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      Celebrating World Autism Month:

      Jewish Federation Of South Palm Beach County

      Shows Love For All On The Spectrum

         Every April, Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism
      Month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned
      World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The Jewish
      Federation of South Palm Beach County recognizes those
      on the autism spectrum through its ongoing support of
      its partner agencies.
         For  example,  the  Jewish  Federation  of  SPBC  is
      proud to have played a role in the creation of a sensory
      playground at the Torah Academy of Boca Raton, where
      the youngest students do more than play. For Academy
      students in first through fifth grades, the 20’ by 20’
      outdoor space, which is equipped with special swings
      and a trampoline, is a place to receive the kind of therapy
      that little ones sometimes need.                   The children of Torah Academy of Boca Raton play on a sensory playground that helps students on the autism spectrum focus. The
         A big tent top shades the space from sun and rain,   Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County supported the creation of the playground and the provision of PPE, so students
      while fencing keeps students protected. Both items   could learn outside with socially distancing. April is World Autism Month.
      were made possible through funding from the Jewish
      Federation of SPBC. Personal protective equipment (PPE)   Bea  Gold,  Harold  Katz,  Joel  Meisner, Arlene  Penner,   telephone number, (561) 852-3100, is monitored regularly
      was also supplied to the Academy, thanks to COVID-  Murray Pitkowsky, Mel Schoen, Doris & Stuart Zeuner,   for voicemail messages.
      specific monies from the JFNA Human Services Relief   for their continued dedication and leadership.     Learn more about our Federation and how you can
      Matching Fund.                                        If you or a neighbor are in need of help, please   help at - or contact Shirley Gross
      Turning A Playground Into An Outdoor Sensory       contact Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services   at  or  (561)  852.3182  (leave  a
      Classroom                                          at  (561) 852-3333.  In  addition,  our  main  Federation   voicemail). 
         With the renovated space and PPE, Torah Academy’s
      Madraigos Resource Program staff are able to safely take
      teaching outdoors, where social distancing and fresh air
      are key.                                                        Boca Pointe Community Association, Inc.
         On  any  given  day,  upwards  of  20  students  –  the
      majority with higher functioning disabilities, such as     6909 SW 18th St., Suite A120  A special Thank You to our monthly volunteer contributing writers
      autism and ADHD, and those with sensory processing           Boca Raton, FL 33433
      and learning disabilities, and behavioral and social issues   Office (561) 395-7551 Fax (561) 395-5936  Steve Handwerker  Jack Kulick  Barry J. Haberman
      – will receive “intense vestibular and proprioceptive     Website:    Mort Mazor       Anne Gannon          Peter Sachs
                                                                                                                Elyse Weintraub Brown
                                                                                               Judith Levy
                                                                                                                                     Steven L. Abrams
      input”  and  occupational  therapy,  said  Malka  Rhodes,                                Dr. Ronald J. Meyers  Helen Karpel    Arthur Dermer
      the Academy’s former director of Student Support. Put   Access Control                   Lisa Sileo       Hillary Reynolds     Alan Arnold
      another way, students with special needs can spin in the   Operator: (561) 395-3392      Rayna Becker     Oris Martin          William A. Gralnick
                                                           Voice mail system: (561) 395-3369
      snuggle swing, jump on the trampoline, or play with   Website:        Halli Moore      Robert Weinroth      Mark Nelles
      balls provided by school therapists. The therapists lead   Staff                         Harold Katz      Lin Schader
                                                                                                                Justin Mocha
                                                                                               Harriet Rubin
      the children through guided circuits of physical exercise   Kathleen O’Donovan, General Manager
      to help them alleviate stress, focus on instructions and   Lisa Cammaleri, Assistant Manager
      communicate using their bodies.                      Yvonne Rivera, Administrative Assistant
         “The children get a chance to swing, squeeze, feel   Justin Mocha, Director of Security     The views of the writers of the various articles in this newspaper do not
      and jump. Using the swings – one is like a cocoon – we                                   necessarily reflect the views of the Boca Pointe Community Association.
      spin  around  those  kids  who  never  seem  to  get  dizzy.     Viewpointe of Boca Pointe is the newspaper   The Association nor the individual writers are not responsible for claims
                                                           of Boca Pointe Community Association, Inc.
                                                                                               or promises contained in any advertising material appearing in the
      We  provide  therapy  balls,  ones  they  can  bounce  on,”   Please  direct  all  questions,  comments  or   Viewpointe. Such claims and promises are the sole responsibility of the
      Rhodes said. “We put the mats on the walls, so they can   articles for Viewpointe to lisa.cammaleri@  individual advertiser.
      run and crash into them without any threat of injury. The
      playground allows them to get that feeling of release and
      freedom that every kid needs. When they return to the
      classroom, they are more able to concentrate.”
      Federation Support Extends To All On The Spectrum
      – Here And Overseas
         Beyond Torah Academy, the Federation proudly supports
      many other programs provided through its partner agencies
      that work with people on the autism spectrum. From the
      nurturing environment of Marleen Forkas Camp Kavod,
      which is part of the comprehensive offerings of the Levis
      JCC Helene & Roy Schwedelson Special Needs department,
      to the technological advancements in education, made    Stylish Modern Atmosphere     Make Reservations                       happy hour
      possible through Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel, the Federation                                                                every Day 3 - 6 pm
      assists thousands of people on the spectrum. It is the Jewish
      Federation of South Palm Beach County’s goal to celebrate                                                                     and Mon. - Thurs.
      World Autism Month every day.                                                                                                all Day at Bar Only
      Also Happening In April:
         - On April 8, the Jewish Federation of South Palm                                                                        Lunch SpeciaLS
      Beach County will present  Yom HaShoah, Hidden
      Heros: A Virtual Tour of Amsterdam and Yad Vashem.                                                                              every Day
      Join us on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day,                                                                                      $
      as we travel virtually to Amsterdam to meet the esteemed                                                                         starting at  9
      Dutch author and scholar Esther Shaya, who will share
      stories of ‘hidden heroes’ whose bravery and creativity
      helped save hundreds of lives. We will then travel to Yad
      Vashem to meet Yeira at the ‘Avenue of the Righteous
      Among the Nations’. Register at
         - On April 16 at 4:30 p.m., PJ Library in South Palm
      Beach County will be hosting a Grandparent Shabbat in
      honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.
      Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to zoom into
      Shabbat with Morah Laura to sing and dance. For more
      information, please contact Elana Ostroff at pjlibrary@ or (561) 852-6080.
         Deepest  thanks to  Boca  Pointe  Federation
      Campaign Chairs:  Jane  and  Dan  Fishkoff,  and  to
      Committee Members: Rhoda Berkow, Allen Brayer, Si
      Farber, Daniel Fischer, Richard Glazer & Elaine Kaplan,
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