Federation, JCCWM leaving mall site for new digs

Federation, JCCWM leaving mall site for new digs

After sharing office space for more than three years, the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County and the JCC of Western Monmouth County are planning to move to separate new quarters early this fall.

The end of September is the target date for the two organizations to vacate their current Manalapan location in the Galleria Mall on Route 9, just north of Symmes Road.  

The federation will be moving to 960 Holmdel Rd. in Holmdel, a larger location intended to make it more accessible to donors, constituents, partners, and others, while also making it easier for staff members to travel to meetings and events at various towns throughout the county.

“We felt we should be more centrally located, in terms of geography and Jewish population, and in a more professional environment,” said federation executive director Keith Krivitzky. While praising the landlord at the Galleria, he said that the new location in an office building is more suitable to the nature of federation business than the strip mall in Manalapan.

Joe Hollander, the federation’s president, said the new facility will provide “more space and more flexibility at lower cost.”

Meanwhile, Avrum R. Glassoff, the JCC’s executive director, said his organization is looking for a location that will provide space for his organization to hold programs, and will be making an announcement in the near future.

The new federation space — almost 3,200 square feet, with one large and one smaller conference room — will make it easier and more comfortable to conduct meetings and activities, Krivitzky said.

He noted that federation restructured its staff in the past year, adding a new position that focuses on “community impact,” which includes planning for PJ Library, Birthright Israel, and partnerships with communities in Israel.

There are now eight full-time employees working in the federation office, and a chaplain, who works part-time.

“Our focus is on philanthropy — in two key ways,” Krivitzky said. “We have to educate donors and potential donors and enable them to have impact in meaningful ways about which they can be passionate and excited.” Second, the federation aims to help donors make “smart philanthropic investment decisions” involving endowment and planned giving efforts.”

Tachieve these goals, federation plans to expand the number of its “connections, engagements, and meaningful conversations with the community,” Krivitzky said. “Our move to new offices will help us do this more effectively, and we will continue to focus on working well with our partners, helping to promote programs and support services that maximize the positive impact of our efforts.”

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