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Jane Terker Perelman & Bruce Terker: Supporting Adults Struggling with Mental Illness and/or Disabilities

Jane Terker Perelman & Bruce Terker: Supporting Adults Struggling with Mental Illness and/or Disabilities For siblings Jane Terker Perelman and Bruce Terker, Ferd & Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) is family. The two, who both live in the Northeast, first came in contact with Alpert JFS through their sister Beth, who has been a resident at Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service (Levine JRFS) in West Palm Beach for almost 25 years. The cutting-edge program […]

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund – JELF is an interest-free loan that covers college educational and living expenses often overlooked by traditional financial aid, including travel, rent, food, and books. By offering 0% interest loans, JELF saves borrowers thousands of dollars annually, alleviating the burden of high-interest student loan debt.  JELF application submission are beginning January 1 and ends April 30.  Please visit the JELF website at

Tax Strategies for Year-End Giving

Tax Strategies for Year-End Giving As year-end approaches, many of you are thinking about strategies for your charitable giving. Below are five simple ways for you to donate to Alpert JFS that are advantageous from a tax perspective. All five of these strategies can help you while also helping Alpert JFS. We encourage you to consult with your tax advisor or counsel for advice as you contemplate your philanthropic plans.

Join us for a FREE 🧠 Mental Health First Aid Class 🧠

Join us for a FREE 🧠 Mental Health First Aid Class 🧠 📅 Date: November 15, 2023 🕣 Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 🏢 Location: Alpert JFS, 5841 Corporate Way (Room 104)   In today’s world, mental health matters more than ever. Be the change-maker, the support system, and the understanding friend with our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) class.   Learn how to: ✨ Identify ✨ Understand ✨ Respond   Recognize signs of mental health and substance use […]

Israel Support Groups

 In light of the ongoing conflict in Israel, we understand that many individuals are experiencing heightened emotions and challenges in dealing with the repercussions. We believe that it is essential to create a safe space where we can come together, share our thoughts, and find solace and support.  We are thrilled to announce two distinct, yet equally important support groups that we will be offering: one catered specifically for professionals working in a Jewish organization, and another available to the general […]

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.”
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