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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
  • Friends Campaign
  • What's Jewish About Breast Cancer
  • Turning Passion Into Action
  • Soup for the Soul
  • The Daffodil Project
  • Fasion Show Supporting Holocaust Survivors
  • JFS Magyar Bank
  • 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
Dogwood Farms

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 Mrs. Tova Friedman, In Honor of Your Special Birthday, From Ira & Lucille Lehrich, From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Ms. Ann Lieberman, In Honor of Your Special Birthday, From Gail Kohler

To Mr. Roger Sachs, In Honor of Your Retirement, From Dave & Anne Mollen

To Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Carol Marcus, In Celebration of Rosh Hashanah, From Alexander & Debbie Marcus

To Mr. Joseph Drew Jr. and Family, In Memory of Your Father Joseph Sr., From the Board & Staff of JFS

To Mrs. Marge Sandler, In Memory of Your Husband Al, From the Prezant Family

To Mr. Alan Woller and Family, In Memory of Your Father and Grandfather, From the Prezant Family

To Mr. Roger Sachs, To Get Well Soon, From the Board & Staff of JFS

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Send job leads to eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.

Board Officers

Walter Yosafat
Vice Presidents
Nancy L. Lee
Helaine Weisberg 

Alexander Marcus, MD
Recording Secretary
Bea Abrams, Ph.D
Board Members
Barbara Drew
Debby Feldman
Heidi Ginsberg
Joan Handel   
Eric Herz
Jill Lavitsky
Roxanne Levinston
Sharon Marguiles
Wendy Offen
Charles N. Singman PhD  
Monica Skydell
Gabrielle Walborsky

Active Past Presidents
Nancy L. Lee
Helaine Weisberg 
Charles N. Singman PhD  
Nancy Gorrell   
Stephen Harris
Joan Handel
Linda Jerrow
Elizabeth (Betty) Roswell

Advisory Committee
Jerome Zweig

From the President


Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to October and the autumn season. As we enter into the final months of 2018, we are experiencing an interesting time with upcoming elections, intense political campaigns, nomination debates and continued breaking news world events.

And as you know, we just completed the Jewish high holiday season with the joyous Simchat Torah where we celebrated the completion of the annual Torah reading and the start anew of another year's cycle.

In light of everything happening in our world, I wanted to share a recent travel experience which positively impacted me given the context above and for what I and we do as part of Jewish Family Service. I’ve found in my life that there are special, rare moments that stick forever and change my thoughts and actions going forward.

I'll re-use pieces here of a recent Facebook post from Tuesday, October 2...

I just came off of a great weekend with neighbors in Napa and stayed in San Francisco for business the afternoon of Monday, 10/1. I was in the United lounge ahead of boarding my red-eye flight home and caught sight of this person who I thought was who he turned out to be. After debating for a few minutes, I took the risk of politely disturbing his peace and asking / confirming with him that he was indeed Senator George Mitchell. I thanked him for his leadership in not just our government but in world affairs and told him I wish he would have taken the baseball commissioner job! I had forgotten (ironic in these times) that President Clinton at the time offered him a Supreme Court nomination which he turned down I assume because he wanted to stay focused on coming to a good resolution on Northern Ireland which he did!

After a quick exchange with thanks and goodbye, I headed off to my gate with satisfaction that I took a risk, said a few words and got a smile. I didn't bother the man for a selfie or an autograph. Through a series of United and poor SFO airport logistical mistakes, our boarding was delayed about an hour. Wanting to be 1st in line to board, I was at the gate well in advance and here again, felt forced into a late-night, bad-attitude waiting game. Along came Senator Mitchell who politely moved to the front of the line as with his age and his service, the United people show him great respect and always allow him to board ahead of others.  Since we were delayed, we picked back up on our brief exchange with a 30-minute 1-on-1 discussion, talking about everything from his time as a Senator to Northern Ireland to Israeli / Palestinian conflicts to baseball to travel.  I found his insights on the Middle East of particular interest as he worked for years with Arabs and Jews, across the region, for dialogue vs. conflict, compromise vs. dug-in positions and most importantly for listening and working together. The time flew by!

Everything he said was articulated in a calm, cool, knowledge-filled, seeking-of-common-ground-and-good manner.  As boarding began and our conversation ended, I thanked him again and said "man, could we use you now, along with John McCain and other great former government leaders." He was humble and just said it was too kind and thanks!

