On the final night of Hanukka, Dec. 13, over 200 supporters came together in Livingston to celebrate and pay tribute to the leadership and staff of Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey.
The honorees at the agency’s gala dinner at the Crystal Plaza were: Kobi Offer, president of OK Sales, Inc., who received the Lilly K. Gottlieb Award; JFS executive director Tom Beck, honored for his 30 years of service; JFS first vice president Marc Singer, the Miriam S. Karch Award; JFS board member Roslyn Schwartzberg, the Ruth Bilenker Award for Outstanding Service; Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, the Community Service Award; and Rabbi Joshua Hess, religious leader of Congregation Anshe Chesed, Linden, the Rabbinic Leadership Award. A memorial tribute honored longtime board member Nieson Shak.
The dinner was chaired by board member and past JFS president Toby Goldberger; Jennifer Pollak, board member and past JFS president, spearheaded the raffle prizes. Entertainment was provided by Shir Soul.
JFS of Central NJ has offices in Elizabeth and Mountainside and is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
Proceeds from the JFS gala, the organization’s main event, support the agency’s many services, which include individual and family counseling, home care, kosher meals-on-wheels, a food pantry, in-home nursing services, refugee resettlement, emergency funds for the needy, programs for caregivers of children with special needs, and adoption services.