Jewish Adoption Agency Holds Fundraiser in Longport, NJ

 Donna Greenberg (Co-chair of the event), her husband Lou Greenberg, and Rana Bell, Development Director. were delighted with the success of the reception.

Event co-chair Donna Greenberg, her husband Lou Greenberg, and development director Rana Bell were delighted with the success of the reception.


Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) was founded 22 years ago in Sunrise, Florida. The Emergency Shelter at JAFCO welcomes infants and children of all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds and even finds foster homes for those children and infants who have medical needs.

The JAFCO “Cocktails for a Cause” reception and silent auction, on August 6, in a private residence in Longport, New Jersey, attracted 140 people. The evening included a fabulous buffet with food donated by dozens of the best caterers and restaurants on the island, and a few in Philadelphia; dozens of themed raffle baskets with great items and restaurant coupons, and a silent auction.

 Standing (l to r) at the registration table: Susan Green, Debbie Casnoff, and Cindy Schlossberg; seated (l to r) Mimi Lapat, Linda Peltz, Beverly Victor, and Michele Gelman

Standing left to right at the registration table: Susan Green, Debbie Casnoff and Cindy Schlossberg. Seated left to right: Mimi Lapat, Linda Peltz, Beverly Victor and Michele Gelman.

The highlight of the event was the showing of a video, featuring a young girl whose life was saved by her being placed in a group home at the JAFCO campus in Sunrise, Florida, as well as a young man who grew up at the JAFCO Children’s Village and is now a practicing physician.

JAFCO recently opened the Ability Center in Florida, which offers respite care for children with special needs so their parents can have some respite time, knowing their children are receiving efficient and compassionate care.

Hostess Linda Brodie; Michelle Simon, Esq.; her daughter Lisa Simon; and Rana Bell, Northeast JAFCO Development Director, at the Cocktail for a Cause reception in Longport on Thursday, August 6.

Hostess Linda Brodie; Michelle Simon, Esq.; her daughter Lisa Simon; and Rana Bell, Northeast JAFCO development director, at the Cocktail for a Cause reception in Longport on Thursday, August 6.

JAFCO opened a Northeast Office in Bryn Mawr, PA, to offer counseling and referral services. Many of the JAFCO supporters have primary residences in Philadelphia and South Jersey, as well as spending winters in south Florida, where they may have first gotten involved with JAFCO’s mission.

Co-chairs of the Longport event were Donna Greenberg, and Carol Sussman. Mrs. Linda Brodie, the hostess, her daughter and daughter-in-law are among the “JAFCO Godparents” – those who have pledged $1800 per year for ten years to support one of the JAFCO children at the Children’s Village.

 (left to right) JAFCO NE Development Director Rana Bell prepares for the JAFCO event with co-chair Carol Sussman, hostess Linda Brodie, and co-chair Donna Greenberg.

Left to right: JAFCO NE Development Director Rana Bell prepares for the JAFCO event with co-chair Carol Sussman, hostess Linda Brodie, and co-chair Donna Greenberg.

Michelle Simon, Esq., hosts JAFCO teen girls each summer at the shore for three or four days, in between the girls’ camp sessions at the Golden Slipper Camp in Pennsylvania. Simon is on the Golden Slipper board of directors and made the original arrangements a few years ago.

For information call Rana Bell, Northeast development director, at 610-397-8688, or visit JAFCO’s website.

JAFCO Cocktails for a Cause 2015 Food Donors

 (l to r) Enjoying the evening were (left to right) committee members Arlene Singer, Debra Greenwald and Mimi Lapat, joining JAFCO "godparents" Phyllis and Herb Victor.

Enjoying the evening were (left to right) committee members Arlene Singer, Debra Greenwald and Mimi Lapat, joining JAFCO “godparents” Phyllis and Herb Victor.

Aversa, Betty the Caterer, BF Mazzeo, Bonefish Grill, Catch, Chef Vola, Circle Liquor Store, Cricket Caterers, Domenico’s, Hannah G’s, Infinity Caterers Inc., Johnny’s Cafe, Johnson’s Popcorn, Sage, Sofia’s, Stella, Steve and Cookies, Supper/The Global Dish Caterers, Scratch Biscuits and Tomatoes.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Squires

 Elaine Friedland, Elaine Silverstein, Bonnie Squires, Susanne Shuster, and Carol Sussman (Co-chair of the event), all of Ventnor, enjoyed the JAFCO evening.

Elaine Friedland, Elaine Silverstein, Bonnie Squires, Susanne Shuster, and Carol Sussman (Co-chair of the event), all of Ventnor, enjoyed the JAFCO evening.