Over 350 Local Holocaust Survivors Gathers for JFS’ Café
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) held its
semi-annual gathering and luncheon for Holocaust Survivors, Café
B’nai Torah Congregation last week Over 350 people
comprised of Holocaust Survivors and their spouses or aides
attended the event. Like the previous Café Europa, many new
Holocaust Survivors joined JFS from northern Broward County
and the Boynton/Lake Worth in addition to the Boca Raton and
Delray Beach areas.
Attendees were treated to a luncheon while the Holocaust
Survivor Band provided entertainment. At times there were
large crowds on the dance floor as couples and groups of
circle dancing occurred throughout the event.
The highlight for many came later in the program where
survivors connected with other survivors from their home
towns in Europe. This season’s event matched people from
Berlin, Odessa and Lodz among others. During previous
events, survivors have found long lost friends whose
friendship was made while in the same concentration camp.
In most instances, they did not even know if the other
“We are thankful to our event sponsors, The Polo Club Donors
of the Jewish Federation and The Conference on Jewish
Material Claims Against Germany (“The Claims Conference”).
Their generosity allows us to provide these wonderful events
for our community’s survivors,” said Danielle Hartman, JFS
President & CEO. “This event is a highlight for many
Holocaust survivors and provides them the sense of community
and satisfaction of being.”
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS)
provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive
range of programs and services which support people of all
ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray
Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial
assistance, senior services, career & employment services,
counseling and mental health services and many volunteer
opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate
support, grants, special events and individuals who reach
thousands in need each year. For more information about JFS
call 561-852-3333. Learn more at www.ralesjfs.org.