August 31, 2018
Letter from Lisa J. Rahman, MBA
President and CEO

Hello Friends,

Goodman JFS has been buzzing along with so many exciting projects, programs and promotions this past month. Our momentum has been incredible! I am so proud of the staff and grateful to our donors, sponsors, committees and Board of Directors as we continue to spread our reach further each month.

Behavioral Health Associates, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS, has been very busy as Broward students headed back-to-school this month. We recently began offering psycho-educational testing and assessments to evaluate students for giftedness, learning disorders and ADHD. In addition, our trauma-informed psychologists have been providing expert advice and counseling to students, parents and teachers who are struggling with anxiety as they head back to school this year. On August 19, Dr. Jessica Ruiz, our Chief Psychologist, and I were on the Here's Help Radio Show on 103.5 The Beat and Y100. I gave an overview of JFS and Dr. Ruiz discussed BHAB. Dr. Ruiz was also a featured guest on NBC 6 In The Mix on August 22. The links are listed below.

Parkland Cares recently chose BHAB as a recipient for one of their three $25,000 grants to provide mental health counseling in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February this year. The organization and everyone who donates to is helping to provide much needed care for those who need counseling in Broward County. We wish to thank everyone involved with this important cause!

We will be working with our partners from BankUnited to provide a community presentation at their Turtle Creek branch in Coral Springs at 5:30 p.m. on September 27. Dr. Jessica Ruiz, our Chief Psychologist, will discuss "Coping with Trauma in the Aftermath of the MSD Shooting." Seating is limited, please R.S.V.P. to

Both The Cupboard and our Holocaust Survivors Assistance programs have kicked into high gear as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Both programs are seeking additional volunteers to help deliver holiday gift bags and also to assist with our upcoming Café Europa event on September 6. Please see the link below to sign up.

On September 14, please join us as we celebrate The Cupboard's first anniversary and we Go ORANGE for National Hunger Awareness Month. Details are listed below.

On October 9, our free Joshua's Path Seminar Series will cover "Residential Options for People With Disabilities." It will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Volunteer Park Community Center in Plantation.

I am thrilled to share that tickets to The Cupboard's Feed The Need Event, presented by Publix Super Market Charities, are selling fast! Please see the information below for the October 28 brunch and reserve your seats now before it's too late. In addition, if you would like to make a tribute to this year's honorees, Dr. Stanley & Pearl Goodman, or advertise at the event, you may sign up to do so on our website.

There is so much happening at GJFS it's impossible to include it all I hope to see you all at our upcoming events where we can share more good news. In the meantime, please check the calendar on as well as read our latest blogs, like the one included below on the misuse of technology as a form of domestic abuse. Please follow and like GJFS and Behavioral Health Associates of Broward on Facebook. You will see our social media links at the bottom of this newsletter, too.

From all of us at GJFS, we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

L'Shana Tova!

Lisa J. Rahman,
President & CEO
I wish to recognize Stephanie Houser, Director of The Cupboard, for her unwavering commitment and perseverance. Thank you for your dedication and hard work!
Lisa Rahman and Dr. Jessica Ruiz Featured on Here's Help Radio Show
Listen to Here's Help.
Pictured here are representatives from Parkland Cares and Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS: Stacey Udine, Pam Aks, Lisa Rahman, Nancy Teitelbaum, Jo Ann Arnowitz, Jennifer Cohen, Howard Dvorkin, Dr. Jessica Ruiz.
Misuse of Technology…Is that Domestic Abuse?

I n home smart devices have become a popular trend to make life easier. Popular new devices have been designed to turn on music, switch lights on or off, control the temperature and even lock the front door. However, this technology, designed to simplify daily living in the home, has now become the newest form of domestic abuse. Read more .
Dr. Ruiz discusses Back-to-School Anxiety on NBC 6 in the Mix
Dr. Jessica Ruiz, Chief Psychologist, Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS, appeared on NBC 6 in the Mix...

You can help to make an impact on the lives of so many in Broward County. We have immediate volunteer opportunities: 

Rosh Hashanah Holiday Gift Bag Packing - Tuesday, September 4
We will be packing gift bags with a little taste of the Jewish New Year, including challah, apples, honey, grape juice, honey cake, and a yartzeit candles.
To register for Gift Bag Packing, please visit:

Café Europa Socialization Event - Thursday, September 6
This event provides Holocaust survivors in the cities surrounding Hollywood and Hallandale an opportunity to get out in the community and socialize with their peers. Staff and volunteers come together to make it happen.   
To register to volunteer for Cafe Europa, please visit: 

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for any of our programs, please register on our website at .

Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Volunteer Park Community Center
12050 West Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33323

Explores the various residential options available for people with disabilities, including independent living skills training, group homes, supported living, assisted living and intermediate care facilities .

Speaker: Linda Angress, Sunrise Group
Tickets and Ads Are Available:
Goodman JFS of Broward is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, providing programs and services to those in need in Broward County since 1963. A copy of the official registration SC-00196 and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 800-435-7352 within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.
Goodman Jewish Family Services
(954) 370-2140