Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewish Collaborative Services (JCS) held its Third Annual Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 22. Over 70 people attended, including board members, staff, donors and community friends. Erin Minior, president and CEO, and Marisa Garber, board chair, led the meeting, which lasted about an hour. Before the meeting, JCS staff went above and beyond to make local Zoom registrants feel connected by safely delivering an “appreciation bag” with celebratory items, JCS face masks and annual meeting information.
The meeting began with a d’var Torah from Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer followed by messages from the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Adam Greenman, president and CEO, and James Pious, board chair. During the meeting, committee chairs, as well as past presidents, presented their annual reports and installed new and returning board members.
JCS’ year-in-review video highlighted a successful year spent minimizing the impact of COVID-19 and insecurities. JCS served the Jewish community and the community-at-large, serving 4,000 individuals through 14 diverse programs. The Past Present Future campaign exceeded its $4 million goal and raised $5.3 million. JCS’ message to the community was clear – its story does not begin and end with the pandemic. JCS has a rich history of serving the community from its two founding agencies, collectively serving RI for over 130 years. JCS has always adapted and will continue to adapt while moving forward as it continues to fulfill its mission and ensure a strong future.
– Submitted by Jewish Collaborative Services