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Local Holocaust Survivors Gathered for “Nosh & Nachas”

Survivors of the Holocaust gathered together for a socialization program today called “Nosh & Nachas” at the Weisman Delray Community Center. Translated literally, food and happiness is what this annual quarterly program brings to Holocaust survivors who reside in Boca Raton and Delray Beach and are clients of the JFS Senior Services Department.

Representative Bill Hager, State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, and Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald, CEO of Area Agency on Aging, were recognized for their work in supporting Holocaust survivors in Palm Beach County.

“Rep. Hager and Sen. Abruzzo successfully secured $250,000 in funding to be shared between Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service to assist Holocaust survivors in Palm Beach County,” stated Danielle Hartman, JFS President & CEO. “Previously, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services received $92,000 from the State of Florida to assist Holocaust survivors only in South Palm Beach County. We are grateful to Rep. Hager and Sen. Abruzzo for understanding the critical needs of Holocaust survivors throughout Palm Beach County and for taking action to help secure these funds.”

During “Nosh & Nachas,” Holocaust survivors enjoyed a kosher light lunch and entertainment was provided by a Klezmer band. Today, “Nosh & Nachas” provided Holocaust survivors the opportunity to socialize with each other, a truly meaningful and valuable experience that fostered kinship and improved their well-being. Many of the survivors that JFS affords services to are homebound, and were provided with transportation to attend today’s special event.

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