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From Russia, With Love

Written by Nina Glaser, Alpert JFS  The sounds of Russian folk songs filled the air as more than 35 people enjoyed the harmonization of two caregivers from Amicable Home Health Care singing in perfect harmony, at a recent Russian Socialization Event for Holocaust Survivors at Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) in a room decorated with flowers, red, silver and gold balloons, and animal centerpieces. The songs, familiar to the attendees, prompted a sing-along for some, and […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/from-russia-with-love/

Why Should You Become a Volunteer?

This article was written by Belinda Lasky, Director of Volunteer Leadership at Alpert Jewish Family Service Volunteer.  The word alone evokes the image of a noble individual who gives his or her time to help others, shares expertise in a field, and serves as an active member of a community.  Nonprofit organizations like Alpert Jewish Family Service and Levine Jewish Residential Family Service rely on the dedication of volunteers to support others and act as agency representatives. Studies have shown […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/why_volunteer/

Alpert Jewish Family Service Commemorates Holocaust Survivors on 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation Day

Letter from Marc Hopin, CEO Alpert Jewish Family Service  Today, January 27, 2020, is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Auschwitz, located in Poland, was the largest concentration camp constructed by Nazi Germany. Studies estimate that 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz, where the Nazis murdered 1.1 million of them. There were only 7,000 people in Auschwitz when the Russian army arrived because, in the weeks before the liberation, the Germans forced 60,000 prisoners […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/auschwitz-liberation-day/

Alpert JFS Holocaust Survivor Client Celebrates 98th Birthday

One of Alpert Jewish Family Service’s Holocaust survivor clients, Horace, turned 98 years old. 75 years after Auschwitz, Horace is here at Alpert JFS’ Eat & Schmooze lunch, spending time socializing with other survivors and the caring Alpert JFS staff. Happy Birthday, Horace! This is one of 29 socialization events that we host each year for our Holocaust survivors. Horace is just one of 300 Holocaust survivors that is served by Alpert Jewish Family Service. No agency in our community […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/alpert-jfs-holocaust-survivor-client-celebrates-98th-birthday/

8 Ways to Deal With Stress and Family Issues

This article was contributed by: Olivia Tartakow, LCSW, M.ED, Director of Community Directions at Alpert Jewish Family Service As we are poised to enter a New Year and a new decade, this is an opportunity to look at new ways of dealing with stress and to rethink how to make stress work for us rather than against us. “You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family.”  Family stress will not just disappear, but you can look for ways […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/8-ways-to-deal-with-stress/

The Youngest Mentor – Mentoring 4 Kids

Story contributed by: Jennifer DiSilvestro, Mentoring 4 Kids Program Director In 2018, Alpert JFS welcomed a new mentor, Bruce Evans, to our Judith & Jack Rosenberg Mentoring 4 Kids program. Bruce, age 30, is a financial advisor with a degree in business and he’s our youngest mentor in the program. While most single, young men spend their free time doing other activities, Bruce wanted to have a meaningful impact on a child through M4K’s one-to-one mentoring program. Bruce’s experience working […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/our-youngest-mentor-mentoring-4-kids/

Alpert Jewish Family Service Leads the Way: Hires Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Jeryl Kershner

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is proud to announce that Dr. Jeryl Kershner, who specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, will be practicing here at our West Palm agency as of September 3, 2019. With over 30 years of practice as a Developmental Pediatrician and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Kershner utilizes a wealth of experience and expertise. Her training includes a fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Developmental Medical Center […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/alpert-jfs-hires-dr-jeryl-kershner/

Alpert JFS Participates in Round Table Discussion With Congresspeople on Mental Health

Alpert Jewish Family Service was proud to participate in the Roundtable Discussion on Mental Health, held by Congressman Alcee Hastings and Congresswoman Lois Frankel today. The event was held at Keiser University, with over a dozen mental health care providers in attendance. We were pleased to also see State Senator Perry Thurston from Broward County and State Senator Bobby Powell present. This year, Alpert JFS and the Mental Health First Aid Coalition of Palm Beach County are working to expand Mental […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/alpert-jfs-participates-in-round-table-discussion-with-congresspeople-on-mental-health/

Alpert JFS Proudly Announces Marc D. Hopin as CEO

New CEO Announced for Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service and Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service After a thorough nationwide search, Marc D. Hopin, CPA, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Palm Beach County (JFS) and its sister agency, Melvin J & Claire Levine Jewish Residential and Family Service of Palm Beach County (JRFS). Hopin has worked at the nonprofits for more […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/new-ceo-announcement/

Local Dentist Helps Holocaust Survivors: Donates Pro-Bono Dental Services

We are pleased to share this story of compassion and altruism that takes place right here in our community. Dr. Mitchell A. Josephs is a distinguished dentist in Palm Beach who so generously donated the gift of his services to two of our Holocaust survivors. Dr. Josephs performed over $22,000 of dental service pro bono and will also personally cover the dental lab and material costs for this 95-year old Holocaust survivor (pictured on left with Dr. Josephs) who needs […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/local-dentist-helps-holocaust-survivors-with-pro-bono-dental-services/
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