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JWF Mission:

The goal of the JWF is to expand the circle of giving among women in Broward’s Jewish community, with outreach to and inclusion of new donors.  The mission has several strategic initiatives, which are to allow women the opportunity to focus on issues of importance to them; create an unparalleled option for intergenerational philanthropy.  The JWF provides a structure for women to have a greater level of control of their philanthropy and how their charitable dollars are being utilized.

Esther Shacket, Founding Chair and Founding Trustee

Welcome Video by Esther Shacket

Pepi Dunay, Director

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Ph: (954) 252-6949

Jewish Women's Foundation
3890 S. Pine Island Road
Davie, FL 33328




"Money Management For Moms" Resource Guide

In response to the burgeoning population of single moms throughout our Jewish community, JWF provided a collaborative grant to the Soref JCC and JAFCO in 2014.  More and more women are experiencing financial instability as head of their households with limited resources to meet day to day obligations.  This alarming trend among young single moms is also pervading the middle aged population, as well as single grandmothers, left alone to raise children and/or grandchildren following increasing rates of separation and divorce.  The grant has enabled the Soref JCC and JAFCO to provide financial seminars that help single women become independent and also share vital information with single women as provided in the Resource Guide below.


Emergency Services

Broward 2-1-1

Provides extensive information to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more.  Also provides information on community events such as seminars, festivals, Back-to-School events, health fairs, job fairs, workshops etc. that are of interest to the residents of Broward County.

Dial 211 or (954) 537-0211.

Broward County Public Assistance

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There are several public assistance programs and resources available for low income families. Individuals can get help for paying utility bills, food, housing, and other basic needs.

Family Success Centers, strategically located throughout Broward County, are a one-stop source of social services information, referrals and services to assist individuals and families in setting goals, learning skills and accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

There are several centers around the county. Call or stop by for more information or to apply for public assistance or social services.

North County Multipurpose Center (Pompano), 2011 NW 3rd Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 954-786-2121

NorthWest Coral Springs Family Success Center, 10077 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, 954-357-5000

Central Region Family Success Center, Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center, 900 N.W. 31st Avenue, Suite 3000, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

South Region Family Success Center (Carver Ranches), 4733 SW 18th St., Hollywood, Florida 33023

Davie Family Success Center, 4700 Davie Rd., Suite B, Davie, FL 33314, 954-797-2054


WECARE Food Pantry

The WECARE Food Pantry is located at the Soref JCC’s Perlman Family Campus located in Plantation at 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd.  The food pantry provides non-perishable food, including kosher food.  Over 9,000 people received food assistance in 2019. 

For more information, call the Soref JCC at 954-792-6700.


Gemilut Hasadim

(Acts of Loving Kindness), is a short-term financial assistance program that helps the neediest in our community in times of crisis. Each day JFS provides help with food, rent, utilities, prescription medication, and other basic necessities which helps ensure the dignity of our elderly and sustains individuals and families throughout Broward County. Through the generosity of private donors, the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the United Way, JFS provides a lifeline of support to help the most vulnerable.

For more information, call JFS’ Gemilut Program at 954-370-2140.

Children’s Support Programs


JAFCO's mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities.  JAFCO provides a full continuum of high quality services including foster care, adoption, family preservation, mentoring, independent living and developmental disability programs.

For more information, call JAFCO at (954) 749-7230

JFS Children's Therapy

For more information, call JFS at (954) 370-2140.

Jewish Family Service professionals provide a variety of modalities including play therapy, school consultation and intervention, crisis intervention and trauma debriefing, family counseling for children of divorce, bereavement, anxiety, depression and social adjustment.

Women In Distress Children's Therapy

The Children’s Program at Women in Distress provides a variety of services to children of all ages such as respite care, parenting classes, children’s groups and individual counseling. These services are provided at the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center and in shelter with parental permission.

For more information, call (954) 761-1133.


Kids In Distress

Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children.

