Bringing Summer Joy Through Generosity:

A Heartfelt Letter from Claudia and Joe

"Dear Rales JFS Scholarship Donor,

Words cannot describe the joy you have brought to our family by granting the YMCA Scholarships for our triplets to attend camp this summer. Your generosity is heartfelt and a true act of love for the children and families you are helping. 


We have guardianship of our deceased son’s children who will turn 8 in November. Both my husband and myself are retired and our income is our Social Security benefits. There is really little to spare when it comes to extra’s for the children, especially since it is always times 3!!!! 


You made it possible for the triplets to be engaged daily with activities that benefitted them emotionally, physically and socially in a safe environment while being supervised. They would wake up in the morning happy and excited to be going to camp. They made many new friends throughout the summer while enjoying all the activities the Y had to offer 


Once again we can’t thank you enough for your generous contribution. It was your generosity that made it possible for them to attend camp this year. 


Forever grateful, 

Claudia and Joe & the Triplets❤️"

Rales JFS Summer Camp Scholarship program has been enriching the lives of children in our community through generous financial support. Scholarship opportunities are still available for families in south Palm Beach County (Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach)! Ages 3 to 18 can apply for day or overnight camps, in or out of state. For eligibility criteria and application details, contact Wendy Goodman at (561) 852-3171 or

For more information about Financial Assistance, please contact Rales JFS at (561) 852-3333.

Rales JFS and Partner JFS Organizations Join Israel Trauma Coalition to Train Agency

First Responders

Last week, Rales JFS, alongside other South Florida JFS organizations and the Israel Trauma Coalition, completed a three-month training series in Davie, FL. This training equipped our leaders with the best practices for psycho-social crisis response, ensuring our community is prepared and resilient in the face of emergencies.

As Danielle Hartman, President & CEO of Rales JFS, shared, "It's vital for us to be ready for any incident in Florida that requires immediate trauma response. Our trained staff will be ready to be deployed throughout the state when needed."

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Rales JFS Welcomes

Stephanie Ginsburg to the Board of Directors

Stephanie Ginsburg has called Boca Raton home for over 27 years and has been involved the Jewish Community for many years. Stephanie has had previous roles on the Levis JCC Board and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Women’s Philanthropy Board. She presently serves on the Board of Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach.

Stephanie is married with three children, and she finds fulfillment in cooking, baking, reading, and exploring new destinations through travel. Her profound belief in the mission of Jewish Family Services underscores her conviction that it is pivotal for upholding human dignity within the community.

Welcome to the family, Stephanie!

LGBTQ+ Senior Support Provided at Rales JFS

Join us for the Rales JFS Senior Silver Pride Support Group starting July 1st at 1 PM at the Weisman Delray Community Center. Meet us every 1st Monday of the month for support, community, and connection.

At Rales JFS, we believe in providing comprehensive support to all seniors, including our LGBTQ+ community. Our Senior Silver Pride Support Group is just one example of how we are dedicated to ensuring that every senior receives the care, respect, and community they deserve. Join us in fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all.

For more information, contact Bianca Morales, LGBTQ+ Director at

Making Summer Camp Dreams Come True:

Rales JFS's Impact in Our Community

Rales JFS is proud to highlight the impact of our Summer Camp Scholarship program, which has been transforming the summer experiences of children in the community through generous financial support.

Scholarship opportunities are still available!

Families who reside within south Palm Beach County (Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach) are eligible to receive scholarship assistance for summer camp!

– Scholarship assistance is available for ANY camp.

– Ages 3 to 18 may apply

– Day or overnight

– In or out of state

– Families must meet the financial criteria of eligibility set forth by Rales JFS

If you have questions or to check the status of a scholarship request, please contact VP of Financial Assistance, Wendy Goodman, at (561) 852-3171 or

Together, we are making summer dreams come true for children in our community!

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Join Us for a Delectable Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Alan

We hope to see you on Monday, July 29th at 10 a.m. at the Weisman Center for a delightful cooking demonstration and tasting with Celebrity Chef Alan!

Chef Alan will be showcasing recipes using ingredients available from the Jacobson Family Food Pantry. End the event by enjoying delicious samples!

Following the demonstration, the Florida Blue Mobile Produce Truck will be on site.

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Empowering Individuals of Varying Abilities:

Rales JFS & Cooperman Center Sponsors FAU CARD Autism Leaders Breakfast

Rales JFS and the Cooperman Center were honored to sponsor the FAU CARD Autism Leaders Breakfast! It was wonderful to connect with the community and share our dedication to supporting individuals with autism and varying abilities.

Aliyah Longhurst, VP of the Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center presented on how Rales JFS provides a comprehensive range of programs and services to support people of all abilities, ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to thrive.

For more information on services, contact Rales JFS at (561) 852-3333 or

Support Every Student

with Specialized Tutoring for

Children with Learning Challenges

Join July Disability and Inclusion

Support Groups

Rales JFS is committed to ensuring access and meaningful participation for all community members. We strive to build an inclusive community where everyone, regardless of abilities, is given the same opportunities and respect.

