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JFS’ Village by the Shore Virtual Programs in December

Margate, NJ (November 18, 2020) – Here’s your chance to close out the year with 11 interactive and entertaining virtual programs and activities in December offered through the Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore. You may participate with your friends, family and neighbors while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden
Tuesday, December 1 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Embrace your green thumb and join us for an informative session on creating your own winter indoor container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for all types of house plants. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by November 30.

Clutter Buster
Wednesday, December 2 from 10:30am to 11:30am
With de-cluttering, knowing where to start is often the hardest part. What should you keep or get rid of? Perhaps most difficult of all, what to do with all of the stuff your kids and grandchildren don’t want? Professional Organizer Charlotte Schutzman of All Moving Matters will help make sense of your space and provide tips for tackling and organizing the clutter. RSVP by November 30.

The Positivity Project
Thursday, December 3 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join JFS Wellness Coordinator Mary Jean Arreola and Village Membership Director Tina Serota to discover ways to boost your wellness – mind, body and soul. Each month features a new topic including self-care, mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, resiliency and more. RSVP by November 30.

The Village Film Society
Tuesday, December 8 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join theater teacher and coach Louise Marshall Hacker and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a lively discussion about the motion picture, Social Dilemma, a documentary exploring the human impact of social networking and the tech experts who question their own creations. The film is available on Netflix. RSVP by December 4.

Nurse’s Roundtable: Keeping Joy in the Holidays
Wednesday, December 9 from 10:30am to 11:30am
JFS Nurse Educator Lori Pasahow and Village Membership Director Tina Serota will discuss the challenges of finding holiday joy during these unprecedented times. Plus, they’ll share ideas for celebrating safely this holiday season. RSVP by December 4.

Memoir Workshop
Friday, December 11 from 10:30am to 12pm
Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history and ancestry at a Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing and Publishing, Harriet Levin Millan. You need a laptop or pen/paper for the workshop. RSVP by December 4.

Comfort Cuisine
Tuesday, December 15 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join us as we share our favorite holiday recipes and the memories they invoke. Share your Hanukkah latke, donut, Christmas cookie or favorite holiday meal recipe. Send a copy of your recipe to Tina Serota at by December 10 and include its special memory. RSVP by December 10.

Creating Your Best Year Ever
Wednesday, December 16 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join Rothenberg Center for Family Life Supervisor Sharon Simon and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a lively discussion exploring creative ways to make and keep achievable New Year’s resolutions for healthier and happier living in 2021. RSVP by December 14.

Coffee Klatch
Thursday, December 17 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends and neighbors spanning “both sides of the aisle and the middle.” Share your thoughts on politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This program is moderated by Village Membership Director Tina Serota. RSVP by December 14.

The Artist’s Corner: Adorable Snowman
Tuesday, December 22 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Explore your inner creativity with artist and crafter Louise Marshall Hacker. Participants will create an adorable snowman – perfect for gift giving. Supplies will be provided prior to class. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by December 15.

Holiday Trivia
Wednesday, December 23 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Test your holiday knowledge and try to defeat our reigning trivia champion. Topics include science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by December 17.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for community members to participate.

You must RSVP to participate in any program by contacting Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or

A Zoom link or call-in number for each program will be e-mailed or provided to you.

Village by the Shore is a membership program for adults over the age of 50. The program provides Intergenerational Events, Transportation, Grocery Shopping and Delivery, Kosher Meals on Wheels and more. For information or to join Village by the Shore, contact Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or or visit

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities.

With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry.

The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life.

In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Bright Side Community Calendar

Gloucester County Animal Shelter Open House Oct. 3

(Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) will hold their annual Open House on Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The celebration will include refreshments, music, K9 demonstrations and a balloon artist for the kids. The public can also view the Mobile Adoption Trailer.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “The Gloucester County Animal Shelter has been successful and dedicated in finding thousands of stray and unwanted animals’ permanent loving homes. We hope to see some familiar faces come back to the shelter to help us celebrate another successful year of adoptions.”
Freeholder Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco, liaison to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, said, “This open house is a wonderful way for people to become acquainted with the shelter and all the great work they do for animals and the community.”
The Gloucester County Animal Shelter helps find forever homes for animals, and the Shelter staff and volunteers also participate in educational programs with the schools to teach students the importance of animal care, safety and the responsibilities that are associated with being a pet owner.

Until further notice, dogs and cats five years old and younger will have their adoption fees reduced to $35 while dogs and cats six years and older will have their adoption fees waived. Additionally, cats are offered at a buy-one-get-one discount.
Attendees will be asked to wear a facial covering and adhere to CDC guidelines.
There is plenty of free parking and the event is held rain or shine.

You can see animals that are ready for adoption on Facebook at or for more information call 856-881-2828 or visit

Community Calendar In The Courts

Camden Vicinage to Hold Opening of Court & Memorial Ceremony Sept. 21

The Camden Vicinage and the Camden County Bar Association will conduct an opening ceremony for the new court year and a memorial service on Monday, Sept. 21 for members and former members of the bar association who passed away during the prior court year.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the ceremony will take place virtually, via Zoom.
Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz will preside over the ceremony, with bar association officers and trustees coordinating the presentations.

This year, the memorial service will pay tribute to U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle and Superior Court Judges Charles A. Little, Sr. and Samuel Natal, as well as bar members Frank Thatcher, Michael P. Albano, Richard DeMichele and Benjamin Goldstein.

“With this ceremony, the Judiciary and members of the bar will celebrate the lives of these departed members and recognize the importance and integrity of our legal system,” Judge Silverman Katz said.

The ceremony can be accessed here.

Community Calendar Recent News

Boro of Somerdale Announces October 7 OnlineTax Sale

The Borough of Somerdale has announced the sale of 2019 and prior year delinquent taxes and other municipal charges through an online auction on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:30 a.m.

For a listing of all parcels, delinquencies and costs, click here.

Information can be viewed free of charge.

Community Calendar In The Courts

Burlington Vicinage to Hold Virtual Opening of the Courts Ceremony & Memorial Service

The Burlington Vicinage, in partnership with the Burlington County Bar Association, will hold its annual Opening of Courts Ceremony and Memorial Service on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom.

Assignment Judge Jeanne T. Covert will preside over the Opening of Courts ceremony and Reema Y. Scaramella, president of the bar association, will speak and preside over the memorial service. Rocco Minervino, a member of the bar, will read The Lawyer’s Prayer, and Superior Court Judge Gerard H. Breland will sing, “To Where You Are” in honor of the deceased.

This year, the vicinage and bar will memorialize four late members of the bar: Peter C. Gallagher, Gary Piserchia, Alfred (Fred) Powell, and John (Jack) Yetman Jr.

The ceremony also will include a remembrance of former Workers’ Compensation Judge Michael P. Mullen and late bar member Anthony Marcozzi Jr.

In 1972, then-Assignment Judge Edward V. Martino began the new court year with the first Opening of Courts ceremony in the Burlington Vicinage. In recent years, the ceremony has become a tradition.

The ceremony can be accessed here.