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Alpert JFS Partners With MAZON: A Jewish Response To Hunger

The following story appeared in both The Gateway Gazette and the South Florida Jewish Journal. A West Palm Beach-based Jewish social service agency has formed a partnership with a national organization which fights to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. Through the partnership, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service’s Satell Ending Food Insecurity Emerging Leadership Initiative members have the opportunity to learn from the experts at MAZON: A Jewish Response […]

Food Insecurity Explained On Radio Show

Food Insecurity is an often misunderstood and underestimated problem that impacts many people that you may not expect. Belinda Lasky, Director of Volunteer Leadership for Alpert Jewish Family Service, recently joined Scott Greenberg on his radio show, “OMG I’m Getting Older And So Is My Mom” to discuss the problem and what Alpert JFS does to address this very real need. Click here to listen to Belinda Lasky’s interview.

Holocaust Survivor Day

In honor of Holocaust Survivor Day, over 60 survivors joined together at Temple Shaarei Shalom to celebrate their resilience and strength. Survivors reunited with old friends and met new ones, they enjoyed a delicious dinner, music & dancing. Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany), KAVOD, and Seed the Dream Foundation ( for their partnerships. We were pleased to be joined by elected officials Ty Penserga Boynton Beach […]

Meet Tamika Raleigh, Alpert JFS Domestic Abuse Program Director

“A big part of who I am is giving back and building community,” says Tamika Rawleigh, who recently relocated to Florida from Brooklyn, New York to join Alpert Jewish Family Service as its new Domestic Abuse Program Director. “I’m excited to use my talents in a meaningful way that benefits the community.” A New York City native, Tamika was a 16-year veteran of the New York City Department of Education, most recently serving as a Parent Coordinator. “I bridged communications […]

Mental Health First Aid: Lifesaving You Didn’t Learn In School

This recent Op-Ed authored by Cindy Wides, Alpert JFS Director of Mental Health First Aid & Community Outreach, continues to spread the word about the premiere mental health education, training, and support Alpert JFS provides to the Palm Beach County community and beyond. The pieces recently appeared in the Boca Times, Delray Sun, Gateway Gazette, and West Boca Times.

Group Home Resident Now Eating Without Implanted Device

Sophie, is a 35-year-old profoundly autistic, non-verbal resident of the Group Home of Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service. Up until recently, the only way Sophie could receive nourishment, supplements, and medication was through an implanted PEG tube. When we initially met Sophie, her diet consisted of five basic items including water. This regime was due largely to various environmental factors at the time. Her family cared for her in their own home, but this eventually […]

2022 Annual Meeting “Answering The Call” Celebrates Milestone Year

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) and Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service (Levine JRFS) celebrated a year of milestone accomplishments at the agencies’ 2022 Annual Meeting, held Tuesday evening, May 24 at Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach. The evening’s theme was “Answering the Call,” highlighting how the critical work of Alpert JFS and Levine JRFS is transforming the lives of nearly 12,000 individuals of all ages from Boynton Beach to Vero Beach. […]

Dr. Willy Philias Joins Alpert JFS Psychiatry Team

Alpert JFS is excited to announce that Psychiatrist Willy Philias, M.D., is now a member of our Behavioral Health Team. Dr. Philias says there are four professions young Haitian men consider—lawyer, economist, engineer, or doctor. “I chose medicine because I wanted to help people.” Unlike many of his peers growing up in Port de Paix, Haiti, Dr. Philias spent a lot of time at the local library. “I read everything—books about geography, philosophy, and history. I’m still a voracious reader.” […]
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