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Monday, July 22, 2019

An Evening of Laughter Committee. Back row: (l-r) Elana Wilf Tanzman, Pamela Davis, Rachel Braverman, Emily Neider, Rachel G. Wilf, Carrie Nussbaum (all from Short Hills). Bottom row: (l-r) Michael Elchoness (Livingston), Linda Jacobs (Livingston), Robin Polson (Maplewood), Andrea G. Bier (West Orange), Melanie Levitan (Morristown), Lois Kaish (Springfield), Lisa Lindauer (Livingston), Nancy Eskow (Livingston).

Next Generation Steering Committee Members: (l-r) Elana Wilf Tanzman (Short Hills), Pamela Davis (Short Hills), Rachel G. Wilf (Short Hills), Emily Neider (Short Hills), Jessica Gantman (Livingston), Carrie Nussbaum (Short Hills), Rachel Braverman (Short Hills).

Honorees with the co-chairs of the evening posing in front of the JFS Holocaust quilt, created by JFS Holocaust survivors. (l-r) Erica Cohen Rechtweg, co-chair Robin Polson, Fred Cohen, co-chair Andrea G. Bier, Seth Cohen.

Michael Elchoness (Livingston), Fred Cohen (Maplewood), Seth Cohen (West Orange).

Robin Polson, Andrea G. Bier, An Evening of Laughter co-chairs; Melanie Levitan, JFS board president; Diane Squadron, JFS CEO.

(l-r) Rabbi Mark Mallach, Genya Mallach, Isabell Adler, Lois Kaish (all from Springfield).

(Courtesy of JFS MW) Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS) recently held its annual An Evening of Laughter at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, 60 Temple Drive, Springfield.

JFS honored Fred Cohen, Seth Cohen and Erica Cohen Rechtweg for their dedication and support for JFS MetroWest and for the Greater MetroWest community. Also highlighted were JFS Holocaust Services, which supports local survivors and their families, helping them achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life.

Over 275 community members attended the event, participated in the Rose Raffle, purchased cookies to support the critical needs of our Holocaust survivors and enjoyed the comedy and magic of Ben Seidman.

The Cohen Family has been dedicated to JFS MetroWest, volunteering their time, knowledge and support. The family’s involvement began with Ellin, z”l, and her devotion to JFS Holocaust Services. Ellin participated in the creation and launch of Café Europa, the twice-monthly supportive socialization program for Holocaust survivors. The family has served on the JFS board, with Fred currently serving as treasurer on the JFS board of trustees. Seth and Erica have attended Café Europa events and participated with Next Generation @ JFS MetroWest. Additionally, Fred, Seth and Erica lend their support to other community organizations and have made philanthropy, through their time and financial resources, a high priority.