For more information, call (954) 390-7654.


Counseling and Group Therapy

JFS Individual/Marital & Family Counseling and Group Therapy

JFS provides counseling to help with the task of problem solving and balancing life's difficult demands. JFS Counselors are trained in many areas, including anger management, anxiety, depression, adult attention deficit and eating disorders. JFS professionals help committed partners to face a wide range of challenges, including issues that arise through life-cycle transitions, finances, family relationships, conflicts with children and teenagers, interfaith marriage, infidelity, job stress, midlife crisis, and issues surrounding separation and divorce.

Group therapy offers people the opportunity to use the group to process their feelings and learn effective coping skills. JFS has offered groups as varied as bereavement, substance abuse, anger management, eating for success as well as support groups for victims of domestic abuse, separation and divorce, parenting problems and caregiver support.

For more information, call (954) 370-2140.


Domestic Abuse Services

JFS Domestic Abuse Services

Jewish Family Service offers a 24-hour crisis line (954) 560-8303, confidential counseling, case management, and emergency housing. The program includes KOLOT, voices of caring individuals and community agencies dedicated to ending domestic abuse in the Jewish community through outreach, education and public awareness.

Healthy Relationships Educational Support Group members  learn about Power/Control, Communication, Finding/Maintain Healthy Relationships, Rebuilding Self-Esteem, Setting Boundaries, Improving Coping Relationships.  Group provides a supportive and safe environment to share and learn from other women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Women in Distress Domestic Abuse Services

Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County.  We offer 24-hour crisis intervention through our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (954) 761-1133 and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims and their children. We also provide education and professional trainings on domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and in the community.

Those seeking therapy are informed of the availability of individual and group therapy upon registration, and receive up to twelve weekly sessions with a licensed therapist or Masters-level intern. Sessions are based on the empowerment model, which seeks to assist individuals in moving toward self-sufficiency, self-confidence, pride of accomplishment and an increased sense of health and well-being.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 954-760-9800.


Substance Abuse Treatment

JFS Substance Abuse Services

JFS of Broward is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families to provide substance abuse prevention and treatment services. These weekly groups are part of the DUI court ordered counseling program.  Group counseling – psycho educational  - group members  with a facilitator and support of one another acquire necessary skills to  make positive changes in their life while taking responsibility for negative life consequences due to use of alcohol and or drugs.

For more information, contact (954) 370-2140.


Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC)

Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) offers a comprehensive range of services for Broward County residents over the age of 18 who are affected by substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders.

The Admissions unit is open to Broward County residents Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Assessments are provided by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Proper ID is required for admission.

For more information, call 954-357-4851.


Financial Assistance

College Student Loan Program

The Murray I. Daninhirsch Student Loan Fund is administered by the Soref JCC.  The program provides interest free loans for undergraduate study to students who come from families permanently residing in the Broward County area north of State Road 84.  Loans shall be for a maximum of $6,000 per student, with the amount not to exceed $2,500 per year. Loan repayment is to begin nine months after the individual ceases to be a full-time college student. Full-time is defined as a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Repayment must be completed within 5 years. It is the sole responsibility of each student to apply for the loan each year if they want to be considered. All applications must be received no later than April 30th of each year.  

For more information, call 954-792-6700.

Family Central

Family Central provides financially assisted child care in Broward County, including preschool, after school, and summer camp.  To determine your eligibility and learn more about the program, contact Family Central:

840 SW 81st Avenue
North Lauderdale, FL 33068-2001
P: (954) 720-1000 / (800) 683-3327
F: (954) 724-3900

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of South Florida (HFLA)

HFLA offers interest-free lending to Jewish individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial resources.

Loan programs provide financial assistance for situations such as: emergencies, medical and dental expenses, housing and car repairs, life-cycle events, loans for early childhood and adult continuing education, immigration costs, divorce, help for victims of domestic violence, and mortgage and rental costs.

