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Jewish Family Service Schedules 2021 Fundraising

Margate, NJ (January 13, 2021) – As Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) embraces the new year, we are pleased to announce a host of legacy fundraisers and new events to raise revenue to support the needs of our community residents.

In total, JFS hopes to raise approximately $200,000 from the events for critical community services. With the pandemic continuing to affect individuals and families, especially in Atlantic County, one of the hardest hit areas in the nation, we need to assure appropriate funds are raised, so we can help those in need.

The Blue Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser continues through January 31. This program offers supporters the opportunity to flock a friend, family member or neighbor for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion with a bevy of beauties.

Flamingo migration territories include Downbeach, Atlantic City, Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Egg Harbor Township, Absecon and Brigantine.

Pricing starts at $50 per flocking and additional fees apply for larger flocks (more than 20 flamingos), insurance or extended delivery in Mays Landing and Galloway.

“At JFS, we look forward to hosting our annual fundraising events this year. While some may look and feel slightly different, the premise of offering fun and memorable experiences is still our focus for every program,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “With a drastic increase in services such as counseling, meal delivery, food pantry and homeless support, JFS has adapted to offer interactive events and digital fundraisers to raise necessary dollars to support programming.”

While the winter Cocktail Party may still be on hiatus, The Chef’s Kitchen: A Virtual Cooking Event hopes to offer participants the opportunity to learn how to prepare appetizer and entrée culinary specialties and delicious desserts. Chefs from local restaurants will enthrall attendees with trade secrets and exclusive recipes.

The event committee is now forming for this delicious cooking series which is slated for a March start.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or novice cook, this series will be an interactive and yummy addition to the JFS events line-up. 

While a date has not been set, JFS and JCC plan to collaborate again for an afternoon on the greens full of fun, competition, contests and prizes.

The Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament hopes to raise $60,000 which is split among both agencies. 

As summer enters full swing, the 34th Annual House Tour, which has been a staple in our community, provides guests with a rare insight into specialty homes across the island.

Attendees tour residents that have been part of our community for years and newly custom built homes that adorn the waterway.

With a goal of raising $65,000 for Village by the Shore services, this annual fundraiser will take place August 2.

JFS is currently searching for homes to feature, so if you wish to be included, please call 609.822.7409. 

The Village by the Shore Card Party brings together friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of Canasta, Bridge and Mahjong. A community favorite, the event combines games, shopping and prizes along with lunch and great comradery. The Card Party will take place August 26.

The Farm to Table Dinner, formerly known as the Herb Dinner, will please your palate with local vegetables, herbs and spices. The multi-course dining experience, hosted by Cookie Till of Steve & Cookie’s in Margate, offers flavorful dishes that will have you salivating.  Space is limited for this exclusive dinner featuring an interactive conversation with Herbalist Gayle Gross. Scheduled for October 19, this year’s Farm to Table Dinner will offer great food with some new changes and surprises.

“In addition to our fundraising events, the agency continues to raise dollars through our Friends direct mail campaign and will introduce a new opportunity to advertise in our agency newsletter,” explained Steinberg. “With traditional fundraising events in limbo, JFS still needs to raise money for essential services causing us to adapt for 2021.”

The agency newsletter is mailed in January and July to more than 15,000 homes and businesses. Advertising starts at $150 and is based on space and availability. Contact Susan Kotzen at 609.822.1108, x218 for details. 

Whether sending flamingos to a friend’s front lawn or touring beautiful Downbeach homes, JFS welcomes the community support and looks forward to a happy and healthy year ahead. 

All events, dates and locations are subject to change. Fundraisers will follow COVID health and safety guidelines.   

For information on 2021 JFS fundraising, contact Kirby Reed at 609.822.1108, x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org. For information about events, programs or services, contact 609.822.1108 or visit jfsatlantic.org. 

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 www.jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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JFS’ Village by the Shore Virtual Programs in January Ring in the New Year with an Array of Fun Events

Margate, NJ — Let’s kick-off the new year with 11 interactive and entertaining virtual programs and activities in January offered through the Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore.

Plan to invite your friends, family and neighbors to participate while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden
Tuesday, January 5 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Embrace your green thumb and join an informative session on creating and maintaining your own winter indoor container garden.

You’ll learn how to grow and care for all types of house plants. Plant
materials provided prior to class. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members.

For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by December 28.

Nurse’s Roundtable: Exploring a Healthier Winter Lifestyle
Wednesday, January 6 from 10:30am to 11:30am
JFS Nurse Educator Lori Pasahow and Village Membership Director Tina Serota will discuss ways to establish a healthier, happier winter you! They’ll explore healthy cooking/take-out options and
shopping resources to avoid crowds as well as virtual exercise, educational and social programs to keep you mentally and physically fit. RSVP by December 28.

The Positivity Project
Thursday, January 7 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.

