Broward Jewish Federation’s $500,000 grant match to assist Holocaust survivors



The Jewish Federation of Broward County has provided a $500,000 Holocaust Grant Match to Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County to assist hundreds of Holocaust survivors throughout the county.

Michael Balaban, the Federation’s president and chief executive officer, and Bob Schneider, its board chair, recently presented the Holocaust Grant Match check to approximately 100 Broward County Holocaust survivors at a Café Europa luncheon presented by Goodman JFS at Kings Point in Tamarac.

While presenting the check at the luncheon, Balaban told the survivors it was truly the Federation’s honor to serve the needs of the community and its Holocaust survivors.

“You have given us so much that it’s now our turn to give back to you. Thank you so much for all that you continue to do, for your energy, for your vibrancy and for what you bring into our community. We’re just honored to stand here side by side with you.”

For more than 25 years, Goodman JFS has provided in-home care, transportation, food, medical care, case management, emergency cash assistance and socialization programs to Holocaust survivors through grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which aids elderly Holocaust victims in 47 countries through allocations to local partner organizations. According to Goodman JFS chairman of the board Stephen Jackman, the Claims Conference grant requires community participation via cash which increases each year as survivors relocate to South Florida and as the unmet needs of this aging population grow. The Federation feels its funding is vitally important and agreed to strengthen its commitment to the social service agency as a community partner.

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