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Exploring the Joys & Challenges of Being a Local JFGH Sibling

November 2nd, 2016 by

Join us at the next Bruce K. Smith Sibling Network event for a discussion about the joys and challenges of being the brother or sister of an adult with a disability. Beth K. Shapiro, LCSW-C, Director of Social Work and JFGH sibling Dorrie Pilot, the author of the October 2016 SIBLINK‘s Sibling Scribblings article will be co-facilitating.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

6:30-8:30 pm

Please RSVP no later than Monday, December 5, 2016 to

The Joy W. and S. Robert Cohen Building
1500 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852

Welcome Scot!

July 5th, 2016 by

JFGH Welcomes CEO Scot Marken to the family.  Check out the welcome video on YouTube…


Thanks for 30, Vivian!

June 30th, 2016 by

Thank you for joining us to honor Vivian’s 30 plus years of remarkable leadership to JFGH.  The celebration attended by over 600 JFGH residents, colleagues, friends, family, community and government leaders is a testament to Vivian’s extraordinary impact on the greater community. Highlights included the announcement of the soon to be opened, Vivian and Raymond Bass Home as well as the Reiner Family Home. Check out the wonderful photos here!

Congratulations 2015-2016 MOST Participants!

June 22nd, 2016 by

We recently celebrated the Sally and Robert Goldberg MOST Program 2015-2016 transitioners and their wonderful accomplishments.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and ARC of Northern Virginia were recognized as MOST Program Partners of the Year for Maryland and Virginia, respectively.

We are so proud of our MOST participants and congratulate them on their achievements!

Maryland: Andrew, Caroline, Griffin, Jackson, Jason, Jeffrey, Joshua, Justin, KC, Laura, Michael, Tory
Virginia: Brian, David, Debbie, Gordon, Matthew G., Matthew T., Miranda

MOST Transition Celebration 2016


Strides to Thrive – New Date! Sunday, August 21st

June 9th, 2016 by

Strides to Thrive benefit walk will now be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016!

If you have friends and family who would like to attend, they can still register at We’ll also have walk-up registration the day of the event. If you have already registered, we’re excited to see you!

The walk will take place at the Washingtonian Center/RIO from 8 – 10 a.m. Washingtonian Center is located off I-270 in Gaithersburg. Parking is free and available throughout the Washingtonian Center and Rio. The closest lot to the walk is next to Rio Grande.

Check in at our registration area located at the Plaza in front of Joe’s Crab Shack beginning at 8 a.m.  The event will officially kick off at 8:30 a.m., where you and your group can take part in the at-your-own-pace walk around the lake.  Following the walk, we’ll have music from Electric Entertainment, as well as food and drinks provided by Starbucks, Honest Tea and KIND Snacks.  We’ll also have a T-shirt for the first 200 registered walkers.
Please contact JFGH Events Coordinator, Shaunna Pickett at 240.283.6053 or for more information.

SIBLINK: A Quarterly E-Newsletter of the Bruce K. Smith Sibling Network

May 24th, 2016 by

Each quarter, the Bruce K. Smith Sibling Network publishes SIBLINK, an e-newsletter that includes information about events, resources and research relevant to siblings. The main highlight is Sibling Scribblingsan article written by a sibling who shares their heartwarming and honest story about the struggles and triumphs of being a brother or sister of an individual with disabilities. Read the latest three articles here.

Congratulations to Vivian! Roscoe R. Nix Leadership Award

May 3rd, 2016 by

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Congratulations to JFGH CEO Vivian Bass!

Vivian was a recipient of the Roscoe R. Nix Leadership Award at the 2016 Montgomery Serves event in Bethesda honoring volunteers in Montgomery County.

The award, the County’s equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is presented by the County Executive each year to honor an individual or individuals who over the course of their distinguished lives of community service have made extraordinary contributions to the quality of our community at the very highest levels of excellence.

This prestigious award was originally established by the County Executive to honor community icon Roscoe Nix who gave a half century of service to Montgomery County.  Mr. Nix served as President of the Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP,  Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, and in many other ways.


8th Annual Janice W. Goldsten Luncheon

May 3rd, 2016 by


Honorees, Joy W. & S. Robert Cohen (L) and Chairs, Leslie & Samuel Kaplan (R)

More than 200 attendees joined us for the 8th Annual Janice W. Goldsten Group Homes’ Awards Luncheon at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville on April 19, 2016 for a lovely luncheon to honor Joy W. and S. Robert Cohen, beloved recipients of the Janice W. Goldsten Lifetime Commitment Award.

This most meaningful event was chaired by Leslie and Samuel Kaplan, who just like Joy and Bob, were among the original co-signers of the JFGH articles of incorporation over 30 years ago.

Thank you to our sponsors and attendees for a wonderful event!

Goldsten Luncheon 2016 Collage


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,, 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