December 18, 2018
Letter from Lisa J. Rahman, MBA
President and CEO

H ello Friends,

As many organizations slow down around the winter holidays, Goodman JFS continues to move at lightening speed. While for some the holidays are a joyous time, we cannot forget those in our community who are in need. With a mission to help Broward residents with food, transportation, counseling, care management, resources, referrals and emergency assistance, we continue our quest without rest. We have been so busy with multiple projects, programs, new staff and end-of-year fundraising.

We hope that you will remember our clients and give generously to GJFS for either the Quittman Holiday Gift Fund or our end-of-year campaign. We cannot help those in need without your kind support, and we thank you! Quittman Holiday Gift Fund . Goodman JFS donations .

I want to express our sincere gratitude to every one of you who is   dedicated to our mission to empowering individuals, strengthening families, protecting the vulnerable and helping seniors age safely and with dignity in their homes by providing innovative social services and programs to the Broward community. My wish for e very one of you is a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year!


Lisa J. Rahman
President & CEO
Super Volunteer: Lynn Wolfson
Lynn Wolfson volunteers for the Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard, our Kosher food pantry, and JET Express, our transportation service for people age 60 and up, which depends on our amazing volunteer drivers to transport seniors to their medical appointments, grocery shopping, social activities and more.

Lynn was born with Hirschsprung’s disease, which severely affects the digestive system. She has had multiple surgeries. She has a gastric tube for stomach venting and a tube for feeding that goes directly to her heart. In spite of her medical condition, Lynn does not let anything stop her from helping others! With her warm smile and enthusiastic personality, Lynn provides assistance that our clients look forward to.

Lynn travels with her service dog, Zev, a rescue, who accompanies her everywhere. Despite her own challenges, Lynn appreciates life’s gifts. “We all have ‘rotten cards,' ” says Lynn. “Those who can overcome these ‘rotten cards’ will be the most successful and happiest. However, as humans, we all need a hand in helping us to overcome our challenges.”

Lynn likes to tell others that if she can volunteer, they can too! She feels great when she focuses on others and glad that she can make a difference. We are so grateful to Lynn, and proud that she chooses to volunteer with our organization! We hope you will be inspired by her.

To volunteer, please contact or call (954) 909-0839.
The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard
Our food delivery van got a makeover. It now features our new name, The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard .
WPLG Local 10 aired this Hanukkah segment featuring our volunteers and staff enjoying these unique treats. The Maven Baker generously donated 200 delicious sufganiyot for our clients for Chanukah . View the Local 10 story.
The Dorit & Ben J. Genet Cupboard proudly participated at the Chanukah Fair on Las Olas on Sunday, December 9. Sponsored by the Downtown Jewish Center Chabad, the event, held at Huizinga Park, was packed with fun activities for people of all ages.
Coffee & Conversation at The Pride Center

On December 11, GJFS participated in Coffee & Conversation at The Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors, FL, which was sponsored by Florida Medical Center. Hillary Josephs, Community Outreach Liaison, and Nancy Teitelbaum, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, informed the packed room about Family Link Care Management,   Behavioral Health Associates of Broward , Holocaust Survivor Services and more!
Nancy Teitelbaum, Robert Boo, The Pride Center CEO, Bruce Williams, Pride Center Senior Services Coordinator and Hillary Josephs, Community Outreach Liaison.
Hillary Josephs promoted GJFS services to a packed room at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors.
Parkland Cares Raises Funds for Behavioral Health
On November 13, at the Parkland Cares Ultimate Night Out at Runyon's Coral Springs Fundraiser, Dr. Jessica Ruiz, Chief Psychologist with Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS, spoke about the healing process, resilience and the ongoing need for trauma counseling in the community following the February 14 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

BHAB has a location in Heron Bay to serve the needs of Parkland/Coral Springs, as well as an office in Davie/Cooper City.

Pictured here are Stacey Udine, Dr. Jessica Ruiz, Manuel Mair, Pam Aks, and Howard Dvorkin at the Runyons event.
Groups Facilitated by Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS

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. Learn more...
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, Tamarac Community Center Learn more...

"Graceful Living Circle" Discussion Group
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Young Israel Chabad of Century Village Learn more...
Please Join Us For Our
12th Annual Breaking the Silence Luncheon
Benefiting the Goodman JFS Domestic Abuse Program, which helps survivors address their immediate physical, financial and emotional needs.

S unday, January 27, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Signature Grand
6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317

Keynote Speaker 
Award-winning journalist and domestic abuse survivor Michele Weldon  

2019 Ending Abuse Award Recipient
The Honorable Geoffrey D. Cohen

 10:00 a.m. Fabulous boutique opens 
11:45 a.m. Luncheon & program 
Exciting raffle prizes 


For more information about sponsorship and giving opportunities, please contact Jennifer Cohen, Corporate Development Officer, at (954) 909-0797 or 
Presenting Sponsor
Café Europa Luncheon Honoring Holocaust Survivors
On December 11, we hosted our Café Europa Luncheon at Kings Point in Tamarac. The event was attended by 150 Holocaust survivors. B’not Mitzvah sisters, Gabrielle and Andrea Frei generously donated the table centerpieces.

Café Europa is funded by GJFS, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Jewish Federation of Broward County.
Because Every Child Deserves a Happy Holiday!
The Samuel and Beatrice Quittman Holiday Gift Fund

While we may assume Hanukkah or Christmas is 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) to ensure that no child is left out during the holidays. Your charitable contribution allows us to purchase gift cards to popular retail stores and provide them 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.

What an easy way to give children a happy holiday! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family. We are accepting donation until December 31, 2018.

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019  
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

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

Provides a comprehensive overview of the various Medicaid-Waivers available in Florida, the criteria for eligibility, the application process, what to do while on the waiting list, and what services are covered once you receive funding.

Elizabeth Lombardo, Aging & Disability Resource Center
Launching January 2019
Broward County Jewish Abilities Alliance website

In partnership with Joshua's Path, the Broward County Jewish Abilities Alliance website, funded by Jewish Federation of Broward, will be a user-friendly gateway to resources in the Jewish or general community for people with disabilities. The JAA is the Jewish community’s network that links individuals with disabilities, and their families, to resources, services, support groups, workshops and clinics and recreational programs within their community. 

Stay tuned!
GJFS Recognized at Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon
On December 12, Goodman JFS received recognition for our membership in the Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce. A beautiful luncheon was held at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie.

Pictured: Nancy Teitelbaum, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications and Jennifer Cohen, Corporate Development Officer.

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 .
Goodman Jewish Family Services
(954) 370-2140