Yearly Archives: 2014

Milton & Betty Katz JCC to Host Artist Israeli Artist Izzy Assour

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MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Margate will host Expressions Fine Art Gallery from Tel-Aviv Israel from July 23 to August 3 featuring artwork from famed Israeli artist Izzy Assour.


Assour, an Israeli army paratrooper, found himself reevaluating life as he recovered from an injury. During his recovery, he turned to sculpture and in 1985 began to support the works of other Israeli artists as the co-founder of Expressions Fine Art Gallery in Israel.

Expressions Fine Art Gallery located in the center of Tel-Aviv, is home to some of the best contemporary Israeli artists from Israel and abroad featuring a variety of mediums including sculptures, paintings and photography.

Expressions Art Gallery has presented works from major Israeli artist such as Tolla Inbar and Niso Maman.

Beginning on July 23, quality Israeli art will be on sale including sculptures, paintings, jewelry and much more.

For more information, contact the Katz JCC at 609-822-1167 or visit or

Summer campers return to Boys and Girls Club of AC

“If they wouldn’t have helped, I wouldn’t be here.”

But officials say the community would not let Lynette’ Cooper or any of her fellow campers have no place to go this summer.

“You’ve got to turn lemons into lemonade and in this particular case, I knew if we reached out to the community, they’d respond, there’s no way they’d let our kids down for the summer,” said Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian.

With the Katz Jewish Community Center and South Jersey Industries leading the way, the community responded by raising over $200,000, to reopen the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City for the summer.

“For us to come here and help I think it was natural and I think we felt it wan an obligation to our community for the JCC to step in and help,” said Jack Fox, Executive Director of the Katz JCC.

“They could’ve been home doing something less and here they have a lot of activities both physically and mentally and it’s just great,” said Ed Graham, CEO and Chair of South Jersey Industries.

The Katz JCC also took it a step further, and this summer, they will be operating the summer program at the Boys and Girls Club.

“We have new programming,” said Fox. “A really great staff, but more importantly it sets the stage for a solid future for the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and that’s the most important thing.”

With the JCC now running the program, officials say this will be the best summer yet. With plenty of field trips and guest speakers planned, the campers have a lot to be excited about. Officials say hundreds of people chipped in whatever they could to save the summer program, whether it was just a few dollars, or much, much more. Now, with the summer saved for dozens of city kids, officials say the effort to remain open into the fall, and to continue to provide a safe haven for kids, is well underway.

“I would just be in the house sitting in the room watching TV,” said Cooper. “It feels good being at camp cause I really don’t have nothing to do when I’m home.”


TUESDAY, JULY 29 at 3:00 PM at the KATZ JCC

The state of Israel needs our support now more than ever… and our Atlantic County community is ready to help.    The entire community is invited to the ‘Community Stand With Israel March of Ruach (Spirit) & Song’ on Tuesday, July 29.  The procession will begin at 3:00 PM sharp in the JCC courtyard and march down Jerome Avenue and around the Margate Recreation Fields.    At the conclusion a Israel song session will be held by former IDF soldiers (Israel Defense Force)  in the JCC Courtyard.  This event is rain or shine.  Participants should bring Israeli and American flags and signs. Together, the program aims to support the brave soldiers & the people of Israel during this difficult time.  This all ages event is free and open to the entire community.  For more information or to get more involved, contact Josh Cutler, JCC Program Director at 609-822-1167 x 138 or email

Ladies Night Out Summer Shopping Extravaganza Returns to the JCC – Wednesday, July 23


Tesi Bridal & Mrs. B’s to Appear in Fashion Show
During Ladies Night Out Summer Shopping Extravaganza at the Katz JCC – Wednesday, July 23

MARGATE – Tesi Bridal and Formal of Northfield and Mrs. B’s Boutique of Ventnor will be featured in the fashion show segment of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC Ladies Night Out Shopping Extravaganza on Wednesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in the Katz JCC Auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

Sponsored by Cornerstone Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine of Linwood, the event is expected to draw more than 400 in attendance with more than 50 vendors.


