May 16, 2019 Share

JFCS 82nd Annual Meeting

Highlights from our year (clockwise from top left): Koleinu a cappella group of Center for Jewish Life – Hillel at Princeton University shared their talent with Holocaust Survivors at Cafe Europa; NJM employees participated in a Shop & Stock for the food pantry; local teens helped organize & stuff backpacks full of school supplies for our clients; Dress for Success clients receive summer snacks from our food pantry; and teens participate in J-Serve, international day of Jewish Youth Service.

On Tuesday, June 4 Jewish Family & Children’s Service welcomes the community to our 82nd Annual Meeting. This event is free for the community and our agency’s opportunity to share our accomplishments for the past year, highlighting new programs and partnerships, as well as laying out our plans for the future.

This year we will be paying special tribute to Collaboration in the Community. Through the cooperative efforts of so many organizations in the past year, JFCS was able to:

• Expand the reach of our healthy community Food Pantry with “pop-ups” at area partners including Princeton Nursery School, Puerto Rican Community Center, Dress for Success Central New Jersey, among other locations.
• Prioritize the nutritional needs of older adults with expanded Senior Nutrition services in the form of Healthy@Home – a program bringing fresh groceries to the doorsteps of homebound seniors, and the launch of Cooking Companions – a program that brings the warmth of friendly company and a home-cooked meal to isolated older adults.
• Educate the community on important mental health issues, specifically in our youth, by holding Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings for educators and professionals.
• Provide increased mental health supportive services to our community members in East Windsor & Hightstown by opening a satellite office.

All of the above, and more, was made possible through key partnerships, strengthened ties between organizations, and critical support of corporate, individual and foundation partners.

The Annual Meeting is also our chance to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of dedicated volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their services. This year, we are celebrating Denise Brand for the Tzedakah (Charitable Spirit) Award, Kathy Lane for the Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness) Award, and the Kehillah (Community Partner) Award will be presented to our team of over 30 volunteer drivers who deliver weekly, hot meals through Kosher Meals on Wheels and monthly groceries through Healthy@Home to seniors.

We close the evening by welcoming our new Board members who will begin their term in July 2019. We are thrilled to welcome to our board: Ted Deutsch of Taft Communications, David Grueneberg of David Grueneberg Consulting, LLC, Martin Lazarus with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Rachel Mynhier with Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Michael Morrow with Hill Wallack LLP.

The event will be held at Adath Israel Congregation (1958 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrence Township, NJ). A light dinner will be served at 6 PM with the program beginning promptly at 7 PM. RSVP online at https://app.mobilecause.com/form/zjbH-w.