JFS of Central NJ to honor community leaders at gala

JFS of Central NJ to honor community leaders at gala

Eric Harvitt
Eric Harvitt

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE of Central New Jersey (JFS) will hold its gala fund-raising dinner-dance Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, at the Crystal Plaza, Livingston.

Longtime JFS board member and community leader Eric Harvitt of Warren will receive the Lilly K. Gottlieb Award, named for his late aunt, a former JFS president. Harvitt is a principal in Landmark Companies and a vice president of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Karen Ross Kerstein of Springfield, manager/owner of Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union, will receive the Miriam S. Karch Award. She is involved in numerous communal activities, including the board of directors of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, YM-YWHA of Union County, and Jewish Vocational Service of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Lani and Daniel Krausz of Springfield will receive the Ruth Bilenker Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Daniel, a partner in Blue Door Asset Management in Connecticut, is a JFS board member and active contributor and is involved in the JFS Charlotte Shak Food Pantry. Lani is the director of early childhood at the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, a JFS community partner.

Lani and Daniel Krausz

Sergio Granados, chair of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will receive the Community Service Award for his work in overseeing improvements in transportation and economic development, services for seniors and veterans, education, and park and environmental programs.

The Fred C. Rummel Foundation in Westfield will receive the Community Partner Award. In addition to funding JFS programs, the foundation awards grants to nonprofits to assist the economically challenged, the mentally and/or physically challenged, children, and seniors. Foundation trustee Robert W. Cockren will accept the award.

The event will feature a film by Elie Gabor. The cocktail hour will begin at 6, dinner at 7. Couvert is $190.

To submit journal ads and make reservations, go to JFSCentralNJ.org/dinner or contact info@jfscentralnj.org or

read more: