September 28, 2018
Dear Friends,

The staff, Board and I all share so much gratitude for our generous and supportive community. Indeed, it is our volunteers, donors, and sponsors that make the mission possible. Together with your help, we are able to support those who face daily challenges, including the normal transitions of life, new and unexpected hardships and immediate crises. Our numerous programs provide counseling, food, transportation, care management, financial assistance, resources and referrals for our clients, including seniors, Holocaust survivors, families, survivors of domestic abuse, and people with developmental and physical disabilities.

In between Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, the month of September was filled with many exciting happenings. The Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program held an excellent Café Europa Event, The Cupboard celebrated its first anniversary, we kicked off our Matching Monday Fundraising Campaign and our friends at Bank United hosted a community discussion on "Coping with Trauma in the Aftermath of the MSD Shooting," led by Dr. Jessica Ruiz, our Chief Psychologist. With this flurry of activity, we were featured in several issues of the Sun-Sentinel and Jewish Journal this month too. Very exciting!

O n October 3, Bank United is hosting a Networking/Fundraising Event for GJFS at The Rooftop. For tickets please go to:  Networking Event Tickets. On October 9 we will hold a Joshua’s Path Seminar to discuss "Residential Options for People with Disabilities." For information please go to: Joshua's Path Seminar . We are looking forward to an amazingly entertaining Feed the Need Brunch on October 28. The event will honor Dr. Stanley & Pearl Goodman and feature Chef Allen Susser and Mentalist, Guy Bavli. I truly hope you'll join us for what promises to be the best event to date. For tickets please go to: Feed The Need.
I look forward to seeing all of you at our many upcoming events.

May 5779 be filled with blessings for all!


Lisa J. Rahman, MBA
President & CEO
JM Foundation Grant to Keep
Seniors in their Homes

The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded $614,000 to the social service agency Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County and the not-for-profit law firm Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida for a two-year, joint project that is intended to help keep vulnerable older adults at risk of homelessness secure in their homes.

Dr. Jessica Ruiz shared her expertise in this recent Sun-Sentinel article:
"Parkland students relive trauma as fire alarms shriek over and over."

Any loud noise will do it, but the wail of a fire alarm is one of the worst. It leaves Maddie Zeltwanger in terror. And the alarms keep happening.

“I start hyperventilating,” said Zeltwanger, a sophomore who watched three of her classmates die Feb. 14 in her English class at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  in  Parkland . “I just want to hide.”

Zeltwanger and many of her classmates have relived that horrible day over and over during a string of unplanned fire alarms this school year.

The Cupboard's First Anniversary Celebration
and Hunger Action Month
Goodman JFS celebrated The Cupboard’s first anniversary on September 14. In recognition of Hunger Action Month, guests were encouraged to “GO ORANGE.” Attendees donned orange t-shirts and snacked on delicious oranges which were generously donated by Premier Produce. Lisa Rahman, CEO of GJFS, Stephanie Houser, The Cupboard Director, and Stephen Jackman, GJFS Chairman of the Board, thanked the volunteers and supporters for turning an empty warehouse into a thriving food pantry that helps so many families, essentially making a dream possible. The Cupboard looks forward to continuing the mission of eliminating hunger in the Jewish Community in Broward County.  

On September 3, t he inaugural Matching Monday campaign kicked off! Matching Monday is a campaign to raise funds for programs at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County .   Matching Monday  can help make a difference and double your impact.

First check out  and select a specific program for which you would like to raise funds. Then you will set an amount that you would like to raise. You may personally make a donation toward that amount, or ask others to donate via a personal page, social media, email, word of mouth, etc. Your total "match" of your fundraising goal must be met by December 3, also known as #MatchingMonday.

For more information, make sure to check out  or call 954.909.0790.
Volunteer and Make a World of Difference

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

The Cupboard-JFS Kosher Food Pantry
JET Express–Volunteer Driver Program
Friendly visits to Holocaust survivors as well as older adult clients
Friendly calls to Holocaust survivors as well as older adult clients
Deliver food gift cards to Holocaust survivors as well as older adult clients
Administrative support
Special events
    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please register on our website at .
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$36.00 per person
One W Las Olas Blvd, Suite 700 | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


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 special needs, including independent living skills training, group homes, supported living, assisted living, and intermediate care facilities.

Educator: Linda Angress, Sunrise Group
Upcoming Groups

Joys & Oys Caregiver Support Group
Every Monday starting October 8, 2018
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Peace of Mind Group
Every Friday starting October 12, 2018
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Beyond Anxiety Six-Week Group
Starting Friday, November 2, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tickets & Sponsorships Are Available
Goodman Jewish Family Services
(954) 370-2140
Goodman JFS of Broward (GJFS) 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 or visiting . Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.