Alpert JFS Psychologist Helps Young Mother Overcome Mental Health Challenges and Rebuild Relationships  

Sarah is a 34-year-old woman who embarked on a transformative journey when she started therapy with JFS back in 2016. Sarah's life was plagued by erratic moods and unstable relationships, leaving her estranged from her own mother and her 18-month-old son. The gravity of her struggles was evident when she found herself hospitalized due to suicidal ideation.

JFS Care Manager Helps Senior Regain Their Independence and Routine

Rochelle is a 65-year-old woman who has been receiving services from Alpert Jewish Family Service for nearly 15 years. She receives subsidy care management, psychiatry, counseling, friendly visitor and food pantry services, Meals on Wheels, and chore service. She has limited family and social support and minimal finances. A care manager was assigned to her to identify her physical, emotional, and social needs and develop a comprehensive care plan.

Ruth Albert z”l: The Powerful Impact of a Philanthropic Legacy

Sometimes actions speak louder than words. Such is the case with Ruth Albert z”l, who, upon her passing in 2021, left a generous bequest to Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service. Ruth and her late husband Herman or “Hy,” as he was known to friends, were quiet, humble, and dedicated philanthropists. They believed in hard work, coupled with kindness, and the importance of giving back to institutions that support those in need in the greater Jewish community.

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.

Alpert JFS Staff Wears Purple in Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In support of #DomesticViolenceAwarenssMonth, the Alpert JFS staff wore purple last week to raise awareness of Domestic Violence. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate; it can happen in every community, and victims can be any gender, race, or socioeconomic status. #Every1KnowsSome1 who has been impacted by domestic violence. We all play a role in ending domestic violence and supporting survivors. To be able to support survivors and prevent domestic violence in the future, we all need to normalize talking about it openly and candidly. Domestic violence thrives in silence.

L’Shanah Tovah–Happy New Year!

In just a few days, the Jewish community will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We will hear the blasts of the shofar, eat sweet apples and honey, and gather in each other’s homes to give the gifts of renewal and hope. We will all share in the blessings of the year to come. Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service honors the Rosh Hashanah holiday with acts of resolve and resilience and takes part in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) including: Distributing baskets decorated […]

Palm Beach Post: We need to help victims of suicide – the ones left behind

September is Suicide Awareness Month. Thank you to The Palm Beach Post for publishing this Op-Ed today by Ronni Cutler, who reminds us that “we must also recognize the victims of suicide who deal with the ensuing trauma every day: the friends and families of those who have taken their lives.” We need to help victims of suicide – the ones left behind Ronnie Cutler – Guest columnist September is Suicide Awareness Month, and al­though the focus is on prevention, […]
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