore

Sharon Simon

Nancy & Steven Sklar

Billie & Alan Staller

Billie & Marc Stein

Franci & Adam Steinberg

Cookie Till

Andrea & James Storey

Ellen & Stephen Strauss

Barbara Sullivan

Michele & Scott Taroff

Barbara Taylor

The William Ross School

William Theroux

Barbara & Marvin Waxman

Maggie Weaver

Michael Weinraub

Traci & Richard Werman

Elaine & Richard Wiener

Jacqueline Wolgin

Golda Wood

Allyson Worrell

Maryanne Woytowicz

Charlotte Zappile

Staci & Mitchell Zitomer

Paula & Alan Zuckerman

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Galloway Auto & Tire Center Owner Jason Conway, with his dog Selena, worked with ShopRite of Galloway as well as friends and customers to collect complete dinners for more than 100 families. Margate Playgroups Plus children helped carry bags filled with stuffing, canned yams, vegetables and more to support JFS’ Turkey Drive. Margate Homeowners Association members David Grossman, John Pitts, Marc Alch, and Calvin Tesler hosted a food collection outside Casel’s Marketplace to support the JFS Turkey Drive and to stock the agency’s pantry. They donated $1,500 and 110 cases of food. Girl Scouts from Troop 10846 donated 16 colorfully decorated bags filled with traditional Thanksgiving food to help community members in need.

ACME Markets Foundation Supports Nutrition Services

To combat food insecurity, ACME Markets Foundation awarded JFS a $30,000 Nourishing Neighbors Federal Meals Grant. The funding aims to connect qualified individuals with existing federal meal programs such as SNAP, WIC, P-EBT and free or reduced school nutrition programs.

In addition, JFS received a $3,711.82 grant from the Nourishing Neighbors Program. The grant was provided through donations from store customers throughout the month of September.

“ACME Markets and its Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors program has been a dedicated supporter of the JFS Pantry and its Nutrition Services,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “We are grateful to partner with this community-minded foundation to address and mitigate hunger issues in the region.”

“We’re always looking for the best ways to fight hunger in the communities we serve. By partnering with top-notch organizations like Jewish Family Service, we know we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who are facing food insecurity issues,” said Dana Ward, ACME Markets Foundation. “We appreciate the work of JFS to help qualifying individuals in our neighborhoods connect with existing federal meal programs.”

Friends Foundation for the Aging Awards Grant to JFS

JFS received a $30,000 grant from the Friends Foundation for the Aging (FFA) to support a new supportive housing case management service dedicated to community members over the age of 65. The program will serve 75 older adults, of which 25 will receive FFA-funded assistance including assessing financial standing, health care coverage, social services, programs and more.

“While JFS maintains a robust supportive housing program throughout the region, the funds provided by Friends Foundation for the Aging will ensure older adults can stay sustainably housed in familiar surroundings,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “With the current economic environment, and many older adults living on a fixed income, we want to ensure these individuals are able to remain comfortably in their own home.”

Debbi & Michael Bass Become Agency Donors

During the past two years, Debbi & Michael Bass have been ardent JFS supporters with in-kind and funds to benefit the agency’s Food Pantry, including the Turkey Drive. Their contribution assures JFS can continue to provide hearty provisions to residents in need. In addition, Debbi & Michael continue to volunteer with the agency’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

OceanFirst Foundation continues its dedicated support of JFS by presenting a $12,500 grant to benefit The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, a program that provides an array of concierge, professional and volunteer services, and socialization for residents age 50+.

“We are grateful to OceanFirst Foundation who have been a committed supporter of The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore for many years,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996, OceanFirst has provided JFS with more than $80,000 to fund older adult programs, the food pantry, and events. In addition, OceanFirst Foundation staff regularly volunteers at the agency to stock pantry shelves, bag groceries and more.

“OceanFirst Foundation is proud to support programs like The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, which connects our neighbors to programs and resources that enhance the quality of life for seniors and help so many maintain an independent lifestyle,” said Katherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation.