HFLA offers interest-free loans of up to $4,000 with up to a four year repayment plan created on an individual basis.  All applicants are personally interviewed and because the HFLA Loan Committee meets weekly funds are available quickly.

For more information, contact (305) 933-1187.


Gemilut Hasadim

Gemilut Hasadim is JFS’ short-term financial assistance program that helps the neediest in our community in times of crisis. Each day JFS provides help with food, rent, utilities, prescription medication, and other basic necessities which helps ensure the dignity of our elderly and sustains individuals and families throughout Broward County. Through the generosity of private donors, the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the United Way, JFS provides a lifeline of support to help the most vulnerable.

For more information, call JFS’ Gemilut Program at 954-370-2140.


Children’s Scholarships for Preschool, Afterschool, and Summer Camp

The Soref JCC offers children’s scholarships for all of its preschool, afterschool, and summer camp programs.  To determine eligibility, you must complete a scholarship application.  Applications can be picked up at the following locations:

JCC Administration Building
6501 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33313
(954) 792-6700

Heron Lakes Family Center
5601 Coral Springs Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33076
(954) 346-0002


Food Assistance

SNAP Program (Formerly known as Food Stamps)

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.

Learn how to apply for benefits and eligibility requirements.

For more information, contact (866) 762-2237.

WECARE Food Pantry

The WECARE Food Pantry is located at the Soref JCC’s Perlman Family Campus located in Plantation at 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd.  The food pantry provides non-perishable food, including kosher food.  Over 9,000 people received food assistance in 2019.

For more information, call the Soref JCC at 954-792-6700.


Summer Food Program

Summer Food Program for Children and Youth is offered during the summer breaks, when children do not have access to free school lunches or breakfasts. The program will distribute wholesome balanced meals at sites accessible to most economically eligible youths up to 18 years of age. For example, food may be provided from parks, libraries and other centers in public Florida.



Children’s Programming

Samuel M. & Helene Soref Jewish Community Center

The Soref JCC provides preschool, afterschool, and summer camp programming to over 1,500 children annually.   All three preschools provide infant care beginning at 3 months old.  All programs are inclusive, serving special needs children and the general population.  All preschools teach Jewish traditions and values.  The JCC’s Perlman Family Campus also has the PAJE program (Program for Afterschool Jewish Education) that is available to children from kindergarten thru 5th grade.

Scholarships are available for all Children’s Programming.  For more information, call (954) 792-6700.


David Posnack Jewish Community Center

The David Posnack JCC offers Mommy & Me, early childhood, afterschool, and summer camp programming at its Davie campus.  The JCC also offers Camp GIBORIM which is a special needs camp serving over 100 children and young adults from the ages of 3 to 21 with autism, learning disabilities, intellectual, emotional and physical handicaps, developmental and language delays.

For more information, call (954) 434-0499.


PJ Library

You're going to love PJ Library® in Broward County! If you love cuddling with your kid(s) and reading together, PJ is perfect for you. You'll get a FREE Jewish children's book or CD in your mailbox every month! That's right, FREE. No gimmicks, no catch. The books are about Jewish holidays and values and folk tales. They're kid tested, age appropriate, beautifully illustrated, and so cute! You'll love them as much as your kids do.

PJ Library is more than just books and music. Throughout the year our families gather for story times and other special programs where you and your kids can meet new friends. PJ is for any family raising Jewish children; affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith or non-traditional from 6 months through 8 years old.

For more information, call (954) 252-6948.


Teen Programming

B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO)

BBYO provides Jewish living and learning experiences for Jewish teenagers. Programs include holiday celebrations, religious services, inter-faith activities, institutes and seminars, a summer exchange program in Israel, music and dramatics, speech contests and athletic contests.

BBYO meets at various locations throughout Broward County, including the Soref JCC’s Heron Lakes Family Center each Monday evening.

For more information, call (954) 252-1912 or email Justin Pollack at jpollack@bbyo.org.


