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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 17, 2009 UJC Jerry Silverman Jewish Family Services will receive a $10,000 grant from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. The focus of the founder of the foundation is to aid organizations that "help people help themselves." JFS' Pearlman Pantry and pro- grams such as the Family Stabilization Program has UJC taps Silverman as chief executive By Jacob Berkman NEW YORK (JTA)---The umbrella organization of the North American Jewish federation system has hired Jerry Silverman, a key player in raising tens of millions of dollars for Jewish summer camps, as its next president and CEO. Silverman was tapped to take the reins at the Unit- ed Jewish Communities, which serves as the North American arm of a federa- tion system that raises and distributes about $3 billion annually from-its general campaigns, endowments and special fund-raising drives. Since 2004, Silverman has served as the executive director of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, overseeing the growth of the organization's budget from slightly more than $1 million per year to more than $22 million. A former high-level execu- tive at the Levi Strauss and Co. and at the Stride Rite Corp., Silverman will succeed Howard Rieger on Sept. 30, a month after Rieger's term as chief executive ends. At UJC, Silverman faces a series of challenges, starting with a shrinking budget and increasing questions about the need for a national system. "I am going into this really clearly with my eyes open," he said. "I will be doing an inordi- nate amount of listening as we really look to put our agenda together going forward." Federation campaigns across the country have been down or stagnating in recent years, a problem that has been exacer- bated by the recession. In the pastweek, UJC officials said they project a 13 percent decrease in the systemwide campaign this year, and the country's biggest federation, the UJA-Federation of New York, said its campaign in 2008-09 was off by more than 1 lpercent.UJA-Federation typically brings in some $150 million annually. Local federations and their umbrella have been in a constant struggle over the federations' dues paid to the UJC. In March, the federations mandated that the UJC reduce its budget from $37 million this year to $30.3, resulting in scores of layoffs. Federations have long felt tension between having to sat- isfy their own philanthropic needs in their local commu- nities and their obligation as members of the UJC system to dedicate large portions of their annual campaigns to the system's overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. "All those federations are shareholders, and we have to ensure that for every dollar these shareholders invest in UJC, there is a true added value," Silverman said. But, he said, the strength of the system is that it is a collective. "During uncommon times and during challenging situ- ations, it really gives us the opportunity to look at how we are doing things currently UJC on page 21A JFS awarded Edyth Bush grant been helping record numbers of people during the current rough economic climate. The dramatically increased need for food, financial as- sistance and counseling to clients in critical need war- ranted the need for financial support. The grant will be awarded in August 2009. Karen Broussard, director of program development at JFS, said, "The additional funding will help us to con- tinue providing basic needs assistance and will supplement the counseling aspect of our Family Stabilization Program, a critical service for people at risk of losing their homes." The Family Stabilization Program is a preventive, strengths-based long-term case management program designed to increase self- sufficiency in low-income families through intensive six-month case manage- ment and education. The program objectives are to improve money manage- ment skills, improve family functioning and parenting skills, improve coping abili- ties, improve employability and improve and maintain current housing status. More than 155 families have enrolled in the FSP program and outcomes indicate an average increase in salary as high as 46 percent, as well as an 80 percent increase in self-sufficiency. To learn more about the Family Stabilization Pro- gram and other services of- fered by JFS, contact JFS at 407-644-7593 or visit www. COS presents 'A Summer Shabbat Shindig' Summer is often en- joyed at a slower pace, and sometimes families take a break from Shabbat services. Congregation Ohev Shalom has the perfect Shabbat to fit into the leisure pace: "A Summer Shabbat Shindig" set for Friday, July 24. Shabbat Shindig is de- signed to have something for everyone. Young families are invited to join Cantor Allan Robuck and Amy Ge- boff from 5:30-6:15 p.m. for a Shabbat experience that includes singing with mu- sic, story, a game and age- appropriate prayers. While it is geared toward babies through grade 1, all ages are welcome. Then join the rest of the COS family for a dairy/ vegetarian Shabbat dinner from 6:15-7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 adults, $4 K-12 and $2 preschool and younger who eat solid food. Prospective members are Tradition/t=arni/ Corn rn un iO/ Meet Rabbi Pel, fa$, committee chail, l, and synagogue members Sunday, August 9 - 7:00 pm (The Hoffman residence in Winter Springs) Sunday, August 30 - 11:OO am by a USV Pool party (Ages 14-18) at 1:00 (The Share residence in Orlando) Please RSVP to the synagogue office for Phone: 407-647-3055 E-maih always entitled to one free Shabbat dinner, so COS wel- comes prospective members at no charge, however res- ervations need to be made. Feel free to stay for the traditional 7:30 p.m. service with Cantor Robuck and Rabbi David Kay followed by Oneg Shabbat. Dress in comfortable clothes as July has become known as "No Tie July" at COS. For dinner reservations, call Meryl at COS at 407- 298-4650. Avi and Hannah Schenkel play games and listen to stories at a previous Shabbat Shindig at COS. Volusia federation hosts oldies dance for school supplies The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler counties is hosting an oldies concert and dance for its annual backpack and school supplies fundraiser. The event will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at Temple Beth E1 at 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. For the past 13 years, the federation has s@plied more than 41,000 backpacks filled with supplies to needy students in Volusia and Flagler coun- ties. Last year the federation helped more than 6,200 kids, regardless of race or religion, in both counties. Federation officials say they have been overwhelmed by people coming for as- sistance for food, rent and utilities. "Times are very bad for many families. We know that if they can't afford the basics, there is no way they could afford school supplies," says an official. The minimum contribution is $10. For more information call 386-672-0294 or 386-677- 2484, ext. 0. All proceeds are tax deductible and 100 percent of these funds will be used to purchase school supplies. Adoption Services of Cem Florida launches Web Adoption Services of Cen- tral Florida, a nonprofit program of Jewish Family Services, announces the birth of its Web site: http://myadop- The new Web site is geared towards both birth- mothers and those seeking to adopt, and it will help answer important ques- tions for those exploring their options. Included is a Helpful Resources tab, which lists reading material and site links that can aid in the understanding of adop- tion. There also is a link for adoptive families that will allow them to begin the application process. "The services we offer are unique, and the Web site will allow us to reach a broader community, not just in the Jewish community, but all of Cetftral Florida," says Ber- nice Walker Schwartz, the adoption services director at ASCF. "Our clients can also use the site to be updated on future programming to meet their changing needs. It will provide support to families throughout the life cycle of the child." ASCF says it is committed to help families and birth mothers determine what is right for them, while provid- ing the support necessary to carry out their decision. Free monthly orientations are of- fered to perspective adoptive parents. For those who would like to learn more about theprogram or attend an orientation, call 407-478-1504. "] I , r! I``T1]]II!:IrIIr11L1mF|T!`1[R *"I'ill,!;,t I ' rl'l ]I[T; I '"' '