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Jewish Family Service & The Rothenberg Center for Family Life Continue to Offer Virtual Programming in Oct.

Margate, NJ (October 2, 2020) – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties and The Rothenberg Center for Family Life, the educational arm of the agency, are continuing to offer free virtual educational programs for families and teachers in October.

The workshops provide an opportunity to explore the social and emotional impact of COVID-19 as well as strategies to navigate challenges.

“At JFS, we continue to be committed to assisting community residents with food, counseling, virtual programs and more. It’s important to assure that JFS remains at the forefront to help residents navigate the new normal all of us are experiencing during this unprecedented time,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

In October, the following free programs will be available:

Students: Teens Versus Adult Perspective
Wednesday, October 14 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Social distancing, masks and virtual learning. Discover ways to adjust to the challenges created by the pandemic at home and school.

Grandparents: Family Relationships
Wednesday, October 21 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Do you sometimes feel disconnected from your children and grandchildren? Plan to join the conversation about communication techniques that promote a greater sense of connection and create healthier relationships during the pandemic.

Educators: Engaging Students in the New School Year
Wednesday, October 28 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss virtual and in-person education challenges with colleagues, explore the social, emotional and cognitive impact of learning, and discover tools to navigate work and family responsibilities.

“The Rothenberg Center has been providing skill-based group and individualized programs designed to promote social, emotional and relational health for more than 10 years.

In response to today’s environment, the Center has placed the pandemic at the forefront as it relates to our mission to promote resiliency amongst family members and educators,” said Sharon Simon, Supervisor of The Rothenberg Center for Family Life.

For more information or to register for these free programs, please contact Sharon Simon at ssimon@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 Programs in October

The autumn season offers a delightful time to enjoy cool breezes and cool programs with Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS). In October, we’ll showcase 12 interactive, thought-provoking and entertaining activities through the Village by the Shore virtual programs. Plan to participate with friends, family and neighbors while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden

Tuesday, October 6 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Step into the autumn season and embrace your green thumb. Join us for an informative session on creating your own manageable Fall container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for herbs and vegetables. Plus, you’ll learn which flowers grow best in your garden during the autumn season. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by September 29.

Election 2020: Make Your Vote Count

Wednesday, October 7 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Whether you’re planning to vote by mail or at the polls, educate yourself about voting in a pandemic. Join us for an informative session with local attorney, Elaine Tobolsky, on how to make certain your vote is counted. RSVP by October 2.

The Positivity Project

Thursday, October 8 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 October 2.

Open Enrollment Medicare Seminar

Tuesday, October 13 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Amanda Reese from Hafetz & Associates for a discussion about Medicare basic, including Medicare Part A and Part B, Part C Advantage Part D prescription, and supplemental plan coverage.  A question & answer session will follow the presentation. RSVP by October 7.

Navigating Your “Normal” in COVID-19

Wednesday, October 14 from 10:30am to 12pm

Join Lori Cohen-Pasahow, JFS Nurse Educator, for a discussion about safety and returning to your routine. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of grocery shopping, visits with friends and relatives, restaurant dining or ordering takeout, walking the boardwalk, exercise classes and more. Find out what’s safe and what’s not as we return to our “new normal.” RSVP by October 8.

Memoir Workshop

Friday, October 16 from 10:30am to 12pm

Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history, ancestry and more at our Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing, Harriet Levin Millan. You must have a laptop or pen and paper to enjoy the full experience of the workshop. RSVP by October 9.

Comfort Cuisine

Tuesday, October 20 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join us as we share our favorite recipes and the memories they invoke. This month will feature soups and one-pot meals (stews, casseroles, etc.). Send a copy of your favorite recipe to Tina Serota at tserota@jfsatlantic.org by October 13 and include your special memory. RSVP by October 13.

Family Relationships

Wednesday, October 21 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Being a parent, stepparent or grandparent is a joyful experience, but it may also be challenging.  Join Sharon Simon, Supervisor of the Rothenberg Center for Family Life, and Tina Serota, Village Membership Director, for a lively discussion about family and communication tools to help create healthier relationships. RSVP by October 14.

Coffee Klatch

Thursday, October 22 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends 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 October 15.

The Artist’s Corner: Decoupage

Tuesday, October 27 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Explore your inner creativity with artist & crafter Louise Marshall Hacker. This month will be an adventure in decoupage.  You need any of the following materials: decorative greeting cards, wrapping paper, wallpaper or material scraps, pictures, and scissors. Additional supplies will be provided to each participant prior to class. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by October 20.

The Village Movie Society

Wednesday, October 28 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 documentary, 13th, on how the Thirteenth Amendment reframed American history. You’ll need to watch the documentary, available on Netflix, ahead of the planned discussion. RSVP by October 21. 

Trivia Game Day

Thursday, October 29 from 4pm to 5pm

With questions covering an array of topics including science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more, you can test your knowledge and compete for the top prize during this fun program. This month’s Trivia Game Day is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. RSVP by October 27.

