March Listener
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Proving support for life’s challenges…… one person, one family at a time
In This Issue
  • From the Board
  • JFS Thanks
  • Gold Staff Project
  • March Madness Event
  • Hebrew Loan Program
  • JFS Upcoming Events
  • What's New at Sharsheret
  • JFS Community Events
  • Around the Community Events
JFS 2017 Sponsors
Gold Level
Silver Level
  • The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus For Senior Living
  • Roundview Capital
  • Jill & Eric Lavitsky
Bronze Level
  • Nancy L. and Arthur E. Lee
  • The Doctor is In
  • Joan & Steven Handel
  • Helaine & Allan Weisberg
  • PNC Wealth Management
  • An Angel (Anonymously)
  • Wendy & Stephen Offen
  • Dr. & Mrs. Arthur & Debby Feldman
  • Dr. Steven & Heidi Ginsberg
  • Somerset Pediatric Group
  • Suplee, Clooney & Company
  • Wally and Denise Yosafat
  • Millington Bank
  • Senior Helpers
  • ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc.
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • MacMillan Financial
  • KRE Group, Inc.
Additional Supporters
  • Advantage Voice & Data
  • First Impression Cleaning Service
  • Marcus Business Machines
  • Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, LP
  • Luna Rossa Ristorante
  • Quantum Floats
  • Audi of Mendham & Bridgewater
  • Don Shuman Associates
  • Flemington Car & Truck Company
For information about becoming a JFS sponsor contact
Jerry Starr at 908 725-7799 or

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Donate Your Unwanted Vehicle to JFS through the CARS program

Please call CARS at (877) Jfs-4-Cars or (877)537-4227           
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Hebrew Free Loan Program
The Hebrew Free Loan Program administered by JFS is here to help individuals and families in the community who need a one-time interest free loan to address a specific financial problem.
Hebrew Free Loans are made to help individuals and families to become financially self-supporting and can be used to address emergencies, make car repairs, pay medical expenses not covered by insurance, cover housing costs or home repair and educational expenses.
To qualify for a Hebrew Free Loan contact JFS to complete an application:
150-A West High Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-725-7799; www.JewishFamilySvc.Org

Family & Senior Mentor Volunteer Positions
Family Mentors and Friendly Visitors for Seniors: Adult volunteers of all backgrounds are sought for matching with Somerset or Hunterdon County families and isolated seniors in need of supportive relationships. 

Volunteers work 1-2 hours per week in the home of the family or senior with whom they are matched.

Jeanne Lankin, LCSW or Young-In Shin 908-725-7799

JFS Community Marketplace

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

Would you like to purchase a meaningful gift for them?

Would you like to help build a solid foundation for all in our community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the JFS Community Marketplace is the place for you. Click here for more information.

JFS Tributes

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

This Month's Tributes:

To Ms. Lucie Scaglione, In Honor of Attaining Her Gold Star for Accomplishing a Successful Farm to Families Project That Helped Feed Needy Families in the JFS Community, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Mrs. Jane Natter Stravinski, In Memory of Her Husband Steven, From Arthur & Nancy Lee

To Dr. Gloria Gertzman, In Memory of Arthur Gertzman, From Ruth Edelman, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Mr. & Mrs. Steven Handel, In Honor of the Birth of Their Twin Grandchildren Holly & Owen, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Mr. Pasquale Truppi, To Get Well Soon, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Rabbi & Mrs. Dan Selsberg, In Honor of the B'nai Mitzvah of Ashey and Sammy, From the Board & Staff of JFS

The New Jersey Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Hunger Prevention Advisory Committee, has launched a hunger website for people to have access to hunger-related resources. To learn more visit their website.

Did you know that JFS can advertise your job openings to hundreds of job seekers at no cost to you.
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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!