“We hosted our first Ladies Night Out event in November and since it was a huge success for the Early Childhood Education Center Parent Committee, we just had to do it again,” Event Chairman Laurie Staller said. “The funds raised from the event will fund the development of a community playground for the Katz JCC Early Childhood Center to provide a modern outdoor environment that encourages gross motor development for the kids.”

Equity Communications own Shannon Wray will be the fashion show emcee and DJ JoJo from 100.7 WZXL will be spinning live music during the fashion show and throughout the evening.

“It is going to be another great event,” Staller said.

Ladies Night Out will also include small group speaker sessions from Nutritionist Nancy Adler and Dr. Fred Coville of Cornerstone Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, complimentary food from Bocca Coal Fired Bistro and Buddakan, wine from Constellation Brands and Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet, juices and lite fare from Greens & Grains, along with raffle prizes and much more.

Vendors to date include Accessorize Me Please, Arbonne, Atlantic City Marathon Race Series, Blingie, Bodies in Motion, Claudia’s Fashions, Cleanse 2O, Compliments Handbags and Accessories, Cornerstone Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, Designs by Karen, Flair Accessories, Frills Fashions, Garnish Design by LMR, Greens & Grains, Hope Jewels, LE Fashions, Let’s Design Invitations, MLZ Enterprises, Mrs. B’s Boutique, Nancy Adler Nutrition, Nina’s Something Unusual, Peace, Love & Kids, Personalized Shopping by Earlene, Premier Designs, Rodan & Fields, Sting Ray, Tesi Bridal & Formal, Thirty-One, Touche of Panache and Vintage Candy by Kimberjay Designs.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person and include one drink ticket.

Visit the Katz JCC Front Desk or call 609.822.1167 Ext. 0 for tickets.

For vendor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167 ext. 159 or

A summer opportunity

Ticia Andrews can breathe easier this summer, thanks to Camp By The Sea in Margate.

The Egg Harbor Township woman won’t actually be attending the camp. But the fact she and her husband can send their 8-year-old twins to the camp makes things a lot easier for the working parents — and others like them.

Kids may cheer when school lets out for the summer, but for working parents of young children, such as the Andrews, the annual end of classes prompts a search for programs to keep their children safe and busy during the summer months. (read more)

Donations ensure summer program at Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club

Atlantic City’s Boys & Girls Club will have a summer program. But more work — and a lot of money — is needed to keep going beyond that.

The club closed May 8, after falling $150,000 into debt.

David Ross was put in charge of trying to right the financial woes and given a two-week deadline to have enough to reopen for at least a limited summer program. (read more)

JFS vs. JCC Golf Tournament Raises $45,000 for Agencies’ Programs

Co-Chairs(Margate, NJ – June 6, 2014) – The JFS vs JCC Golf Tournament, a collaborative fundraising event between Jewish Family Service and the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center raised more than $45,000 to benefit the agencies’ missions to provide programs and services that enhance and enrich the lives of individuals and families in Atlantic County. On Thursday, May 29th at Linwood Country Club, more than 120 golfers teed off to represent their agency.

“The competition style tournament really made for a fun and interesting day of golf,” said Fran Goldstein, co-chair of the tournament. “It was a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy the day to benefit both of these great organizations.”

IMG_6145While Team JCC walked away with the sought-after winner’s trophy, it was a great day had by all attendees. The trophy will be displayed in the JCC lobby until next year’s rematch golf tournament.

In addition to friendly competition, the JFS vs JCC Golf Tournament featured many exciting on-course contests such as closest to the pin, a putting contest and chip off the back deck. Many holes also featured fun activities including beer and liquor tastings and snacks. Golfers walked away with great prizes such as Phillies tickets, foursomes to area golf courses and free lawn care. David & Sherri Anapolle claimed the “Dine Around for a Year” raffle grand prize which included twelve $100 gift certificates to local restaurants. Other attendees won prizes such as a Katz JCC membership and Summer Series package, tickets to the Bay Atlantic Symphony, overnight stays at local casinos and car washes for a year.

