SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey has elected Roberta Elliott of South Orange to serve as co-chair with Meredith Kaplan Stoma of Caldwell.

JWF is an advisory council of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the planned giving and endowment arm of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

“The JWF is entering into a new phase of its existence,” said Elliott, who has served on the JWF Board for the past four years. “This year, more than eight years after our founding, was a year of firsts: We awarded the largest dollar amount of grants in our history, totaling $67,500, and we gave our first major gift to an Israeli organization. This means we are positioned to improve the lives of women and girls in New Jersey and Israel in a way not previously possible. I look forward to working with my co-chair, Meredith Stoma, as we continue on this groundbreaking path. Together, we invite all interested women to join us in becoming change agents for women and girls.”

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Stoma said: “I look forward to the opportunity to work with Roberta Elliott. She joins me in moving the JWF towards our continuing goal of meeting the needs of women and girls. This past year has been a wonderful year of helping others, something the JWF plans to do for years to come, and I am happy Roberta will be a part of leading the way.”

Elliott, who recently retired as vice president for media and communications at HIAS, the Jewish refugee organization, spent her working life in the Jewish community. In addition to HIAS, she served for 11 years as national public affairs director for Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization of America.

Trained as a journalist, earlier in her career Elliott lived in Israel for nearly five years and served as features editor of the Jewish Week (NY). Active in her synagogue, Bnai Keshet Reconstructionist Congregation of Montclair, she is adult education chair and serves on the Board. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and on the Board of the American Friends of Meretz (Israel). Elliott is married to Charles Wantman, a video producer.