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Financial Assistance

For over 30 years Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) has provided financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis. Examples of the kind of assistance we provide include:

• Car Payment • Car Insurance
• Educational Testing • Mortgage/Rent
• College Prep Services • Homeowners Ins.
Summer Camp Scholarship • Maintenance Fees
• In-Home Care • Utilities
• Medical Supplies • Hearing Aids
• Eyeglasses • Other needs...
• Funding for Children with Special Needs

Lisa’s husband committed suicide after losing his job two years ago and suffering from severe depression. He left nothing for the family. Their house was in the final stages of foreclosure and their only car was two weeks away from being repossessed. Lisa was working but did not have enough funds to move or pay deposits for utilities and Lisa called JFS in sheer desperation. We obtained a mover at no cost, paid for the FPL deposit and car payment, and provided Publix gift cards to stock her refrigerator. Lisa began to receive deliveries from the Food Pantry and she and her children are now in counseling.

Jewish Education Loan Fund (JELF) Provides interest-free educational loans to Jewish students for post-secondary study at accredited institutions. 

Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) Provides interest-free loans to assist individuals and families unable to secure a bank loan. Funds can be used for a variety of things including the repair or purchase of a car, home repairs, dental care, prostheses, educational classes, or other necessary expenses. A guarantor may be required.

Indigent Burial Assistance Provides assistance for those faced with the loss of a loved one and are without the means to pay for their funeral. JFS works with local funeral homes and cemeteries to assist families at their most vulnerable time.

Sherman Fund Connecting children and young adults, including those with special needs, to their Jewish identity by providing the financial assistance needed to participate in Jewish life enrichment experiences like: Israel Experiences; Jewish Advocacy Conferences, Jewish Youth Group Conventions, Maccabi Games, March of the Living and more.

Short Term In Home Assistance Provides assistance to seniors that require short term in-home care services due to a recent hospitalization, rehabilitation center stay, and any other situation that would require short term in-home assistance.

Special Needs Services Provides support for professional services for children with special needs and their families. Funds shall be used in a variety of ways including but not limited to, training of professionals and volunteers working in the field, financial assistance for adaptive equipment, camp including summer & after school, supportive shadows, respite care and behavior modification specialists & counseling services.

Additional financial assistance is provided by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.


CONTACT Shari Cohen, VP of Financial Services and Food Programs, shariw@ralesjfs.org , 561-852-3171
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