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Leading Loyalty Marketing and Rewards Provider Contributes Hundreds of Pounds of Food

Margate, NJ (December 29, 2020) – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) received a donation of an abundance of non-perishable foods, basic essentials and cleaning supplies from Rymax, a loyalty marketing and rewards provider based in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

Their generosity assures the JFS Food Pantry can continue to meet the increased demand perpetuated by the current economic environment.

Rymax’s heartfelt donation included hundreds of pounds of pasta, hearty soups, cereal, tuna, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, beverages and more. In addition to purchasing and donating pallets full of products, Rymax staff delivered directly to the pantry and helped unload the donation.

The company has worked with the Atlantic City hospitality/gaming industry for years providing comprehensive loyalty programs and rewards.

“We’ve been a supplier to the gaming industry for over 20 years,” said Eve Kolakowski, President of Rymax. “We know it is one of the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to give back to the community that has given us so much over the years. This donation will help our friends who have lost their jobs at the casinos, as well as other families who need additional support this holiday season.” Kolakowski continued, “Studies show that in the wake of COVID-19, the number of people who are food insecure in the United States could rise to more than 50 million, including 17 million children. When you read and hear about those staggering numbers, it’s heartbreaking and you know you have to act.”

Last May, Kolakowski and her team sent a similar shipment as the JFS Food Pantry.

That delivery included boxes and bags of pasta, jelly, snacks, vegetables, beverages, condiments and more which fed hundreds of community residents during the shelter at home order.

While the need for food is still escalating, contributions to the agency have slowed. Rymax’s support affords JFS with the opportunity to restock their shelves and assures no one will go hungry this winter season.

“At JFS, we are grateful for Rymax’s ongoing support,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “Many people who have needed support have experienced job loss from the Atlantic City hospitality industry. By giving on a reoccurring basis, Eve and Rymax ensure our shelves can remain stocked and meet the increase demand into the future,” she added.

For more information about JFS programs, services or how you can get involved, contact 609.822.1108 or visit jfsatlantic.org.

Jewish Family Service volunteer Donna Levin helps sort and stack some of the hundreds of pounds of food donated by Rymax, a leading marketing and rewards provider, in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

The company graciously donated the non-perishable food and basic essentials to restock JFS’ Food Pantry which has experienced an increase in demand since mid-March.

This is the second contribution by Rymax who pledged to help JFS provide for community residents in need.

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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OceanFirst Foundation Continues to Support Jewish Family Service Awards $20,000 Grant For Village By the Shore Program


Margate, NJ (December 14, 2020) – OceanFirst Foundation presented Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) with a $20,000 grant to support 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.

“We are grateful to continue our partnership with the OceanFirst Foundation and appreciate their generous support to assure JFS’ Village by the Shore is able to continue to meet the demands associated with this program. Since mid-March, the Village has experienced a tremendous influx of requests, especially for our Shop at Home and Kosher Meals on Wheels programs,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

With more than 50 Shop at Home members receiving door-to-door grocery delivery and a 67% increase in Kosher Meals on Wheels delivery each week, the Village staff and volunteers are assuring our community’s senior residents are well-tended to during this unprecedented time.

In addition, the Village continues to offer a multitude of virtual programs and events including Memoir Writing, DIY Gardening, Coffee Klatch and Trivia Game Day as well as weekly phone check-ins and more.

“Now more than ever, we see the importance of staying in touch with our neighbors in need who may be experiencing isolation. Thanks to programs like Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore, we know that adults will continue to receive services and socialization to enhance their quality of life and maintain an independent lifestyle,” Katherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation.

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen.

The Bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation.

For more information on JFS’ Village by the Shore program, contact Membership Director Tina Serota at 609.822.1109 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.

About OceanFirst Foundation

OceanFirst Foundation empowers organizations to think bigger, solve more problems, and make life betting 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 8,000 grants totaling more than $42 million to over 900+ local charities and schools.

Learn more at oceanfirstfdn.org.

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Greg Rosenblit Named Senior Director of Human Resources for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Margate, NJ — Greg Rosenblit has joined Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) as the Senior Director of Human Resources.

In this position at the non-profit agency, Greg is responsible for navigating an employee-centered, performance oriented culture for the staff.

