JFGH Names Incoming CEO

March 21st, 2016 by

Scot R. Marken Named Incoming CEO of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH)

Effective July 1, 2016, Marken to Lead Metropolitan Washington Organization Committed to Individuals with Disabilities

March 21, 2016


Rockville, MD – The Rockville-based Jewish Foundation for Group Homes today announced that Scot R. Marken will become its CEO effective July 1, 2016. Founded in 1982, JFGH supports over 200 individuals in more than 70 sites through JFGH’s non-sectarian residential, transitioning youth and social programs. JFGH conducted a national search led by Search Committee Chairs and Past Presidents, Leslie Kaplan and Dennis Speisman.  Scot will assume this role upon the retirement of Vivian G. Bass, JFGH’s longtime CEO.

“After I arrived in the Washington area in 2012, Vivian was one of the first colleagues who welcomed me to this community and she has been a trusted mentor and friend,” says Scot R. Marken, incoming CEO of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.  “It is an honor to continue the extraordinary work Vivian has been doing for the past 30 years. I welcome the great responsibility of building upon the organization’s success and its vision for the future.”

Scot has spent the past 23 years creating and building innovative organizations serving the nonprofit sector. He is joining JFGH from a post as CEO of Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, a nearly 60 year old nonprofit that promotes the importance of mental wellness in everyone’s life and provides support to those with mental health issues through direct service programs, community education, and advocacy. Each year, MHA provides assistance to more than 12,000 people in 19 locations.  Under Scot’s leadership the organization opened its first office outside of Montgomery County and received national recognition for several of its programs and services.

During the past ten years Scot has given more than 100 presentations related to philanthropy, charitable giving and nonprofit management at the local, regional, national and international levels and has been involved in more than 50 stories with media outlets including NBC4, WJLA, MSNBC.com, Newsweek, BBC Worldwide, CNN Newsmakers, Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, and others.  Scot currently serves on the board of Nonprofit Montgomery, an alliance of leaders of nonprofit organizations serving Montgomery County.  Prior to moving to the Washington, DC area in 2012, Scot spent eight years as the CEO of a philanthropy association serving foundations, corporate funders and local government in South Florida.   Scot is a graduate of Duke University.  He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Bethesda and are the parents of two teenage children.

“Scot’s experience at building a wide range of organizations gives him a unique perspective,” says Stefan Tucker, President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. “Wherever he’s been, he demonstrated leadership and innovation that achieved success. We are fortunate to have him as incoming CEO.”

Over the previous twenty years as CEO, Vivian has led JFGH with the guiding principle that all human beings must be treated with value and respect. JFGH has become a model for over 25 communities nationally and abroad. Vivian will remain an active leader in the Jewish community, serving in a volunteer capacity as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Women International (JWI).

With regard to the transition, Tucker adds, “Vivian’s tremendous leadership for the past thirty years has been critical to JFGH’s success and has led to great innovations in the field of serving persons with developmental disabilities. We are confident that Scot’s abilities, experience and vision will help the organization go from strength to even greater strength.”


The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes is committed to providing individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders with the opportunity to live independently within the community with dignity, personal choice, and respect while offering the opportunity to experience Jewish life and supporting others with the opportunity to practice their own faithwww.jfgh.org

JFGH Video, After the Fact now online!

November 16th, 2015 by

In case you missed the 32nd Annual Gala, the video After the Fact…! is now available on JFGH.org, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Click Here

32nd Annual Gala…HUGE Success

November 16th, 2015 by

1670 attendees filled the Music Center at Strathmore on November 3rd as JFGH presented the S. Robert Cohen Award to Vivian G. Bass and the Melvin S. Cohen Award for Community Service to Sandy & Stanley Bobb.  Thank you to our Chairs, The Pollin Family: Arlene and Andy Pollin, Roger Pollin, Eva and Lee Cowen, and Toni Pollin, for all their hard work!

Congratulations to our 2015 Transitioners!

July 21st, 2015 by

Congratulations to our Sally and Robert Goldberg Maryland MOST™ and Virginia MOST™ Program Transitioners! We are very proud of each of you!

Amy, Ella, Eric,
Jessica, Jessie, Joshua,
Julien, Madison, Maurine,
Michael, Nora, Patrick,
Seena, Taylor, Tyler

Click here to see pictures!

Grant, Justin, Lydia,
Natalia, Robbie, Ross

Click here to see pictures!

Bethesda Big Train Baseball Game

July 13th, 2015 by

On Saturday, July 11th, JFGH residents and staff saw the Bethesda (MD) Big Train team take on the DC Grays in a night that honored several area non-profit organizations. Everyone in attendance was treated to an offensive outburst by the Big Train as they routed the visiting Grays 11-3 that clinched a winning season for Bethesda. Thanks to all who came and showed their support for JFGH and the Big Train! Click here to see pictures from the game.

Now You See It

June 25th, 2015 by

A suspenseful mystery came to a thrilling conclusion at Temple Rodef Shalom Tuesday evening as the missing Lickety-Split Diamond was found and the thief apprehended. To see some of the prime suspects and guests at the event, click here.

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A huge thank you to our Mystery Sponsors: The Bass Family, Gesher Jewish Day School, Susie and John King and The Nashman Family.


June 11th, 2015 by

Congratulations to JFGH Past President Ronald Glancz who was named as the Breslau-Goldman Award Honoree for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington 2015 Annual Gala.


Additional congratulations are extended to Rabbi Jack Luxemburg and to Bobbi and Larry Shulman. Kudos to all!

Help Us Do More!

May 20th, 2015 by

We are getting ready for Do More 24! Do More is an annual 24-hour fundraiser that is hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area. Last year, Do More donors contributed $1.1 million dollars in 24 hours. We need your help to make this year’s campaign equally successful. On June 4th, please consider donating to JFGH using this link: https://domore24.org/#npo/jewish-foundation-for-group-homes.


We need your support. Please tell your friends, family and coworkers why you believe in our work. You can also help us win extra cash prizes for the most donors and most donations on June 4th. So please be sure to spread the word and thank you for helping us Do More for our community!


Annual Sibling Outing

May 20th, 2015 by


Over 80 JFGH residents, siblings and staff recently attended the annual JFGH Sibling Brunch at Nick’s Riverside Grill on the Georgetown waterfront in Washington, D.C. This annual event is generously hosted and underwritten by resident sibling Nick Cibel. Click here to check out a few photos from the event!

Congratulations to the 2015 Janice W. Goldsten Luncheon Honorees!

April 28th, 2015 by

On April 23, 2015, the 7th Annual Janice W. Goldsten Awards Luncheon was held at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

The event was chaired by Elaine Snider, Holly Snider Kopit and Lauren Snider Sachs.

Event Underwriters:
The Bender Foundation, Inc.
Elaine Snider, Holly Snider Kopit, and Lauren Snider Sachs

Congratulations to all the honorees!

Janice W. Goldsten Award: The Mendelson and Nagler Family

Corporate Partner Award: Michael Bennett Kress Photography

Community Partner Award: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Young Leadership Award: Rachel L. Greenberg

A huge thank you to all who attended and supported the luncheon!

Photos from the event can be seen here.