Happy first day of July! Lots of good things heating up this summer at JFCS! Check out just a few here!
- Governor Christie has passed the bills that I referred to last week thereby providing the NJ JFCS’s with additional funding of $200,000 for Holocaust Survivors and $45,000 for Project S.A.R.A.H. We can look forward to additional monies in FY14 and perhaps more importantly, we can be grateful to our local Senators and Governor for their support in actualizing these important bills. In addition, we can all thank our colleagues Jennifer Weiss and David Snyder for their hard work along with a local team of Jewish Federation colleagues in advocating specifically for the Holocaust funding. Many thanks to both on this achievement which will benefit the entire state of NJ!
- Other funding news: We have been given an anonymous gift in support of the F.A.P. This gift will be used as a matching vehicle in an effort to inspire many others to support JFCS by matching the donor in increments of their choosing. This campaign will be conducted over the summer months.
- In an effort to determine the best places to provide service delivery, the NORC staff will be conducting research to see where our retirement communities have been migrating to as of late. They hope to forge future partnerships with these buildings in order to best serve our seniors.
- Our hats are off to our Soups and Sweets inaugural class as they look forward to their graduation ceremony on the morning of July 18th. Each graduate will receive a certificate to mark completion of the program.
- Last week’s Stan Kessler Networking Workshop attracted a diverse range of participants. Individuals from their twenties to their seventies came with notebooks in hand ready to learn and dialogue. The two presenters from Rutgers University Business School were outstanding and the event, which was cosponsored by the Jewish Business Network, was well received.
- Also, a special thanks goes to Nina Staiman, Meri Seligman and Rachel Smith for providing inspirational stories from the heart at our full staff meeting today. Please be sure to save the date of August 8th for our annual staff retreat which will focus on Mindfulness.
Tweet of the Week – HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
We all know the basics of the Fourth of July, the federal holiday marking the Colonies’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from the Great Britain and its king. It also is known as Independence Day. This holiday goes hand in hand with fireworks, parades as delicious dishes sizzle on grills. But there are some things many people do not know about the Fourth.
Did you know the following fun facts?
• The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
• Malia Obama, George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic and Calvin Coolidge were all born on the Fourth of July.
• These events occurred on the Fourth of July: Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond (1845); the U.S. air offensive against Nazi, Germany, began (1942); Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts (1964); Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (1966).
• The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
• Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
• The number of Americans who will spend the holiday at other people’s homes is approximately 41 million.
• The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
• Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
• The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
• The amount of chicken purchased the week before the holiday is 700 million pounds.
• In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. (Today there are 311 million.)
• There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.
• And finally, approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
HAVE FUN THIS FOURTH AND STAY SAFE!