Asher & Sammy Selsberg

Board Officers

Helaine Weisberg

Vice Presidents

Joan Handel
Charles N. Singman, Ph.D

Ronni Lederman
Recording Secretary

Debbie Youngerman
Board Members
Bea Abrams, Ph.D
Ted Baker
Debby Feldman
Gary Gartenberg
Heidi Ginsberg
Michael Kalison
Jill Lavitsky
Nancy L. Lee
Roxanne Levinston
Alexander M. Marcus, MD
Lynn Nakashian
Wendy Offen
Greg Rosen
Stanley Schneider, EdD
Helaine Weisberg
Gabrielle Walborsky
Walter Yosafat
Debbie Youngerman

From the Board

Jewish Family Service - Give Backs, Payments Forward and Small Pieces Adding Up to Big Things…
by Wally Yosafat, JFS Trustee

Being a board member of JFS of SHW represents my 2nd stint on a JFS board.  Prior to coming to NJ in 2001 (1 month before 9/11), our family lived in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and I was privileged to serve on the board of JFS Cincinnati in the 1990s. Like our current JFS, that JFS was a strong agency in a strong community. In fact, it was that JFS, along with HIAS and other agencies that helped settle my parents and their families as they escaped the Nazis in Greece, Germany and Austria, went and lived in the underground, came over to the US through NYC and landed in Cincinnati. Had JFS and others not helped, my parents would have never made it to life in the US, never made it perhaps from NYC to Cincinnati and never met. I fully realize that thanks to what my grandparents and parents sacrificed and how JFS helped, my 2 sisters and I were privileged and enabled to live a better, safer life than our parents and that God-willing, nothing we will go through will compare to what they had to endure. They, with JFS, made payments forward.
So being part of JFS boards is my small way of giving back to an agency that does so many great things for the communities they serve, including my family. Currently, JFS’ Café Europa and other support of Holocaust survivors stand out for me as 2 of the greatest gifts from this agency. Of course, there are many gifts to the community from JFS that I am proud of, but these 2 are reminders to me of how the agency hits home and the heart. The others challenge me to pay it forward vs. giving back. In fact, I know that each of you reading this, if you reflect on it enough, will find how JFS touches you personally, or a family member, or a friend or a colleague. And this can be your challenge to give back or pay it forward. The give backs or payments forward don’t need to be large or many… every bit counts and if/as everybody does a little, the agency and community gain a lot.
Today for JFS, I am part of a team driving our fundraising initiatives.  While we have lofty goals that at times seem impossible, I am blessed to work with a great team and an unbelievable board where everyone gives something… their time, their effort, of course from their wallets, but most importantly their hearts and ideas. And by doing so, we break a big challenge down into milestones and tasks and we deliver. This brings me full circle back to where I started… why I got involved and my family’s journey to where I am today. The objective of my grandparents and parents was to survive the Holocaust, make it to freedom and a new life in the US and continue a family line that would not just survive but thrive. A task that seemed impossible and given all the odds against them, should have been. But with each big and small step they took together and with each contribution by non-Jews that hid them or helped them, JFS, HIAS, sponsoring family here, etc. they made it happen.
Many small give backs and payments forward adding up to many, big, great results. JFS… it’s not IF but HOW!
Wishing all a quick end to winter and a great beginning of spring!

A Special Thank You to the Bridgewater Yarn Crafters
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Pictured above is Sheila Thorn and her Yarn Crafters, a very active knitting group at the Senior Citizen Building in Bridgewater. They recently knitted and donated scarfs and hats to help keep some of the frail older adults we see warm this winter.They also supplied several sets of scarfs and hats for our families in the Family Mentor Program as well.

JFS Participates in Gold Star Project

Lucie Scaglione a local Girl Scout initiated the Farm to Families Gold Star project that contributes fresh produce to low income clients of JFS including several Holocaust survivors. For more information on this important project click here.

