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OceanFirst Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to JFS

Funds will support The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore.

(Second from left): OceanFirst Foundation Executive Director Katherine Durante presents a $10,000 check to Jewish Family Service Volunteer Marla Rosenthol (left) and JFS Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg to support The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore. OceanFirst Bank Mortgage Loan Officer John Gligor, Jr. was on hand to support the generous contribution which will benefit older adult programs and services. (Photo provided by Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)

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OceanFirst Foundation continues its ardent support of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) by presenting a $10,000 grant to benefit The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, a membership program, which provides a multitude of concierge, professional and volunteer services, and socialization for residents over the age of 50.

“OceanFirst has been a steadfast supporter of JFS, and in particular, The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, for many years. With their partnership, we are able to continue to meet the demands associated with this vital program. This year, as well as 2020, JFS continues to receive an influx of requests, especially for the Shop at Home and Kosher Meals on Wheels programs, from older adults in our community,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore strives to enhance the quality of life, and make certain older adults are well-tended to, especially during this unprecedented time.

With nearly 200 members, including 25 Holocaust Survivors in the region, the Village provides care coordination, transportation, grocery shopping and delivery, and friendly phone check-ins as well as monthly virtual programs including Memoir Writing, Bingo, Coffee Klatch and Trivia Game Day.

“Helping to connect our neighbors who may be experiencing isolation to community-based programs that can assist is vital. Thanks to programs like The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, we know that adults will continue to receive essential services and socialization to enhance their quality of life and maintain an independent lifestyle,” said Katherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation.

For more information on The Lynn Kramer Village by the Shore, contact Village Community Specialist 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, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About OceanFirst Foundation

OceanFirst Foundation empowers organizations to think bigger, solve more problems, and make life better in the neighborhoods served by OceanFirst Bank.

OceanFirst Foundation’s priorities include Health & Wellness, Housing, Improving the Quality of Life, Youth Development and Education.

Since 1996, OceanFirst Foundation has awarded more than 8,400 grants totaling more than $43 million to over 1,000 local charities and schools.

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