More than 200 people gathered on November 5 for the annual Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey celebration. The evening honored Rachel Scheff and Glass Gardens, Inc. ShopRite for their dedication to uplifting the community. It also celebrated JFCS’s unity and support for its brothers and sisters in Israel with a program that highlighted JFCS’s efforts to offer relief to people living in New Jersey who are impacted by the war abroad.
JFCS’s CEO, Susan Greenbaum, read a misheberach — a prayer for healing — for IDF soldiers and the hostages in Israel. The organization’s president, Sima Kern, described the support JFCS is offering to the community. Irina Perelman-Grabois, the daughter of a JFCS Holocaust survivor client and Lauren Waddell Krauss, a JFCS clinician, talked about their personal experiences with JFCS.
One of the highlights of the evening was a paddle raise, where attendees donated an additional $150K in 15 minutes. Because of its loyal donors and dedicated friends, JFCS can continue to provide vital services to everyone who needs them through its four pillars of service — mental health services, older adult Services, food insecurity services, and basic needs assistance.
The program ended with presentations for the JFCS honorees. Andrew Kent, one of the honorees representing ShopRite, summed up the feeling that many of the attendees shared: “Thank you again for such a special evening and memory. Amazingly, you pulled off a Cinderella event given the landscape and backdrop.”
To see the evening’s photos, videos, and ad journal, go to:JFCSNNJ.org/Celebration
JFCS is a mental health and social services agency that serves Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson cunties. It is dedicated to ensuring the well-being of everyone in the community who needs help. To learn more about JFCS, or to donate, volunteer, or request services, go to jfcsnnj.org, email email@example.com, or call (201) 837-9090.