The 2014 Simone Lottor Exceptional Service Award recipient is Mark Bronstein, for his outstanding commitment to and support of JF&CS clients in need of legal services. The Simone Lottor Exceptional Service Award was created in 2001 by Sandy Lottor and his family in memory of Simone Lottor, who for many years was a dedicated volunteer for JF&CS. The award is presented annually to a JF&CS volunteer who exemplifies the values of hessed (loving kindness) and service to the community and whose efforts have made a significant contribution towards tikkun olam (repairing our world).
Mark first became involved with JF&CS in an informal capacity many years ago, as a member of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services, providing advice to staff on complex disability cases. Over the years, Mark became increasingly involved with the agency, eventually being called in by staff to help review the agency's various programs and how they interacted with clients' entitlement to SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and other need based public benefits.
In 2011 Mark successfully assisted Bet Tzedek and JF&CS Family Table, the agency’s kosher food pantry, as we sought to certify Family Table as a qualifying program under SSI rules. This was a complicated and lengthy process, but Mark’s persistent efforts resulted in JF&CS being certified and ensured Family Table clients who receive SSI did not face reductions in their monthly benefit because of the support they receive from the Family Table program.