Introducing Adam E. Laver, JFCS’ New Board Chairman
We send a warm welcome and a hearty mazel tov to our new Board Chairman, Adam E. Laver, who took the reins on September 1, 2016 from outgoing Board Chairman Michael Willner.
Adam comments, “[I am] honored to follow Michael in this position, and to work alongside Paula at JFCS.” He envisions his role, in part, as one of connector, hoping to foster synergies among JFCS, Jewish Federation, peer agencies, and the Jewish community at large. He adds, “I plan to focus on quantifying common needs, maintaining strong communication with donors, and optimizing our professional and volunteer resources.”
Adam is humbled by the work JFCS does and by the clients we serve. He explains, “Within our community there are voices that might not be heard by others—the voices of people living with disabilities, the voices of older adults without a lifeline…these voices are heard by JFCS. It is awe inspiring.” He is particularly proud of our Holocaust Survivors support program and Café Europa, which provides social and cultural outings for Holocaust Survivors, as well as the fact that JFCS is on the forefront of projects like The Bridge, which grants financial assistance to clients suffering an acute financial crisis due to illness or other life change.
Adam has been a part of the JFCS family since 2001, when he was first introduced to the organization. He recalls being impressed by the passion and professionalism of the agency’s lay leaders, and decided to become involved. Initially focusing on the Older Adult Committee, where he had a particular interest, Adam’s interest grew as he joined the Benefit Committee and later chaired the Silent Auction. He found these experiences meaningful, and was soon invited to join the Board of Directors. And it is a good thing he did—Adam met his wife Sara at the Jewish Community Services Building through their mutual community-focused endeavors. The couple shares a commitment to service—Sara is passionate about supporting children—and they are both looking forward to the April 2017 Benefit, as well as to hands-on volunteer opportunities to engage their own children, Alana and Noah, at the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS located on Montgomery Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.
Adam is a partner at Blank Rome LLP, where he focuses his practice in the areas of real estate development, zoning and land use, and real estate property tax.
We thank Adam for making this commitment to JFCS, wish him a prosperous and successful tenure, and look forward to the exciting times ahead.