The spirit of volunteerism will be celebrated at the annual meeting of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Monmouth County.
The meeting will include an installation of new board president Laura Krantz and the honoring of Ellen Grossman as board member of the year.
Local members of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization will also be feted for their food drive collection efforts on behalf of JF&CS’ food pantry this year.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El in Oakhurst.
Krantz, an Ocean Township resident, in addition to serving on the JF&CS board of directors, is vice president of membership for the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County PTO, and is a Kishrei Halev adviser for Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon.
Grossman, an Ocean resident, is the JF&CS board vice president and has cochaired its Raffle and Auction two years in a row. She is a past trustee of Temple Beth Torah and lifetime member of Hadassah’s Ocean chapter.
She called the agency a “passion” of hers that “impacts so many families at risk.” Grossman recalled the loving care she received from staff at a Jewish child care program she attended while growing up in Brooklyn. The caring and warmth of the JF&CS staff “brought me back to that special place,” she said. “They do such special things for children.”
Cory Bolotsky, Central Council president of BBYO’s Greater Jersey Hudson Region, said he was very honored to be recognized by JF&CS. BBYO started a statewide food drive this past spring; his council alone, which covers Ocean to Basking Ridge, collected approximately “5,000 pounds of food” for JF&CS.
“We want to promote to the Jewish teens that it is so important to do service and give back to the community,” the Manalapan resident said.