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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 […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/mental-health-first-aiders-are-listening/

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 […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/alpert-jfs-continues-domestic-abuse-support-during-month-dedicated-to-awareness/

Everyone Can Benefit from Honest Discussions About Mental Health and Suicide

Alpert JFS is devoted to destigmatizing mental illness, addiction and suicide, and debunking myths attached to those with mental health challenges, so those affected can feel more comfortable seeking help and support. This month, National Suicide Prevention Month, the agency is joining mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members across the country, to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect people with suicidal thoughts to treatment services. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, and […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/mhfa-suicide/

Meet Kelley Whiter, Alpert JFS Chief Development Officer

Alpert JFS is pleased to welcome Kelley Whiter as Chief Development Officer. She will be responsible for all fundraising and development activities, and furthering the agency’s mission of providing help and hope to people of all ages and faiths at the most challenging times of their lives. Kelley comes to us from the American Society for the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (ATS), where she spent seven years as Senior Director of Development, providing strategic direction and vision for the ATS […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/meet-kelley-whiter/

Alpert JFS Welcomes Whitney Cherner, Jewish Community Career Services (JCCS) Director

Newly launched JCCS Supports All Community Members Whitney Cherner, LCSW, MSW, has joined Alpert JFS to lead the Jewish Community Career Services (JCCS) department, to help experienced job-seekers find their next job, and local businesses and non-profits find their next employees. The initiative comes at a most opportune time, as the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in the Greater Palm Beaches unemployed or underemployed. The JCCS is funded by a grant from Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s J-Help Coronavirus […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/whitney-jccs/

Monthly Event for Holocaust Survivors Goes Virtual!

Seniors Embrace Technology to Stay Together While Apart Before the current COVID-19 heath crisis and recommended social isolation for seniors, Alpert JFS provided monthly “Eat & Schmooze” socialization events to connect our Holocaust clients. Prior to the pandemic, many of them might not have thought themselves as techno-savvy. Both of these situations, however, have changed with the times, as the socialization events are now virtual via Zoom, and have been fully adopted by our clients. The new socialization format, appropriately […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/zoom-schmooze/

Addressing More Frequent, More Severe, More Dangerous At-Home Violence

Home should be where life plays out, joyfully. Unfortunately for two local-area sisters, their mother’s home is where their lives ended at the hands of an ex-boyfriend of one. Family members of shooting victims Sofia and Rebeca Davila want to spread awareness about domestic violence, and urge people who are suffering, and those who love them, to speak up about it.  The young women were 19 and 20 years old; the killer, 22-year-old Anthony Ashan Stoutt, a former high school […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/at-home-violence-crisis/

Why Was This Year’s Annual Meeting Different Than All Other Annual Meetings?

This year has been a year like no other. One of the many ways Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) and Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service (Levine JRFS) adapted was taking its Annual Meeting virtual. The theme of the evening, “We Are Here/We’ll Be There,” was illustrated throughout the hour-long online event. (Watch full Annual Meeting video) Among the highlights: Scott Greenberg returned as Master of Ceremonies, welcoming attendees, discharging the 2019-2020 […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/why-was-this-years-annual-meeting-different-than-all-other-annual-meetings/

Caring for Holocaust Survivors During COVID-19

Nothing keeps Alpert JFS from caring for our Holocaust Survivors. While Holocaust Survivors in central and northern Palm Beach County have counted on JFS’ for a wide array of services, from meal delivery and companionship to counseling, support groups, transportation, respite care, psychiatry and more since 1974, they are now relying on the agency even more, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been delivering increased home services, kosher meals, gift cards to take a bite out of additional food […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/caring-covid19/

Giving Back as We Move Forward: Our Caring Community

Our caring community of the Greater Palm Beaches knows no bounds! The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) chapter in the gated community of Valencia Shores in Boynton Beach recently opened their hearts and checkbooks to help support our Kosher Food Pantry and meal delivery services. The initiative was spearheaded by LeeAnn Hoffman, an NCJW volunteer who delivered a total of 44 checks from community members who shared her do-good-feel-good philosophy of philanthropy. “In this time of crisis some people […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/giving-back-as-we-move-forward-our-caring-community/
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