Dear friends We are proud to share with you this first Report to the Community from the Marks Jewish Community House. The Marks JCH is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Throughout its rich history, the Marks JCH has impacted thousands of lives, and to this day, the “J” means so much to so many. We are grounding our members and clients with a sense of tradition and place, a set of programs that educate and inspire and a series of services that lift people up out of poverty and empower them. The Marks JCH meets the needs of the whole family, and it is our ultimate goal to help everyone we serve become self-sufficient and achieve his or her American dream. Every day 1,200 people walk through our doors. This report contains many other notable statistics that demonstrate the impact of our work. Behind each number is a story of personal impact, a life that has been transformed, an individual who has been inspired. Each day we are faced with difficult decisions trying to meet increased demands with limited resources for employment services, youth scholarships and providing a safety net for isolated older adult members of our community.Among the highlights of the pAst yeAr Are:Empowering the unemployed through job training and placement · The American Dream Center, supported by the Robin Hood Foundation, placed 245 adults with multiple impediments into jobs. · Connect to Care, supported by UJA-Federation of New York, worked with 225 people whose dreams were shattered by the economic crisis, offering career transition services, financial counseling, legal services and support.Another exciting and enriching summer for youth and teens · Our day camp served more than 500 campers, teaching them sports, swimming and Jewish culture as well as taking them on trips and overnights. Nearly half of our camp families received financial assistance. · B’yachad offered more than 100 teens a life-changing overnight camping experience focused on building the Jewish identity of the Russian-speaking community.Providing a warm community for older adults · The Bensonhurst Senior Center at the Marks JCH, supported by the New York City Department for the Aged, served 33,000 hot kosher lunches to seniors in our area. · Our Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community, supported by UJA-Federation of New York and the Skirball Foundation, provides support to more than 700 homebound, isolated older adults, many of whom are Holocaust survivors, enabling them to remain in their homes and live their lives in dignity. The Marks JCH addresses the most urgent needs of a largely immigrant population, enabling them to have a better future. We are empowering families to combat their challenges and we equip them with the tools to become self-sufficient. We now face an increased demand for our services that outpaces our current capacity. We remain committed to our mission. We are grateful to our board members, supporters, staff and volunteers for their hard work, dedication and energy which enable us to continue to thrive in these challenging times. Together we make an impact. We welcome you to join us in making a difference in our community. Your advocacy, involvement and financial support strengthen our organization. We simply cannot do what we do without you. Alex Budnitsky Carol s. goldstein Jonathan e. gold CEO/Executive Director President Chairman of the Board
The Marks JCH opens its doorsto people of all ages and stagesin life, meeting the needs of thewhole family. Touching the lives of more than 20,000 the diversity of all we serve. The Marks JCH people each year, the Marks JCH creates is one of the largest providers of critical and sustains a caring community. From services in south Brooklyn. the early morning hours through the late evening, our building is abuzz with the What is a day in the life of the Marks JCH? voices of our members having fun, getting Preschoolers learning the alphabet. Teens help, learning, growing and giving back experiencing life lessons on the basketball to the place that means so much to so court. Immigrants being trained for new many. The Marks JCH’s impact extends job skills, practicing English or studying to well beyond our building. Our high-impact become American citizens. Social workers programs draw people from more than helping people access counseling, childcare 30 ZIP codes throughout New York City. or food assistance. Older adults finding Our “360°” holistic service model uniquely companionship and relieving isolation in a positions the Marks JCH to assess and book club or yoga class, or receiving visits address the needs of the whole family. in their homes from volunteers. Families Members of our experienced staff speak celebrating holidays together at the J or more than a dozen different languages, making plans to celebrate Shabbat together enabling us to serve our members and in one another’s homes. clients in their native languages and respect Marina, 33 years old - “My parents brought me to the Marks JCH or The “J” as they called it, with a slight Yiddish emphasis that none of us spoke, but all of us remembered. They took English classes there late at night and wanted me to be “taken care of” while they were learning. It was there, in an old building with a kaleidoscope of people, rooms, programs and languages that my Jewish journey began in 1992. Twenty years later, I brought my daughter to pre-school at the “J ”… This place has raised me and I wanted my daughter to take her first steps at the “J” as well.”
