Last spring, The Manischewitz Company held a contest for grocery stores around the country in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, celebrated each May. Stores were asked to create displays featuring kosher products from Manischewitz and other purveyors as well as information about Jewish American heritage. Kings Supermarkets won the nationwide competition and in turn, donated their winnings to local Jewish charities. On August 25, representatives from The Manischewitz Company and Kings Supermarkets presented a check to Jewish Family Service of MetroWest at the store in Short Hills.

From left: Antonio Acosta, Grocery Merchandiser for Kings Supermarkets; George Pastino, Regional Sales Director for The Manischewitz Company; Betty Jampel, Coordinator of Case Management Services for JFS; Anita Millman, Director of Development for JFS; Emilio Romeo, General Store Manager for the Kings in Short Hills.

With roots going back to 1861, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is today a comprehensive social service agency providing counseling and support services, on a non-discriminatory basis, to help strengthen and restore the family, in Essex, Morris, Sussex and parts of Hudson and Union counties. JFS annually touches more than 3,500 families in the Metro West area. Traditionally, half of our services help older adults and their families cope with the changes of aging through extensive in-home services including subsidized home care, case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, family play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school and synagogue-based social work services, debt counseling, domestic violence services, family life education and other assistance needed to maintain healthy families. JFS has offices located in Florham Park, Livingston and Jersey City. For more information, please call (973) 765-9050 or visit www.jfsmetrowest.org