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Happy Thanksgiving

At this Thanksgiving holiday,we give thanks to you for your kindness, compassion and generosity. These past 18 months have brought about unprecedented financial, emotional and psychological challenges for so many of our vulnerable friends and neighbors. With your help, Ferd & Glayds Alpert Jewish Family Service is able to provide critical services to those who turn to us in their time of need. Whether you are a volunteer, donor, corporate partner or employee, we are grateful for all that you […]

JFS To Host Never Again Holocaust Survivors Benefit

JFS To Host Never Again Holocaust Survivor’s Benefit by Sergio Carmona Florida Jewish Journal Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service in West Palm Beach is once again hosting its annual Never Again Holocaust Survivors Benefit. This is the third consecutive year Alpert JFS will host the event, which takes place virtually at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15. This year’s event, co-chaired by Sheila Engelstein and Diane Herzog, will feature Steven Rambam, a private investigator and […]

WPBF 25 – Temple Israel Students Learn About Food Insecurity

Students of Temple Israel learn about Food Insecurity, an issue affecting nearly 16,000 households in the Jewish Community. Students shopped for items themselves using Publix gift cards. Recently the students and their parents visited the JFS Kosher Food Pantry in West Palm Beach. The students sorted through the items they purchased and learned more about Kashrut (Jewish traditional eating). AJFS Director of Volunteer Leadership Belinda Lasky spoke to students and parents about how the AJFS Kosher Food Pantry works—from conducting […]

How domestic abuse can fall through the cracks

This October marks another Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of domestic violence in our community and to remind survivors that they are not alone. Launched in 1987, over the past 30+ years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals. However, raising awareness about domestic violence itself is not enough. Too often, the word “violence” […]

It’s time we address addiction in Jewish communities:

A new online survey conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic by The Harris Poll found that 17% of respondents aged 21 and over reported drinking patterns that met the survey criteria for “heavy drinking.” Of those surveyed whose responses met the criteria for heavy drinking, only 13% reported that they were undergoing treatment for their drinking at the time of the survey. The survey results also suggest that family and friends can play an important role in motivating people with heavy […]

Live on CBS 12 News

Cindy Wides, Alpert JFS Director of Community Outreach/Mental Health First Aid shares warning signs of Mental Illness and Suicide in honor of Suicide Prevention Month. Live today on CBS 12 News.

Alpert Jewish Family Service Receives $100,000 Grant from State of Florida Designated for Mental Health First Aid

Alpert Jewish Family Service Receives $100,000 Grant from State of Florida Designated for Mental Health First Aid State Senator Lori Berman and State Representative David Silvers presented a $100,000 check on behalf of the State of Florida yesterday. The money is specifically designated for Mental Health First and will cover the hiring of three new instructors responsible for training 700 participants in Mental Health First Aid. Alpert JFS selected The Lord’s Place, United Way of Palm Beach County / Mentor […]

Your gift can help enhance the life of someone less fortunate!

Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the Jewish year, offers a time for introspection: to look back at the past year, and plan on changes to make in the coming year. While some of us may feel we are ready to let go of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many others who continue to struggle in the face of unprecedented and rapidly changing circumstances. Thousands of our vulnerable friends and neighbors are in […]

Preparing for a Sweet New Year

Preparing Individuals for a Sweet New Year   This past Wednesday, August 25th, Apartment Program Residents visited the Alpert Jewish Family Service offices to assemble Rosh Hashanah Baskets for clients of our agency. Residents decorated the boxes with well-wishes for “A Good and Sweet Year”. Boxes were filled with delicious traditional Rosh Hashanah items; including apples and honey, gefilte fish, Matzah Ball soup, and more. Much appreciation to the Herrendorf Family Foundation for a $10,000 grant that will enable Alpert […]

Mentoring 4 Kids Program has “Improvised” Fun!

This past Thursday The Judith & Jack Rosenberg Mentoring 4 Kids program held one of its sponsored quarterly group activities via Zoom. Elevate Improv facilitated a fun and interactive, virtual improv class. The matches played silly warm-ups, engaging games, and comedic exercises while building connections, laughing lots, and having fun. Currently, M4K has 19 matches and is in need of volunteer mentors looking to make a difference in the life of a child. Please go to for more information […]
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