He manages recruitment, employee relations, compensation and
benefits as well as training and development for the organization.

“The JFS Board and staff are pleased to have Greg join our team. His Human Resources centric expertise, coupled with his career background, will complement our hard-working staff,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

With nearly a decade of Human Resources experience in manufacturing, corporate and retail industries, Greg most recently served as the Human Resources Manager for the AJM Packaging Company.

His diverse HR expertise includes employee engagement, project management, analytical reporting, and compliance.

“I am thrilled to bring my experience to Jewish Family Service. The agency’s commitment to the community is tantamount to its dedication to employees. I look forward to playing an active role in the organization’s continued success by recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse and sustainable workforce to positively influence the communities we serve,” said Greg Rosenblit, JFS’ Senior Director of Human Resources.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Greg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management.

In addition, he is currently pursuing a Professionals in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

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.

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Jewish Family Service Friends Campaign: Your Generous Support Benefits Our Community


Margate, NJ (December 07, 2020) – As we approach the final days of 2020, many of us have either experienced or know someone who has been affected by this unprecedented and uncertain environment.

Whether that means reduced work hours or job loss, anxiety or depression, or needing food and shelter, at Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS), we’ve continued to be there to help.

Each year, we host the JFS Friends Campaign which affords our agency the opportunity to provide assistance, programs and services for residents throughout our county.

With a goal of raising $35,000, we are currently $15,580 away and we need your support.

Since the pandemic began mid-March, JFS’ work has steadfastly continued our mission of empowering people to reach their full potential through the values of healing the world (tikkun olam).

Staff and volunteers have delivered 3,394 meals to isolated seniors, fed 5,267 individuals and families through our on-site Food Pantry, responded to 2,228 calls for assistance, and provided 5,767 telehealth sessions all while adhering to CDC social distancing guidelines.

With the ever-growing need in our region, we rely on the generosity of community members. JFS is looking to you, our dedicated Friends, to assist us to reach this important fundraising goal.

When considering your donation, please know that every dollar collected helps.

For example:

  • $36 will feed a family through our Food Pantry
  • $50 will offset the cost of a counseling session for someone overcome with anxiety
  • $100 will assure a month of Kosher meals for a senior sheltered at home
  • $250 will provide emergency shelter for a family who otherwise might be homeless

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the JFS Friends Campaign.

Your contribution can be mailed to Jewish Family Service, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402 or made on-line at 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.

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Jewish Family Service Hosts Unique Blue Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser

Margate, NJ (December 01, 2020) – Here’s your opportunity to purchase a distinctive gift for your family, friends and neighbors this holiday season.

From now through January 31, 2021, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) is hosting a Blue Flamingo Flocking fundraiser in which proceeds will support our commitment to helping children, families and seniors in our region.

For $50, you can send 20 vibrantly colored birds to someone on your gift list and for $75, you can remain anonymous so they’ll have no idea who flocked them.

For $150, you can supersize your flock and JFS will send up to 100 blue flamingos to celebrate a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary.

Add a card and gift for an additional charge.

Want to prevent your yard from ending up in the flamingo landing zone? Purchase Flocking Insurance, courtesy of Scott Brown Insurance Agency, for $100, and your home will be protected from these feathered invaders.

Flamingo migration territories include Downbeach, Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Egg Harbor Township, Absecon and Brigantine. Additional fees apply for Mays Landing and Galloway.

Flamingos will nest in the yard for up to 48 hours.

“When it comes to fun and creative ways to raise money to support the agency’s programs and services, the JFS staff truly thinks outside of the box,” said Andrea Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. “This Flocking Fundraiser is a new and unique way to raise essential dollars for our agency while also bringing some uplifting and joy to neighborhoods,” she added.

The JFS Flocking Fundraiser runs from now through January 31, 2021 with a goal of raising $10,000 for services and programs.

Should you wish to volunteer to help deliver flamingos or be part of the Flocking Committee, contact Vanessa Smith at 609.822.1108, x249.

For more information or to arrange for a Flocking, Flocking Removal, Flocking Insurance or a Flocking Sponsorship, visit jfsatlantic.org or 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 on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.