AJFCS Café Europa Brings Together
Over 300 Holocaust Survivors
On Thursday, December 12th, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service hosted its annual Café Europa at Temple Torah in Boynton Beach.
In attendance were over 300 survivors living throughout Palm Beach County. The purpose of this incredible day is to bring survivors together for some relaxed socializing, a nosh, and song. Attendees were treated to a wonderful brunch and music from renowned Cantor David Propis.
Café Europa is modeled upon the informal get-togethers that arose in Europe following the end of the Holocaust years, when Jewish Survivors began their search to find someone – anyone – from their families or their hometowns that had also survived. At that time, because there were often no homes or towns to which Survivors could return, the “looking” took place in coffee shops and cafes where survivors gathered seeking news, and in the process, maybe a little friendship and laughter. Many of you know the horrors of history. The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
What may come as a surprise to many is the estimation that there could be as many as 18,000 Holocaust survivors who live in South Florida - yes, 18,000 - many living in poverty and experiencing isolation. Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote: “A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old,” which frames our ongoing work with the elderly. But this work is also motivated by zachor — we must remember the Holocaust, learn from its history, and care for all who survived. Recognizing that the need continues today, AJFCS is dedicated to deliver exceptional services for our area’s Survivors. This work is pressing and the time is becoming short.
How we make a difference for Survivors:
Funded by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference), the program offers two primary services: case management and subsidized in-home care to survivors of the Holocaust. Case Management is a professional service that provides ongoing care to ensure that an individual is able to maximize his or her own independence and meet their full potential. The professional case manager assumes the responsibility of developing and implementing a care plan, based on the assessment of the individual's psychological, emotional, financial, medical and mental needs.
For additional information on AJFCS’ Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program, please visit us online at http://www.jfcsonline.com/holocaust-survivors-assistance or contact us at 561-684-1991.