Our Proven Record of SuccessNew York City Department of Youth and CommunityDevelopment Audit 2010“The Marks JCH runs one of the best Family Literacy programs… ever… Everything, from documentation, assessment, lesson planning, and code compliance is excellent. The staff are committed to their work and open to suggestions and new ideas. The participants’ interest in the program is evident in the excellent attendance and retention.”Robin Hood Foundation Evaluation 2010“The Marks JCH placed…in the upper quartile of all the job training and placement groups Robin Hood supports… The Marks team is polished and professional and understands data and analysis. We share an interest in working with a poor, barriered population and respect Marks’ other support and advocacy services as well.”
BUILDING BLOCKS OF SUCCESS Children and Youth: a place to grow, place to learn… eArly Childhood Center – greAt After sChool – Beginnings to lifelong leArning essentiAl enriChment thAt grows At the Marks JCH’s Farber-Bruch Early with your Child Childhood Center, activities are integrated Under the guidance of trained staff, children into a daily program that focuses on social at the Marks JCH’s Robbins-Corenman skills, cognitive skills and physical and After School Center build their academic emotional well-being. The curriculum is skills as they learn and play together in a infused with Jewish values and is adapted vibrant, well-rounded environment. This to meet the needs of each child, including year 190 students received homework children with disabilities. Enrollment in help and participated in recreational play, our Jewish preschool, Universal pre- 75 kids learned in our tutoring programs, kindergarten program and Mommy and more than 100 children took dance and Me classes has doubled in the last two private music instruction and 120 students years, which speaks to the quality of our enrolled in the swim academy. Marks JCH programs. 51 chilren established a strong After School celebrated the successes of learning foundation at the Marks JCH’s its many students, including more than 50 Farber-Bruch Early Childhood Center children with special needs. this year. 186 TEENS LEARNED LIFE LESSONS ON THE BASKETBALL AND vOLLEyBALL COURTS OF CAMMARATA yOUTH SpORTS CENTERMORE THAN 400 CHILDREN LEARN AND GROW AT THE MARKSJCH’S ROBBINS-CORENMAN AFTER SCHOOL CENTER
Yelena is 42 years old and is in the fight of her life, battling terminal cancer. Her husband left her recently and as a result of the divorce, Yelena lost access to health insurance. Every dollar was needed to pay for treatments and hospital bills. That meant her daughter Sasha could not go to camp. There was not a spare dollar in the familymArks JCh CAmp progrAms – fun, budget.friends, new experienCesFor more than 80 years, we’ve provided a Sasha is in 3rd grade and was a camper in the Marks JCHsafe, affordable summer camp program. camp the previous summer. Given how unpredictable theThe Marks JCH camp is a community ofchildren, teenagers and adults that fosters family situation was, it was only in June that the familypositive relationships, encourages healthy applied for a scholarship to send Sasha back to camp, afterrisk-taking and promotes acceptance. we’d already distributed all of our scholarship funds. TheCamp is both a gateway to Jewish life for Marks JCH staff came up with a creative approach to helpcampers and their families and a destinationfor Jewish experiential learning. Providing the family: to advocate with Sasha’s father’s union to coverscholarships for youth at risk, single parent part of the camp tuition, to simultaneously raise funds fromfamilies and families fighting poverty is our camp alumni and donors to cover the remaning balancekey to helping parents to go out and seek and to create a camp account to enable Sasha to attendemployment to enable their families to camp in future years.become self sufficient. In 2010, we reachedour largest enrollment, registering campersfrom more than 30 ZIP codes in New York. Here is what Yelena said after the camp season: “I feel truly blessed for having the Marks JCH in the community. Itteens At the J has been a haven to my daughter with the summer campThe Marks JCH has a decades-longtradition as a center of teen life in the program and its generosity to me, when I felt despair andneighborhood. Counting more than 300 hopelessness with my illness. My daughter comes homemembers, the Zehut Teen Center offers a shining from the Marks JCH with wonderful stories andvariety of programs serving at-risk Jewish songs she learns at camp. Thank you so much. It makesyouth. The Summer Youth EmploymentProgram assisted hundreds of local teens me feel very happy to know that my daughter has anotherto find summer jobs and internships. family at the Marks JCH.”The Butler Center for EducationalAdvancement, supported by the J.E.& Z.B. Buttler Foundation, helps themachieve their academic potential throughcollege preparation and other educationalassistance. The Cammarata Youth SportsCenter offers neighborhood teens a way tostay healthy and build positive friendshipsin a fun, competitive, and nurturingenvironment. 544 CAMpERS AND 80 COUNSELORS MADE LASTING MEMORIES AT MARKS JCH CAMpS
