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JFS Receives $2.3M Bequest from the Estate of Bernard Sherman, the Single Largest One Time Gift in Agency History


Gift to be placed in an endowment which will provide vital support for the many programs and services of the agency which serve people of all ages and beliefs. A portion of these funds will be used to establish the “Bernard Sherman Program to Enhance Jewish Identity” which will enable children with the assistance needed to participate in Jewish lifecycle events.

Boca Raton, FL, May 18, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Boca Raton, Florida based Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) is proud to announce the creation of the “Bernard Sherman Program to Enhance Jewish Identity” Bernard Sherman’s gift of $2.3M to JFS is the single largest one time gift in the agency’s history. The funds were put in to an endowment which will provide vital support for the many programs and services of the agency which serve people of all ages and beliefs. At the request of Bernard’s widow, Muriel Chandler Sherman, a portion of these funds will be used to establish the “Bernard Sherman Program to Enhance Jewish Identity” which will enable children of families who reside within the Boca Raton and Delray Beach areas and who financially qualify, with the assistance needed to participate in Jewish life cycle events such as Hebrew school, Jewish youth group trips & conventions, participation in the Maccabi Games, advocacy conferences, Israel experiences including High School in Israel, Gap Year Programs, and the March of the Living. The mission of the Program, which falls under JFS’ Center for Families & Children, is to make Jewish life more accessible for all people including those with special needs.

When asked about the significance of the gift to JFS, Muriel stated, “It was important for me to have Bernie’s memory honored in a way that has meaning for future generations. With the creation of the 'Bernard Sherman Program to Enhance Jewish Identity' we can help ensure the continuity of the Jewish people. Bernie would have been proud to do that.” JFS President and CEO, Danielle Hartman, said, “We will be forever grateful to Bernard Sherman for his generosity and philanthropy to JFS. His gift will help children and young adults who would not otherwise be able to have these experiences while at the same time helping fill the shortfalls in funding for our existing programs and services.”

A native of Michigan, Bernard Sherman was a very creative and forward thinking businessman operating several parallel businesses including storage, auto repair, auto salvage and insurance businesses. He devoted the last 23 years of his life to Muriel and they enjoyed traveling and spending time together. In addition to his wife, Muriel, Bernard is survived by two adult children, Arlyn and Bruce.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Shari Cohen, VP of Financial Services & Food Programs at (561) 852-3333 or shariw@ralesjfs.org.

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 & financial assistance, senior services, career & employment services, counseling and mental health services, services for families & children 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.
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