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 us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Republic Bank Donates $3,000 to Jewish Family Service

(Pictured left to right): Republic Bank mascot R. Dog; Republic Bank Northfield Store Manager Walter Olszewski; and Republic Bank Senior Vice President and Retail Market Manager Leslie DiLuigi hands Jewish Family Service Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg a check for $3,000 to fund agency programs that provide community residents with information and guidance to achieve fiscal responsibility and stability. Republic Bank’s support will assure JFS continues to provide much-needed assistance to county residents. (Photo provided)

Margate, NJ (September 16, 2020) – Republic Bank embraced a community partnership with Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) by presenting the organization with a $3,000 donation. The funds will benefit agency programs that provide community residents with information and guidance to achieve fiscal responsibility and stability.

“We are grateful to partner with Republic Bank and appreciate their generous contribution,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “It’s imperative to implement programs which support fiscal responsibility such as our vocational, mental health and supportive housing services, especially in today’s economic climate.”

With nearly 48,000 people in Atlantic and Cape May Counties – enough to fill Boardwalk Hall more than three times – living below the poverty line, the donation will support services to assist this segment of our population. From the agency’s Food Pantry to supportive housing, vocational assistance and counseling, many of these clients who are homeless, unemployed or underemployed turn to JFS for assistance.

“We are proud to do our part to support an organization like JFS, doing good to help those struggling during this challenging time,” said Leslie DiLuigi, Senior Vice President and Retail Market Manager at Republic Bank. “Providing assistance to the communities we serve at a grassroots level is a key pillar of what we stand for. Making contributions that our customers and our neighbors can benefit from is where we will continually focus our efforts.”

Republic Bank continues to expand its footprint throughout Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and New York City as part of its “The Power of Red is Back” growth plan. Republic Bank’s 31 stores are open seven days a week, 361 days a year, with extended lobby and drive-thru hours, providing customers incredible convenience and flexibility.

The bank also offers absolutely free checking, ATM/Debit cards and credit cards issued on the spot and access to more than 55,000 surcharge free ATMs worldwide via the Allpoint network.

For more information about JFS agency donors, programs or services, 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 on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Republic Bank

Republic Bank is the operating name for Republic First Bank. Republic First Bank is a full-service, state-chartered commercial bank, whose deposits are insured up to the applicable limits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

The Bank provides diversified financial products through its 31 offices located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey; Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and New York County in New York.

The bank also offers a wide range of residential mortgage products through its mortgage division, Oak Mortgage Company.

For more information about Republic Bank, please visit www.myrepublicbank.com.

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Jewish Family Service Welcomes Staff Back to Offices

Margate, NJ (September 08, 2020) – Like all businesses, the health and safety of the staff at Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) is paramount. While the pandemic reduced the hours or shuttered many companies, business steadfastly continued for JFS staff who worked remotely to provide essential services to residents and the community while adhering to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Now, after nearly six months, JFS staff were welcomed back to offices in the region. To assure the safety of all staff members, JFS diligently worked to sanitize office areas by deep cleaning and fogging offices, cubicles, vehicles and more.

In addition, stationary hand sanitizing machines are strategically placed in each building along with directional and informational decals and signage to assure social distancing is adhered to by employees and visitors. Also, appropriate masks have been provided along with face-to-face guidelines for interaction in the office and field.

At no time since the pandemic began did our commitment change to help residents of our community. Since mid-March, JFS has seen an 80% increase in need for the Food Pantry, 67% increase in Kosher Meals on Wheels delivery and the agency overall has assisted more than 1,310 residents in our community with services, programs and goods. At JFS, we understand that the need for non-perishable food and basic essentials is still growing. As such, our expanded Margate Food Pantry continues to be accessible to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

In addition, the Margate office, located at 607 North Jerome Avenue, is open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 8pm, and Friday from 8am to 5pm for assistance with Supportive Housing, Counseling, Shop at Home and more.

At JFS, safety is of the utmost importance for staff, consumers, volunteers and community members. For more information on JFS services and programs, contact 609.822.1108, x1 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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Jewish Family Service 7th Annual Card Party Goes on Hiatus

Margate, NJ (August 24, 2020) – As the COVID virus continues to be a concern, and with the health and safety of guests, volunteers and staff in mind, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties made the decision to place the 7th Annual Card Party on hiatus this year.

“We surveyed previous Card Party participants to gauge the level of interest based on the current environment. Essentially, we put it in their hands about whether or not to host this popular event. More than 70% of those surveyed felt they would rather postpone the summer event to avoid any potential risks associated with a gathering,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

The Card Party, which brings together friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of Canasta, Bridge and Mahjong, served as one of JFS’ main fundraisers.

The revenue garnered from this event supported Village by the Shore, a program which provides programs, services and socialization to adults 50+ including Intergenerational Events, Transportation, Grocery Shopping and Delivery, Kosher Meals on Wheels and more.

At previous Card Party events, JFS raised in excess of $12,000 for Village programs and services from the $75 per player entry and raffle prizes. Please consider making a secure, on-line contribution at jfsatlantic.org.

Or, you may send a check to JFS, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402.

The agency will be exploring potential options for a winter event that can be conducted safely with the same fun and enthusiasm guests expect from an agency fundraiser. Should you have any questions, please contact Kirby Reed at kreed@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.1108, x144.

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.