IMG_6517“The committee was gratified by the fact that every golfer walked away stating that they had a wonderful day and a lot of fun,” said Rob Lang, co-chair. “This type of event shows how successful local Agencies can be with a little cooperation”

For more information on Jewish Family Service or the Katz Jewish Community Center, please visit or

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is a multi-service family counseling agency dedicated to promoting, strengthening and preserving individual, family, and community well-being in a manner consistent with Jewish philosophy and values. For more information regarding Jewish Family Service contact 609-822-1108 or visit

About Katz JCC

The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote health, education and welfare of our members, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children and ourselves.

Sixth annual Trike-a-Thon benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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Students enrolled in the Milton and Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Program learned about bicycle safety and raised money for a good cause – to make sure other children with catastrophic diseases, such as pediatric cancer, get medical treatment when they need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

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“Every year we raise around $2,000, taking in a little more each year,” Higbee said. “The parents and grandparents are very good about making donations.”

At the beginning of the week, children are asked to bring in their tricycles and scooters, and weather permitting, they would ride them for a half-hour every day in the school yard. During the days it rained, the children rode in the auditorium.

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“Every day, we work on one bicycle safety rule, and by the end of the week, they have a working knowledge about bike safety,” Higbee said.

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When the repairs were completed, they filled up with gas at the pump in the gas station, which was a clothesline with a nozzle at the end.

Students learned the rules of the road, driving around the schoolyard in the proper direction for a while before stopping off at the drive-through restaurant for a quick snack before heading back to class.

A Night of Comedy & Cocktails at Casa Del Cielo

A Night of Comedy & Cocktails at Casa Del Cielo

Hosted by Gary Hill & John Schultz
Raised money for the Katz JCC Scholarship Fund

 For A Slideshow of the Event Click Here!

John Schultz, Comedian Tom McTiernan, Gary Hill, Craig Neier, Event Co-Chair Rusty Silverman

ATLANTIC CITY – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center presented a night of comedy and cocktails on Saturday, April 12 hosted by Gary Hill and John Schultz at Casa Del Cielo, 1616 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City.

“It was a remarkable evening from beginning to end,” Katz JCC CEO Jack I. Fox said. “The event would have not been possible without the generosity and hospitality of Gary and John. It was a great evening that not only raised money for the JCC but enhanced our image in the community.”

“It is our responsibility as members of the community to support and help a great cause and it was our pleasure to help the Katz Jewish Community Center raise money for its programs and services,” Gary Hill said.

John Schultz, Fran Goldstein, Katz JCC Board President Eric Goldstein and Gary Hill

John Schultz, Fran Goldstein, Katz JCC Board President Eric Goldstein and Gary Hill

Local dignitaries in attendance included Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Assemblyman John Amodeo among others.

Co-chairs of the event were President of Cenegenics Atlantic City Dr. Rusty Silverman and Teresa Katz of Ventnor.

Event Co-Chairs Teresa Katz and Rusty Silverman

Event Co-Chairs Teresa Katz and Rusty Silverman

“We were honored to be chosen to represent the Katz JCC as co-chairs for the event and excited to help do our part in raising scholarship money for the Katz JCC scholarship fund that helps the children and seniors in our community,” Silverman said. “It was a fun and exciting night for a great cause.”

The event featured headliner Jeremy Hotz, a proven international success with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy. Hotz has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Comedy Central and MTV. Hotz is a favorite in theaters and stand-up comedy clubs, including the world-famous Laugh Factory and Improv.

Other comedians included Eddie Brill and Tom McTiernan.

Brill is a three-time MAC Award Winner (Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs) for Best Male Stand-up Comic in NYC. He has appeared at the Paper Moon Comedy Club, Radio City Music Hall and The Shrine Auditorium. He currently works on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Newsday calls McTiernan “one of the sharpest comics in New York.” He has opened for entertainers such as Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck.

