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A commitment to JFCS is a commitment to your community.

Your support of JFCS allows us to continue serving those most in need here in our community through comprehensive social services and innovative programs. When you make a donation to our agency, you can be sure that the gift is directly benefiting our clients – 81₵ of every dollar goes towards program delivery.


The JFCS Women’s Alliance is a group of women committed to addressing hunger in our community. By supporting this new initiative, you will help ensure that those with the greatest need will have access to healthy and nutritious food.

This group began with a handful of women asking “How can we do more?” which became the foundation for a sustainable giving group to support JFCS.

This membership-based collaboration benefits JFCS programs addressing hunger year after year. In the inaugural year (2019-2020), 77 women agreed to serve as Founding Members of the Women’s Alliance, with many more contributing to the fund, to raise more than $80,000 to help the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry remain stocked during its first year on the road.

Why focus on Hunger?

In Mercer County, almost 40,000 men, women and children lack consistent access to enough food to lead healthy, active lives. Often, they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The Women’s Alliance commits to supporting JFCS efforts in combating food insecurity here in our community, year after year, by funding programs focused on improving access to nutritious food.

Women’s Alliance members who give at the annual level are recognized on our website, in our Annual Report and are invited to attend the annual Member Event.

Inaugural Event

In October 2019, the JFCS Women’s Alliance held their Inaugural Member Event, a luncheon at Eno Terra (Kingston, NJ) with featured speaker Dana Cowin. Dana Cowin, is best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine and now the podcast “Speaking Broadly,” interviewing extraordinary women in the food industry. Dana shared her experiences and relationship with food and how it impacted her career path and philanthropic pursuits with Board of the Food Education Fund, the Food Council of City Harvest, and Hot Bread Kitchen.

2019 Event Committee

Co-Chairs: Paula Heller, Carol Lerner, Robin Persky & Sheryl Punia

Beth Frieder | Jill Jaclin | Carol Golden | Florence Kahn | Ginny Mason | Gail Ruderman | Betsy Silverman | Lisa Smukler | Helane Staller | Amy Vogel

To learn more about joining the Women’s Alliance and sustaining membership opportunities,contact Helaine Isaacs at / 609-987-8100 ext 104.

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Abrams Foundation/Nati Kushner
Jennifer Agran
Meryl Baurmash
Stacey Bialow
Shari Blecher
Stacey Block
Sara Bucholtz
Jill Chevlin
Christine Cirkus
Myra Colbert
Holli Elias
Susan Falcon
Bobbi Freedman
Marsha Freeman
Beth Frieder
Andrea Genek
Carol Golden
Ellen Gordon
Nadivah Greenberg
Linda Grenis
Paula Heller
Patricia Herst
Jennifer Hilton

Amy Hoffman
Jill Jaclin
Emily Josephson
Florence Kahn
Joyce Kalstein
Rakefet Kasdin
Lily Krauss
Kathy Lane
Barbara Lawrence
Carol Lerner
Mel Lubin
Debby Maisel
Carli Masia
Ginny Mason
Linda Meisel
Michelle Napell
Lauren Nazarian
Carole Nimaroff
Alexa Offen
Jacqueline Orr
Reba Orszag
Arlene Pedovitch
Danielle Perlman
Allison Persky
Robin Persky
Carol Pollard
Sheryl Punia
Susan Rappaport
Rachel Reiss
Lois Riskin
Phlaxy Rosenman
Beverly Rubman
Gail Ruderman
Norma Saks
Patricia Schlaefer
Jacqueline Schreiber
Marcie Shavel
Denise Siegel
Lisette Siegel
Betsy Silverman
Lisa Smukler
Deborah Soffen
Helane Staller
Cathy Straus
Polly Strauss
Elaine Sussman
Lisa Tobias
Marissa Treu
Amy Vogel
Linda Weber
Audrey Wisotsky
Ann Zecher
Frances Zeitler

Bold Names indicate Founding Members
Bold Names with (*) indicate Sustaining Founding Members
Non-bolded names indicate Sustaining Member for Current Fiscal Year

“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank


The JFCS Annual Fundraiser is held in late winter/early spring each year with a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for all budgets and interests. The annual fundraiser is our opportunity to recognize and honor the support of corporate and community partners.

Check back here for more info about upcoming events as they are announced.

2020 Partner in Healing: Berkshire Bank
2020 Helping Hand: Lois Miller
2020 Beacon of Hope: Mobile Food Pantry

Scroll through our videos of past honorees to learn more about our partners & programs.

2019 Partner in Healing: Pepper Hamilton LLP
2019 Helping Hand: Gil Gordon
2019 Champion of Hope: Gesher LeKesher
2018 Partner in Healing (Corporate): Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund
2018 Helping Hand (Community): Estelle Meltzer
2018 Beacon of Hope (Program): Counseling Services
2017 Beacon of Hope (Program): Senior Services
2016 Partner in Healing (Corporate): Janssen Pharmaceuticals
2016 Community Honoree: Linda Meisel
2016 Beacon of Hope (Program): Caregiver Support

View even more on our Youtube Page.


Send a Tribute

Express gratitude, let a friend or family member know you are thinking of them, recognize a special occasion, or honor a loved one’s memory with a Tribute Card.

Purchase a Tzedakah Basket

Perfect for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs (Bima Baskets) and other special occasions, proceeds from basket rental supports our food programs.

Donate a Car

We partners with CARS ( to manage donations of vehicles to benefit our agency. Use the online form or contact CARS at 855-500-RIDE (855-500-7433).

Life & Legacy

It’s never too early to think about how you can perpetuate your Jewish values for future generations by making a legacy promise to the organizations that are important to you. Contact us to learn more.


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