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JFS BRINGS HELP, HOPE AND HUMANITY DURING COVID

Throughout this pandemic, JFS has provided increased support for our community:

Counseling-Related Efforts:
• Since shuttering our office for in-person counseling and mental health visits, JFS immediately pivoted all our counseling to teletherapy. Services being provided in this manner include:
ᵒ Individual Counseling
ᵒ Support Groups
ᵒ Psychiatry Services
ᵒ Psychological Testing
ᵒ JFS is one of the only non-profits providing counseling services on a sliding scale
so that no one is turned away due to inability to pay
• 60% of people seeking services require some form of financial assistance
• Recognizing the huge increase in families facing financial struggles and job loss due to COVID, JFS recently secured funding from our Jewish Federation to provide a limited number of counseling services for those affected by COVID at no charge or copay (100% subsidized)
• In a typical year, JFS provides over 10,000 hours of mental health services; in 2021, as a result of COVID, we anticipate that number to rise exponentially
• JFS has several support groups running online for topics such as bereavement, caregiving, anxiety, parenting, etc.
• The Welcome Home Program for adults living with persistent mental illness is also being provided online and JFS made sure any participants who needed a tablet to continue to participate from home continued to do so
• JFS accepts most major insurances, Medicare and private-pay clients

Non-Counseling-Related Efforts:
• JFS has provided more than $300,000 in COVID-19-related financial assistance, primarily to young families and individuals under the age of 65 who never asked for help before
• Increasing by 41% the amount of food for insecure older adults and Holocaust Survivors, who now receive weekly deliveries of prepared meals from the Adele Loeb and Les Nackman Meals on Wheels Program
• Absorbing 20 new households in the Jacobson Family Food Pantry
• We have had tremendous participation in our online workshops and support groups provided by our Career & Employment Services and the JFS Outreach teams:
ᵒ Over 600 candidates participated in the many online webinars provided by
Career & Employment Services
ᵒ JFS Community Outreach has provided over 200 virtual support groups;
support group topics included bereavement, caregiving, coping with COVID,
mindfulness, and even virtual summer camp
ᵒ JFS Special Needs Department hosted over 70 support groups specifically geared
for families with special needs

ABOUT US...

Rales JFS

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services offers help, hope and humanity through our comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs.

With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities.

Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who support our mission and bring hope to thousands in need.

Phone: 561-852-3333 ♦ Email: info@ralesjfs.org ♦ Directions: Click here

For information in Russian, please contact Avital on 561.852.3350.
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Illumination Cover 2021-2022

Nov 12, 2021

Illumination Magazine
(2021-2022 Season)

I am thrilled to be able to share our latest 2021-2022 edition of Illumination Magazine. We have so much to share about what’s happening at the agency, as we have added several new programs and continue to provide COVID-related assistance. Read more about the Therapeutic and Family Resource Center 22-23, our newest endeavor to serve families raising children with special needs, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2022. We look forward to educating the community on this new project and have launched our Capital Campaign to raise $4M to support ongoing programming. A special thank you to the Rales Foundation for providing the seed money to start the project. Included in this edition is a special tribute to our beloved Bart Weisman (z”l). Bart led an extraordinary life and those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him will truly miss his big smile, charming laugh and positive attitude. I consider Bart one of my mentors at JFS, having benefitted greatly from his wisdom about seniors, philanthropy, family and life in general. His legacy will live on through the programs at the Weisman Center and his family. Read more on Pages 8-9. Thank you for your continued support of the agency and our clients during the past year. We are so lucky to live in a community that cares so deeply for those less fortunate. I look forward to seeing all of you very soon. Click here to read...

Illumination Magazine   (2020-2021 Season)

Oct 15, 2020

Illumination Magazine
(2020-2021 Season)

We are writing this 2020-21 Illumintion edition in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that has turned everything as we know it on its head. Thankfully, with your support, Rales JFS was able to quickly pivot our services remotely so that not one day has gone by that we were not available to answer a call for help from our community. We have had tremendous participation from our staff, JFS' outreach team, and over one hundred volunteers!

Please read about our exciting plans for this year’s Virtual Gala, and all our fundraising events planned for the upcoming season. We need your support now more than ever, so we can continue to provide the necessary resources to our community when they are most needed.         Click here to read...
Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Jul 31, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 20 In the Trenches It has been several weeks since my last update. Please check out the video letting you know how JFS has been serving and will continue to serve our community.

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2020 JFS Annual Gala Virtually Presents - The Tonight Show

2020 JFS Annual Gala Virtually Presents - The Tonight Show

The 2020 JFS Annual Gala Virtually Presents the “Tonight Show” was held online, on December 17, 2020. Event Co-Chairs, Stephanie Chestnov, Judi Donoff and Wendy Legum created a unique experience as guests were treated to a “Johnny Carson” monologue, along with a special performance from Jason Alexander, (of Seinfeld fame) presented by Marilyn & Jay Weinberg. Guests were able to participate in the many festivities and activities of this very exciting Gala, including an interactive cocktail party, and silent and live auctions, all from the comfort of their own homes.

2020 Reflections of Hope Luncheon

2020 Reflections of Hope Luncheon

The 2020 Reflections of Hope Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Elizabeth Vargas, took place February 13th at the Boca West Country Club. Thank you to Event Co-Chairs Abbe Becker, Lori Gottsegen, Lorraine Udwin, and Lorrie Berkowitz, and to Program Co-Chairs Lorrie Berkowitz, Sharon Fontini and Amy Ross, for their tireless effort and dedication, and to Honorary Co-Chairs Nancy & Marvin Schiller for their vision and contributions to the Luncheon and JFS’ Welcome Home Program. The event would not have been possible without the generosity of our Grand Benefactors Robin & Gary Rubin and Olivia & Gerald Shapiro, and to our many event sponsors.
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