Topics include self-care, mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, resiliency and more. RSVP by January 4.

The Village Movie Society
Tuesday, January 12 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join theater teacher and coach Louise Marshall Hacker and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a discussion about the uplifting movie, The Fisherman’s Friends.

This film is about a fast-living, cynical London music executive who goes to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend only to be pranked by his boss into signing a group of shanty-singing fishermen.

The film is available on Netflix. RSVP by January 5.

Clutter Buster
Wednesday, January 13 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Professional Organizer Charlotte Schutzman of All Moving Matters will provide tips for tackling and organizing items most important to you. RSVP by January 5.

Memoir Workshop
Friday, January 15 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 January 11.

Comfort Cuisine
Tuesday, January 19 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Baker Phil Hollander will provide step-by-step instructions on how to make both basic and specialty challahs. Send a copy of your favorite bread recipe and the special memory it invokes to Tina Serota
at tserota@jfsatlantic.org by January 12. RSVP by January 12.

Coffee Klatch
Thursday, January 21 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 JFS Village Membership Director Tina Serota and JCC Program Director Josh Cutler. RSVP by January 14.

The Artist’s Corner
Tuesday, January 26 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Explore your inner creativity with artist and crafter Louise Marshall Hacker as the class explores the Zentangle method, a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

You’ll release stress and anxiety while creating beautiful images and assembling them into mosaics. Supplies can be found around your home and additional supplies will be provided prior to class.

This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. Must pre-pay and RSVP by January 12.

Joyful January
Wednesday, January 27 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 on exploring creative ways to learn new things and travel the world – all
from the comfort and safety of your home. RSVP by January 19.

Trivia Game Day
Thursday, January 28 from 4pm to 5pm
Test your knowledge and try to defeat the 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. Must pre-pay and RSVP by January 19.

About Village by the Shore:

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 tserota@jfsatlantic.org or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.org.

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 www.jfsatlantic.org or follow us on
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Staying Strong & Safe Together at the Ocean County YMCA


[TOMS RIVER, NJ] — This is the moment the Ocean County community has been waiting for. After many months of being shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ocean County YMCA has announced that it will begin to safely reopen its doors in mid-January 2021.

“The Ocean County YMCA will be reopening slowly and cautiously as the health and safety of our members will always be our top priority,” shared Peter T. Rosario, President & CEO of the Ocean County YMCA. “While hours and classes will be limited, we are excited to have our members back inside the Y. We are committed to following CDC guidelines to make the Ocean County YMCA safe for everyone.”

When the Ocean County YMCA was forced to temporarily close its physical doors in March, the nonprofit did whatever was necessary to help meet the needs of its neighbors. “Despite the devastating impact that this pandemic had on our programs, members and staff, the Ocean County YMCA has continued to step up to serve our community’s most compelling needs,” said Rosario.

Throughout the shutdown, the Ocean County YMCA continued to honor its promise that social distancing would not become social isolation.

“We served thousands of meals, created virtual content for people of all ages, including a weekly Zoom meeting that provided a personal connection. Telephone outreach initiatives were put into action to protect our most vulnerable members, we implemented online learning opportunities, and remained connected with our followers on social media,” added Rosario.

Over the summer, programming began to shift from online to outdoors, serving 131 summer campers and 62 swim team members (which has now grown to 194 during the fall).

The Ocean County YMCA also provided a total of 80,505 meals to those in need throughout Toms River.

Most recently, the Ocean County YMCA opened its facilities during school hours to provide children with supervised space to attend virtual classes as parents returned to work.

“At this most critical time, we need all past and present members of our Y family to come together and support the Ocean County YMCA as we safely reopen our doors,” said Rosario. “With your help, we know the Y will come back stronger than ever.”

For updates regarding the Ocean County YMCA’s reopening or to make a donation, visit ocymca.org.

About the Ocean County YMCA

At the Y, we take immense pride in our work to strengthen communities and help all of us be our best selves.

We provide a place to play, to learn, to be healthy, and to give back. We believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Everything the Y does is in service of making sure people and communities thrive.

The Ocean County YMCA in Toms River features the following onsite amenities: 6,800 sq. ft. functional wellness arena, cardiovascular center, 12 lane competitive size pool with access to adult and family locker rooms, and child watch room.

To learn more, visit ocymca.org.

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CSI Virtual Winter Class For Students in Grades 6-12

If you are looking for a fun, safe, and virtual class for your student to learn about how STEM concepts are used in solving crimes, look no further.

The national CSI Virtual class is geared for students in grades 6 through 12.

There is a $20 discount for current and/or former police, fire, EMS, and military families.

Click here to be directed to the registration page.

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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 tserota@jfsatlantic.org 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 tserota@jfsatlantic.org.

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 tserota@jfsatlantic.org or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.org.

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 www.jfsatlantic.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.