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JCC's senior dining programs receive Maloff naming gift

May 20, 2016

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program has received a generous naming gift for two of its programs.

Photo of Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff.The Maloff family recently made a donation to the JCC in memory of the late Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff for the Senior Lunch and Learn series held periodically throughout the year as well as for the Summer Senior Dinners held on Monday evenings each summer. These programs going forward will be named after Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff.

“We are extremely appreciative of the Maloff family’s very kind gift to benefit two of our popular senior dining programs,” said Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “The new namings will help keep these programs viable for the hundreds of seniors that they serve each year. They also represent a fantastic tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Maloff’s legacy and commitment to our community.”

Dr. Maloff practiced general dentistry for 40 years in both Syracuse and Chittenango. He was well liked by his patients and respected by his peers. Oftentimes he provided free dentistry to families who could not afford it otherwise. Mrs. Maloff served on numerous local boards including the JCC of Syracuse, Temple Adath Yeshurun and the Everson Museum. She also volunteered for years at local hospitals. Morton and Libby were philanthropic throughout their lives, contributing to many local charities and causes.

The Maloffs raised four children in Syracuse: Margie (Loeb), Arnie, Stephen and Jeffrey. They also had eight grandchildren: Casi and Scott Loeb; Michelle, Juliet and Sophia Maloff; and Martine Wayne and Nikko Dominaitis.

“After raising my siblings and I, my parents started spending winters in Florida and very much enjoyed the family visits there,” said Jeffrey Maloff. “They oftentimes attended the JCC’s senior functions and would be very pleased to know these programs will now be named after them.”

The JCC Lunch and Learns, launched in March 2015, are held during the Senior Kosher Lunch program and offer useful and timely information on a range of issues facing seniors. The free meetings feature local professionals covering topics on health, wellness, finances, legal matters, caregiving and more.

The JCC’s Summer Senior Dinners are held weekly on Monday evenings and feature a hot, nutritious and well-balanced kosher meal followed up by live entertainment. This year’s dinners will begin on June 20.

The Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Adult Dining Program is the only senior nutrition program available outside of New York City serving kosher meals five days per week. The program is funded in part by the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth and the New York State Office for the Aging and Administration for Community Living. For more information, and to RSVP for a lunch or dinner, call 315-445-2360.