Normally I get mad and frustrated at travel delays.  Monday night had to be the greatest airline delay ever! What a wonderful human being, leader, listener and worker for peace and progress that this man is! Other than being a Red Sox fan (I was born and remain a Cincinnati Reds fan and we talked about The 1975 Sox-Reds World Series) and not being in favor of Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame (I can respect his opinion), he has no faults I could find.

At a time where we debate the quality and qualifications of government leaders and supreme court nominees, this man (for me) stands above all in character and results.

So why share this experience now and in this article? What I took away from it and I think is worth sharing is tremendous insight by listening to others and emulating their positive behaviors. As we think about serving our local community, regardless of race or religion, I look to this man and my brief encounter as an example of how we can listen to, learn from and act with others, together for a greater good. Most importantly, choosing to listen, reflect, respect, be flexible and act positively vs. the alternatives that too often fill up our social media and news consumption these days might just yield greater, better outcomes, even for the work our wonderful agency does.

With this in mind and as we begin the last quarter of the calendar year, I hope that I am privileged that my daily events provide opportunities to listen to and work cooperatively with you for an even better Jewish Family Service agency and even greater benefits for those we serve.

As always, thanks for listening and I would love to hear from you with your thoughts. Please feel free to eMail me at wyosafat@optonline.net.

Fond regards,

Become a partner with JFS in building the Living Worldwide Holocaust Memorial
The Daffodil Project aspires to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting one and a half million daffodils around the world to commemorate the one and a half million children who were senselessly murdered in Nazi occupied Europe and in support of children suffering in humanitarian crises in the world today.

The shape and color of the daffodils represent the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is the color of remembrance. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring.
Date: October 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: JFS – 150 West High Street, Somerville, NJ

For more information on The Daffodil Project contact Elise Prezant, JFS at 908-725-7799x108

Annual Friend’s Campaign
As we have for the past 38 years we are again asking for your support.  Become a Friend of JFS and help those in our community who avail themselves of our services. Your donation today will ensure that we can continue to:
  • Touch the lives of over 2,000 individuals each year 
  • Provide counseling to 300 individuals and families struggling to cope with the stressors of everyday life in The Betty and Arthur Roswell Family Counseling Center 
  • Offer Career Counseling Services to individuals in need of improving their work situation 
  • Support families at risk, many with young children, who benefit from being matched with a JFS trained volunteer for support and companionship through the Family Mentor Program.   Our volunteers in this program and in our Good Deeds Corps Program logged 2,500 hours helping to make life better for those living in our community
  • Make sure that Holocaust Survivors in our community received supportive services including home care services, social work and nursing visits and Cafe Europa, a monthly socialization group to help them maintain their quantity of life as they age 
  • Distribute Emergency Assistance for food and other necessities to those in need.
  • Address the needs of Special Needs Families through our Expanding Horizons Social Learning Group, Parent Support Group and Young Adult Social Club Program underwritten by The Nancy L. & Arthur E. Lee Family Fund for Special Needs 
  • Help homebound frail seniors “age in place” in the dignity of their own homes through the JFS Senior Service Program
Connect seniors in institutional settings to their cultural roots through visits by the JFS Ohr Tikvah Community Chaplain
Your support is vital to maintaining these services.  
In the tradition of Maimonides; “Take hold of him that he fall not and come to need”
Please give what you can – Thank you!
Click here to donate.

What’s Jewish About Breast Cancer?

One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews carries a BRCA gene mutation, nearly 10 times the rate of the general population, making Jewish families significantly more susceptible to hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  Be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

 Become Informed for Yourself & for Your Family
For Support, Education & Information

Turning Passion into Action
Helping Teens Embrace Who They Are and Make their Positive Mark on the World
Presented by Val Weisler
Founder and CEO of The Validation Project

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:00 PM
Temple Sholom 594 North Bridge St., Bridgewater, NJ

Valerie is the founder and CEO of The Validation Project, an international organization that works with 6,000+ teenagers in 105 countries to turn passion into positive action through mentoring and social justice assignments. Her self-designed kindness curriculum is taught in 1000 schools. Valerie was recently named a L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth and her work has been featured in CNN, People Magazine, The Meredith Viera Show and more. She has also served on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's advisory board and is a recipient of the National Jefferson Award for Peace and Justice. 