“The comics were hysterical, they were first-class comics,” Katz said. “It was a great show in gorgeous surroundings with great people.”

The evening was catered by Barclay Caterers of Philadelphia.

The proceeds raised at the event will help the Katz JCC further fund its mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic County, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich lives.

For more information on the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, visit

Louis Fatato, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian,

Louis Fatato, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian,


The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote health, education and welfare of our members, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children and ourselves.

Cookie Till honored by the Katz JCC

More Than 250 Gathered to Recognize Community Activist Cookie Till, Owner of Steve & Cookies of Margate at the Katz JCC Annual Gala

 For A Slideshow of the Event Click Here!

MARGATE – More than 250 gathered to recognize Cookie Till, owner of Steve & Cookies of Margate on Saturday, March 22 at One Atlantic at the Pier Shops in Caesars, Atlantic City during the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center 2014 Annual Gala.

Cookie Till with Katz JCC Board Members Helene & Robert Hordes and Event Chairman Marc & Elyse Neumann

Cookie Till with Katz JCC Board Members Helene & Robert Hordes and Event Chairman Marc & Elyse Neumann

“The attendance at the event was a clear reflection of how much Cookie is appreciated for her continued community outreach,” Katz JCC CEO Jack I. Fox said. “It was a wonderful evening for the JCC and allowed us to recognize a wonderful individual while raising close to $60,000 for the Katz JCC children and senior scholarship fund.”

Other than family, friends and business partners, many dignitaries were in attendance including Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica and President of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Dr. Herman Saatkamp, just to name a few.

During her speech, Till took the spotlight from herself and discussed the continued need to educate children and our community on the importance of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, a mission that both Till and the JCC share.

“I believe and know without a doubt that if we don’t expose kids to these valuable lessons then we are doing them a horrible disservice. We now know that obesity and diabetes and all the complications that come with them are leaving so many people sick and hopeless while at the same time crippling our healthcare system,” Till said. “The fact that lifestyle changes in diet and exercise are what is needed to reverse or significantly reduce these issues is powerful information. But if we don’t get into the schools and in to the communities to share, teach and make these options not only known but accessible, I dare say it’s nothing short of a criminal act.”

Cookie Till making her speech

Cookie Till making her speech

Till’s biggest project to date includes a 16-bed vegetable garden with playground and public space for teaching and cooking at the  Hamilton Methodist Church in Atlantic City.

Till is the AtlantiCare Foundation Secretary and Healthy School/Healthy Children Foundation Board Subcommittee Chair; President of “A Work in Progress Foundation,” a non-profit corporation devoted to establishing gardens and hands-on nutritional programs in Atlantic City; a Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation Board Member; Foodbank of South Jersey Board Member; Let’s Eat Board Member and Atlantic County Special Services Foundation Board past President.

Till, a native of Atlantic City with a master’s degree in nutrition, began her restaurant career 25 years ago running  a “summer shack” crab house with her husband, Steve, and chef Kevin Kelly. But in 1996 they decided to move across the street and took what was once the faded restaurant Strohbeck’s and transformed it in to Steve & Cookies, a staple of the Margate community serving the best steaks and fresh seafood in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

As the founder and chairman of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market and supporter of Jah’s Creation Organic  Farm, Chef’s Collaborative – Earth Dinners and NJ Farm to School Network, Till is committed to the community and the “eat, drink and buy locally” movement.

Till’s philanthropic work does not stop with the community or the planet, she also has a strong passion for animals.  As such, she hosts an annual dog show designed to promote public awareness for responsible dog adoption and conscientious pet guardianship.

“This was an amazing event,” Event Chairman Marc Neumann said. “It was a perfect pairing of an organization and an individual that share the same passions and mission and we were excited to see the overwhelming support for both Cookie and the Katz JCC.”

Cookie Till accepting an award by Katz JCC Board President Eric Goldstein

Cookie Till accepting an award by Katz JCC Board President Eric Goldstein

The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote health, education and welfare of our members, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children, and ourselves.