Highlights From Our Agencies

Alpert JFCS Announces New CEO

On July 1st Jenni Frumer took over as CEO of Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Services of West Palm Beach Co...

On July 1st Jenni Frumer took over as CEO of Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Services of West Palm Beach County. Now, former CEO Neil Newstein served as CEO for almost exactly 28 years to the day.

In a reflection Neil wrote about his experiences he explained, " What I think I've enjoyed the most after all these years, is the realization that, collectively, we have made so many lives better. And even if we couldn't make a life better, we have been able to provide comfort and support. Continue reading here.

JFS Calgary is Lending a Voice to The Silent Crime

Over the last couple of years, Jewish Family Service Calgary along with Jewish Service agencies in Edmonton, Winnipeg...

Over the last couple of years, Jewish Family Service Calgary along with Jewish Service agencies in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa, has been participating in a project funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program. The focus of the project is to raise awareness and provide resources relating to the often silenced topic of elder abuse. The project's lengthy title - Pan-Canadian Elder Abuse Awareness and Education Program for Ethno-cultural Communities - is certainly justified by its wide scope that includes linguistically relevant resources development, workshop facilitation, and the production of an interactive socio-drama.

Each phase of the project presented us with amazing opportunities for connections and collaborations, both within and outside the Jewish community, all aimed at a common cause. At its inception, it involved establishing the Senior Advisory Committee, comprised of older-adult volunteers. Its members provide guidance and relevant perspective ranging from developing informational brochures, to directing the emphasis towards legal rights and responsibilities at our workshops. In order to accurately inform both service providers and community members about such legalities, we (JFSC) have been collaborating with the Calgary Police Service's Elder Abuse Response Team.
 
The final phase involved putting together a socio-drama, appropriately titled The Silent Crime, which is a play with a narrator who leads the audience in discussion throughout the show. Our cast of volunteer actors, led by our director Stefanie Lis, have been delivering heart-felt, thought-provoking performances. It would be an understatement that the responses from the community has been exceeding our expectations. It is so encouraging to witness reactions ranging from shock to curiosity to outrage. We can only hope that this awareness will inspire compassion and a sense of responsibility in all generation in hopes to eradicate the risks of elder abuse.

Tanya Muschanov, M.C. Shlom Bayit and Pan-Canadian Project Coordinator, JFSC

JCFS Winnipeg Announces New Executive Director

The Jewish Child and Family Service Winnipeg Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Benarroc...

The Jewish Child and Family Service Winnipeg Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Benarroch, BA, MA as Executive Director effective July 1st. Al has made valuable contributions to JCFS over the last 15 years. He has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, and has furthered his education by earning several certifications and completing numerous professional development courses.

He is well established in the community and has built and maintained effective relationships with our partners. Al is well qualified to lead and guide our agency with continued success into the future, while maintaining the highest level of services for those we support.

Al succeeds Emily Shane who will be retiring at the end of June. We wish Emily all the best in her upcoming retirement.