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Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach presents a check for $18,750 to the Ferd and Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service food program

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service

Temple Emanu El

Steven Horowitz, President, Temple Emanu-El; Zelda Mason, President and Board Chair, Alpert JFS; Marjorie Feldman, Chair, Alpert JFS Kosher Food Pantry Committee; Belinda Lasky, Director of Volunteer Service

Since 2013, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach and its devotees have raised more than $81,000 through a unique program that replaces flowers with food

The generosity of Temple Emanu-El devotees allows us to donate food throughout the year to individuals and families struggling with food insecurity.”

— Marc Hopin, CEO of Alpert JFS

PALM BEACH, FL, USA, March 24, 2022 / — Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach announced today that it is presenting a check for $18,750 to Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) and the organization’s food insecurity program. The money, which was raised through a unique partnership between the Temple and a nonprofit organization, will provide food for vulnerable Jewish individuals and families in Palm Beach County who face food insecurity. Specifically, the money will fund the Alpert JFS Kosher Food Pantry and overall efforts to reduce food insecurity in Palm Beach County. Since January 2013, when the program was launched, Temple Emanu-El has donated a total of $81,000 to Alpert JFS.

According to Rabbi Michael Resnick of Temple Emanu-El, it is customary in many synagogues for worshipers to sponsor flowers that are displayed on the Bimah for Shabbat. The rabbi will then call the congregants for their donation and thank them. Instead, Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach encourages those who wish to donate, to donate a “food basket” instead of donating a flower arrangement. The money raised for the food basket is then donated by Temple Emanu-El directly to Alpert JFS to help feed the many families in Palm Beach County who need extra nutrition.

“In 2009, a member of our congregation approached me and asked if, in lieu of flowers, could we raise funds to donate to Alpert JFS for holiday food baskets,” Rabbi Resnick said. “I accepted, and this tradition quickly became a weekly tradition. Since then, I have told my devotees that I never need to see flowers on my Bimah again. I would much prefer that.

“Alpert JFS is committed to ending food insecurity and hunger in our community,” said Marc Hopin, Managing Director of Alpert JFS. “The generosity of worshipers at Temple Emanu-El allows us to donate food throughout the year to individuals and families who are struggling with food insecurity. The face of food insecurity can be homebound seniors living on meager incomes, but can just as easily be young families facing financial challenges, setbacks and job loss. No matter who they are, we are committed to helping.

To sponsor a “food basket”, please visit

If you know someone who could benefit from the Alpert JFS Kosher Pantry, please call 561-684-1991 or visit

About Alpert JFS

Established in 1974, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is a nationally accredited service provider for children, adults, seniors and Holocaust survivors. The non-profit, non-sectarian organization is a trusted leader, with a team of nearly 200 highly trained professionals providing high quality care to community members. Alpert JFS works to ensure the well-being of children and families, the independence of the elderly and the quality of life of people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.alpertjfs.orgphone 561-684-1991.

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