GIVING

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.

SPECIAL GIVING INITIATIVES

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. Over the past two years, 140 Founding & Sustaining Members have raised over $166,000 in support of the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry 

Why focus on Hunger?

In Mercer County, 1 in 10 individuals is estimated to be food insecure.

Prior to the pandemic, there were tens of thousands in our community who regularly had to choose between paying their bills and keeping food on the table. Throughout the past year, JFCS food programs saw higher demand than ever as those who were already in vulnerable positions were pushed even further.

The JFCS mobile and on-site food pantries distribute over 850 bags of food each month as more and more families turn to us for help.

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.

2021 Member Event Held Virtually on October 26, 2021

A Conversation with Leanne Brown

Nutritious, Delicious, Accessible: Eating on $4/Day

Leanne Brown recognized that while there are many barriers keeping people from eating nourishing food, money should not be one of them. This simple concept launched Leanne’s bestselling cookbook “GOOD AND CHEAP.” Her book is a wealth of filling, delicious, healthful recipes that meet the SNAP (food stamp) budget of $4 a day per person. Leanne was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

2021 Event Committee

Stacey Bialow ● Beth Frieder ● Paula Heller ● Carol Lerner ● Carli Masia
Jacqueline Orr ● Robin Persky ● Sheryl Punia ●  Denny Siegel

MORE WAYS TO JOIN IN 2021

The 2021 member event was held virtually on October 26, 2021, if you wish to become a member, you may still support at the following levels:

n$1,000+ Sustaining Membership

Includes link to recorded Fall 2021 Virtual Event, signed copy of GOOD AND CHEAP, and Listing as Sustaining Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report

$540-$999 Supporting Membership

Includes link to recorded Fall 2021 Virtual Event, signed copy of GOOD AND CHEAP, and Listing as Supporting Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report

$250-$539 Contributing Membership

Includes link to recorded Fall 2021 Virtual Event, signed copy of GOOD AND CHEAP, and Listing as Contributing Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report

If you are unable to participate, please consider making a donation in support of the Women’s Alliance and their mission at a level that is meaningful to you.

Make your 2021-2022 contribution online

Contact Helaine Isaacs at HelaineI@jfcsonline.org / 609-987-8100 ext 104.

From our 2021 Member Virtual Event, featured speaker Leanne Brown (L) with Michelle Napell, Executive Director (C) and Nora Muchanic (R) who served as interviewer.

Women’s Alliance Sustaining Members

2021-2022

2021 – 2022

Sustaining Members

Anonymous (1)
Abrams Foundation / Nati Kushner
Leslie Azaroff
Stacey Bialow
Shari Blecher
Myra Colbert
Andrea Dedrick
Holli Elias
Barbara Essig
Susan Falcon
Julie Fefferman
Bobbi Freedman
Marsha and Eliot Freeman
Beth Frieder
Andrea Genek
Carol Golden

Ellen Gordon
Nadivah Greenberg
Paula Heller
Patty Herst
Jill Jaclin
Seva Jaffe-Kramer
Kathy Lane
Barbara Lawrence
Carol Lerner
Mel Lubin
Debby Maisel
Carli Masia
Linda Meisel
Michelle Napell
Regina Neilssen
Jacqueline Orr
Reba Orszag
Danielle Perlman
Robin Persky
Carol Pollard
Sheryl Punia
Rachel Reiss
Lois Riskin
Phlaxy L. Rosenman
Norma Saks
Pat Schlaefer
Marcie Shavel
Dina Shaw
Denny Siegel
Lisa Smukler
Helane Staller
Cathy Straus
Elaine Sussman
Lisa Tobias
Marissa Treu
Sharon Voelzke
Amy Vogel
Melissa Wasserman
Stacey Wasserman
Audrey Wisotsky

2021 – 2022

Supporting Members

Jaimi Gaffe
Debbi Gitterman
Amy Hoffman
Jodi Hornstein
Emily Josephson
Julie Kantor
Lily Krauss
Judy Leopold
Lauren Nazarian
Carole Nimaroff
Jaimie Orland
Arlene Pedovitch
Julie Ramirez
Jacqueline Schreiber
Betsy Silverman
Linda B. Weber
Ann Zecher

2021 – 2022

Contributing Members

Anonymous (2)
Gail Alba
Jennifer Black
Lauren Blick
Adena Blum
Charlene Borsack
Chris Cirkus
Beth Englezos
Martha Friedman
Debbie Glick
Nancy Goldstein
Jacqueline Goldfinger
Helene Gottlieb
Janice Gross
Shara Hofing
Betsy Ie
Helaine Isaacs

Ilene Janofsky
Joyce Kalstein
Regina Kenen
Leslie Kornsgold
Ellen Kuznick
Lois Lichstein
Stephanie Loesberg
Ginny Mason
Wendy Merkovitz
Andrea Merow
Stacy Mitgang
Lauren Pechter
Lynn Zabner Polin
Sharen Popkin
Martha Rossman
Beverly Rubman
Rebecca Sarett
Michal Scheer
Lois Shindelman
Fran Zeitler

Women’s Alliance Founding Members

Anonymous (3)
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

“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

ANNUAL EVENTS

JFCS hosts two annual fundraisers: our gala event takes place in late winter/early spring with proceeds benefiting all agency programs & services, and Wheels for Meals in the fall which directly supports our full range of food programs.

Cheers to the Volunteers | Thursday, March 25, 2021 

See event site for full recap.

JFCS’ first ever virtual annual fundraiser was an incredible success, bringing together over 370 supporters from across NJ – and the country – all in support of JFCS programs! We were so proud to say ‘Cheers to the Volunteers’ as we toasted with wine and coffee over Zoom.

Wheels for Meals | Sunday, October 3, 2021

See jfcswheels4meals.org for list of cyclists and event recap!

Through the incredible support of sponsors, cyclists, and donors, our inaugural event raised over $96,000 in support of JFCS food programs including our brick-and-mortar pantry, our two-vehicle mobile pantry fleet that delivers our pantry experience to food insecure individuals all across the Greater Mercer community, the Kosher Café which provides hot lunches to low-income seniors 4 days a week, AND Kosher Meals on Wheels which delivers weekly meals to home bound seniors.

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

2021 Cheers to the Volunteers: Honoring Those who Support JFCS Pandemic Relief Efforts
2020 Partner in Healing: Berkshire Bank
2020 Helping Hand: Lois Miller
2020 Beacon of Hope: JFCS Mobile Food Pantry
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.

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

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.

Pantry Amazon Wish List

See our Amazon Wish List to make a donation of food items to our pantries.

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.

AmazonSmile

Sign into smile.amazon.com with your Amazon log-in and designate JFCS as a beneficiary to make a contribution every time you shop!

Donate a Car

We partner with CARS (careasy.org) to manage donations of vehicles to benefit our agency. Use their online form or contact CARS at 866-557-5327.

Purchase a Tzedakah Basket

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