JFS of Central NJ honors leaders at gala

JFS of Central NJ honors leaders at gala

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE of Central New Jersey, the 101-year-old Union County health and social service agency which is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, will hold its annual gala dinner on Sunday evening, Nov. 17, at Crystal Plaza in Livingston.

NJ Assembly Minority Leader Jon M. Bramnick of Westfield (R-Dist. 21) will deliver the keynote address.

Marc. L. Harrison of Manalapan will receive the Lilly K. Gottlieb Award for his ongoing support of JFS and his role in the organization’s technology make-over.

Harrison, president of Silicon East Inc., an IT provider, is involved in the national board of the American Technion Society and serves as vice president of the Jewish Learning Center in Manalapan.

Phyllis Bernstein and Bob Kuchner of Westfield will receive the Miriam S. Karch Award in recognition of the couple’s leadership on behalf of the Jewish community in Central NJ and beyond.

Bernstein is a board member at JFS and has been involved with its annual art show as a volunteer and an artist, as well as volunteering for the JFS Food Pantry. Bob, a partner with Marks Paneth LLP, has supported and helped ensure funding for the agency, as a former president of the historic Central federation and now as a member of the executive committee of GMW, as well as in various other leadership roles.

Ann and Lou Beckerman of Scotch Plains will receive the Ruth Bilenker Award for Outstanding Service.

Ann, a longtime JFS board member, served on the art show committee and the human services committee; Lou is president of Beckerman and Company, an insurance agency in Colonia. In addition to their support of JFS, the Beckermans have had leadership positions at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains and the JCC of Central NJ.

Dr. Robert Fuhrman of Westfield will receive the JFS Humanitarian Award.

Fuhrman, an internist and endocrinologist, has been a member of the board of JFS since 2002. He has also served in leadership roles with the former Central federation and the JCC of Central NJ. He is on the board of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, where he was chair of the religious school.

Grotta Fund for Senior Care leaders Renie Carniol, executive director, and Shelley Levine, president, will accept the Community Service Award on behalf of Grotta, in appreciation for its longtime support of JFS.

For over a decade, Grotta, a community advisory council of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, has helped JFS provide Kosher Meals on Wheels, train para-professional volunteers for hospice care, provide legal assistance to seniors to prevent homelessness. Most recently, it funded a care transitions program to prevent re-hospitalizations.

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