Dear Friends,

Here we are at the end of 2021. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season so far. As we look forward to 2022, we also like to reflect on 2021.

It was, unfortunately, still a difficult year for many. Our community is still being impacted by the pandemic and we are certainly seeing the effects here at Tampa Jewish Family Services. The need for assistance – food, financial and mental health – has been greater than ever.

As we look forward to 2022 we hope to see a move back to some semblance of normal, but as always, a continued focus on kindness and caring that we see every day here at TJFS.

We have been fortunate to have wonderful patrons who continue to support the agency and donate – enabling us to care for those in need. And we’ve been able to host wonderful events such as our Making Magic Happen fundraiser, which was so much fun, and a wonderful opportunity to recognize this year’s TJFS Community Pillars, Susan and David Glickman.

Finally, I want to send a special thank you to Susan Kessler and Jeffrey Berger. They have been long-time supporters of TJFS and for the past several years have conducted a Halloween Food Drive benefiting the Community Food Bank. Every year this food drive has grown, and this year was no exception.

Trading candy for canned goods, Susan and Jeffrey gathered more than 530 pounds of non-perishable food items and more than $300 in donations for the Community Food Bank. This year, they were even able to connect with SunTrust Bank (now Truist) who became a drop off location. Thank you both for all your hard work and wonderful contributions!

As always, if you or a loved one are in need, please feel free to reach out at any time – we are always here to help.

Dr. Beth Ann Gemunder
Tampa Jewish Family Services CEO