December 17, 2015 (Beachwood) – More than 140 people attended Jewish Family Service Association’s Annual Meeting on December 1 which celebrated the agency’s 140 years of serving the community and highlighted some of its most dedicated and philanthropic donors. In addition to celebrating the milestone anniversary, JFSA also elected the following new leadership during the Annual Meeting.

croppedHarvey Kotler is the new Board Chair for a three year term. He was first appointed to the JFSA board in 2007 and currently serves on several committees including the Executive, Marketing, JFSA Care at Home, and Ascentia Committees. He is also a Board Member for the Center for Cognition & Recovery, LLC.  Harvey is a financial planner at Kotler, Turk & Associates. He and his wife Norma live in Pepper Pike.



Four community leaders join the JFSA board for a three year term.

croppedMichelle L. Goldberg is a freelance writer and photographer. She currently serves as a Board Member for National Council of Jewish Women, Temple Women’s Association, and also volunteers at the Cleveland Sight Center. Michelle and her husband Gerald live in Pepper Pike.




Goldner_croppedAllan Goldner is a Partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. He is a Board Member for the National Federation for Community & Justice, Jewish Community Housing, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. He also serves on the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Community Planning and Holocaust Survivors Committees as well as the JFSA Care at Home Committee. Allan and his wife Elise live in Pepper Pike.



croppedEric Synenberg is the Deputy Legal Counsel & Regional Representative for the Ohio Treasurer Office. He is a Board Member of ORT America and Coventry Village Special Improvement Association. He also volunteers for the Cleveland Metro Bar Association. Eric and his wife Jamie live in Beachwood.




Zelman Dan_croppedDan Zelman is the CEO of Paro Services Corp which owns several companies in the chemical industry. Dan currently serves as a Board Member for The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Montefiore, University Hospitals – Ahuja Medical Center, and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland where he is also Campaign Chair. Dan and his wife Ellen live in Moreland Hills.




JFSA also welcomes two new Life Directors.

4x5 Color for Internet_Cohen_0005Phil Cohen was first appointed to the JFSA board in 2003 and is the immediate past board chair. During his tenure JFSA established Alyson’s Place – JFSA Medical Clinic to provide primary health care for clients and hosted two successful Signature Events which raised more than $400,000 for the agency. Phil is the President of PRN Funding, LLC in Beachwood. He and his wife Lynne live in Pepper Pike.



don 001Don Jacobson was first appointed to the JFSA board in 2005 and has served 10 years as the Annual Campaign co-chair during which he has raised nearly $400,000 for the agency. He serves on several JFSA committees including the Executive, Finance, Development, and Leadership committees. Don and his wife Judy live in Pepper Pike.




lindaHorvitz YouthAbility adult volunteer Linda Chapman was also honored at the Annual Meeting. Linda received the Samuel S. Greenberg Award from the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS). The award is given to a lay leader who best role models the IAJVS’s mission to help individuals become self-sufficient. Chief Executive Officer of the IAJVS, Genie Cohen, arrived from Philadelphia to make the special presentation to Linda.