Israeli Scouts

The Israeli Scouts have been meeting at the Soref JCC’s Perlman Family Campus, in Plantation, since 2006.  The group meets on most Sunday afternoons and now comprises almost 300 individuals ranging from 4th thru 12th graders.  The Scouts are the biggest Youth Group in Israel having 55,000 kids and teens in 160 branches.  There are 13 branches of the Israeli Scouts in the U.S and Canada.

The Scouts generally meet from October thru May. 


Meeting Friends and Networking

Young Leadership Division

The Young Leadership Division (YLD) gives young Jewish Professionals ages 21-40 a chance to connect with each other through exciting social & networking events, travel opportunities, meaningful mitzvah projects and Horizons Leadership Course.

For more information please contact Sydney Gorodetsky at 954-252-6886 or sgorodetsky@jewishbroward.org



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We provide a listing of over 20 singles groups in Broward County from 20 years old to 60+.


Health Services

Florida Kid Care

Uninsured children in Florida can get low cost, yet high quality and affordable health and medical care and insurance, as well as prescription medications, from Florida KidCare. The CHIP program is made up on four main parts, which include the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Network, MediKids, and Healthy Kids for those children with special health care needs, and Medicaid for other children in Florida.

Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working.

For more information, call 1-888-540-5437.


Florida Prescription Drug Assistance Program

As a resident of Florida, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). Create and print your FREE discount prescription drug card.  This card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country including CVS, Target, Walgreens, Winn-Dixie, and many more. You can create as many cards as you need. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately!


Florida WIC Program

Florida's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also called Florida WIC, gives special consideration to the needs of pregnant and breast feeding low-income women and children. Nutritious food is provided at no cost for women and children for nutritional needs during this important time. However, coverage for women may end soon after giving birth but benefits can be retained until six months after the birth of a child if the woman is breast feeding.

Florida WIC also provides, at no cost, formula for babies as well as basic foods like cheese, bread and milk for their children. In addition to supplying nutritious foods, WIC also provides nutrition education and counseling at Florida WIC clinics along with screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services.

For more information, call (954) 767-5111.


Dental Services

Florida Department of Health in Broward County Dental Office wants to be your “Provider of Choice” for dental services.  Dental services are available to the following populations:

• Children age 2 – 20 including those in CMS, SFCCN, Florida Healthy Kids, Head Start, and any children enrolled in direct Medicaid or any Medicaid HMO.

• Adults eligible under the Ryan White Part A program, Not a Ryan White Part A client? Call now for eligibility determination 954-566-1417.

 • Adults referred to the South Regional Health Center by the Memorial Healthcare System primary care medical program.


Healthy Living

The Florida Dept. of Health in Broward County promotes good health and helps people learn about the health risks of chronic disease. They are hopeful that when people learn about risky behaviors and how to better take care of their health they will take ACTION to prevent or control these diseases and/or related problems in the body.

Chronic diseases are among the most common and expensive health problems in the United States, and they are also some of the most preventable. Often the prevention is related to unhealthy behaviors that people can change. Getting information on the importance of increasing physical activity, healthy eating, not using or smoking tobacco, protecting your body from sun exposure and making some behavior changes can help.

Any person in Broward County is eligible for these services. Information is provided to individuals upon request.   The information is free of charge.

For more information, call (954) 467-4700 x 580.


Immunization Program

Protect your infant, children, and teens and yourself from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County provides routine immunizations for children and adults in order to decrease vaccine preventable diseases.


Drowning Prevention

Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1-4 in Broward County.

The Broward County Commission established SWIM Central as part of Broward County Parks and Recreation in 1999 with initial funding of $82,000. The Broward County School Board and the Florida legislature added $200,000 for in-school pre-K, kindergarten, and first-grade water-safety education and instruction. Additional grants from the county allowed for a massive community outreach program to educate parents about local swim programs and the need to get their young children into water-safety classes.

