2017 Annual meeting
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (JFS) held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
JFS' 37th Annual Meeting was highlighted by the installation of its new Board of Trustees and Officers for 2017-2018 including Helaine Weisberg, President, Charles Singman, PhD, Vice President, Walter Yosafat, Vice President, Ronni Lederman, Treasurer and Bea Abrams, Ph.D., Recording Secretary.
New Trustees include Susan Anczarki of Branchburg and Sharon Margulies of Martinsville. Returning Trustees include Ted Baker, Debby Feldman, Gary Gartenberg, Heidi Ginsberg, Joan Handel, Nancy L. Lee, Jill Lavitsky, Roxanne Levinston, Alexander M. Marcus, MD, Wendy Offen, and Gabrielle Walborsky.
Stephen Offen announced the new name of the emergency assistance program “The Evan Jaffe Memorial Fund for Emergency Assistance and Hebrew Free Loan Program” in memory of Evan Jaffe, founding member of the Hebrew Free Loan Program, Rabbi of the Flemington JCC, and JFS social worker.
Rabbi Jaffe's wife, Phyllis Lerner, and daughter Jordana Jaffe accepted a gift from JFS to recognize his many contributions to the community.
Special recognition was also given to the Temple Sholom Mitzvah Committee for their many years of support in providing holiday food packages to JFS families. Jill Lavitsky, JFS board member and Temple Sholom Holiday Food Package Program coordinator accepted a plaque on behalf of Temple Sholom.
Amy Fisher, a long time JFS volunteer, was honored for over 10 years of providing support to JFS clients which has included making regular home visits as part of the Mentor Program, serving as an AmeriCorps member, and teaching meditation at senior groups.
President Helaine Weisberg thanked the board for their hard work over the past year, welcomed the new board members and expressed appreciation to the outgoing board members.
She also noted that in the past year JFS has seen an increase in demand for all its services, especially counseling and has held a number of successful fundraisers to enable JFS to respond to the growing needs of the community.
JFS of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties has served the community since 1980 and is committed to strengthening the quality of individual and family life and providing a continuum of programs and services toward that end.
Licensed clinical social workers provide individual, couple and family as well as geriatric assessments, supportive counseling and case management services for home bound elderly. The Family Mentor Program recruits, trains and matches volunteers with vulnerable young families, as well as with elderly persons for friendly, supportive, in-home visits.
Families with children with special needs are assisted through social groups, parent groups and through the Family Mentor Program. Career Counseling helps individuals in many aspects of their job search. Ohr Tikvah-Light of Hope Jewish Healing Services offers presentations, support groups, and individual spiritual counseling to address the health, wellness and healing needs of the community.
All information is confidential. Many programs are at no cost, on a sliding fee scale or payable through third party insurance.
If you are interested in learning more about JFS programs, volunteering or want to make a donation please contact us at 908.725.7799, eamail us at Admin@JewishFamilySvc.org, browse this web site, or like us on Facebook.