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Changing of the guard at federation meeting
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Changing of the guard at federation meeting

The annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County — taking place Tuesday evening, June 18, at Stingers in Long Branch — will not only cover business matters, it will also serve as an occasion to honor local educators and community leaders and celebrate the achievements of the organization in New Jersey and abroad.

“This past year, federation made so many positive changes, and our entire community came through a tough time together,” said executive director Keith Krivitzky. “This annual meeting will not only serve its main business purpose, but also be a great kick-off to summer 2013 at the Jersey Shore.”

The main business will be the nomination and installation of the agency’s new board of directors and executive committee. Nominations were announced at the federation’s monthly board meeting on May 21. They include: Sheryl Grutman of Manalapan, president; Joe Hollander of Holmdel, board chair and campaign vice president (Hollander is also outgoing president); Ken Philmus of Aberdeen, community engagement vice president; Bob Gutman of Ocean Township, philanthropy and impact vice president (formerly “allocations”); Cheryl Markbreiter of Ocean Township, treasurer; Judy Premselaar of Manalapan, secretary; and members-at-large, Stu Abraham of Manalapan (also outgoing board chair) and Lauren Reich of Manalapan.

Abraham reported that Sheri Tarrab of Holmdel, originally slated for the position of president, chose to decline the nomination and step down from the federation’s board. “Sheri resigned for personal reasons, ensuring the federation’s interests were put before any other considerations,” he said. “We are very grateful to Sheri for her many years of dedication to our Jewish community and wish her all the best.”

Grutman, now slated to become the new president, said the federation “has made great strides in the past two years. I am honored and humbled to help lead this organization to even more success in the future.”

Event chair and returning board member Rhonda Levy of Manalapan said all are invited to attend the annual meeting, which will be “a warm and festive celebration filled with friends and neighbors, delicious kosher light fare, and well-deserved recognition for very special honorees from the worlds of education and community service in Monmouth County.”

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