A third partner, the Children's Services Council of Broward County, provides additional funding of more than $550,000. This money pays for programs, recruitment, training, and certification of swim instructors, along with basic first aid and CPR instruction for parents and guardians.

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD LEARNS TO SWIM.  There are many programs throughout Broward County that will help you. The Soref JCC is a proud partner of SWIM CENTRAL.


Nutrition and Fitness

The Broward Nutrition and Fitness Task Force is a community coalition established in 2005 by the Broward County Health Department in response to rising obesity rates. Since then it has gradually become a collaborative effort aimed to educate and empower our community to be more nutritionally aware, to make better food choices, and to get more physically active.


Chai Lifeline Programs

When serious illness strikes a child, the entire family is affected. Chai Lifeline's extensive network of free programs and services is designed to help every member of the family cope during this time of crisis. 

Since 1987, Chai Lifeline's mission has been to restore the light of childhood to children whose innocence ended when life-threatening or lifelong illness was diagnosed.  Through programs that address the emotional, social, and financial needs of seriously ill children, their families, and communities, Chai Lifeline restores normalcy to family life, and better enables families to withstand the crises and challenges of serious pediatric illness.

Chai Lifeline’s counseling services help each member of the family cope with serious pediatric illness and move towards stability in the midst of diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. 

For more information, call 1-877-CHAI-LIFE.



“Your Jewish Community Facing Breast Cancer”

Sharsheret was founded in November 2001 by Rochelle Shoretz, a former Law Clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recognized the need for a breast cancer organization sensitive to the cultural needs of young Jewish women and families after her own diagnosis at age 28.

2410 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33020

For more information, call (954) 416-0087.


Latin Initiative

Anita Lapco (954) 249-6358 or e-mail: alapco@jewishbroward.org

Financial Services

Consolidated Credit

At Consolidated Credit, we understand how stressful and overwhelming debt can be. But we can help you get out of debt and get your life back.  For more than 20 years, we’ve helped over 5 million Americans. Our certified credit counselors work with you to develop personalized strategies for beating your debt problems for good.

Receive financial advice, learn to handle credit cards and debt, receive housing counseling including homebuyer and mortgage education.

For more information, call (800) 320-9929


The Emerald Financial Group

Karen K. Roberts, ChFC, CDFA
(800) 748-5335

The philosophy of The Emerald Financial Group is to "Live for Today, Plan for Tomorrow." Using a hands-on approach, we educate and empower our clients to take control of their financial futures.

Karen Roberts is a financial expert with extensive experience in working with women.  Ms. Roberts, along with her husband, is a JAFCO adoptive parent and former foster parent, so she is very connected and passionate about helping this special population.  Karen has led a series of seminars for single moms to gain an understanding of basic finances, budgeting, saving vs. investing, buying a car and a home, insurance, debt, and tax returns.

Karen Roberts is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.


Legal Services

Legal Aid Service of Broward County

Provides high quality FREE civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low income community and encourage self-sufficiency.

For more information, call (954) 765-8950


Help Me Howard

Howard Finkelstein, Broward County Public Defender, provides FREE legal advice regarding a myriad of issues. 

For more information, call (954) 761-WSVN.


Inexpensive Things To Do With Family

Free and Cheap Things to do in Broward County

If you are looking for an educational destination, dining spots for kids, or an exciting activity, you’ll probably find it here.

Many free things for children or deeply discounted activities.


Broward County Parks and Recreation

The Broward County park system has grown to include almost 50 regional parks, nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural area sites.  This is a great site to explore the many resources available to your family at a very reasonable cost.


Alvin S. & Evelyn Gross My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum

The Alvin S. & Evelyn Gross Children's Museum is a hands-on, interactive museum of Jewish culture, history and values.  Great for preschoolers and elementary aged children. 

Located on the Soref JCC’s Perlman Family Campus in Plantation, it is a place where children and families will learn about the joys of Jewish life.

For more information, call (954) 792-6700.