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Meet Mariah

Aug 19, 2022

Meet Mariah

When Mariah was five years old, she came to the United States from Haiti with her father, older sister, and older brother. Mariah was very quiet, she did not have any friends and was afraid to be apart from her sister.

Meet Lea & Mark

Aug 18, 2022

Meet Lea & Mark

Lea is a mom of two boys, ages 13 and 10, who both have Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. In October, Lea reached out for help with bills, and JFS was able to assist through our Covid-19 relief fund.

Meet Joe

Aug 17, 2022

Meet Joe

Joe was referred to the JFS community outreach by synagogue partner, Boca Jewish Center, because he had a very difficult year. He was furloughed and then laid off from his 21-year career with an airline due to the pandemic.

Meet Michal

Aug 16, 2022

Meet Michal

When Michal contacted the JFS DV (Domestic Violence) department she had been in a severe automobile accident. Unrelated to the accident, the reason she was first referred to the DV department, was because of her 14-year-old daughter.

Meet Carol

Aug 15, 2022

Meet Carol

Throughout the whole time the Weisman Center was closed due to the COVID pandemic, I felt the love and concern from the JFS staff and volunteers. When I was finally able to walk into the center again, I felt like a lost person being found. Seeing the staff with their smiling faces was just like a dream come true.

Meet Lauren

Aug 12, 2022

Meet Lauren

Lauren had been suffering alone with severe chronic depression for a couple of years. Lauren was confused as to why she felt this way, because she came from a loving and supportive family and had many friends.

Meet Vera & Bill

Aug 11, 2022

Meet Vera & Bill

Vera and her husband, Bill were enjoying a fairly typical retirement life until she started to notice some changes in his mood and his memory. A trip to his family physician resulted in a referral to a neurologist.

Meet Taylor

Aug 10, 2022

Meet Taylor

Taylor attended the JFS Career & Employment Services (CES) Steps to Success workshop series after hearing about the program through a JFS Staff member, after recently moving back down to Florida from NYC.

Meet Janis & Robert

Aug 9, 2022

Meet Janis & Robert

Janis and Robert, parents of two young children, began receiving food from the Jacobson Family Food Pantry shortly after they both lost their jobs due to Covid-19 shut downs.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

May 25, 2022

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

A message from our CEO about the Texas tragedy: It is with such sadness that we all must bear witness once again to a senseless act of violence against innocent children and teachers at a school in Texas, so soon after the shooting last week of innocent victims shopping at a store in Albany.

Rales JFS receives a $2 Million  Transformational Gift from Leon & Toby Cooperman to name the “Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center”

Dec 1, 2021

Rales JFS receives a $2 Million Transformational Gift from Leon & Toby Cooperman to name the “Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center”

Rales JFS receives a $2 Million Transformational Gift from Leon & Toby Cooperman to name the “Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center”. The Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center (TFRC) – A One-Stop Shop or Families with Special Needs – Will Serve School Aged Children with Disabilities and Their Families

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...

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Oct 27, 2021

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

There was a meeting held on October 26th to discuss changing the master plan for the Ag Reserve, which could directly benefit our community by creating pathways for affordable housing developments. Please find a letter that I shared with Vice Mayor Weinroth and Commissioners Bernard, Sachs, Kerner, McKinlay, Marino and Weiss below. Additionally, there is link to an article that appeared in October 27th Palm Beach Post recapping the meeting, where I was quoted.

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.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Jun 26, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 15 In the Trenches Here we are, another week gone by, Florida reporting increases in positive cases of the coronavirus, people still unable to receive their unemployment benefits, reports of fears of rising mortgage delinquencies, hurricane season in swing, summer camps trying to reopen only to shut down a few days later………..and then reopen again, students and parents waiting patiently to see what their fall will look like in regards to in-person or distance learning.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

May 22, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 10 In the Trenches I’ve been thinking a lot about the children of our community this week. Actually, I think the better word would be worrying. I’m worried for our children who had to finish off their last few months of school at home, struggling to learn online. I know many made this transition easily, but what about our children who don’t have a WiFi connection, or share one computer with multiple siblings, if they even have a computer. I worry about our children who already struggle with completing schoolwork and don’t have the social outlet they need by being with together with their peers. I worry about our children who are facing uncharted waters this summer and whose summer will be like none other.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

May 15, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 9 In the Trenches Hurricane Season starts in two weeks………………let that sink in. Most reports I have seen are predicting a very active Hurricane storm season. Typically, households are encouraged to ready themselves for the season by stocking up on non-perishables, batteries, and other essential supplies in preparation for whatever storm comes our way. For individuals and families still waiting for unemployment checks and older adults suffering from a reduction in their monthly income, I worry about how they will be able to adequately prepare for this year’s Hurricane season.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

May 8, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 8 In the Trenches Another week as come and gone, and yet things keep getting worse, not better. Families and individuals struggling due to job loss are still waiting for their unemployment checks to arrive. Difficult questions about what bills to pay and what bills to skip are being made every day. There is so much coverage about this issue all over the media, yet no one seems to be able to make it better. Those same individuals are now relying on non-profits like JFS to fill the void and ensure food is there for their families, rent and utilities are being paid, cable and internet so their children can finish school remotely and we are all still on a stay at home order.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

May 4, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 7 in the Trenches - I have been trying to blog each Friday to keep our community updated with the activities and happenings going on at JFS. Last week slipped away from me and I just couldn’t get it done before Shabbat rolled around. So here I am, a few days late, but wanting to make sure I keep you updated on what’s happening in our community.

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