This program is free of charge and open to the community
For more information or to register, contact Jewish Family Service at 908-725-7799 or eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org
Co-Sponsored by:
The Luftman Family in Memory of Hannah Luftman,
Temple Sholom, Temple Sholom Hebrew High School,
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties

Soup for the Soul

Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 5pm -7pm
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater

Register online at JewishFamilySvc.Org

During the season of thankfulness, we invite you to have some delicious soups and enjoy a light dinner as we count as blessings and recognize those in need.  Break bread with us as we discuss ways that we can help eliminate Food Insecurity and Social Isolation in our community.
Recipes for our soups will be shared for you to prepare at our upcoming feasts. 
Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 13 years of age.
For More Information - email: Admin@JewishFamilySvc.org or call 908-725-7799

Sponsor Highlight

ShopRite of Hunterdon County Inc.
About ShopRite of Hunterdon County: “My family has been serving the communities of Hunterdon and southern Warren County for over 50 years. We started with a small store in downtown Flemington with a handful of employees and have grown to three stores with over 1,100 associates. Over the years our associates, past and present, have worked hard to enable us to grow and enrich the communities we serve.” – Joe Colalillo, President, ShopRite of Hunterdon County. Our vision is simple: Be the Best. We aim to do our best each and every day for our customers and for each other. Our mission is to be the preferred place to work and shop and to retain the best associates to service our customers. https://www.shoprite.com
Flemington Department Store 


Magyar Bank Charitable Foundation Supports JFS Career Services
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Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is the recipient of a grant from the Magyar Bank Charitable Foundation. Executive Director Jerry Starr, along with other local organizations, accepted a check from Magyar Bank representatives to support JFS Career Services. These funds will be used to help unemployed and underemployed people become more self-sufficient and financially stable through one on one job search support and monthly Job Seekers Success Groups.

For more information about JFS Career Services call 908-725-7799 or visit JFS at www.Jewishfamilysvc.org

Jewish Federation Women's Philanthropy Divison
Imagine Fashion Show Supporting Holocaust survivors

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:30-12:30

8:30-10:00 Vendor Shopping 

10:00-11:30 Fashion Show & Program 

11:30-12:30 Vendor Shopping 

Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 State Route 28, Bridgewater, NJ 








https://jfedshaw.org/womenClick here to register or for more information. 
Bereavement group six Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15

Melissa von der Heide, MA, LMFT
908.725.9355, ext. 2230
Maris Chavenson, LCSW
908.725.7799 ext. 100

Volunteers Wanted

Family Mentor Program, Senior Friendly Home Visits
And Good Deeds Corps

Make a difference in someone’s life
Please join us for our 2018 Volunteer Training
Wednesdays: October 10, 17 and 24th; 4:00 pm – 7:00pm

150-A West High St. Somerville, NJ 08876

Volunteers from all cultural and religious backgrounds are being recruited to betrained and matched with vulnerable families and socially isolated, frail seniors for weekly or twice a month visits.

For more information about the training and volunteer opportunities, contact 908-725-7799 or admin@jewishfamilysvc.org

Website Survey
JFS is in the process of upgrading our website and needs your input.  Please take a moment to complete a brief survey so we can make the JFS website even better. The survey can be accessed from our website or by clicking on this link - https://JewishFamilySvc.org/survey

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 Maris Chavenson, LCSW 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, October 17, 2018 10:00 AM
For more information on Cafe Europa click here
Job Seeker Success Group

The next group will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm "An Open Job Search Discussion” will be facilitated by Elise Prezant, Career Counselor, JFS. 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 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 2018-2019 Jewish LIFE brochure is available here.

The Temple Beth-El Film Series presents Blood Relations, Saturday, October 13 at 7 pm.  Suggested donation:  $5.  To register, call Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough at 908-722-0674.
Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon, will be speaking at the Flemington Jewish Community Center on Monday, October 15 at 6pm. The fee is $10/person.  To register, please call the Flemington JCC at 908-782-6410.
Writer and author Richard Squires will present on how you can preserve your Jewish legacy on Thursday, October 18, 7 pm at the Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater.  The fee is $10/person.  To register, call the JCC at 908-725-6994 x9018.

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