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Jewish Family Services honors exceptional volunteers

WEST HARTFORD – More than 75 guests joined in honoring Judy Rosenthal and Jim Goldman, both of West Hartford, at the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Annual Volunteer Recognition Event sponsored by TD Bank and held last month at the Community Services Building in West Hartford. Rosenthal and Goldman were recognized for their 10 years of volunteer service in the agency’s Jewish Employment Transitions Services (JETS) Program and Money Coach Program. April is National Volunteer Month.

Judy Rosenthal was recognized for her long-time volunteer service as leader of the JFS Jewish Employment Transitions Services (JETS) program, which to date has helped more than 3,000 find employment. As head of the program, Rosenthal works countless hours each week helping people network to find jobs, coordinates workshop, and oversees a team of volunteer human resource experts. JETS is open to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed and seeking advancement.

As JETS Money Coach, for the past 10 years certified financial planner Jim Goldman has offered financial counseling through JFS, at no cost to people living in the Greater Hartford area. 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.”

Sherry Waitsman, who oversees the JFS Volunteer Program, described how invaluable volunteers are to the agency.

“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,” she said.

CAP: At the JFS Annual Volunteer Recognition Event were: (l to r) Pia Rosenberg-Toro, incoming JFS Board President; Anne M. Danaher, JFS CEO; honoree Jim Goldman; Sherry Waitsman, JFS volunteer manager; and honoree Judy Rosenthal.

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