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Come Along with Us…on a Trip Upstate, to the Catskills!

By Leora W. Issaacs Ph.D., JFS Board Member

Are you suffering from a case of cabin fever? Has staying at home due to COVID and the winter doldrums gotten you down? Could you use a “pick-me-up” to brighten your spirits and satisfy your wanderlust? Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (JFS) has just the remedy to cure what ails you!

Join JFS for a virtual trip (via ZOOM) upstate to the glorious Catskill Mountains on Sunday, April 25 at 7 PM. In its heyday, “The Borscht Belt” was a getaway for East Coasters starting in the 1940s. Families would spend summers, vacations and holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the lavish resorts that featured endless menus, comedians and shows, and myriad forms of recreation. While the legendary Catskill resorts are no more, many people have wonderful memories — and the area is experiencing a renaissance!

The April 25 program will provide the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment. It will feature Stand-up Comedienne Robin Fox who will MC the evening and perform. A former stay-at-home mom, Fox headlines in top comedy clubs and events all over the Northeast, and has won numerous comedy competitions. She will be joined by the noted historian John Conway who is an authority on “all things Catskills.” Born and raised in Sullivan County, Conway is the author of eight books about the Catskills, teaches at SUNY-Sullivan and is a popular speaker on the lecture circuit.

JFS will also be holding a raffle in conjunction with the program. Valued at $900, the raffle prize includes a 2-night stay and daily breakfast at the Arnold House, a lively get-away located in the “new Catskills” on Shandalee Mountain near the quaint town of Livingston Manor. The property features a Tavern and Spa as well as easy access to the area's storied outdoor activities. The prize package also includes a $150 gift certificate for dinner or the spa, 4 tickets to the Museum at Bethel Woods and 2 amazing books about the Catskills. Raffle tickets are $25 each and can be purchased with or without event tickets. Register for the event and/or purchase raffle tickets here.

The event and raffle will benefit JFS. Serving the community since 1980, JFS is a leading, forward-thinking, highly-respected and non-sectarian social service agency whose doors are open to the whole community, serving clients of all backgrounds (race, religion, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability). JFS can help you address your problems, explore alternatives, develop new insights, and find solutions through a continuum of services including mental health counseling, geriatric assessments, counseling and case management, Family Mentor Program, career counseling, Ohr Tikvah Jewish Healing Program, services for individuals with disabilities and their families, and services for Holocaust Survivors. If you are interested in learning more about JFS' programs, please contact us at (908)725-7799, email us at Admin@JewishFamilySvc.org, or click the navigation tabs above.