Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Jewish tradition teaches that we have an obligation to facilitate the inclusion of individuals with disabilities into our community.

We are taught, “Do not separate yourself from the community” (Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers 2:5), which I interpret as doing our best to prevent anyone from being separated against their will.

Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) is observed in February and I encourage you to embrace its mission:

  • Elevate Jewish awareness of the way society regards people with disabilities
  • Encourage Jews around the world to become more empathetic toward people with disabilities
  • Urge Jews to welcome people with disabilities into their communities and personal lives
  • Unite Jewish communities to raise awareness and champion inclusion of people with disabilities

In February and March there is a national focus on raising disability awareness. JFS’ programs and services assist in providing meaningful inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities and their families within our community. The JFS Center for Families & Children provides an array of services and support groups to help families with the challenges they face in caring for a family member with special needs. JFS’ Cooper Fund assists children with special needs and their families by providing financial assistance for adaptive equipment, camp scholarships and after school care, supportive shadows, respite care, behavior modification specialists & counseling services, swimming lessons and other extra-curricular activities.

The Welcome Home Program, staffed by a licensed clinical social worker, is a free drop-in center for adults living with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities. Other professionals teach computer training, pet therapy, art therapy, financial literacy and job readiness. The goal of the program is to improve the life, social and employment skills of its participants.

It is through our social, recreational, educational and cultural activities that we assist participants in our programs to move forward on their journey of reintegration and inclusion into the community.

B’shalom,

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO


Past Reflections

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.

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.

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