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11.25.09

Hospitable Hosts to Shine for Jewish Family Service

“Dinner is served” will have a special meaning when Sharon Horn and Jeff Lichtman of Fort Lee open their lovely home to guests on December 5. For the fifth time, the couple will be hosts for Night of 100 Dinners, the major annual fundraiser to benefit Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson.

For Sharon and Jeff, the event is a personal “must.” They became involved after she began volunteering for the human services agency as her way of giving back. “I wanted a really good cause to support, and I found it in JFS,” Sharon said. She not only enjoyed giving her time to programs such as Kosher Meals on Wheels, she also found a new life’s work. “Inspired” by what she witnessed and experienced, she went back to school, graduating from Wurzweiler School of Social Work with a master’s degree in 2007.

Sharon’s and Jeff’s demanding professions, social work and law respectively, have not preempted their dedication to the agency or support of the event. Even a vacation to Florida will have to wait a bit this year. “When we found out the date of Night of 100 Dinners, we changed our travel plans,” said Sharon. “Besides having the great satisfaction of helping Jewish Family Service, we truly enjoy hosting the dinner and meeting new people. It’s a win-win situation. We always have a great time, and as a bonus, we have made new friends. The cause and the company are outstanding.”

Dinners will be offered at 23 area homes. Guests, who each donate $180 and up, learn the name of their hosts at a 7PM cocktail reception sponsored by Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and hosted by its president and CEO, Douglas A. Duchak, at the Medical Center. Menus and the size of the parties vary, and guests can request a kosher, glatt kosher or vegetarian home. Dietary laws will be observed at the cocktail reception.

For Sharon and Jeff, the evening is an opportunity to prepare a delicious meal paired with excellent libations. Although this year’s menu is top secret, suffice it to say it’s destined to even surpass that of other years, which have included delectable homemade offerings such as butternut squash soup and rack of veal. Night of 100 Dinners has garnered a reputation for delicious food served in a gracious manner by some of the most welcoming hosts around.

The 8th Annual Night of 100 Dinners is co-chaired by Shira Feuerstein, Beth Nadel and Lisa Oshman. Five-year honorees include sponsors Angelica Berrie of The Russell Berrie Foundation, Optima Fund Management, and Enid and Ed Ruzinsky, and hosts Diane and Mark Seiden, and Sharon Horn and Jeff Lichtman.

Proceeds will benefit the programs and clients of Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, which offers an array of services helping individuals and families. “Due to the economic downturn, we are experiencing an increasing demand for services,” said JFS President Ilene S. Gelman. “We are asking the community to make this year the best one ever, and we promise a beautiful evening with some of the nicest, most generous people you will ever meet.”

For more information, contact Julye Brown at 201-837-9090 or JulyeB@jfsbergen.org.
Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson
1485 Teaneck Road • Teaneck, NJ 07666
(Tel.) 201-837-9090 • (Fax) 201-837-9393 • www.jfsbergen.org