Our Disability Inclusion Services provide vital support to families with individuals of varying needs and abilities. Join our July support groups to connect, share experiences, and receive practical advice in a safe and welcoming environment. 

For more information and to join, contact us at (561) 852-3333.

Coffee and a Conversation:

Insights on Israel's History and Future with

Professor Yoav Alon

Last week, Rales JFS hosted Coffee and a Conversation with Professor Yoav Alon from Tel Aviv University's Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies. Professor Alon, an internationally-renowned historian specializing in Jordanian history, British Empire in the Middle East, and tribal societies, provided deep insights into the historical roots of the October 7th crisis and its current implications. His expertise on the two-state solution and the role of tribes in the region sparked enlightening discussions on the future prospects between Israelis and Palestinians.

During the event held at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center, Professor Alon shared from his acclaimed books, including "The Making of Jordan: Tribes, Colonialism, and the Modern State" and "The Shaykh of Shaykhs: Mithqal al-Fayiz and Tribal Leadership in Modern Jordan." Attendees gained valuable perspectives on historical episodes rarely explored, such as the deportation of Irgun and Lehi members to Africa by the British mandate government in Palestine.

Debbie & Howard Belford Recognized as

June Donor of the Month

Welcome to the spotlight section of our website, where we proudly showcase our Donor of the Month. At Rales JFS, we believe in honoring those whose unwavering dedication and support have become an integral part of our mission to serve the community.

Each month, we shine a light on individuals or organizations within our Rales JFS family whose generosity and commitment exemplify the values we hold dear. Join us in celebrating these exceptional donors who embody the spirit of compassion and service, making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Rales Jewish Family Services recognizes Debbie & Howard Belford as the June 2024 Donor of the Month for their generous support of Rales JFS!

Shortly after moving to South Florida in 1997, Debbie Belford discovered Rales JFS while exploring options for philanthropic involvement. The agency's extensive community outreach and dedication to enriching lives, from children to seniors, deeply inspired her. The comprehensive array of programs and services provided by Rales JFS also resonated with Debbie and she became a strong advocate for their efforts, particularly their support for seniors and Holocaust survivors who have faced unimaginable challenges. Programs like the Passover Seder and Café Europa offer socialization and opportunities for attendees to connect with their peers, fostering personal connections that are truly life changing. Additionally, the Jacobson Family Food Pantry plays a crucial role in addressing food insecurity, with weekly deliveries that many clients depend on. The appreciation for the volunteers, who deliver these meals and often form meaningful bonds with the clients, add a personal touch.

Witnessing the generosity of others in our community motivated Debbie to make a planned gift to Rales JFS. It is vital to identify needs and create plans to address them. She and her husband Howard, inspired by conversations with Danielle, decided to support the Volunteer Program. Having volunteered for non-profits for years, I understand the critical role volunteers play in the success of the agencies they serve. By supporting volunteer programming, we have been able to train and support dedicated volunteers who are essential to the success of Rales JFS’ community outreach initiatives.

Debbie shared, “Looking ahead, I hope to enhance volunteer engagement by offering tokens of appreciation during National Volunteer Week, expanding training classes, and increasing the marketing and publicity of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are an integral part of the JFS family, dedicating their time and talents to those who rely on the agency's assistance. By increasing the number and commitment of our volunteers, we can further enhance our programming and better serve the community. I aim to lead by example, inspiring others to find their passion and live by the principles of Tikkun Olam—through acts of kindness that bring happiness to others.”

“Howard and I are privileged to support Rales JFS and their Volunteer Services Department. We are heartened by the incredible impact JFS has on our local community and consider it an honor to contribute to their mission.” Debbie and Howard feel that volunteer support is essential to the success of any agency, and there are many ways to be involved, whether through financial commitment or personal time. “We find great gratification in our support and hope others will too.”

On a personal note, Debbie’s passion is her family. With three children and six grandchildren, they cherish sharing their journey with them. They consider themselves blessed to live in a beautiful community, surrounded by incredible friends, and enjoy the time we spend together.

In honoring the Belford's as our Donors of the Month, we celebrate not only their generosity but also their commitment to building a stronger, more connected community. Through their support and advocacy, the Belford’s exemplify the impact of individual contributions creating a brighter future for us all.

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Boca Raton Bicycle Club

Donates 7 Bikes

to Rales JFS Children & Teens

We are incredibly grateful to The Boca Raton Bicycle Club for their generous donation of 7 bicycles to Rales JFS! These bikes, provided through their amazing Bikes For Tikes program, will bring so much joy and support to our community.

3 bicycles will go to children who are clients of the Jacobson Family Food Pantry.

2 bicycles will be given to teenagers in our mentoring program.

2 bicycles will benefit teens being helped through our behavioral health department.

Your kindness and dedication to raise funds for this program makes a difference in the lives of many. Thank you for helping us spread joy and provide essential support to those in need.

