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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.

 Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Apr 24, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 6 in the Trenches – It has now been six weeks of our new un-normal and every day we seem to all be anxiously awaiting further guidance as to when we can begin re-entry. To even think that we can just flip a switch and go back to how we were operating before is both illogical and non-reality.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Apr 17, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 5 in the Trenches We are now five weeks into our new un-normal, having just finished the Passover holiday and entering into Shabbat. We continue to see an increase in calls for help for both food and emergency financial assistance from those directly affected by the Corona virus.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Apr 3, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 3 in the Trenches We are now coming to the end of our third week of our new un-normal. I wish I could say that it’s been easy, but I find myself becoming more and more concerned about cases of domestic abuse and child abuse going up.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Mar 27, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week #2 in the Trenches – We just completed our second full week of our new “un-normal” and I continue to be strengthened by the amazing resiliency of our staff and our clients.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Mar 25, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

We will be starting support groups (via Zoom) beginning today, March 25th, to help manage and cope with the anxiety and fear due to COVID-19. Groups will geared for different age groups and held at different times providing a safe space to speak openly about their feelings. We will discuss the changes, the fears and the unknown and be there to support one another through it all.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Mar 23, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Please find an update of JFS Services Available (as of Monday, 3/23/20). If you or someone you know needs assistance, reach out to us today.

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Mar 20, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

We have reactivated this page in an effort to keep our JFS family and friends updated on JFS' ongoing efforts to serve our community. Keep checking back for the latest. Words from week #1 in the Trenches – We have just completed our first week of living our new normal.

Illumination Magazine - 2019-2020 Season

Oct 1, 2019

Illumination Magazine - 2019-2020 Season

This issue of Illumination Magazine is dedicated to our 40th Anniversary and highlights many new programs at JFS. Also in this issue we get a sneak peek at our upcoming fundraising and event season (page 5) including our 40th Anniversary Fund which is in full swing! We continue to celebrate our 40th Anniversary at specific agency sponsored events and look forward to celebrating the success of our 40th Anniversary Fund with everyone in January (page 28). Thank you to all of you who helped make the 2018-19 year so special for the agency, and we look forward to a fantastic 2019-20 season. I look forward to continuing our positive trajectory which enables us to continue helping so many in our community. Happy Reading! Click here to read...

Illumination Magazine - 2018-2019 Season

Sep 21, 2018

Illumination Magazine - 2018-2019 Season

The latest issue of Illumination is now available online. This issue is all about engagement and finding ways for you to connect through volunteering. Also in this issue we look forward to our upcoming fundraising and event season, which will be another epic year! We are also eagerly planning our Agency's 40th Anniversary which we will celebrate throughout 2019 with 40 milestones of the agency and a special 40th Anniversary Fund to help mark the occasion. Click here to read...

Illumination Magazine - Summer 2017

Aug 21, 2017

Illumination Magazine - Summer 2017

The latest issue of Illumination is now available online. Get caught up on all of JFS’ impressive accomplishments from the past few months. JFS receives the single largest one time gift in Agency history. Find out more! Seniors party it up at Feldman Family Diamond Club Senior Prom. View event photos inside! Ron Reshefsky takes over as Chair of the Board. Check out the new Board appointments. Check out event recaps from our Reflections of Hope Luncheon which featured keynote speaker Patrick Kennedy and JFS’ Great Golf for a Great Cause Annual Golf Tournament, plus so much more! Click here to read...

Illumination Magazine - Summer 2016

Jul 1, 2016

Illumination Magazine - Summer 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of Illumination is now available. This issue contains Agency news from this past January until current. Stories include: For the second year in a row, JFS achieves, both, a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and awarded a Top Work Place by the Sun Sentinel; Details of JFS Community Outreach partnerships with community organizations; Volunteer initiatives; Senior socialization program highlights; the opening of JFS at Home; and recap of Reflections of Hope Luncheon – featuring Melissa Rivers and Great Gold for a Great Cause, plus much more! Click here to read...

IN THE NEWS: JFS Case Manager Learns Much from March of the Living

Jun 24, 2016

IN THE NEWS: JFS Case Manager Learns Much from March of the Living

Thanks to Randall Lieberman and the Jewish Journal for featuring the article on Jonathan Beer, JFS Holocaust Case Manager's experience on the recent March of the Living trip. Also many thanks to Ron Gallatin and the Boca Raton based Hands on Tzedakah for continuing to fund the annual experience for one of JFS's Holocaust Case Managers. Read more...

Illumination Magazine - Summer 2016

Jun 21, 2016

Illumination Magazine - Summer 2016

Welcome to our Summer 2016 edition of Illumination Magazine. All of our departments achieved great heights this past year. This issue of Illumination is packed with some of our many accomplishments. I am extremely proud that JFS was named, for a second year in a row, a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator AND named a Top Workplace by the Sun Sentinel. As an Agency, we continue to achieve excellence in strong governance and financial accountability as well as in creating an environment for our dedicated staff that nurtures growth and provides overall job satisfaction.

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