Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County to Honor Joel Markel, President of Preferred Home Health Care

Posted on May 23, 2019 By

Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) will be honoring Joel Markel at its ONE Community Gala 2019 to mark 50 years of serving the community, Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. at Classical Caterers, 1001 Finnegan Lane, North Brunswick.

Joel Markel, the founder and president of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, will be honored as Community Business Leader for his leadership in the home health care industry, and for his commitment and support throughout the years to various organizations like JFS, the Jewish community, the people JFS serves, and his tireless efforts to help improve lives through his work.

            Jack Goldberg, Immediate Past President, JFS, said, “Joel’s dedication and enthusiasm to all programs at Jewish Family Services is extraordinary.  His ‘good deeds’ make Joel stand out as a leader in our community.”

            More than 300 local professionals, businesses, and supporters will recognize Markel and two other outstanding community leaders for their valuable support of the community that has enabled JFS to help more than 25,000 seniors, Holocaust survivors, individuals, and children this past year through wide-ranging services, such as a hot meal, citizenship classes, computer training, socialization programs, and a food pantry to help families put food on their tables.

            Other honorees are Vickie Solomon, JFS President Emeritus, who will receive the Jewish Community Leader, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Lina Llona, president of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, who will receive the Greater Community Leader award.

            Black tie optional event tickets cost $180 and include a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing with the Avi Maza Orchestra, auctions, and featured speaker Art Shamsky of the 1969 Miracle Mets who will talk about the Mets’ season 50 years ago.

For sponsorships, journal ads, or more information, call Judy Cavaliere, JFS administrator, at 732-306-0218 or visit  Contact Lisa Gallicchio, Preferred’s director community relations, at 732-547-9886 or . For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, visit

About Preferred Home Health Care: PHHC, which has locations throughout New Jersey, several in Pennsylvania, and one in Delaware, provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care. PHHC, accredited by CHAP* (Community Health Accreditation Partner), works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. *an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Joel Markel: Joel Markel has also served on the board of Circle of Life Foundation, a New Jersey-based organization whose mission is to provide palliative care for seriously ill and dying children, and support for families.

Markel, the son of a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, had long desired to contribute to the field of Holocaust memory to honor the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide. It was during a tour of the Roman Ghetto in 2004 that Markel first heard the story of Kappler’s Gold Extortion.  Markel wanted to bring this story to an American audience. As a result, Markel, the founder and executive producer of Ottimo Films, created Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free), a 70-minute documentary that tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome, September 1943 through June 1944. Oro Macht Frei won Best International Documentary out of 15 submissions at the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), Atlantic City.  He is a member of Chhange – Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education.

Markel, who speaks English, Spanish, and Hebrew fluently, grew up in Bensonhurst, New York. He graduated from CUNY Brooklyn with a B.S. in accounting.