Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting 2022 – facilities, recognitions and awards celebrated

Jewish Family Service Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith (left) and JFS Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator Mary DeMarco (right) congratulate Paula Koiro on receiving the Volunteer Award from the year 2022 at the annual meeting of JFS. Last year, Koiro volunteered 111 hours, delivering groceries and meals to seniors. Photograph courtesy of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Jewish Family Service.

This year’s Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for staff, board members, volunteers and donors to come together in person for the first time in two years. At the program, held on June 16, attendees heard about the state of the agency, its continued evolution and growth, as well as facilities, donor recognition, volunteer appreciation and staff awards.

“During my tenure over the past 16 years, the agency has made significant progress based on our strengths and desired impact in helping the people and communities we serve. At JFS, we work diligently to plan, strategize, build relationships and secure funds to ensure that we collectively achieve our mission and vision every day,” said Andrea Steinberg, CEO of JFS.

At the dinner, former JFS President Marc Lowenstein was sworn in to four new JFS Board members, each for a one-year term. They included: Charles Kramer, Robin Pincus-Shields, Adam R. Steinberg and Aaron R. Sykes. In addition, he swore in Mark Sandson for a two-year term on the board and Colin Bell for a three-year term on the board. The agency also extended a heartfelt thank you to outgoing board members Joel Frankel and Jeffrey Vasser for their hard work and support. Next, JFS Impact Manager Laura Rodgers welcomed Alex Marino, Chair of the JFS Community Advisory Board, to recognize new members of this entity – Adam Barker, Esq., Vernon Lawrence, Hon. Susan F Maven, Victor Moreno, Roslyn Talley and James “Skip” Williams.

Jewish Family Service Executive Director Andrea Steinberg (left) and JFS Senior Director of Communications and Donor Relations Beth Joseph (right) acknowledge Jason Goldstein, owner of JS Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc. at the JFS Annual Meeting for becoming a funder of the agency.  Photograph courtesy of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Jewish Family Service.

Jewish Family Service Executive Director Andrea Steinberg (left) and JFS Senior Director of Communications and Donor Relations Beth Joseph (right) acknowledge Jason Goldstein, owner of JS Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc. at the JFS Annual Meeting for becoming a funder of the agency. Photograph courtesy of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Jewish Family Service.

During the meeting, current JFS Board Chairman Joel Caplan presented Sarah Rosenthal with the prestigious Chairman’s Award for her commitment to community and agency betterment. As he shared, “Sarah’s mother instilled a commitment to caring for people in the community and doing what you can to make it a better place. Sarah serves on several fundraising committees and is secretary of the JFS Board of Directors. He added, “Sarah and her husband, Daniel, are committed to building a strong Jewish community for future generations.”

As the meeting progressed, JFS Senior Director of Communications and Donor Relations, Beth Joseph, welcomed and thanked the agency’s newest donors – The Lynn & Charles Kramer Family Fund, Debbi & Michael Bass, Arlene Groch, Esq., Atlantic City Electric, Janet & Kenneth Grossman, JS Goldstein Funeral Home & Monuments, and Visiting Angels. Additionally, Joseph thanked the TD Benevolent Fund, Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly and Mutual of America for increasing their generous financial support. Beth also paid tribute to the agency’s more than 65 Life & Legacy donors who have chosen to leave a legacy in their will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy at JFS.

Volunteers are the backbone of the agency and in 2021, JFS had 104 volunteers who donated 3,575 hours with friendly visiting, grocery and delivery, helping with special events, sorting and stacking produce in the pantry and more. JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith announced Paula Koiro as the 2022 Volunteer of the Year. delivering groceries and meals to the elderly. Although she worked three jobs, Paula willingly volunteered 111 hours to help those in need. She really has angel wings.

With nearly 175 staff members, JFS COO Ann Thoresen recognized the staff celebrating birthdays with the agency. Sheila Concepcion, Rita Conti, Brittany French, Patience James, Vanessa King, Lauren Lodato, Michael O’Brien, Christina Swank, Kathryn Turcotte and Lillian Elsohn Whitcraft celebrate five years of service at JFS. Additionally, Yesenia Pedroza has been recognized for 10 years at JFS. Erin Bowes, Stacy McDonald and Jessica Reinhardt were recognized for 15 years of service. In addition, Ann Thoresen and Sharon Simon have been employed for 20 years and Marie Reyes-Canales for 25 years at JFS.

Finally, JFS Senior Director of Human Resources, Greg Rosenblit, announced the Service, Heart and Soul, and Staff Leadership awards. As Greg said, “There’s no greater honor than being selected by those who truly understand the job you do and what it takes to do it well.” The winners are: Distinguished Service Award – Pamela Palmer, Eric Kaplan, Fatimah Archie, Lauren Lodato and Sheila Concepcion; Heart & Soul Award – Vickie Perry, Eileen Boyer Durante, Leonard Smith, Jeff Willson and Paola Luisi, and the Leadership Award went to Lillian Elsohn Whitcraft.

For more information about JFS programs, services, or employment opportunities, visit www.jfsatlantic.org. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Vanessa Smith at [email protected] or (609) 822-1108 x249.

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