Norman Goldblatt really gets around. It all began about a year ago when he helped organize a luncheon for Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors at the JCC under the auspices of Engage. That was followed by helping to prepare Shabbat dinner for seniors in Park Slope, also sponsored by Engage. A short time later he organized a cooking and baking session for children with learning disabilities at the JCC.
“I’ve always been very connected to the Jewish community,” Goldblatt said, “and I decided to focus on the Engage group at the JCC because of that long-standing interest.”
Goldblatt also volunteers for the Israel Film Center as well as the Other Israel Film Festival at the JCC. “I handle the RSVP desk, greet guests, and have accompanied directors and actors to the screening theaters.”
In the past, Norman volunteered at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS), screening people who were seeking help and needed to be assigned to a social worker. Last spring, he helped organize a fundraiser for Empire State Pride Agenda, a gay political organization in New York State.
Professionally, Norman worked as a senior product development and merchandise manager primarily for men’s and women’s consumer products and fashion accessories. Currently, he works at a home furnishing store, where he is involved in sales, operations, merchandising, and home staging.
He expressed his appreciation for Engage and the many different opportunities it offers. “There are many ex-professionals who participate in Engage programs who are very dedicated and bring a wide array of talent to the program.”