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Sun Sentinel, October 1, 2015

Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services - the Boca Raton-based Jewish social-services agency - announced that the Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation has extended its commitment to the agency with a second $2.4 million gift.

The latest gift will be used to enhance the programs and services of the Center for Families & Children at Jewish Family Services  - which was established in 2014 through a grant from the foundation - as well as to create a new program at the center for children with special needs.

Danielle Hartman, JFS president and CEO, stated: "We are extremely grateful to the Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation for renewing its commitment to fund the Center for Families and Children - which was originally created to address unmet needs of families and children living in South Palm Beach County.


JIAS Toronto is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with a mandate to welcome and support refugees seeking protection and refuge in Canada. With the situation in Syria at critical levels and millions of Syrians homeless, we are working with synagogues, community groups and individuals to sponsor Syrian refugees to the GTA. To date, we have signed memorandums of understanding, one with a private family and one with a local synagogue, to bring two Syrain refugee families to Toronto and reunite them with their families here. Learn more here.