JFS Herb Dinner Raises $5,000 for Agency Health and Wellness Initiatives

Jewish Family Service Herb Dinner
Over 60 guests attended JFS Herb Dinner on November 6

The JFS [Jewish Family Service] Herb Dinner raised more than $5,000 for the agency’s health and wellness initiatives.

On Nov.6, the dinner brought together 60 guests for a three-course vegetarian and gluten free meal made with seasonal herbs, vegetables and local farm-raised eggs all perfectly complimented with red and white organic wines.

The meal featured dishes such as Korean pancakes made with local eggs and oyster and shiitake mushrooms; roasted butternut squash and sautéed kale; beetroot, cauliflower and turnip soup; sweet potato hummus and more.

The Herb Dinner expresses to the community the lack of nutritional options.

Challenges: many community members face them when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, especially those with mental illness or other barriers.

Herbalist Gayle Gross went around to each table accompanied by Functional Nutritionist Diane Melano and Chicken Rancher Gail Reichman offering education and information about the nutritional benefits of each dish enjoyed throughout the evening.

JFS Health and Wellness Initiatives.

JFS provides numerous benefits to agency consumers such as physical activity, interaction with peers and healthy lifestyle and diabetes education.

Throughout the year, the agency also partners with AtlantiCare to maintain a community garden in Pleasantville offering fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit to community members.

For more information about JFS Healthy & Wellness Initiatives, as well as other programs, services, and events visit www.jfsatlantic.org.


Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

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