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Jewish Family Service Celebrates Its 150th Annual Meeting

Standing (left to right): Elizabeth Cohen, Annual Meeting co-chair; Carrie Nussbaum, incoming trustee; Stephen Lampf, incoming trustee; Marian Z. Stern, outgoing JFS president; Nancy Eskow, vice president and Committee on Trustees chair; Reuben D. Rotman, executive director; Jed Marcus, incoming trustee. Seated (left to right): Ellen Legow, vice president; Michael Elchoness, vice president and Annual Meeting co-chair; Ellen B. Kulka, incoming JFS president; Marion Medow, secretary; Mitchell Lieberman, treasurer Not pictured: Gina Mandelbaum, vice president; Ron Rickles, vice president; Steven Kany, incoming trustee


Friends and supporters of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest gathered at the Aidekman Jewish Community Campus in Whippany on  Monday, June 20  to celebrate the 150th annual meeting of the Agency.

At the meeting, chaired by Elizabeth Cohen of Short Hills and Michael Elchoness of Livingston, special tribute was paid to Marian Z. Stern of Livingston, outgoing JFS Board of Trustees president. 

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Ellen B. Kulka of Mountain Lakes was installed as the new president of the Board of Trustees and the following new trustees were installed: Steven C. Kany of Short Hills, Stephen Lampf of Chatham, Jed Marcus of Morris Plains and Carrie Nussbaum of Short Hills. 

Donors to the Past Forward Endowment Campaign and the JFS 150th Anniversary celebration were given special recognition for  their significant support of Jewish Family Service. 

 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 helps 4,000 in the Metro West area each year.  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   

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