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2023 Annual Meeting

We are so inspired by Tuesday night’s joyful celebration. Over 100 people attended the 2023 Annual Meeting of Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) and Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service (Levine JRFS). The night’s theme - "We are here for you. Today. Tomorrow. Always" - was a testament to our unwavering commitment to our clients and our community. We are proud to be an organization that provides support and care to those in need, regardless of their background or circumstance.

Meet Your Quarterback of Care: Allison Shevlin

As a passionate New York Giants fan, Allison Shevlin is fond of using football analogies to describe her role as a Geriatric Care Manager for ElderCare360®, a program of Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service. “Older adults and their families can think of me as their ‘quarterback of care,’” she says. “I’m there to check in with their loved ones, tackle health issues that arise, then follow through with doctors, specialists, physical therapists, medications—basically whatever is needed so that they can live their best lives.”

Annual Residential Passover Seder

Residents of our Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service Apartment Program, along with their families, volunteers, and staff celebrated a special Passover seder led by Rabbi Bernie Eisenman and with musical accompaniment by our Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D. and Activities Specialist, Ralph Pittman.

First Annual Recovery Seder

Last week was our first Recovery Seder which took place at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens. About 70 people attended. The Seder was led by Carolyn Yasuna, our Jewish Addiction Outreach Program Director, Rabbi Feivel Strauss, and Cantor Abbie Strauss from Temple Judea. It was a lovely evening that allowed a room full of Jewish individuals, couples, parents, and adult children to celebrate their recovery, their journeys, their Judaism, and their seders.

Advocating in Tallahassee

Recently, Alpert Jewish Family Service CEO Marc Hopin and Development Officer for Government Affairs Maxine Sonnenschein visited Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee to advocate for House Bill 269 on Antisemitism and to participate in Palm Beach County day. First, Marc spoke to the Criminal Justice committee in support of House Bill 269 on Antisemitism. In addition to representing Alpert JFS, Marc represented the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council. “Here in Florida, we are grateful […]

Food Pantry Deliveries Help Family Regain Financial Footing

Cheryl and Dan both had good jobs in hotel sales before the pandemic. They and their two children enjoyed a very stable and comfortable life. But with meetings and functions canceled, they found themselves downsized. Luckily, they had savings to fall back on for several months. This year they both found new jobs, but their salaries have not yet recovered. With inflation, the rise in fuel costs, and tuition increases at their children’s Day School, feeding their family became a […]

Alpert JFS Remembers Claire Levine z”l

Dear Friends & Neighbors, It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Claire Levine z”l one of the leaders of this Jewish community and namesake of our Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service. Fearlessly independent, yet humble and modest, Claire was committed to making the wider Jewish community as inclusive and welcoming as possible to those with disabilities. She did this because she believed that every individual, regardless of ability, […]

Federation’s mosaic: Alpert JFS Addressing Mental Health Needs of Our Community

Alpert JFS CEO Marc Hopin and Chief Clinical and Impact Officer Dr. Elaine Rotenberg guest on the latest edition of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s TV news magazine mosaic. They discuss how Alpert JFS is addressing the rising need for mental health services in our community. In addition, the episode also features an interview with 19th Annual No Excuse for Abuse guest speaker Mariel Hemingway. Click the image below to watch now!  If you would like more information about the variety […]

Watch Us Sunday, Feb. 26 on Federation TV Program mosaic

“What we work really hard to do is to realize that we sometimes only have one touch with somebody. We sometimes get one phone call, and then it’s our job to…get somebody to all of the pieces of help that they might need.” — Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, AJFS Chief Clinical and Impact Officer. This Sunday, February 26, mosaic speaks with Alpert JFS CEO Marc Hopin and Chief Clinical and Impact Officer Dr. Elaine Rotenberg about the concern over rising mental health […]

Holocaust Survivors Share Stories with Limestone Creek 5th Graders

Last week, three of our Holocaust survivors, Evelyn Grapek, Marie Steinaway, and Alex Metzger, visited Limestone Creek Elementary School in Jupiter to share their stories with nearly 200 fifth-grade students. Alpert JFS volunteer Joanne Baseman created the program at Limestone nearly 10 years ago, for students to meet and talk with local Holocaust survivors, hear their stories, and have the chance to ask questions. Joanne taught at Limestone for over 30 years, before retiring in 2018. “I want to continue […]
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