JCS Alliance

Join the JCS Alliance

The JCS Alliance brings together professionals to support Jewish Community Services’ (JCS) efforts to be a ‘lifeline for all in need’ by offering leadership experiences, community service that directly impacts others and participation in philanthropic activities. Members interact socially while planning and participating in a variety of initiatives that create added dimensions of care and service to JCS clients.

The JCS Alliance gives young professionals the opportunity to work on real projects that target real needs, with dynamic events such as “New Wheels for Bubbie”, “Memories in the Living Room” and “Spice up the Food Bank”.

The JCS Alliance was formed four years ago because Jewish Community Services wanted to increase opportunities for future leaders to become actively engaged in our community in meaningful, hands-on projects.

Get Involved. If you have a passion for your community and those less fortunate — and are ready to lead, please contact Marian Mendelsohn at mmendelsohn@jcsfl.org or 305.403.6539.

JCS Alliance Chairs 2015-2016
Hinda Adler, Monica Auslander & Amy Schwartz

Chairs Elect
Bonnie Weintraub

Executive Board
Jassi Antebi, Danit Ashkenazi, Jacqueline Berenson, Lewis Chazan, Robert Gilbert, Elise Halberstein, Yitz Levin, Sari Levine, Michael Levine, Laura Raiffe, Marc Schaevitz, Rachel Schapiro, Brian Shack, Lori Spodak, Shana Tauber, Edith Vaca

Past Chairs
Jacqueline Berenson, Laura Raiffe, Chad Klosky, Courtney Lenner, Jonathan Raiffe, Scott Singer

Marian Mendelsohn, JCS’ Director Special Projects


Upcoming Events

JCS Alliance Miami Heat Watch Party 10-28-15-2October 28th at 6:30 PM at Batch on Brickell, we will be having a young professionals happy hour with all donations solicited going to buy microwaves for homebound senior citizens who are JCS Clients. Donate link. No entrance fee + first drink free + snacks (Hurray!).

Event Chairs: Sari and Michael Levine & Bonnie Weintraub

RSVP with Marian

scavenger blast.inddNovember 15th at 10 AM at Winn Dixie Aventura, we have organized a Thanksgiving Scavenger hunt with PJ Library in Miami for young families. The food collected at the scavenger hunt goes to homebound elderly assisted by JCS. Expect a FUN experience, HERE is a taste from last year’s. Free coffee will be provided for sleepy participants!

Event Chairs: Jassi Antebi, Lisa Jerles, Jena Saul & Lori Spodak
RSVP with Marian

team blueJanuary 24th, Join JCS Alliance Team Blue Card and Raise Support for Holocaust Survivors. 100% of your financial support will benefit survivors living in poverty and assisted by Jewish Community Services of South Florida.
Run or walk the Full or Half Lifetime Miami Marathon on January 24th! Benefits include: running with our fearless leaders Elise Halberstein, Brian Shack, Marc Schaevitz & Adam Schwartzbaum, as well as a discounted race admission fee, team gear, personal fundraising webpage and a guaranteed spot at the 2017 NYC Marathon*.
But seriously, 2016 will be our 4th consecutive year running to raise money for frail survivors. Now is the time to run and raise $15,000 with Team Blue Card! For more info email Marian at Mmendelsohn@jcsfl.org

Team Captains: Brian Shack, Marc Schaevitz & Adam Schwartzbaum

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Team Blue Card Runs the Miami Marathon for Holocaust Survivors
Team Raised $12,500
Aubrey Duffy & Adam Schwartzbaum, Team Captains

JCS Alliance co-sponsors Limmud Miami’s Happy Hour
Limmud Miami is a full-day of Jewish/Israel Learning and Culture and it’s Happy Hour is co-sponsored by a number of YP groups.

JCS Matzah Mitzvah & More
Volunteer to assemble and deliver gift baskets filled with Passover foods during Jewish Community Services’ Matzah, Mitzvah and More.
Hinda Adler, Event Chair

Memories in the Living Room
Evening of Conversation with Magda Bader, Holocaust Survivor, in Honor of Yom Hashoah in partnership with KSpace Miami.

Present at the 2015 Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies National Conference
Laura Raiffe & Hinda Adler, Presenters

Kids2Camp Campaign
Raised $10,000 to send ten children of JCS Shalom – the youngest victims of domestic abuse – to a safe and fun environment at the Michael-Ann Russell and Dave & Mary Alper JCCs.

Emergency Hurricane Kits for Bubbie Fundraiser
Raised $11,000 During this year’s JCS Milk & Honey, our Bubbies and Zeides will receive 2 baskets instead of 1. In addition to the traditional Rosh Hashanah Basket, they will get a surprise gift of an Emergency Hurricane Kit!

The bubbies can rest easier this hurricane season thanks to the Douglas and Joan Gross Charitable Trust – whose gift memorializes Douglas Gross, the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation Inc. and each and every one of our supporters.


Sunday, August 30 – JCS Milk & Honey
Volunteers assembled and delivered gift baskets filled with Rosh Hashanah foods during Jewish Community Services’ Milk & Honey distribution event.

The Jewish Journal follows the Auslanders on their visits

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