Young Professionals Meet to Network and Grow Impact

   A new undertaking – the Young Professionals Task Force – is breathing new life into idea-generation at Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS)! This is one of many examples of Alpert JFS’ commitment to engaging and educating the entire community about our programs and services, and the agency’s dedication to offering opportunities for participation in advocacy and social action projects. It all started when the Alpert JFS Development Department initiated a focus group for young leaders, […]

Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Independence Middle School Students

Every Holocaust survivor’s story is different and each experience unique. The testimonies remain powerful and relevant, as they bring history alive beyond books. Etta O., a client of the Alpert JFS Holocaust Survivors Assistance program, recently shared her Holocaust experience with students at Independence Middle School. The child of a Russian Army officer, she lived in Odessa with her parents and an older sibling. A neighbor alerted the family that the Germans were coming, and they soon found themselves in […]

Going Green for Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-informed Care Month

 As the county’s leader in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and dedicated coordinator of its multi-agency county coalition, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) proudly helps raise awareness about mental health issues, promotes good mental health practices, and encourages people to support others around them every day. In May, we were part of the community-wide movement to destigmatize mental illness, addiction and suicide, and debunk the myths attached to those with mental health challenges, as part […]

Movin’ and Groovin’ with M4K

Alpert JFS’ Judith & Jack Rosenberg Mentoring 4 Kids (M4K) program is shaking things up, providing new, interactive activities for its mentors and mentees! In mid-May, 14 of 16 matches, along with yet-to-be-matched kids and mentors came together online for Game Night. The Zoom squares were a happy space filled with 35 friendly faces who virtually shared a pizza dinner before joining breakout rooms to check-in with each other and play. Gift cards of players’ selection to Amazon, GameStop, Marshall’s/TJ […]

Zikaron BaSalon: Opening Hearts and Minds to Holocaust Survivors’ Stories

On Sunday, April 11, five Holocaust Survivors from the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service Holocaust Survivors Assistance program were among the speakers who met with groups at temples and organizations to commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 7-8 2021).  The Zikaron BaSalon (Hebrew for “Memories in the Living Room”) events, a part of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s ISRAELDAYS 2021, were reimagined this year, took place not in living rooms, as in years past, but […]

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom HaShoah is the day all of Israel and Jews around the world commemorate the Holocaust, the six million Jews who perished, and the heroism of Jewish resistance of that period…and survivors. It is a day of great importance – for tradition, continuity, connection, and familiarity with all that is meaningful. We have, and will continue to remember – for ourselves and for future generations. It has never been more important to make history relevant. . .to care and share […]

Two Initiatives Bring Passover Meals to the Homebound and Holocaust Survivors

Approximately 60 volunteers from The Kind Kitchen of Palm Beach, the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach county’s Jewish Volunteer Center, and Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service prepped, packaged, and delivered 500 meals for the Passover holiday, with some very special surprises! Drivers navigated throughout Palm Beach County, making deliveries in masks and gloves, practicing social distancing. They safely dropped off festive, traditional meals (gefilte fish and horseradish, salad, chicken, brisket, kugel {a baked casserole side dish}, tzimmes {a […]


Temple Israel of West Palm Beach showed their support of Alpert JFS’ Guardianship Program clients with Purim baskets filled with hamantaschen, candy, chocolate, masks, sparkling water, trail mix, Pirate’s Booty snacks, gragger (noisemaker), and an informational sheet about the significance of the holiday. “These Purim packages are lovely, and our clients have been delighted to receive them,” said Pam Wiener, Ph D., Director of Guardianship program. Ellen Goldenson spearheaded the Sisterhood-sponsored initiative (with the participation of Brotherhood members), in keeping […]

Mental Health First Aiders Are Listening!

Like many programs and services in the age of COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a nationally renowned, evidence-based training course that teaches participants the skills to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, has gone virtual. Presented by Alpert JFS, the Palm Beach County coordinator for Mental Health First Aid, in partnership with Palm Health Foundation, Palm Beach County Behavioral Health Coalition, and 14 agencies that comprise the Mental Health First Aid Coalition […]

Alpert JFS Continues Domestic Abuse Support During Month Dedicated to Awareness

October has been designated Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. For many, home is anything but a sanctuary during COVID-19; we have seen a spike in the incidence of abuse and violence. Lockdowns may have ended with Florida’s Phase 3 Reopening, but the abuse will not stop, and our education and prevention work must continue. At Alpert JFS, we provide domestic abuse services, an online support group and community education, plus offer a teen dating abuse and bullying prevention program to help […]
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