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Proving support for life’s challenges…… one person, one family at a time
In This Issue
  • From the President
  • Sponsor Highlight
  • Annual Meeting
  • Board of Trustees
  • JFS Thanks
  • Little Free Library
  • Men's Health Awareness Month
  • JFS Community Events
  • Around the Community Events
JFS 2018 Sponsors
Gold Level
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson 

Silver Level
Nancy L. and Arthur E. Lee
Jill & Eric Lavitsky
Roundview Capital
Steve and Kathy Harris

Bronze Level
The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living
The Doctor is In
Atlantic Health Systems
Senior Helpers
Somerset Pediatric Group
Advantage Promotions, LLC
Preferred Pension Planning Corporation
Joan and Steven Handel
Wendy and Stephen Offen
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Feldman
Dr. Steven and Mrs. Heidi Ginsberg
Susan and Steven Darien

PNC Wealth Management
Home Instead Senior Care
Suplee, Clooney & Company
Margulies, Englehart & Veneziale, LLC
The Chelsea at Bridgewater
Helaine & Allan Weisberg
Wally and Denise Yosafat
Millington Bank
MacMillan Financial
KRE Group, Inc.
An Angel (Anonymously)
Chef Jeff
ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc.
Flemington Department Store
Camp Bow Wow Bridgewater
Bond, Andiola & Company

Additional Supporters
Marcus Business Machines
Luna Rossa Ristorante
Quantum Floats
Audi of Mendham & Bridgewater
Flemington Car & Truck Company
Yanina & Co.
Advantage Voice & Data
First Impression Cleaning Service
Oxford Jewelers

Turo Care – Personalized Senior Care
For information about becoming a JFS sponsor contact
Jerry Starr at 908 725-7799 or jstarr@jewsihfamilysvc.org

JFS Tributes

To share a joyous occasion or acknowledge a sadness, click here.

This Month's Tributes:

To Ms. Jane Handler, In Memory of Her Brother, From Kenneth & Susan Kunzman

To Mr. Alan Katz, In Memory of His Sister Jeanine, From Kenneth & Susan Kunzman

To Mr. Steven Darien, 
In Recognition of Receiving the Champion Against Anti-Semitism Award from Rutgers Hillel, From Arthur & Nancy Lee, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Mr. & Mrs. Aaron & Sharon Chesir, In Honor of Their Daughter's Graduation, From the Prezant Family, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Mr. & Mrs. Maier & Tova Friedman, In Honor of Grandsons Aron & Noah's B'nai Mitzvot, From the Prezant Family, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Ms. Lauren Neufeld, In Honor of Son, Seth's, Law School Graduation, From the Prezant Family

To Mr. & Mrs. Stuart & Sara Levine, In Honor of Daughter, Rabbi Lori Levine's Rabbinical Ordination, From the Prezant Family

To Mr. Scott Brenner, In Honor of His Daughter's Graduation, From the Prezant Family

To Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan & Marjorie Slass, In Honor of Daughter Emily's graduation, From the Prezant Family

To Ms. Ann Steiner, In Memory of Her Mother, Selma Lubinsky, From the Prezant Family

To Ms. Evelyn Rauch, In Recognition of the Many Contributions to the Holocaust Memorial & Education Center, From Elise Prezant

To Mr. & Mrs. Daniel & Alexandra Arminio, In Honor of Their Nuptials, From Thomas & Joan Flynn

To Ms. Esther East, In Honor of receiving the Saul Schwartz Award, Kol HaKavod! From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Ms. Ursala Behrand, In Memory of Her Husband Howard Behrand, From the Board & Staff of JFS and Sharon Chesir

JFS Generation to Generation
Do a lifetime of good by making a
Legacy Gift to JFS today
ensuring that programs and services for those in need
will be here for generations to come.

Celebrate Your Simcha with a Mitzvah Beautifully Designed Bimah Baskets
We transport to and from your event.

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Your tax deductible donation directly supports our Emergency Assistance and Holocaust Survivor Programs.

Mazel Tov on Your Bar and Bat Mitzvahs!

Amanda Brody
Noah Maxwell Goodman
Aron Samuel Goodman
Hailey Elias
Allison Fischer

Quick Links

To support our work in the community, donate now.

Donate Your Unwanted Vehicle to JFS through the CARS program

Please call CARS at (877) Jfs-4-Cars or (877)537-4227           
Proceeds from your donated vehicle directly support JFS programs and services.

Click here to visit JFS of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties website and video.

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Click here to see how JFS Changes lives every day.

JFS Community Marketplace

Is someone you know having a special birthday, event, or celebration?

The JFS Community Marketplace is the place for you. Click here for more information.

Did you know that JFS can advertise your job openings to hundreds of job seekers at no cost to you.
Send job leads to eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.

Board Officers

Helaine Weisberg
Vice Presidents
Charles N. Singman, Ph.D
Walter Yosafat

Ronni Lederman
Recording Secretary
Bea Abrams, Ph.D

Board Members
Susan Anczarki
Ted Baker
Debby Feldman
Gary Gartenberg
Heidi Ginsberg
Joan Handel
Michael Kalison
Jill Lavitsky
Nancy L. Lee
Roxanne Levinston
Alexander M. Marcus, MD
Sharon Margulies
Wendy Offen
Gabrielle Walborsky

From the President

I can’t believe that two years ago I accepted the position of board president of Jewish Family Service. How time flies. I have been a board member for over ten years and the step to the presidency took some thought. But I knew how supportive the board, the staff and especially Jerry Starr, our director, are and then the decision became easy.

