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Cantor Jacqueline Menaker is honored to serve Shirat Hayam as Reform Spiritual Leader and feels blessed to be able to create vibrant, warm, and inclusive worship, educational, programmatic, and life cycle experiences for all members of the Shirat Hayam family. She comes to Shirat Hayam following eighteen years of service as co-clergy at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando.


Cantor Jacki is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) and currently serves on its Executive Board. A passionate advocate of social justice issues grounded in Jewish values, Cantor Jacki was recently appointed to the Core Leadership Team of New Jersey Religious Action Center and also serves as the ACC liaison to the URJ Commission on Social Action and is a member of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors, Avoda, and Shalom Hadassah. She has served as Vice President of Member Relations and External Partnerships and Secretary of the ACC, a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Community Council on Spirituality and Aging. In 2017, she co-founded the Orlando Chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir.


Cantor Jacki is a graduate of the 2010 cohort of the Kellogg School of Management’s Program for Jewish leaders and the 2012 cohort of Kol Zimra , a leadership program connected to Jewish Renewal led by Rabbi Shefa Gold. Cantor Jacki is dedicated to the pursuit of religious pluralism in Israel and is an advocate for deeper connections between Jewish Movements in North America. She strives to develop new ways to approach, invigorate, and create meaningful connections to Judaism’s rich and diverse cultural heritage with all members of the Shirat Hayam community. She is currently matriculating in the Rabbinical Ordination Program at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, New York, a seminary dedicated to training clergy in a pluralistic setting. Cantor Jacki received her cantorial investiture from Hebrew Union College – Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2007 and her B.A. degree from Emerson College. She and her husband Mitch reside in Egg Harbor Township with their Great Danes Bentley, Bella, and Shayna.

NAACP SPEAKS Radio Show | Episode Jun 1, 2021:

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NAACP SPEAKS, May 4, 2021:

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"NAACP SPEAKS" Radio Show
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
4:30PM - 5:30PM ET
Stream at radio station: @WEHAVEGOSPEL 88.7 FM & 100.3 FM
Viewers can also watch live on YOUTUBE! bit.ly/NAACPAtlanticCity
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President Kaleem Shabazz & VP Yolanda Melville, Esq., invite guests Dr. Wilson Washington, Jr., Director of Health & Human Services, Alexander Bland of NAACPNextGen and Linda Y. Flake, MBA, CEO
of Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers.

Guest's BIOGRAPHY:
Linda Y. Flake, MBA

Linda Flake is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, a
federally qualified health center, and has led the agency since May, 1992. Under Ms. Flake’s leadership
the health center substantially expanded its reach into vulnerable communities and now provides a cadre
of services including adult, pediatric, and women’s health care, dentistry, behavioral health, and podiatry,
which are supported by translation, transportation, case management and outreach, at 8 delivery service
sites and two mobile vans in Atlantic, Burlington and Salem counties. Ms. Flake has a unwavering
commitment to improving health outcomes and reducing disparities in disadvantaged communities and
has been an executive working with minority and low wealth populations for 40 years. Ms. Flake has
served on the Board of the National Association of Community Health Centers, is a Past President of the
Board of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, and also served as an officer for the NJPCA for 20
years. She is passionate about her work and continues to work to improve access to health and to enhance
service delivery to New Jersey’s underserved communities.
Ms. Flake has received many awards and acknowledgements that include the Atlantic City Business and
Professional Women’s Award; the Servicios Latinos Award for Removal of Barriers in Health Care; the
US Public Health Service, Region II, Award for community service; the NJ Women’s Aids Network
Award for health services for women and children; the Hammonton Puerto Rican Civic Association
Award; the New Jersey Primary Care Association Award for Women in Health Care; the National
Coalition of 100 Black Women Award; the Camden Schools Foundation Business Award; and 100
Black Women of Southern New Jersey 2015 Candace Award for Women In Health Care; the 2018
Atlantic City NAACP Award for Health Care; the NJPCA 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: and in
2021, was inducted in the National Association of Community Health Centers Grassroots Hall of Fame
for Community Health Advocacy.
A graduate of Hampton University, she received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from
Temple University. Linda is a member of the Atlantic City Chapter of The Links, Inc.; President of the
Oglatha Terry Flake Gibson Scholarship; and is a member of CCU Baptist Church in Sicklerville, NJ. She
loves music, dancing, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is the wife of
Kim Mack and the proud mother of two daughters, Zakia and Nakia, and grandmother of five.

Dr. Barbara Gaba NAACP SPEAKS:

Dr. Barbara Gaba was appointed the ninth president of Atlantic Cape Community College in January 2017, becoming the first female and first African American president in the college's 50-year history. With extensive experience in higher education, she is deeply committed to the mission of the community college to provide affordable educational pathways for student success.
Prior to joining Atlantic Cape, Dr. Gaba served as Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union County College (NJ). She also served as Dean of Academic and Student Support Services at Camden County College (NJ) and Associate Director of the Office of Board Affairs and Government Relations at the New Jersey Department of Higher Education.
Since assuming office, her accomplishments include improved campus technology and facilities upgrades; rebranding and enhanced marketing initiatives; launch of the new college website; revitalized community engagement projects; increased high school partnerships including articulations, dual enrollment and Early College programs in Atlantic and Cape May Counties; and partnerships with local counties to advance economic development in the region.
During her 40-year career she has served as a teacher, researcher and administrator and has been devoted to working with underserved, underrepresented students, empowering them to attain a college education. She is student-focused, community-centric, and employee-oriented. Working to transform the lives of the students she serves-one student at a time-has been her calling. She strongly believes that it is the responsibility of leaders to use the power and influence they are given to lift up their communities and to create positive change.
Dr. Gaba sits on the boards of several organizations including the Atlantic City Executive Council, Atlantic County Economic Alliance (ACEA); Greater Atlantic City Chamber Board of Directors; Atlantic County Workforce Development Board (WDB); Cumberland, Salem, Cape. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC05Px9V_wAE5C9Af33IJNRA

"Police Use of Force":

On behalf of our Branch President Kaleem Shabazz, kindly see the flyer attachment for Attorney General Grewal's presentation on the newly released protocols "Police Use of Force" for this upcoming Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM Coalition For A Safe Community meeting.

This is still in our series of collaborating with the NAACP's Atlantic City Branch on Safe/Healthy communities.

Zoom information included on flyer.

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