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State Representatives Hear from Jewish Community about Urgent Needs


Federation and its local partners – who care for a wide range of vulnerable populations – sat down with legislators about the unique needs of our community.

The annual Legislative Breakfast was held on January 14 at MorseLife in West Palm Beach to address the pressing needs of its partner agencies with state legislators.

Notable guests included Mark Pafford, Florida House of Representatives; and Michelle McGovern, Director of Outreach from Senator Bill Nelson’s office. Representatives from the offices of Joseph Abruzzo, Joe Negron, Patrick Rooney, Jr., Kevin Rader, Lori Berman, and Lois Frankel were in attendance. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Stephen Sussman, Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Associate Professor of Public Administration at Barry University.


“Federation and its partner agencies serve people in our community who desperately need a voice in Tallahassee. This event addressed top priorities in our community to those with the power to create real change through legislation,” said Dr. Sussman.

“We must work together to create a brighter future and continue providing vital services in the Jewish community,” Dr. Sussman said.

Federation and its partner agencies care for vulnerable populations on a local and global scale, including people with special needs, frail elderly, victims of domestic abuse and at-risk families.

Representatives from Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service, MorseLife and the Jewish Community Relations Council addressed issues facing the populations they serve, including modifying Medicaid and Medicare legislature, addressing the rising need for mental health services, and advocating for stronger sanctions against Iran.

Representatives also responded to questions and outlined how they will secure funding and continue to fight for the best interests of the community.

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