ONE-STOp DESTINATION FOR BROOKLyN FAMILIES125 yOUNG FAMILIES pRACTICED JEWISH vALUES THROUGH OUR FAMILy pROGRAMS heAlth And wellness Jewish life And leArning The Marks JCH helps community members At the Marks JCH, there are ongoing of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels opportunities for families and children to to stay active and to adopt healthy lifestyles discover the culture and traditions of our and habits. Team sports, fitness classes, rich Jewish heritage. The Marks JCH’s nutrition classes, a swim academy and a festival celebrations – for Chanukah, Purim full-service gym are available to members and Passover – bring together hundreds and non-members. Health and wellness are of people, young and old, to dance, sing, integrated into programs for children, teens learn and strengthen the ties that bind them and seniors, promoting healthy habits that together. This year’s Chanukah and Purim will last a lifetime. festivals drew more than 500 attendees each. expression And trAdition: CulturAl Arts progrAms Through the generosity of the Genesis A lively and diverse Performing Arts Series Philanthropy Group, coupled with the welcomes musicians, dancers, actors and Grinspoon Foundation and support from singers of the highest caliber who enhance UJA-Federation of New York, this year the cultural vibrancy of the community while the Marks JCH launched the PJ Library, celebrating Jewish, American, Russian and immediately selling out of our first 500 other global arts traditions. subscriptions. PJ, short for pajamas, is a national book program implemented on
MORE THAN 2,000 pEOpLE ATTENDED 21 CULTURAL ARTS pERFORMANCES LAST yEARthe local level, mailing high quality Jewishchildren’s books and music to familieseach month and presenting book-themedprogramming in the community.foCus on young fAmilies – BuildingA future togetherThe Marks JCH’s experiential learningprograms provide informal Jewisheducation for a community that otherwisewould have no Jewish content. Through ourChavurah Family program we are buildinga community for the increasing numberof families with young children in theneighborhood. In our Tot Tussovka programwe are also reaching the underservedBrownstone Brooklyn Jewish communitywith new exciting content for youngfamilies. MORE THAN 2,200 pEOpLE ARE LIvING HEALTHIER LIvES THROUGH THEIR ENROLLMENT IN THE MARKS JCH’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
AT A MARCH 2011 MARKS JCH JOB FAIR, MORE THAN 750 JOB SEEKERSLINED Up AROUND THE BLOCK.
pURSUING THE AMERICAN DREAM… The Road to Economic Self-Sufficiency leArning english is the first program, empowering its participants. This milestone in your new life … year, the Marks JCH offered services under Since the 1980s, the Marks JCH has the auspices of ADC and numerous other played a key role in resettling more than New York City and New York State-funded 50,000 immigrants from the former Soviet programs. Union in southwest Brooklyn in addition to serving immigrants from more than innovAtive ApproAChes to émigré 40 other countries. The Marks JCH’s job empowerment training, health services, English classes Marks JCH creates opportunities for Baby and other educational, cultural and social Boomers to build a secure and successful service programs are a vital lifeline for these future. Our Career and Business Transition immigrants, many of whom fled persecution Center (CBTC) is a comprehensive program in their countries of origin. that focuses on planning the economic future of every program participant and helps to employment serviCes make this future a reality. Our Bensonhurst Many of the immigrants who are part of the Business Club brings together more than Marks JCH’s community are chronically 200 local entrepreneurs and employers for unemployed or underemployed. While many networking and mentoring. Our partners are talented and eager to succeed, they face include Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce, social, educational and vocational barriers FEGS, Hebrew Free Loan Society, to economic self-sufficiency. The American Metropolitan Jewish Coordinating Council Dream Center (ADC), funded in part by the on Jewish Poverty and the New York Legal Robin Hood Foundation, is the Marks JCH’s Assistance Group. most comprehensive employment service THE AMERICAN DREAM CENTER pLACED 245 ADULTS INTO JOBS. 400 IMMIGRANTS LEARNED ENGLISH THROUGH CLASSES AT THE MARKS JCH, and 214 pARTICIpATED IN THE J’s STEpS TO CITIZENSHIp pROGRAM
