AJFCS Dazzles at 2015 Annual Meeting!

Derek Hurwitch
Communications Department
May 21, 2015

AJFCS Dazzles at 2015 Annual Meeting!

By: Derek Hurwitch, Sr. Director, Marketing & Communications


May 19th, 2015. The Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service celebrated its 41st year through an annual meeting held at Palm Beach Garden’s Mandel Jewish Community Center.

With over 100 in attendance, the challenge was simple (actually quite difficult). Take 365 days of helping thousands of men, women and children of all ages with myriad challenges, and consolidate everything we have done into roughly 90 minutes. Fortunately, the incredible executive team and development staff at AJFCS was up to the task.

Those who attended were treated to, pardon my bias, one of the greatest emcees in our community. Scott Greenberg, owner of ComForcare Senior Services and AJFCS Chai Society member peaked audience interest through his dynamic blend of charm, humor and a keen ability to talk to an audience, rather than at them. From there, the “state of the agency(s)” were given by Board Presidents Carolyn Gleimer Silbey, AJFCS President, and Keith Braun, on behalf of Arnold L. Lampert, LJRFS President. Followed up by Jenni Frumer’s CEO report, Frumer led the annual tradition of honoring tenured staff (5, 10, 15, and yes, even 20 years of dedicated service).

Additionally, AJFCS has long honored the talent and amazing volunteers by presenting specific awards to recognize their invaluable contributions to the agency. This year, awards were presented to the following:

Irwin Lebow: The Bernie Silbert Award

The late Bernie Silbert was a successful businessman who retired to Florida and began to volunteer at AJFCS.  Bernie utilized the same business acumen he used in his own profession and provided the agency with valuable expertise.  He enthusiastically took on daunting missions and completed them thoroughly and professionally. The Bernie Silbert Award was established in his memory, to recognize an individual who contributes his or her professional services to assist the agency.

Debbie Kinback and Lynn Silber: The Linda White Award

Linda White joined AJFCS in 1998 as a volunteer coordinator. Soon, the entire staff appreciated her friendly, laid-back personality. Linda was warm and made each volunteer feel special, understanding the importance of his or her role in the agency. Because Linda exemplified the notion of tikkun olam, we established the Linda White Volunteer Award to honor a person of distinction, so that her wonderful memory lives on.

Ilene Goldstein: The New Leader Award

The AJFCS New Leader Award recognizes the next generation of supporters. The award is given to individuals in their 20s, 30s or 40s who embody the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy. Recipients must be dedicated to generating interest in the agency, making an impact on the community, and helping to develop the resources of the organization. Our New Leaders represent the future of our Jewish Family Service.

Hal Gottschall: Special Leadership Award

The AJFCS Special Leadership Award recognizes the efforts of an individual who has truly gone above and beyond. The award is given to individuals who embody the spirit of dedication to particular causes and the philanthropic efforts and energy necessary to grow those causes. Recipients must be dedicated to generating interest in the agency, making an impact on the community, and helping to develop the resources of the organization.

Jessie Baldinger and Lillian Lesser: Relationships and Decisions Award

Teen Trainers from "Relationships & Decisions," a component of the Rosenberg Domestic Abuse Program share information, personal stories, and a compelling argument for the need to teach their peers about healthy relationships. The award is given to those who have spent years assisting their peers in the program and are embarking on their post high-school life to continue making an impact on others in regard to healthy relationships and bringing an end to the cycle of dating abuse.


 It wouldn’t be a true AJFCS event without the trademark conclusion of noshing and schmoozing.

We thank everyone who came out and all those who provide us with support and encouragement throughout the year to continue the incredible work we do, day in and day out, for members of community facing life’s many challenges.


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Derek Hurwitch, Sr. Director, Marketing & Communications