November 9, 2018
Letter from Lisa J. Rahman, MBA
President and CEO

H ello Friends,

October was another successful month for Goodman JFS with our Second Annual Feed the Need Brunch on October 28 topping it off. At the event, which included honoring our namesakes, Dr. Stanley & Pearl Goodman , we were also so excited to share the news that we have officially renamed The Cupboard kosher food pantry The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard in recognition of their extremely generous contribution.

The venue, Lavan , was stunning. The food was delicious, the ballroom was elegantly decorated and surrounded by natural light, and delightful sounds of the Florida Youth Orchestra set the tone for a perfect day. Our amazing chairs, Jodi Berman, Marcy Kronrad and Evan Ellman, and our committee, Amy Stolberg, Ivy Feinstein, Ellen Sredni and Eris Sandler, led by our talented event manager, Yolande Wijtenburg , truly outdid themselves this year! Thank you all!

During the event, we were entertained by Chef Allen Susser, Mentalist Guy Bavli and we debuted a new music video with singing, dancing, original lyrics and footage which is both fun and informative. It highlights the outstanding work of The Cupboard volunteers and staff and shows actual Cupboard clients and their reactions to receiving not only kosher food deliveries, but love and compassion from the volunteers and staff who deliver it.

This organization could not be more proud of our volunteers and staff. We are extremely grateful to our amazing supporters and sponsors, including Publix Super Markets Charities, who contributed to our goal of eliminating hunger for over 4,400 Jews who live beneath the federal poverty level in Broward County.

I want to take a moment to express our overwhelming horror and grief over the anti-Semitic act of murder upon our sisters and brothers at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the continued violence that is plaguing this nation. Goodman JFS stands with the families who have been rocked by tragedy and we vow to stare down anti-Semitism, racism, violence and hatred. One way we can make a difference is by serving others selflessly, with kindness and compassion. In expressing love rather than hate and acting kindly in both word and deed, we contribute to the solution. More than ever, we are dedicated to helping others, supporting those who need it and bettering the world with support and social action. Please join us.

Thank you,

Lisa J. Rahman
President & CEO
Feed the Need Brunch
The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard music video was revealed at the Second Annual Feed the Need Brunch. View the video.
Dorit and Ben J. Genet express their reasons for supporting Goodman JFS and The Cupboard. 
Benefactors Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman speaking about Goodman JFS.
President & CEO, Lisa J. Rahman and Board Chair, Stephen Jackman present Dorit Genet with an award at the naming of The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard
Senior leadership of Goodman JFS (L-R): Lisa J. Rahman, President and CEO; Stephen Jackman, Chairman of the Board; Steve Pearl, COO
Goodman JFS board members (L-R): Amy Stolberg, Seth Wise, Jodi Berman, Stephen Jackman, Marc Lowell, Wendi Norris, Doug Cohen, Ellen Sredni, Eris Sandler. Below: Ivy Feinstein, Alan B. Cohn.
Honorees: Dr. Stanley & Pearl Goodman
Rabbi Samlan conducts the invocation.
Chef Allen Susser
Mentalist Guy Bavli
Event co-chairs (L-R): Marcy Kronrad, Evan Ellman, Jodi Berman
The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard staff (L-R): Gabe Deutsch, Stephanie Houser, Lourdes Fiegler, Selma Jasarevic, Cristina Martínez, Ursula Guzi
Guests were welcomed by (L-R) Nancy Teitelbaum, Patti Sinkoe. Below: Adrienne Allen, Evelyn Fornell, Jo Ann Arnowitz.
Marketing and Development (L-R): Nancy Teitelbaum, Audrey Rohlehr, Jo Ann Arnowitz, Jennifer Cohen, Evelyn Fornell, Yolande Wijtenburg
In Loving Memory of the 11 Victims of
the Anti-Semitic Shooting at Tree of Life*
or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh

Joyce Fienberg
Richard Gottfried
Rose Mallinger
Jerry Rabinowitz
Cecil Rosenthal
David Rosenthal
Bernice Simon
Sylvan Simon
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger
Thank You, Publix

 Goodman JFS would like to thank Publix Super Market Charities for their generous support. They have donated more than $75,000 to us and we could not be more grateful for their ongoing commitment to our mission and their strong partnership!
Please Shop at Publix and Donate to "Food for All" at Check Out!
Your Donations Benefit Goodman JFS Clients

During the holiday season, Publix Super Markets Charities holds their annual "Food For All" campaign. This effort raises funds to support programs designed to fight hunger and promote self-sufficiency in our community. In 2017, they collected a total of $6.4 million for Food For All recipients.

Goodman JFS is thankful to be one of the beneficiaries of this wonderful campaign. Next time you shop at Publix, please consider donating at the register to support this meaningful mission. Thank you, Publix!
Every day, Goodman JFS assists families with emergency needs such as food, medication, mental health care and utilities. Each day these families struggle to meet their needs. While we may assume Hanukkah or Christmas will be a joyous time for all, the reality is that this will not be the case for many families; not without your help.

The Samuel and Beatrice Quittman Holiday Gift Fund was established at Goodman JFS by Mark and Brittany Mothner, and named in honor of Mark's maternal grandparents, to ensure that no child is left out during the holidays. Goodman JFS provides gift cards to families in need, allowing parents or caregivers the rare opportunity to select a personal gift of choice for their children or grandchildren prior to the holidays.

Last year we brightened the holidays for more than 1,000 children who otherwise would have not received a holiday gift!

We have begun taking donations and encourage you to help now because the holiday season begins early this year. With Hanukkah on December 2-8, and Christmas following on December 25, we will be accepting monetary donations through December 31, 2018.

Your charitable contributions will allow us to purchase gift cards to popular retail stores. Please share this opportunity with your friends and family. People can support this effort from the comfort of their own homes, anywhere in the country. What an easy way to give children a happy holiday!

Thank you for helping us ensure that no child is forgotten this holiday season.
Groups Facilitated by Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS

Beyond Anxiety 6 Week Group
Fridays beginning November 2, Goodman JFS, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn more...

Joys & Oys Caregiver Group
Every Monday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., David Posnack JCC. Learn more...

Peace of Mind
Every Friday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., David Posnack JCC.
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, Tamarac Community Center

Living the Golden Years with Grace Support Group (Topics vary)
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., 2:15 - 3:15 p.m., Young Israel Chabad of Century Village Learn more...

You can help to make an impact on the lives of so many in Broward County. We have numerous volunteer opportunities: 

The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard-Goodman JFS Kosher Food Pantry
JET Express–Volunteer Driver Program
Friendly visits to Holocaust survivors as well as older adult clients
Friendly calls to Holocaust survivors as well as older adult clients
Deliver food gift cards to Holocaust survivors as well as older adult clients
Administrative support
Special events
    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please register on our website at .

Tuesday, December 4, 2018  
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Volunteer Park Community Center
12050 West Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33323

Discusses the importance of financial and estate planning for families of loved ones with disabilities, including special needs trusts, letters of intent, ABLE accounts and beneficiary and trustee designations.

Corporate Sponsorships Are Available
Goodman Jewish Family Services
(954) 370-2140