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JFS helps all Jewish families celebrate holidays "Giving on Passover is not simply a matter of meeting financial needs," says Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel. "Rather, it means enabling all Jews to participate fully in the religious ceremonies that distin- guish our religion." Each and every year, with the assistance of generous individu- als and organizations in the Jew- ish community, Jewish Family Service works hard to insure that every Jewish family has the necessities to celebrate the Passover meal. Jewish Family Service takes this opportunity to thank all of those who helped to make this year's Passover basket distribution a most resounding success. According to Dorothy Salomonsky, JFS Volunteer Coordinator, "JFS was able to deliver baskets containing holi- day foods to 95 Jewish residents of non-Jewish nursing homes as well as another 45 baskets to individuals and families in our community. On behalf of the agency and those on the receiv- ing end, I want to express my appreciation to the following": "For their donations: Tem- ple Israel; Jewish War Veterans; Hannaford, Wards Corner; Mar- garet Schnall; JCC YES Club; Anne Kroll; Farm Fresh, Wards Corner; Gene Walters Market- place; and Mark, Lauren and David Gonsenhauser. "For their hard work: Mar- cia Gutnick, project coordinator; Southeastern Virginia Jewish News Satisfied that their work is completed and ready for delivery are from left, back row: Joyce Serxner and Natalie Duman, JFS volunteers; Eleanor Ashman, JFS intern; and Anne Kramer, Jewish Women Interna- tional. At center, Bonnie Laibstain (JWl volunteer) and daughter, Raven; and front center, Marcia Gutnick, JFS volunteer and project coordinator. Robyn Friedman, food coordina- tor; Jewish Women International volunteers, Bonnie Laibstain and Anne Kramer who assembled the bags of food; Ohef Sholom Temple TAG students, who dec- orated the bags and created cards; Helen and Murray Lap- ping, who coordinated the dona- tions; and Eleanor Ashman, JFS Intern, who also put together the bags of food. "And, to all of the following JFS volunteers who drove many miles around Tidewater, deliver- ing all of the goodies: Marvin Adler, AI Bernstein, Red Behrman, Sid Chernick, Sylvia Littman, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Dorf, Natalie Duman, Susan Goldstein, Shirley Isrow; Lil Kozak, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ornoff, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Pogolowitz, Edith Rabinowitz, Joyce Serxner and Norma Waranch." Jewish Family Service Support Groups BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Designed to help people cope with their loss. (Four sessions & follow-up) June 30 - July 21 Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 Call 489-3111 SUPPORT GROUPS FOR MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS NEW!! Designed for women who lost their mothers as children. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 7:00 - 8:30p.m. SIMCHA A Socialization and Recreation Group for Jewish Adults with a mental illness. Call Michelle Walter, LCSW, 473-2695for activity schedule and newsletter. Successful Aging For women 45+ experiencing the changes and challenges of the middle adult years. 4th Thursday of each month Contact Jean Schlicter, LCSW at 473-2695. +, Preparing to deliver holiday meals are JFS volunteers Joyce Sexner, left, and Natalie Duman. May 22, 1998 Beverly George to teach participants how to 'worry and be happy' on June 3 Learn to make stress work for you. Noted motivational and wellness speaker, Beverly George, will teach participants how to "worry and be happy," when she addresses the Jewish Family Service 52 Annual Meet- ing, on Wednesday, June 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. "Stress is a part of life," says George. "The wise person learns how to convert potentially 'dis- tressing' situations into opportu- nities for positive healing, and even humorous life experi- ences." She will offer practical suggestions for creatively deal- ing with every day pressures. George, who has a Master's degree in Psychology, has taught classes and seminars at several local universities, including ODU and Virginia Wesleyan. She is a sought after trainer and her expertise has been utilized locally by such companies as Mitsubishi. Other highlights of the Annu- al Meeting include the installa- tion of president-elect, Brenda Klar; and the presentation of awards for the Home Health Aide of the Year and the Volun- teer of the Year. Four Portsmouth JFS volunteers nominated by agency for Achievement in Aging Awards Four Jewish Family Service volunteers were nominated by the agency for Achievement in Aging Awards, presented on April 23 by the Coalition on Aging in Portsmouth. In photo, from left, with mistress of ceremonies, Jane Gardner, are: JFS volunteer, Minnie Seaton; Dorothy Salomonsky, JFS Volunteer Coordinator; JFS volunteer, the Rev. James Seaton; Jennifer Rebby, LCSW, PAM case manager; JFS volunteers, Natalie Duman and Melvin Ornoff. Portsmouth mayor, James W. Holley, III, saluted all of the volunteers nominated. "Portsmouth is very lucky," he said. "We have so much energy in our volunteers. They truly make a difference in the lives of so many of our citizens." Pamela B. Swartz, M.s.,cco., Audiologist Specializing in digital and other programmable hearing aids-30 day trial period Full audiological evaluation Dispensed only by certified Audiologist 844 Kempsville Road, Suite 207 757 466 0444 Norfolk, VA 23502 The meeting will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Tidewater, 7300 Newport Avenue in Norfolk. The meeting is open to members of the com- munity. JFS nominees recipients of pro-bono awards Jewish Family Service congratulates Greg Pomije and Burke Margolies, both recent recipients of the Norfolk- Portsmouth Bar Association's Pro Bono Award. Both men were nominated by Jewish Family Service for their continuing efforts towards the success of the agency's Personal Affairs Management program (PAM). The PAM program is a pro- tective service, designed to safe- guard the personal and financial affairs of those vulnerable indi- viduals who have no family or friends to assist and care for them. Margolies and Pomije are active members of the PAM committee. Margolies has been on the committee since its incep- tion and has been instrumental in helping to develop the program. Pomije, who is also an active member of the Virginia Guardianship Association, has been an advocate for the PAM program in the community: According to PAM Coordina- tor, Dorothy Salomonsky, "PAM committee members take an active role in monitoring for quality assurance, and the devel- opment and maintenance of poli- cies and procedures. In addition to their regular responsibilities, Margolies and Pomije have made themselves available on a consultant basis to assist the pro- gram's social workers. They answer specific legal questions on behalf of PAM clients and help with advice and decision making." Pomije is an attorney with Cooper, Spong and Davis. Mar- golies is an attorney with Pender and Coward.