HELpING SENIORS THRIvETHE MARKS JCH’S BENSONHURST SENIOR CENTER pROvIDED MORE THAN200 EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL pROGRAMS EACH MONTH. helping seniors thrive intergenerational programming, provide The local area served by the Marks JCH friendly visits, and deliver food and holiday is home to more than 40,000 elderly packages. Those who can travel to our residents, many of whom live below the center say the Yiddish Conversation Club poverty line. The Bensonhurst Senior Center is one of their favorite experiences. It brings provides a comprehensive approach to English and Russian speaking seniors offering supportive services for our older together to share family stories, speak their adults, including hot meals, recreational “mother tongue” and build bridges across programs, cultural celebrations and case cultures. Thanks to a New York Times assistance so older adults can remain vital Neediest Cases article about the Yiddish members of our community. Club, a generous donor enabled the group to continue meeting. work with holoCAust survivors And world wAr ii veterAns the dediCAtion of 88 serviCe Holocaust Survivors and World War II volunteers mAke our senior Veterans’ Clubs are among 16 volunteer-led progrAms viBrAnt And engAging initiatives in the Marks JCH senior center. The Neighborhood Naturally Occurring These programs ensure a life of dignity Retirement Community (NNORC) provides for frail and vulnerable survivors, most of personalized case management and health whom lived through the war, then Stalin, care services, in our office and at clients’ then immigration and are now fighting homes. Social workers and registered social isolation. Our staff and volunteers nurses help seniors to age in their own provide home visits to homebound homes. Minor home repairs and community seniors who essentially are cut off from advocacy round out this holistic approach, the outside world. Our teenagers, through which also features social and educational activities.
THE MARKS JCH GOOD NEIGHBORS NNORC pROGRAM SERvED 800 SENIORS WITH SOCIAL SERvICES AND WELLNESS ACTIvITIES.Larisssa and Victor Shchetinina survived the poverty and hard labor of the Hitler andStalin eras in Ukraine, only to be faced with emerging, rampant anti-Semitism andmajor economic challenges as the end of the 20th century approached. When theyarrived in the United States in 2002, at the ages of 64 and 65, they settled in a one-bedroom apartment in Bensonhurst with their son. Speaking no English, and with nomoney and few possessions (when they emigrated, they had to sign away their rightsto their pensions from their lifelong careers in the former Soviet Union), they turned tothe Marks JCH for help. The Marks JCH helped them obtain the Supplemental SecurityIncome and Food Stamps that have become their lifeline. Through our ESL classes, theywere able to learn English, take the citizenship exam and became American citizens,all with the help of charitable funds that have been set aside for Holocaust survivors.The Marks JCH also has helped them obtain urgently needed medical care for seriousillnesses that both of them have fought. While their challenges – medical and financial –unfortunately continue, Larisa and Victor know they can always rely on the J.
THANKING OUR SUppORTERS The Marks JCH is grateful to its many the J in supporting the work we do and supporters for enabling us to meet the reach out to older alumni to reconnect. needs of whole families. We appreciate On April 18th, 2010, we launched the the foundations, funders, individual first annual “18 on the 18th Community donors, board members, volunteers, Challenge Campaign” which focused staff and members who support our on engaging recent alumni of the work. Marks JCH through social media and to participate in the decision-making In recent years, our local community process about where their contributions has begun to give back to the J in should go. Many young JCH alumni many ways. Neighborhood business who benefitted from our programs leaders who got their start through when they were immigrants just a few our Bensonhurst Business Club offer years ago – young professionals who pro bono services; a young adult who are now in a position to give back – learned to play basketball as a new donated their vacation time to help émigré teen at the J joined our Board staff a camp trip and contributed their of Directors; a local café owner offers money to make sure that children in our free Thanksgiving meals to needy community who needed a scholarship Holocaust survivors as a way of saying to attend summer camp 2011 or the thanks for the help he received in JCC Maccabi Games 2011 received launching his business through our one. Their contributions totaled more microfinance program. It is our goal to than $18,000, collected in just two continue to engage recent alumni of months. marks JCh Board of * David P. Berkowitz marks JCh executive team directors Katherine Boas David Dubrow Alex Budnitsky, MA, MSW Carol S. Goldstein Gerald P. Farber Executive Director/CEO President