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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.

Advocating in Tallahassee

Recently, Alpert Jewish Family Service CEO Marc Hopin and Development Officer for Government Affairs Maxine Sonnenschein visited Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee to advocate for House Bill 269 on Antisemitism and to participate in Palm Beach County day. First, Marc spoke to the Criminal Justice committee in support of House Bill 269 on Antisemitism. In addition to representing Alpert JFS, Marc represented the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council. “Here in Florida, we are grateful […]

Food Pantry Deliveries Help Family Regain Financial Footing

Cheryl and Dan both had good jobs in hotel sales before the pandemic. They and their two children enjoyed a very stable and comfortable life. But with meetings and functions canceled, they found themselves downsized. Luckily, they had savings to fall back on for several months. This year they both found new jobs, but their salaries have not yet recovered. With inflation, the rise in fuel costs, and tuition increases at their children’s Day School, feeding their family became a […]

Alpert JFS Remembers Claire Levine z”l

Dear Friends & Neighbors, It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Claire Levine z”l one of the leaders of this Jewish community and namesake of our Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service. Fearlessly independent, yet humble and modest, Claire was committed to making the wider Jewish community as inclusive and welcoming as possible to those with disabilities. She did this because she believed that every individual, regardless of ability, […]

Federation’s mosaic: Alpert JFS Addressing Mental Health Needs of Our Community

Alpert JFS CEO Marc Hopin and Chief Clinical and Impact Officer Dr. Elaine Rotenberg guest on the latest edition of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s TV news magazine mosaic. They discuss how Alpert JFS is addressing the rising need for mental health services in our community. In addition, the episode also features an interview with 19th Annual No Excuse for Abuse guest speaker Mariel Hemingway. Click the image below to watch now!  If you would like more information about the variety […]
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