To donate to Rales JFS, contact us at (561) 852-3333 or

Rales JFS Families & Teens Kicked Off Summer at the Jacobson Family Food Pantry

What better way to start the summer off than giving back to the community with your family?

Families, teens, and children joined us at the Rales JFS Family and Teen Volunteer Event at the Jacobson Family Food Pantry to organize and pack groceries for those in need in the community. Many of our student volunteers gained additional volunteer hours for their social media engagement!

We give a huge thank you to all the families and teens who attended. We appreciate your support and commitment to helping the community and inspiring the next generation to continue extending a helping hand.

If you or your family would like to volunteer with Rales JFS, contact us at (561) 852-3333.

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Federation's Business and Professionals Group Give Their

Generous Support

to Jacobson Family Food Pantry

Rales JFS extends a heartfelt thank you to the Business and Professionals group of Jewish Federation South Palm Beach County for their generous support! From volunteering their time at the Jacobson Family Food Pantry, to collecting flashlights and batteries for hurricane season preparation, and donating food, their efforts are truly valued.

Together, we can make a real difference in our community! Thank you so much.

To volunteer at Rales JFS, contact us at (561) 852-3333 or

Bonnie Goldberg Awarded

2024 Employee of the Year!

Rales JFS is proud to announce and celebrate Bonnie Goldberg as the Rales JFS Employee of the Year!

Bonnie's exceptional dedication, consistency, and accountability have made her an invaluable member of our team. Her strong skill set and problem-solving abilities are key assets, allowing her to grasp complex concepts quickly and apply them effectively. Bonnie's efforts consistently yield top-tier results, and she is admired, cherished, esteemed, respected, and well-liked by all.

She is truly our right hand, and her recognition is well deserved.

Congratulations, Bonnie!

Rales JFS Welcomes

Four New Interns This Summer

Rales JFS is thrilled to announce the addition of four new interns to our team this summer! These talented and driven individuals will be working across various departments, gaining hands-on experience, and contributing to our mission of providing essential services to the community.

Meet Jordan Denker

Jordan Denker is a rising senior at Florida State University, majoring in Communication Media and Studies with a minor in Psychology. Recently, Jordan had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for six weeks, which deepened a love for travel. In addition to traveling, Jordan enjoys going to concerts and listening to live music.

With a passion for mental health, Jordan aims to attend graduate school after completing undergraduate studies to obtain a mental health counseling license.

Jordan states she is, "looking forward to the internship opportunity with JFS and working with some amazing people." We are excited to have Jordan on board this summer and anticipate the unique perspectives and enthusiasm brought to Rales JFS.

Meet Ryan Kalina

Ryan Kalina is a public health major and sociology minor at Florida State University, hailing from Delray Beach, FL. As a forward-thinking student, Ryan is eager to expand his experience in the public health field and plans to attend graduate school for public health.

Ryan enjoys photography and engaging in discussions about current issues. He looks forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the operations required to run the many services that Rales JFS provides.

We are delighted to welcome Ryan this summer and are eager to see how his contributions positively impact our work at Rales JFS.

Meet Leora Bakst

Leora Bakst is a second-year psychology student at Reichman University in Israel, originally from Boca Raton, Florida. She has been deeply involved in academic and extracurricular activities, shaping her passion for psychology and community service.

In high school, Leora held various leadership and volunteer roles, including serving on the leadership board for Storm for Israel and participating in Yachad Club, advocating for individuals with special needs. She also formed meaningful relationships with Holocaust survivors through the March to Miriam program and supported autistic children through the Friendship Circle.

In her free time, Leora enjoys running, baking, cooking, and drawing. She aims to integrate her passion for psychology into a career that helps others and contributes positively to the community.

A quote Leora loves is, "The imperfect project you actually complete is worth more than the perfect project you never finish." We are thrilled to have Leora join us this summer and look forward to the unique insights and passion she brings to Rales JFS.

Meet Ella Singer

Ella Singer, from South Florida, is currently a senior at the University of Florida pursuing dual degrees in Psychology with an emphasis on Behavior Analysis and Criminology. Her campus involvement includes roles as an Operations Associate for on-campus gym facilities, a crisis hotline counselor at the Alachua County Crisis Center, and a community ambassador for the Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center. Ella also serves as a Research Assistant at the Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab and holds leadership positions within her sorority chapter and the Panhellenic Council.

With aspirations to become a forensic psychologist, Ella plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology after completing her undergraduate studies. Beyond academics and work, Ella enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, and outdoor activities, especially at the beach.

“My internship at JFS has been extremely rewarding thus far, and I believe that I’m gaining valuable insights and experience in the field I hope to work in one day. I am looking forward to continuing to grow both personally and professionally this summer.”

We are excited to have Ella join us this summer and look forward to witnessing her continued growth and contributions at Rales JFS.

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Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services

21300 Ruth and Baron Coleman Blvd.

Boca Raton, FL 33428

Phone: (561) 852-3333;

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides a 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, behavioral health services, career and employment services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals whose generosity helps thousands in need each year. Learn more at or call 561-852-3333.