JCS set to celebrate marriage of two organizations


A wedding with no guests is simply an elopement, but a wedding that welcomes the entire community is a “must attend” celebration. This wedding, representing the marriage of Jewish Family Service of RI (JFS) and Jewish Seniors Agency of RI (JSA), is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, One Orms St., Providence. 

Guests in festive attire will enjoy delicious food stations with Kosher options. Music Express will fill the room with music and capture guests with a photo booth.

While a traditional wedding recognizes and honors those who play key roles such as the groom’s and bride’s parents and grandparents, this wedding will honor six individuals who were instrumental in forming JCS as members of the partnership committee. They are all members of the inaugural JCS board of directors: Marisa Garber, Amanda Isenberg, Myrna Levine, Richard Licht, Jeff Padwa and Mindy Stone. The Maurice Glicksman Leadership Award will go to Vince Mor, and The Ruth and W. Irving Wolf Jr. Award for Multigenerational Philanthropy will go to the Isenberg Family.

For decades, JFS and JSA provided essential services to all in need, from infants to elders.  With this marriage, JCS will build upon and expand those services that uphold the values that define the JCS mission and continue to support those in need. 

Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth-El in Providence, will officiate at the ceremony.  During his tenure as Temple Beth-El’s senior rabbi, Gutterman officiated at countless marriages, leading to the creation of families that have enriched the Rhode Island community. His wife, Julie Claire Gutterman, of blessed memory, served as director of Professional Services at JFS for several years before her death in 1999. Rabbi Gutterman is past president of the JFS board of directors. 

The many community members who made this wedding possible include: Event Committee chair Sharon Sock, and Host committee co-chairs Peri Aptaker and Robert Lieberman and Judy and Arthur Robbins, and their committee members along with JCS Development Committee chair Elisa Heath and JCS Director of Major Gifts Sara Ades Goodwin.

The entire community is invited to attend this wedding, which costs $150 per person; reservations and payment must be made by April 24 at event@jfsri.org. Guests who support JCS’s $4 million Past, Present, Future Campaign and commit to sponsorships at designated levels will be recognized in an online tribute book and at the wedding.

For more information or to RSVP call Sara Ades Goodwin at 401-331-1244, ext. 362, or email event@jfsri.org.

Submitted by Jewish Collaborative Services