Ginsberg and Till oversee JFSCNJ pantry construction
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Ginsberg and Till oversee JFSCNJ pantry construction

Tom Beck, left, and Elie Bodner, right, both of JFSCNJ, flank Harrison Till and Mark Ginsberg as they review the construction plans. (Courtesy JFSCNJ)
Tom Beck, left, and Elie Bodner, right, both of JFSCNJ, flank Harrison Till and Mark Ginsberg as they review the construction plans. (Courtesy JFSCNJ)

Peter Till of the law offices of Peter W. Till in Springfield, who has been honored by the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, and his son, Harrison Till, a New Jersey wealth manager with Integrated Partners, learned from Mark Ginsberg, a dear friend who is a JFSCNJ board member, that the Charlotte Shak Food Pantry at JFSCNJ in Elizabeth needed storage space. Under increasing pandemic-induced pressure to feed more families of all background, the pantry, renovated recently under the leadership of Mark Ginsberg of Garden Homes, ran out of space to store food. Then the Till family stepped in.

“Harrison and I said we can solve this,” Peter Till said. The father-son duo has been generously covering costs for the rental of two large storage units for the pantry for the past year. 

“As the months of the pandemic turned into a year and then some, with needs for food increasing, we realized we needed a more permanent solution,” Mr. Ginsberg said. He enlisted the creative expertise of JFSCNJ board member Larry Appel, who is an architect and the principal of the Appel Design Group PPA in Livingston, to design a 425-square-foot storage facility next to the food pantry at the organization’s main headquarters in Elizabeth.

“Funds for the project were secured through generous grants from the E. J. Grassmann Trust and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, along with gifts received on behalf of the Grosswald, Strelzik, Parisier, and Weiss families,” Tom Beck, JFSCNJ’s executive director, said. “From the companies who are providing the food, to so many people like Peter, Harrison, Mark, and Larry, to the volunteers who help us, donors and funders who support us, our response to covid-19 has truly been one of serving a community in need.”

“Hearing stories of the Holocaust and witnessing the impact of 9/11 both serve as reminders of the need to reach out and help those impacted by tragedy,” Harrison Till said. He was a track and field star at Wayne Hills High School and went on to play college football at Duke and Ohio State. “Seeing the lives impacted by the work of Jewish Family Service makes this effort all the more meaningful.” 

For more information or for services including the food pantry, Kosher Meals on Wheels, mental health counseling, job coaching, a home health aide, or financial assistance, call JFSCNJ at (908) 352-8375 or email intake@jfscentralnj.org. To donate, go to jfscentralnj.org/donate. To volunteer, email volunteer@jfscentralnj.org.

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