Jewish Family Services to Honor Natalie Gelb at Annual Community Matters Event

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This year JFS is celebrating our 5th Annual Community Matters event which honors outstanding leaders who have made a difference in our community. Past honorees include James and Susan Connors, Morey and Sondra Myers, Jane Oppenheim, and Louis and Barbara Nivert. We are proud to announce that we are honoring Natalie Gelb at this year’s event. This year’s event will be held on June 1st from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Born and raised in Scranton, Natalie is a graduate of Scranton Central High School and the University of Maryland. She served as the Executive Director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA) from 2004 until her retirement in 2017 where she was instrumental in the development of the seventy-mile Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system. Natalie is also a founding member of Defenders of Democracy and currently serves on the Boards of Keystone College, Jewish Family Service, and the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For over 100 years Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been helping individuals and families in our region achieve well-being, health, and stability. The Annual Community Matters community recognition event is our major event fundraiser each year. The event helps support JFS programs and services including Mental Health Services, Financial Assistance, Case Management, Guardianship of Person Service, and the Mae S. Gelb Kosher Food Pantry.
Tickets for the event are $100 and include full kosher dinner stations catered by Pocono Kosher as well as a cash bar. We will have entertainment by Doug Smith and will once again host our silent auction. A presentation will be held honoring Ms. Gelb with coffee and dessert afterward. Tickets are available for purchase online. Sponsorship and ad book opportunities can be reviewed online and purchased by calling JFS at 570-344-1186.