Merle Glass

Lorraine & Dennis Udwin

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services recognizes Merle Glass as the May 2024 Donor of the Month for her generous support of Rales JFS!

Merle was introduced to Rales JFS through her friend, Barbara Chankin. Merle was recently widowed and was hoping to find something to occupy her time. Barbara told Merle about the Weisman Center in Delray Beach and encouraged her to visit the center to see for herself. So, Merle decided to take a tour and learn more about what the center had to offer. Since there is no advanced registration for classes, she jumped right in and began participating in several programs. Merle shared, “At my very first visit after joining the center, I was made to feel very much at home. People came up to me and introduced themselves. I discovered people who knew some of my friends here in Florida and those I had known up North. The conversations over coffee and avocado toast are always the highlights of my visits.”

Motivated by her positive experiences, Merle felt compelled to support the center financially. “All of my experiences at the Weisman Center have motivated me to support it financially,” she affirms. She emphasizes the importance of accessibility, particularly for those unable to drive, as a driving force behind her decision to give back.

Looking ahead, Merle envisions a future where the Weisman Center can continue to thrive, fostering meaningful connections for seniors and providing enriching programs and activities. “I hope that the gifts I have given now and the ones I plan to give in the future will allow the center to continue to provide all that they offer.” Her desire to see even more opportunities for community engagement and personal growth contributes directly to the continued success of the center.

Being philanthropic has always been rooted within her family values. “My husband and I have always believed in giving of our time and Tzedakah to support organizations and charities that do good deeds,” she explains, highlighting the importance of leading by example for future generations. Through her dedication to the Weisman Center and JFS, Merle hopes to instill a legacy of compassion and generosity in her children and grandchildren.

Beyond her philanthropy, Merle is most passionate about her family. She cherishes their time spent and feels very lucky to have a family that is loving, kind, compassionate and generous,

In honoring Merle as our Donor of the Month, we celebrate not only her generosity but also her commitment to building a stronger, more connected community. Through her support and advocacy, Merle exemplifies the impact of individual contributions creating a brighter future for us all.

The mission of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (Rales JFS) is to support anyone in South Palm Beach County who needs help, regardless of age or background. Our comprehensive programs strengthen, protect, and empower, with care and compassion. If you would like to support Rales JFS through a planned or outright gift, please contact (561) 852-3333 or visit