JFS gala is outdoors on June 1
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JFS gala is outdoors on June 1

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest will hold its annual gala, “An Evening of Laughter,” on Wednesday, June 1, outdoors at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills. JFS will honor some of its volunteers, as well as the legacy of Maxine Myers z”l, and will rename its volunteer department the Maxine Myers JFS Volunteer Services Department.

Ms. Myers was dedicated to JFS MetroWest as a long-standing trustee, served on the Rachel Coalition Steering Committee, and led many of its committees and fund-raising campaigns. She also was an advocate for domestic violence victims and provided seed money to help launch the Rachel Coalition, a division of JFS MetroWest. Maxine was a philanthropist, devoted to her community, and an inspiration to many.

Stand-up comedian Ryan Hamilton will entertain at the program. He was named one of Rolling Stone’s “Five Comics to Watch.”

This year’s Volunteer Service award recipients are Stephanie Gerstein of West Orange, who won the Maxine Myers z”l Volunteer award winner; Gary Berger of Maplewood, who will receive the Covid-19 Response Programs award; Susan Rueda of Nutley, who’s getting the Reading Buddies award, Paul Brownstein of Livingston, who is being recognized with the Older Adult Programs award; and Ayne Klein-Chasid of East Hanover, who’s honored with the Medicare Counseling (SHIP) Program award. For more information, call (973) 765-9050 or go to jfsmetrowest.org.

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