About the Alliance

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

This group began in 2019 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 three years, 187 Founding & Sustaining Members have raised over $245,000 in support of the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry.

Why focus on Hunger?

In Mercer County, 1 in 12 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 due to the increase in inflation, as those who were already in vulnerable positions were pushed even further.

The JFCS mobile and on-site food pantries distribute over 880 bags of food each month as more and more families turn to us for help.

Member Event

Cocktails, conversation and lite bites with Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

What TV’s Past and Present Can Teach Us About the Impact of Powerful Women

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong has written seven books, including When Women Invented Television; Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, Sex and the City and Us, and The New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia. She is a former staff writer for Entertainment Weekly, where she worked for a decade, and her writing appears in many publications, including New York magazine, Billboard, The New York Times Book Review, Vice and BBC Culture. She created and co-hosts two podcasts, Pop Literacy and, via the American Writers Museum, Dead Writer Drama. She is currently working on a new book focused on Tina Fey’s film Mean Girls, which Marie Claire recently ranked as the best movie of the 2000s.

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6:00 PM
Cobblestone Creek Country Club or on Zoom

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.

2022 Event Committee

Stacey Bialow ● Beth Frieder ● Jodi Hornstein ● Carol Lerner ● Carli Masia ● Robin Persky ● Sheryl Punia ● Denny Siegel ● Elaine Sussman

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
Florence Kahn
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

Learn More

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