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Jewish Family Services Honors Exceptional Volunteers

From left: Pia Rosenberg-Toro, Incoming Jewish Family Services Board President; Anne M. Danaher, Jewish Family Services CEO; Jim Goldman, Honoree ; Sherry Waitsman, Jewish Family Services Volunteer Manager and Judy Rosenthal, Honoree. Submitted photo

During April, which was National Volunteers Month, West Hartford-based Jewish Family Services honored several of its exceptional volunteers.


More than 75 people recently attended Jewish Family Services (JFS) Annual Volunteer Recognition Event sponsored by TD Bank. The agency honored two exceptional volunteers, Judy Rosenthal and Jim Goldman, for their 10 years of volunteer service in the highly successful Jewish Employment Transitions Services (JETS) Program and the Money Coach Program.

For the past 10 years, Rosenthal has lead the JETS program working countless hours each week to help people network to find jobs. The program is open to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed and seeking advancement. To date, the JETS program has helped over 3,000 people find employment. In her volunteer capacity, Rosenthal plans and facilitates all JETS workshops and leads a team of volunteer Human Resources experts while personally guiding many participants.

A Certified Financial Planner, Goldman has been the Money Coach for the JETS program. Under this program, Goldman has offered financial counseling at no cost for the last decade. Goldman has been the Money Coach for the JETS program since its inception while also providing this service to all in the Greater Hartford area through JFS. He has also trained other nonprofit organizations in this Money Coach model and has been a guest presenter and speaker for numerous nonprofits and municipalities

“On behalf of the JFS Board and staff, we thank you both for your amazing contribution. You both have had such a positive impact on many individuals in our community and you make the world a better place,” said Anne Danaher, CEO of Jewish Family Services. “Both Judy and Jim exemplify what it means to Embrace Possibility,” she added.

“I am fortunate to have the job of managing the Volunteer Program for Jewish Family Services,” said Sherry Waitsman. Many of our volunteers generously give their time to support our many services and it simply would not be possible to run these programs without them.”

National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities.

About Jewish Family Services

In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Jewish Foundation of Greater Hartford, the JFS mission is to enhance and strengthen quality of life through the Jewish tradition of caring and compassion. JFS Counseling, Education and Community Support programs serve the Jewish community AND the community at large. To learn more about Jewish Family Services, visit jfshartford.org.

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