Members of the Bergen County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women attended dedication events for two of its community services on June 7. The section provided funds to these agencies because of a generous bequest from long-time member Renee Guller.
Bergen Family Center dedicated the new National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section/Renee Guller Infant/Toddler Center at its Englewood location. The new facility will expand the early childhood services provided to children from four months to five years old to a three-room suite designed to create a beautiful, safe, and nourishing environment. Mitch Schonfeld, CEO of Bergen Family Center, said that the new facility “will be a fitting culmination to our recent extensive and comprehensive strategic planning.”
Also on June 7, NCJW BCS members attended the dedication of the newly renovated infirmary at Youth Consultation Service Holley Childcare and Development Center in Hackensack. Through Renee Guller’s bequest, NCJW BCS was able to provide funding for new state-of-the-art medical diagnostic equipment in the infirmary, which serves the needs of the children who live at the center.
At the YCS dedication, Ms. Guller’s long-time friend, Roselyn Altman, told the audience about Ms. Guller’s love of children. “Renee had a big heart and she wanted to leave a legacy for vulnerable children,” Ms. Altman said. “She felt that NCJW was the best organization she’d ever joined because they found solutions to existing problems.” Speaking on behalf of the medical team, pediatrician Dr. Peter Cardiello, said, “Today we stand in a truly transformed infirmary. Our examination equipment is top-of-the-line, our electronic health system uses the latest technology, and our convalescence space is warm and friendly. We cannot thank you all enough.”
YCS President Richard Mingoia acknowledged the NCJW BCS, and the women’s support for the YCS children, which it has provided for nearly 50 years. Additional funding was provided by the Oritani Bank Foundation and the Hackensack Rotary.