Katz Provides Funds for Village

The Harry L. Katz Memorial Trust Fund presented the agency with a $35,000 grant to support Advancing Healthy Aging through JFS’ Holistic Older Adult Services. This program, which is part of The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, provides older adults the support to recover from long-term effects of the pandemic and navigate rising costs that makes their housing and food security more precarious.

These funds will ensure JFS is able to meet the needs of older adults, including 25 Holocaust survivors in Atlantic County, to ensure their wellbeing, and help them age-in-place with dignity.

The Frankels’ Fill Pantry with Produce

As volunteers and donors, Joan and Larry Frankel observe first-hand as JFS strives to end hunger in Atlantic County. Recently, the couple donated $5,000 to purchase fruits and vegetables for those in need. In addition, they shop on a weekly basis to supplement the produce needs to fulfill the volume of requests from people in the community.

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JFS’ Beth Joseph (left) presents a plaque to Debbi and Michael Bass to recognize them for becoming an agency donor. OceanFirst Foundation Executive Director Katherine Durante presents a $12,500 check to JFS’ Andrea Steinberg to support The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore program. The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore receives $12,500 OceanFirst Grant

Be a Friend, Donate Today

For 16-year-old Robin, Thursday is the worst day of the week. She has dreaded every one since losing her dad nearly a year ago on that day. Robin knew it was more than mourning as her grief mounted and depression seemed to overtake her at times. As a summer volunteer at JFS, Robin knew to call and ask for help.

Robin began weekly sessions with a JFS therapist who specialized in trauma and grief counseling. They meet every Thursday to reminisce about her father, manage triggers and embrace her emotions. Robin benefits from the tools and resources to better handle and express her emotions.

Donate today @ jfsatlantic.org

Thank you to our Friends

Ace Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Supplies, Inc.

Joyce Bank

Jennifer & Brian Barnett

Michele & Randy Barto

Cila & David Behr

Arlene & James Berg

Michael Berman

Susan & Alan Bierig

Dorris Bird

Stella & Sam Borenstein

Barbara & Irving Braunstein

Janice & Frank Cambron

Jacqueline & Ronald Caplan

Brenda & Bernard Casel

Mervin Cherrin

Gail & Robert Chorney

Rosalie & Lawrence Clofine

Barbara Cohen

Jane Colman

Conover-Swanson, Inc.

