Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey held its annual meeting on June 22 to mark the end of its fiscal year. The agency’s board members, staff, and volunteers met online to celebrate the achievements of the past year and to discuss the future. Susan Greenbaum, JFCS-NNJ’s chief executive officer, led the meeting; she talked about how the pandemic has changed the way the agency works. “Our annual meeting is an opportunity for me to publicly praise and thank the staff and leadership of JFCS for their unwavering and tireless dedication to our community,” she added. “I am so very proud.”
Outgoing president Debbie Harris discussed her tenure as board leader. “A virtual annual meeting surely is not the warm, embracing evening that we normally look forward to, but it is more important than ever to reflect on the incredible impact we’ve had, to acknowledge the accomplishments of staff and volunteers, and to go from strength to strength by ushering in our new leadership,” she said. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of JFCS and I am so proud and impressed that the dedication, strategic planning, and generosity of all of you has ensured that the agency continues to fully serve the community, even in the face of such a challenging time.” She thanked the outgoing board members JFCS and welcomed new board members to the team.
Ms. Greenbaum introduced Rachel Scheff, the new JFCS board president. “JFCS is a remarkable agency — as it has always been,” Ms. Scheff said. “Especially through these challenging months the agency has provided essential services with compassion and expertise to our friends, neighbors, and community. I am grateful for the opportunity to step into this new role as president to represent the dedicated board and support the meaningful work of the JFCS professionals.”
The Volunteer of the Year award, which recognizes an exceptional and committed JFCS volunteer, was presented to Dr. Joey Silverman, who has volunteered for Kosher Meals on Wheels since 2016. “If I call him last minute and ask if he can add a delivery to his route, or whether he can sub for another driver, he always tries to find a way,” KMOW program coordinator Francine Cuff said. “In my time working with Joey, I have come to value him greatly as a volunteer, and I’m honored to call him my friend.”
Ms. Greenbaum also highlighted three young people who became bar or bat mitzvah this year — Maddie Brooks of Norwood, Avigayil Geyer of Teaneck, and Gregory Michaels of Tenafly. All three celebrated their milestones with JFCS by volunteering with the agency.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing services to families and individuals in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson Counties. Programs and services include mental health counseling, support groups, Kosher Meals on Wheels, senior services, after-school programs, and food assistance services including the Teaneck Kosher food pantry. For more information, go to jfcsnnj.org or call (201) 837-9090.