JFSCNJ annual meeting to be held on June 30
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JFSCNJ annual meeting to be held on June 30

Judy Hurok, left, and Robin Plattman
 (Photos courtesy JFSCNJ)
Judy Hurok, left, and Robin Plattman (Photos courtesy JFSCNJ)

The Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey’s annual meeting will be on Wednesday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m., on Zoom. New and continuing officers and board members will be installed and volunteers will be recognized.

Jay Buchsbaum of Elizabeth, Jason Hoberman of Scotch Plains, and Dr. David Hoffman and Leah Kaminer, both of Springfield, are among the new board members. Volunteers of the Year include Judy Hurok of Scotch Plains and Robin Plattman of Berkeley Heights. They both work with the Retired and Senior Volunteer program. The Rafal and Weisman families, both of Scotch Plains, will receive the Youth and Family Volunteer awards. The Moms Helping Moms Foundation of Warren will receive the Community Partner award.

Judy Hurok has helped in JFSCNJ’s Charlotte Shak Food Pantry for years and worked there weekly during the pandemic. She connects with seniors with weekly calls, tutors students studying to attain their GEDs, and helps maintain the JFSCNJ Community Urban Garden. Before the pandemic, she volunteered for the Memory Café, a JFSCNJ social program for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their care partners.

Robin Plattman also volunteers in the JFSCNJ Charlotte Shak Food pantry and helps with JFSCNJ’s virtual Café Europa program for Holocaust survivors, where she coordinates and delivers lunches to the participants in their Union County homes. She also tutors ESL and GED students.

The Rafal family — Lisa and Alan, and their children, Eliana and Ethan, of Scotch Plains — joined the JFSCNJ team of volunteers in the food pantry at the beginning of the pandemic. Lisa drove seniors to get their covid-19 vaccines and to medical appointments and also visits and shops for an isolated senior.

The Weisman family — Elise and her daughters, Rose, Violet, and Willow — became involved with JFSNJ at the beginning of the pandemic as a mitzvah project for Rose’s bat mitzvah. The family held collections in Scotch Plains and donated carloads of food to the JFSCNJ pantry. They also manage the weekly distribution of Shabbat packages for the needy.

The Moms Helping Moms Foundation of Warren will be honored for its donations of essential baby items and feminine hygiene products to the pantry. Founded in 2010, the Moms Helping Moms Foundation is a baby supply and diaper bank serving low-income and vulnerable children, from birth to 5, who live in New Jersey.

For the link, email info@jfscentralnj.org or call (908) 352-8375 by June 28.

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