March Madness & Music
In support of JFS children, family and older adult services

Saturday Night, April 1, 2017
Wear your favorite team jersey
At the JCC: 775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater
Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Final Four Semi-Final Game on Big Screen TVs
DJ presented by Main Event
Special Photos Booth Snap Shots
Refreshments including beer, wine, game time food, snacks and soda
Door prizes
Dietary laws observed

$36 per person (includes 2 beer / wine tickets)
Reserve a Table for Eight in advance $260 (incudes 2 beer / wine tickets per person)
$40 per person at the door
Extra drink tickets $4
Contact JFS at 908-725-7799 or

A Women’s Symposium: Featuring Ilene Beckerman, Author of Love, Loss and What I Wore…
April 30, 2017

JFS Celebrates and Honors Women

By Bea Abrams
“When I was 60 years old, I wrote a memoir about my life before I had children. I have 5 children. They didn’t think I had a life before I was their mother. Sometimes even I wondered.”
Ilene Beckerman thought of herself as just a wife and mother, until she became much more. 
She is the author of five books two of which were made into plays including the off-Broadway hit "Love, Loss, and What  I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron.
If you think your life is boring and routine, or that now that your children are grown, or you have retired from your job, you have lost your identity, this Women’s Day Celebration is a gift to yourself.   JFS is bringing together women of all ages shortly before we celebrate Mother’s Day for inspiration, humor, and empowerment to be all that we, as women, can be.   
Keynote speaker, Ilene Beckerman, knows there is a story in everyone. She will help you find yours. This is an opportunity to bring those women in your life that you care about to a celebration of women. Additional information about Ilene can be found on her  website and her new Blog.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:30-1
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC | 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater
Tickets including kosher lunch
 $36 by April 1 and $40 after
Contact JFS at 908 725-7799 or register online.

JFS Upcoming Events

Family Mentor/Senior Friendly Visitor Program Volunteer 
Orientation and Training for volunteers is scheduled several times during the year for persons interested in being matched for a period of one year for weekly/bi weekly visits to families seeking additional supports in their lives, as well as for seniors who can benefit from cognitive stimulation and socialization to help them maintain their independent living in the community. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jeanne Lankin, 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
$50 registration fee/$10 per session fee
Scholarships available upon request
For info or to enroll contact JFS 908-725-7799

Cafe Europa, A Monthly Group for Holocaust Survivors
Wednesday, March 15 2016 10:00 AM
Held at 150-A West High Street, Somerville, NJ
For more information on Cafe Europa click here

Job Seeker Support Group
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:00 PM “What to Do When you Can’t Do What you Used to Do” Presented by David Schuchman, IT Management Consultant, Princeton Technology Advisors, LLC

Social Learning Group
Held at SSBJCC 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 with social needs related to High Functioning Autism or other Social Disorders. 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.

Sibling Support Group for the brothers and sisters of children with special needs. 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.

Around the Community

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 and he will be glad to assist you.

Senior Resource Connect brings the experience and expertise of the AJFCA network to the public to help older adults live with health and dignity in the setting of their choosing and to assist caregivers in making this possible for their parents and loved ones.

JFK Haven Hospice Children's Bereavment Program: 4 Week group series. First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, 724 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07068. For More Information Please Contact: 908.873.6725 or 732.321.7000 Ext. 62071 Teresa Reitz, LCSW

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

Upcoming Jewish LIFE Events
The 2016-2017 Jewish LIFE brochure is available here.

Yossi Klein Halevi leads the Hartman Scholar Series Part 1: The 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War – Its Impact on Society Then and Now, on Thursday, March 16, 7pm at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough
The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced – Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond with author, Dr. Mache M. Seibel, held on Thursday, March 16, 12:30pm at the JCC, Bridgewater
The Temple Beth-El Jewish Film Series presents Policeman on Saturday, March 25, 7pm at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough

SAVE THE DATE! the annual Celebrate Israel event will be held Tuesday, April 4, 6:30pm at Raritan Valley country Club in Bridgewater.  This year’s honorees are Mona & Eric Yorke and Benjamin Kern, Rutgers Hillel Student.

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