Over the past two years, we have accomplished so much. Through the generosity of our donors and supporters, we are in a secure financial place. With our fundraisers of the fitness challenge, the Final Four basketball event, the symposiums featuring author Ilene Beckerman and film maker, Nina Meredith,and the challenge grant, we have achieved wonderful results. We have been able to partner with Grow a Row, as a result of a project done by volunteer Lucy Scaglione, to support our food assistance program and provide fresh produce to our clients. Our building is in fine working order to house our staff and clients safely and securely. Our volunteers continue to impress us with their donations of time and compassion. And JFS is no longer is the best kept secret in town.

Every time I attend an event or meeting, or even walk through the halls of our building, I am bursting with pride. I hope my involvement has made a dent in the accomplishments of this wonderful agency. I am proud to pass the gavel over to Wally Yosafat, who will continue to lead us to even greater heights. .Have a safe and wonderful summer. We will not be sleeping here on West High Street! Programs and counseling will continue on as always!
Thank you to my friends and family for always supporting me Remember to support JFS in any way you can. It’s always appreciated.


Board Staff Community Recognition Presentations
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7:00pm
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Road Bridgewater, NJ
Please RSVP to:admin@jewishfamilysvc.org or 908 725-7799

Sponsor Highlight

This Month We Recognize and Thank
 Our Valued Individual and Family Sponsors

Jill & Eric Lavitsky
Nancy L. & Arthur E. Lee
Steve & Kathy Harris
Susan and Steven Darien
Helaine & Allan Weisberg
Joan & Steven Handel
Wendy & Stephen Offen
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Feldman
Dr. and Mrs. Steven Ginsberg
Wally & Dee Yosafat
An “Anonymous Angel”

Board of Trustees Invaluable to Mission of JFS
JFS  thanks the Board of Trustees for their hard work over the past year, welcomes new board members Barbara Drew, Eric Herz and Monica Skydell and expresses appreciation to outgoing board members Ted Baker, Gary Gartenberg and Ronni Lederman.
JFS thanks the 2nd and 3rd grade Religious School students of Or Chadash Reform Temple of Hunterdon County for their contribution of $214.08 for our Special Needs Program.
JFS Little Free Library
Featuring books on Caring and Sharing

Take a Book – Return a Book
If you have a book to share, particularly on Caring and Sharing, please bring it to the Annual Meeting
June 6, 2018
7:00 pm at the SSBJCC

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month
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The purpose of Men’s Health Awareness Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys.  For more information about Men’s Health and what you can do to encourage early detection and treatment of male related diseases
click here:
Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County Softball League will be wearing Blue in the month of June in honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month
JFS Here When You Need Us

JFS Upcoming Events
Co-sponsored by JFS and the Community VNA
A 6 session program to help those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Contact Sharon Chesir, MSW, LSW at JFS 908 725-7799 or Melissa von der Heide, MA, LMFT at Community VNA 908 725-9355 x2230

Family Mentor/Senior Friendly Visitor Program is seeking new Volunteers
Volunteers visit 1-2 hours per week in the home of the family or senior with whom they are matched. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Maris Chavenson, LCSW or Young-In Shin at JFS 908 725-7799.

Social Club for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Developmental Disabilities
Monthly Meetings, Tuesday, 4:00-6:00pm
For info or to enroll contact JFS 908-725-7799

Cafe Europa, A Monthly Group for Holocaust Survivors
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:00 AM
For more information on Cafe Europa click here
Job Seeker Success Group

No group in June.  Please join us at the JFS Annual Meeting.  The next group will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 7 pm "Social Security Disability Benefits: When Working is not Working Out for the Unemployed or Underemployed” presented by Sarah Dubinsky, Esq, Social Security Attorney. Contact Elise Prezant at 908-725-7799 x108 to register or for more information.

Social Learning Group
Held at PeopleCare in Bridgewater
A 10-week program for youth ages 10-13, or 13-16, meets on Sundays, focuses on social, relationship and communication skills for youth struggling with peer relationships. Contact Jennifer Walters, LCSW at JFS 908-725-7799 for information.
Parent/Caregiver Support Group for the parents and/or caregivers of children with special needs. One Sunday afternoon a month. Please contact Jennifer Walters, LCSW at JFS at 908-725-7799 for more information.


Preschool Consultation for children with special needs. Staff training and consultation are also available.  Please contact Jennifer Walters, LCSW at JFS at 908-725-7799 for more information.

Yearn2Learn, an interactive learning experience for retired persons
For more information on Y2L and upcoming programs , click here

Around the Community

Community Mission to Israel October 14-22, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Scholarship Program designed to promote attendance at overnight Jewish camp and Israel programs. For more information, please call Dan Fahrer at 908-758-2001 or email him at dfahrer@jfedshaw.org and he will be glad to assist you.

The Hopeful Heart
Support Strategy Workshops
Community workshop to encourage a thoughtful and supportive response to current events.
Click here for more information and to register.

To find out about local events in the Jewish Community please check out this link

Upcoming Jewish LIFE Events
The 2017-2018 Jewish LIFE brochure is available here.

Join us for the inaugural event of the NEW Maimonides Medical Society Sunday June 24, 2018 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM Located at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center 775 Talamini Road Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Colaiocco APN, BC 
Free Same Day Genetic Testing (for those who qualify).
Click here to register.

Third Annual Jewish Music Festival & Barbecue, Monday, July 9, 5 pm at the Hunterdon Art Museum Terrace.  Hosted by Chabad of Hunterdon County.  Fee:  $10 pre-paid or $15 at the door.

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