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VOL. 11 NO. 5                                                                                  MAY 2021

      Federation Volunteers Celebrate Good Deeds Day

         More than 200 community volunteers representing
      the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish
      Volunteer Center, Jewish Teen Initiative, Israel Program
      Center, and Jewish Community Relations Council joined
      millions of people around the world to celebrate the global
      day of service event known as Good Deeds Day. Service
      projects held throughout the county included packing and
      gleaning food for local families, sorting school supplies for
      children, a beach cleanup, and assembling care packages
      for Holocaust survivors. This year’s Good Deeds Day
      welcomed the greatest number of Jewish Federation
      community volunteers since the launch of the annual event
      in 2007.
         Throughout the day, Federation volunteers in partnership   Anna Erwin, Palm Beach Atlantic University student  Teens from CASEC and JTI
      with the Chinese Association of Science, Economics and
      Culture (CASEC) harvested over 13,000 pounds of fresh
      produce at Mecca Farms in Boynton Beach for distribution
      to food pantries throughout the county. At the Palm Beach
      County Food Bank, dozens of volunteers in a partnership
      with CROS Ministries sorted and boxed 11,450 pounds
      of food donations, which is the equivalent of 9,542 meals
      for distribution to 143 local food pantries for people
      experiencing food insecurity. A community supply drive
      collected thousands of diapers, baby wipes, baby formula,
      and food for the Basics 4 Babies supply pantry at Healthy
      Mothers, Healthy Babies. The donated items will help more
      than 125 families care for their infants for one month.

      Federation Volunteers Celebrate on page 2         Hari Sachs and Cindy Getzoff                       Scott, Jillian, Sonny, and Gemma Loss
      NCJW Palm Beach Aims to Save Lives One Head at a Time

         Heads Smart, the bicycle and helmet safety program   demonstrated how to effectively wear a helmet, and   riding. If only Jonathon had been wearing a helmet when
      sponsored by The National Council of Jewish Women, Palm   explained Florida laws related to bike riding. A drawing   he was hit by that car, he would be alive today,” said
      Beach, is gearing up to make presentations in schools and   was held for a free, nationally approved helmet from a local   Rickles. Supported by NCJW, Essex County Section, she
      community venues. The program, which uses education,   bike shop, where the owner would be able to fit the helmet   ran a successful educational and advocacy campaign that
      advocacy, and the donation of helmets to promote the   perfectly.                                    led to the eventual passing of a law mandating helmets for
      wearing of protective helmets, has the potential to reduce      “We hope that this fall, we will be able to resume   children 16 and younger in the state of New Jersey.
      the risk of serious head injury and death for both children   addressing children and parents in the schools and      “I know that life is fragile and that just one fall, just one
      and adults when cycling.                          communities. We need to teach them from an early age on   accident without a helmet, could end a life and change the
         Marsha Rickles and her colleague Ilene Cohen-Leefer   why helmets are necessary and cool. And, of course, we   course of a family forever. I do not want people to suffer
      lead this initiative with passion. Over 30 years ago, Marsha   will use age-appropriate speeches and activities.”  as I have. It is not necessary,” said Rickles.
      lost her seven-year-old son to head trauma sustained in a      The Heads Smart duo has plans to partner with Safe      For more information on Heads Smart, please contact
      bicycle accident with a car. Jonathon’s death affected not   Kids Florida in bike safety events and will take instruction   Marsha Rickles at 973-632-9743 or
      only her family and friends, but shook the entire community.   to become certified helmet
      When Ilene took a fall from a bike, her life was saved   fitters.
      because she wore a helmet.                           “My mission is to save
         “Our original goal was to take our program into the   as many lives and families
      schools. However, during the pandemic, we were limited   as I can,” said Rickles, who
      and had to change our focus,” said Rickles.       began her campaign in 1988
         Instead of being discouraged, these two women   after the death of her son
      created a 30-minute Zoom presentation for adults in gated   from a cerebral hemorrhage.
      communities. Following their personal testimonies, Cohen-  “Back then, helmets were
      Leefer, an avid cyclist, discussed new helmet technology,   the exception when bike

                                                                                 Marsha Rickles                        Ilene Cohen-Leefer
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