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Dentists Volunteer to Treat Holocaust Survivors

As they age, their teeth can end up at the bottom of their health care to-do list. But some Palm Beach County Holocau...

As they age, their teeth can end up at the bottom of their health care to-do list. But some Palm Beach County Holocaust survivors who need urgent dental interventions are getting essential fixes, thanks to 10 dentists and specialists who have volunteered to treat them at no charge. In a new program coordinated by the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in west Boca, survivors who are agency clients are linked with dentists who agree to do free cleanings, root canals, bridge work and other needed treatments.
 
The program, called Dentists Assisting Survivors of the Holocaust, began in May and has already treated five patients. The family services hopes to enlist 20 dentists, prosthodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons for the program, so all the 300 survivors helped by the agency can get treatment if needed.

Many survivors, who are mostly in their 80s and 90s, suffered from severe malnutrition and other maladies in World War II concentration camps that affected not only their teeth but caused other long-term physical issues, said Danielle Hartman, family services president.

"Because of conditions in the camps, we see poor health more often in survivors than in other senior populations," Hartman said.

Hartman said the family services decided to start the program after hearing about similar successful programs in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Broward's program, started last year, has treated 48 clients, with 26 dentists and specialists offering free care, said Patti Sinkoe, a case manager at Jewish Family Service of Broward County. Continue reading here.

JFCS Portland Partners with SAIV

Jewish Family & Child Service in Portland, OR is  an active member of the local SAIV Chapter.  SAIV, th...

Jewish Family & Child Service in Portland, OR is  an active member of the local SAIV Chapter.  SAIV, the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence, is a world-wide organization co-founded by Riane Eisler, JD, a Holocaust survivor, author, attorney, and activist, see www.saiv.org for details of this remarkable organization.  As JFCS Disabilities Inclusion Specialist, Corinne Spiegel has been the voice at SAIV-Portland for some of the most vulnerable victims of domestic violence, those with physical and mental health challenges.

Corinne has participated in a community presentation, reading the voice of a Jewish victim of domestic violence in a "Women's Voices" event early in 2014. Corinne has represented the Jewish community at community events, including a special appearance by Rick Santos in September.  Rick is the CEO and President of IMA World Health, whose presentation on "Broken Silence" was a remarkable call to religious and community leaders to take action on the issues of domestic violence.

ArtWORKS

On Thursday, December 4th, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta will hold the third annual ArtWORKS Gala Re...

On Thursday, December 4th, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta will hold the third annual ArtWORKS Gala Reception from 5:30-7:30pm at the Art Institute of Atlanta in Decatur, GA to celebrate "All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Creatures Great and Small" with ArtWORKS clients. The reception will feature close to 200 works of art to choose from, all developed as part of the pre-vocational program within the disabilities division of the organization. 

ArtWORKS gives JF&CS clients a therapeutic and creative outlet with art while also introducing a commercial element as clients learn to market and sell their art.  This award-winning program is highlighted every year in an annual art show.  Proceeds from art sales go back into the program for supplies as well as to clients as income.  To learn more about ArtWORKS, visit the website at artworksatl.com.