Charlotte Cook

Deena & James Dine

Dorothea & Barry Dynayer

Downbeach Deli

Aycie & Ken Eisenberg

David Eskin

Marshall Family

Nini Feldman

Judy & Michael Feriozzi

Betsy & Bob Fiebach

Inge Fixler

Jeanette & Bennett Flax

Robert Fleisher

Lois Fried

Galloway Auto & Tire

Michelle Gardner

Marcia Gelman

Marcia Goldberg

Jodi & Paul Goodman

Linda & Mitchell Gordon

Bethanie & Jack Gorny

Lawrence Gradman

Barbara & Douglas Groff

Gayle & Howard Gross

Randy & Samuel Herring

Michael Hirsch

Joyce & Matthew Hoff

Diane Holtzman

Jeri & Marc Hurvitz

Marlene & Bernard Jacobs

Jeffrey Kaliser

Rene & Clifford Kane

Rona Kaplan

Rachel & Abram Kaplan

Barbara Kardon

Linda & Howard Karp

Ruth Kelman

Shirley Kotzker

Janet & Shy Kramer

Hermina & Norman Kranzdorf

Linda & Edmond Kulp

Janet Kurland

Bruce Kurland

Carole Letzer

Andrea Commaker & James Levin

Hilde Lewkowitz

Joy & Michael Lewkowski

Sharon & Ronald Lewkowitz

Leo Lieberman

Deborah Davies & Marc Lowenstein

Margate Community Church

Susan & Robert Mayer

Leslie Meltzer

Sandra Miller

Martha & Harold Moskowitz

Carol Myerowitz

Diane & Larry Neustadler

June Neustadter

Ann Neustadter

Frank Nunziato

Nix Salon

Roslyn Oberson

Ocean Casino Resort

Frances & Martin Peskoe

Marjorie & Jack Plackter

Illeane & Marvin Podolnick

Carolyn Polisano

Judith & Jonathan Rahn

Howard Reed

Patricia Reed-Rosenberg

Ellen Reese

Concetta Renkun

Barbara Harvis & Andrew Renny

Patricia Reynolds

Friends Contributions from January 1 — December 31, 2022

Eileen Risler

Trinna Rodgers

Laura Rodgers

Norma Rosenberg

Robin Rosenberg

Barbara Rosenblatt

Barbara & Henry Roth

Nancy Rubin

David Sagransky

Phyllis & Rob Salad

Janet & Steven Sarratore

Beverly Schechtman

Elaine & Seymour Schlossberg

Scott Brown Insurance Agency

Bonnie & Morris Shapiro

Sandy & Yitzhak Sharon

Pnina Sher

Rachel & Andy Shurman

Florence Silverman

Carol & Alan Simpson

Judy & Matt Simpson

Nancy & Steven Sklar

Elaine Small

Judy & Gerard Spanier

Miriam Spitalnick

Leslie & Richard Steinberg

Patti & Ken Steinberg

Liesa & Stanford Steinberg

Jerry Steiner

Herbert Stern

Marianna & Irving Tannenbaum

Nick Valinote

Robert Vatter

Rachel Waldman

Sandra Waldman

Adam Walsh

Debbie & Ronald Weiner

Susan & Dennis Weiss

Traci & Richard Werman

Devata White

Rachel & Richard Wise

Golda Wood

Susan & Raymond Young

Elaine & Simon Zamansky

John Zarych

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Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg, LCSW


Joel Caplan, Ph.D.

Vice Presidents

Melissa Rosenblum, Esq.

Matthew Simpson


Lawrence A. Reich, DDS


Sarah Rosenthal

Past Presidents*

Darren Matik

Johanna Perskie

Board Members

Colin G. Bell, Esq.

Eric Goldberg

Charles W. Kramer

Robin Pincus-Shields, CPA

Adam R. Steinberg

Aaron R. Sykes

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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

Adam E. Barker, Esq.

Barry Goff, Jr.

Jennifer K. Goudy

Samantha Kiley

Vernon Lawrence

Nancy A. Lynch

Alexander C. Marino

Susan F. Maven

Victor M. Moreno

Alexandra E. Nunzi

James A. Sarkos

Roslyn Talley, MSW

James M. Williams

John Zarych, Esq.



With more than 25 years of legal expertise, and the founder of her own law firm, Melissa Rosenblum is an ardent Criminal Defense Attorney. She is one of only 30 women who has earned certification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Melissa is equally committed to her professional craft as she is to supporting the community where she lives and works.

An agency financial and in-kind supporter for over six years, Melissa also maintains the position of JFS Board Vice President where she has worked to promote programs, services, and events. As a Leader Donor, Melissa’s contribution assures JFS can continue to serve and assist community residents in need.

In addition, Melissa is President-elect of the Atlantic County Bar Association, Board member on the Camp To Belong River Valley, a non-profit focused on reuniting siblings who have been separated from siblings while in the foster care system, and a committee member of the Vincent S. Haneman Inn of Court.

For more information on the Law Offices of Melissa Rosenblum, located in Atlantic City and Pleasantville, visit www.mrp-law.com.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Hafetz and Associates

Harry L. Katz Memorial Foundation

TD Charitable Foundation

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

The Jewish Community Foundation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

The David & Mary Krassenstein Foundation

United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County


Debbi & Michael Bass

Geoscape Solar

Andi & David Goldberg

Arlene Groch

Peggy & Alan Kligerman

OceanFirst Charitable Foundation

To become an agency donor or learn more, contact Beth Joseph, Senior Director of Communications & Donor Relations at 609.822.7409.


Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, PC Fox Rehabilitation

Harrison Beverage Mutual of America

Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay/7311

The Lynn & Charles Kramer Family Fund


Law Offices of Melissa Rosenblum, LLC

The Herbert & Lois Rothenberg Charitable Foundation

Wise Family Eye Center



Atlantic City Electric

Galloway Auto & Tire Center

J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments Inc.

Janet & Kenneth Grossman


Mitchell Gurwicz

The Leonard Popowich Family

Right at Home

Visiting Angels

Antoinette & Eric Wood

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