Excitement Builds for New JSDD Facility as Philanthropists Leon & Toby Cooperman Visit Construction Site

Leon and Toby Cooperman believe in giving back to the community. Their generosity and commitment were visible one August Sunday morning when they stopped by a construction site just off the Route 10 traffic circle in Livingston, NJ.

No ordinary construction project, this site is the future home of The Cooperman Family Campus, the new home of the not-for-profit Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD) and its WAE Center. The 17,300 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building project at 310 Eisenhower Pkwy is being made possible, in a large part, due to a generous $2.5 million gift from The Cooperman Family Foundation.

The Coopermans, who recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary, chatted with JSDD board member Larry Rein during their visit about why they chose to contribute to JSDD’s capital campaign for this much-needed facility.

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On the last Friday in July, Shabbat was welcomed in with a deep and rich Jewish tradition of storytelling on Zoom lead, once again, by JSDD’s Judaic Coordinator, Hagit.  The story Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller was featured.  The residents were delighted in the recognition that they have been living this story as they work together to make the world a better place by being kind to each other every day.  A video on Jewish Foods lead to a discussion of how the traditional Israeli salad is made from finely chopped diced tomato, onion, cucumber, bell pepper and tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Another delicious traditional Jewish stew, Cholent, is eaten during Shabbat for lunch.  The […]

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Diana R is the Manager of the Millburn and Whippany homes.  She is caring, extremely focused and detail oriented. Her tenure at JSDD began in the Millburn home and she, subsequently, transferred to Whippany as Assistant Manager where, eventually her diligent work ethic was rewarded with a promotion to Manager.  This year Diana was promoted to Senior Manager with increased responsibility for two homes.  “I have grown and learned a great deal these past years. Working during the pandemic has brought great challenges and it has been extremely hard at times,” said Diana. She always makes it her top priority to see to it that her staff and all the residents are safe and well.   “The staff I work with […]

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Coming together to welcome the Sabbath has become a wonderful, virtual community ritual.  On Friday, July 17th JSDD Homes celebrated their weekly Shabbat with Judaic Coordinator, Hagit Oren via Zoom.   The tables were set, and the delicious meals were prepared.  A special addition this week was the challah baked by the residents at home. Yael recited the blessing over lighting the candles and Hagit asked everyone to cover their eyes and make a wish.  Mark and Adam led the group in the prayer over the wine/grape juice and everyone proudly presented their home-made challah and said the blessing together.   Hagit lead the participants in reciting The Mi Shebeirach, a prayer for healing. Everyone shared stories about their week and the […]

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Lovely Lubin, Senior Residential Manager has worked for JSDD 2 years.  Before joining our agency, she had been working in the field of developmental disabilities for 7 years, and she can say it has been the most rewarding years in her life. Her tenure at JSDD began as Manager for the Whippany home, where Lovely said her life was touched by four incredible souls who each day inspired her by their amazing strength and joy for life.  “My days were filled with laughter and love”, said Lovely.  She transferred to become the Manager of the Maplewood home, where she worked for a brief time before being promoted to Senior Manager overseeing three sites – Maplewood, Passaic Ave and the West […]

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