JFS Annual Meeting, Installations, Recognitions and Awards for Those Dedicated to JFS

Posted on June 23, 2016

The JFS Annual Meeting offers a unique opportunity for staff, board members, volunteers and supporters to join together to recap the previous year and express enthusiasm for the future.  Held June 15th at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield, the evening, led by emcee and Board member Eric Goldberg, featured installations, recognitions and awards. 

JFS President Richard B. Wise, M.D. installed Board Members and Executive Officers including Secretary Traci Werman, Joel B. Frankel, D.M.D., Lawrence A. Reich, DDS, Melissa Rosenblum-Pisetzner, Esq., and Matthew Simpson (all for a one year term), Joel Caplan, Ph.D. and Ali Lieberman for a two year term and Eric Goldberg for a three year term. The agency also said thank you and farewell to board members Deena Dine and Beverly Rubin for their years of dedication and service.

In addition to a fond farewell, Wise recognized Beverly Rubin with the 2016 President’s Award for her dedication and support of the agency. Beverly joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and has served as Secretary and Vice President.  Additionally she co-chaired the annual House Tour for five years and served on numerous committees.  She was instrumental in the agency’s formation of Village by the Shore.  

During the evening, JFS recognized agency donors, Hafetz & Associates, Andi & David Goldberg, Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation, Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay / 7311, Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, Wells Fargo and Wise Family Eye Center, for their generous donations to the agency. Diana & Mitchell Gurwicz & AtlantiCare also were acknowledged for their continued support of the agency.  

In addition to recognizing the nearly two dozen Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers, JFS honored Bob Cohen & Jordan Kleinman with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Both Bob and Jordan are a staple delivering Kosher Meals on Wheels every Thursday. Their dedication and time devoted to the agency is invaluable. 

CEO Andrea Steinberg commended Rene Kane for her selfless dedication and support with the Community Support Award. From assisting after Superstorm Sandy to serving on the JFS House Tour Committee to collecting hundreds of prom dresses, Rene finds ways to help not only JFS but the entire community.  

The strong impact JFS has in the community is due to the dedication of its staff.  The 2016 Annual Meeting recognized ICMS Case Manager Christopher Barone, Outpatient Counselor Kate Mattleman, ICMS Case Managers Sandra Rosario and Jasmin Shelley, CEO Andrea Steinberg and Chief Human Resources Officer Lisa Witkowski for their 10 years of service to the agency. In addition, Jennifer Wagner (Outstanding Service), Stephen Murray (Emerging Professional), Kathleen Powell (Heart & Soul), Christina Bailey (Leadership) and Naomi Jones (Above & Beyond) were honored with staff awards for their hard work, dedication and professionalism.