Helping Students Pay for College
In the late 1990s, the JCF established its first Scholarship Award, thanks to the generosity and foresight of Robert (Bob) Schattner (pictured, with a Schattner Award recipient).
Fast forward to present day, and more than 10 endowment funds have been established for annual scholarships, and the JCF is able to award approximately $20,000 each year to students and emerging leaders.
Funding a Kids' Swim Academy
Ethyl Blumenfeld (of blessed memory) provided generous funding for the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA) at the Katz JCC. This revolutionary academy helps children of all ages learn basic swim safety, as well as advanced swim strokes.
Thanks to Ethyl's generosity, hundreds of children in Southern New Jersey have benefited from LKSA lessons.
Pictured are Ethyl's son, Alan Blumenfeld (left), Ethyl, and Lenny Krayzelburg during a visit to Southern New Jersey.
Supporting their Beloved Causes
Valerie & David Gladfelter are very active in the local Jewish community. They have also had the foresight to establish funds with the JCF that benefit different causes that are near and dear to their hearts.
Together, they have set the example that endowments will help future generations.
Reuniting Lone Soldiers
Steve Beilowitz (seated, in orange shirt) wanted to help Lone Soldiers in Israel reunite with their families from other countries, many who had not seen each other in years.
To do so, Steve funded a reunion event for the lone soldiers and their families in Israel-- twice. The families were thrilled to see each other once again and memories were created for hundreds of deserving individuals.
Fighting Breast Cancer
In 2012, at the young age of 35, Jamie Brooke Lieberman's life was taken away by a distinct and very aggressive form of Breast Cancer known as Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It was indeed a tragedy and a dark day for her family and for anybody in the South Jersey community, and elsewhere, who knew her.
But the memory of Jamie lives on brightly today as her parents, Carole & Jules have established an endowment fund and raised money to help fight the cancer and save the lives of others.
Creating Memories for P.A.L.S.
PALS is a fund created by six individuals dedicated to assisting multiply disabled teenagers and operates a summer program for non-verbal/augmentative communication users in a structured environment. The goal of this program is to facilitate and foster socialization opportunities.
PALS supports students with complex communication needs and expanding their opportunities for using AAC (augmentative and alternative communication for socialization.)
Endowing Annual Gifts
How would you like to be remembered?
By creating an Annual Campaign Endowment or Lion of Judah Endowment Fund with the JCF, as Marcy Sanders, Eileen Norman Perice, and Janine Sobel (pictured) have, your legacy will carry on and the Southern New Jersey Jewish community will reap the benefits of your foresight and generosity.
There are many ways to establish an ACE or LOJE Fund, and the JCF can walk you through the options to maximize your giving and estate plan.
Helping Parents Cope with Loss
Sharing and Healing while Mourning our Children Foundation was formed by three Jewish bereaved mothers, Eve Bandler, Carole Lieberman and Susan Weiner, in 2014.
We are a Foundation that funds support groups for parents who have suffered the devastating death of a child, at any age, due to any circumstance. It is our mission to ease the pain and isolation such a tragedy leaves behind, and to provide support to one another as we rebuild our lives.
Film Festival Fans
The Katz JCC's annual Jewish Film Festival celebrates Jewish-themed films every year and is one of the community's most well-attended programs.
As ardent supporters of the festival, Sheldon and Miriam (of blessed memory) Faktorow, chose to endow the event to help ensure it will benefit future generations.