Eli S. Feldman Felix Filler Melanie Levav, MA, LMSW * Cary J. Davis * Cheryl Fishbein Assistant Executive Director, Honorary Chairman of the Mel Goldfeder Financial Resource Development Board Anton Gorshkov Dayle J. Henshel Gelena Blishteyn, MSW * Jonathan E. Gold Ben Krull Director of Program Services Chairman of the Board Glenn Markman and Operations Irene Molod Rachel Epstein * Leon Pollack Vladimir Vishnevskiy 1st Vice President * Philip Schatten Director of Immigrant Services Allan L. Shaw David Klafter Faye Levine, LMSW 2nd Vice President Honorary Board Director of Social Services Members David E. Rubinsky Violetta Shmulenzon, MSW 3rd Vice President Andrew Boas Director of Camping and Stanley Goldberg Leadership Development Yale Fergang Arthur Press Treasurer Dr. Benjamin Sherman David Smith Director of Finance Alvin Kuneffsky Secretary Inna Kuznetsova Director of Administration * Past Presidents
MARKS JCH FINANCIALSUJA-Federation of New York is ourlargest single funder, providing both Funding Sourcescore operating support and numerousprogram grants. Nearly one third of ourbudget comes from New York State, fee for servicefederal and local government sources, government $2,076,480 31% grantssponsoring programs in all areas of 32% $2,207,877service. We also are supported byfoundations such as the Robin Hood uJA federation 27%Foundation, the Skirball Foundation and private foundations $1,849,704the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as well 5% $340,000as numerous individual donors. Contributions 5% other $354,119 0.2%In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, several $11,857government-funded programs werecut significantly, including the mid-yearelimination of our prized family literacyprogram. Despite significant cuts in Revenuegovernment funding, we were able to Administration 13%achieve a balanced operating budget, $933,707primarily as a result of streamlining our program services 48%operations, securing new grants and $3,265,635with generous support from funders.The current economic environmentchallenges our ability to provide keyservices, causing wait lists for many of social servicesour programs. 12% immigrant services $822,783 27% $1,824,497In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, we expectto continue to operate in extremelydifficult economic conditions resultingfrom the State and City of New York’sdrastic budget shortfalls and cuts back Expenseson grants and contracts that providevital services. We are working diligently program Administrationto secure new funds from all available services 16% 44% $1,119,701sources in order to meet the continuing $2,994,173and urgent needs of the community. immigrantFull financial information is available by services 26%request to the Marks JCH and at social services $1,779,094http://www.charitiesnys.com/ 16% $995,304 Immigrant Services (Job Placement, Vocational Training, ESOL, Citizenship, Case Management) Social Services (Senior Services, NNORC, Senior Housing, Bensonhurst Senior Center, Multi -Service Center) Program Services (Children & Family, Youth, Camp, Sports & Fitness, Cultural Arts, Leadership Development, Educational and Recreational Services, Jewish Life and Learning)
360° AppROACH TO SERvICES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILy marks JCh programs and services Farber-Bruch Early Childhood Center Computer Center Mommy & Me Classes Connect to Care Summer Day Camps Single Stop Center Robbins-Corenman Afterschool Center Health Insurance Counseling Out of School Time (OST) Nutrition Outreach Educational Program Swim Academy & Swim Team Citizenship Preparation & Civics Education Sunday Academy Classes for Children Voter Registration Outreach Special Needs Programs Domestic Violence Prevention Program School of Music and Dance Healthy Families Program Children’s Fitness Center Family Literacy Program Tot Tussovka Family Program in Park Slope Health and Wellness Center Chavurah Jewish Family Education Bensonhurst Business Club Zehut Teen Center Goldberg Senior Center Cammarata Youth Sports Center Russian-language Older Adult Clubs B’yachad Teen Overnight Camp Bensonhurst Senior Center Annual Brooklyn Mitzvah Day Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community “We are Family Teen Leadership Institute: Supportive Community Program Brooklyn(USA)-Ashdod (Israel)-Dnepropetrovsk(Ukraine)” Subotnick House and Senior Center JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Psychological Support for Seniors Summer Youth Employment Program Silver Sneakers Senior Fitness Butler Center for Educational Advancement Dor Hadash Leadership Development Alumni Association: Young Adult Chapter Job Placement Services Vocational and Educational Training English for Speakers of Other Languages 144 TEENS AND yOUNG ADULTS pARTICIpATED IN 5TH ANNUAL BROOKLyN MITZvAH DAy Design by Ilya V. Gleikh
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