Toby and Leon Cooperman

Huge Gift Will Lead To Therapy Center For Jewish Family Services

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South Palm Beach County Center To Open In Spring, 2022.

Toby and Leon Cooperman, courtesy Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A huge gift will help launch a one-stop service center for families with special needs in South Palm Beach County.

Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services made the announcement through this advisory released Wednesday:

[Advisory Verbatim:] Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (Rales JFS) announced today the launch of the organization’s Capital Campaign to open a new Therapy and Family Resource Center. Thanks to a transformational gift of $2M from philanthropists Toby and Leon Cooperman, the Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center (TFRC) is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2022 and will be a one-stop shop for families with special needs.

The Rales JFS capital campaign will raise vital funds to sustain the operations of the new TFRC, which will address an unmet need in the community as identified by a study from Beit Issie Shapiro, and commissioned by the Jewish Federation of south Palm Beach County. The mission of the new TFRC is threefold: to provide children with varying needs and abilities affordable access to treatment and therapies in order for maximum realization of their developmental, educational, and personal potential; equip parents and other caregivers with the necessary information and support to ensure a therapeutic continuum; and provide the education and guidance needed to build stronger families.

While there are many for-profit therapy centers in the area, the TFRC distinguishes itself by providing financial assistance to those families who qualify, making access to much-needed therapies less of a financial burden. In addition, because Rales JFS is already equipped to serve the entire family, another barrier often reported by families – lack of convenient access to services in one location – is removed.  Led by the Coopermans’ donation, the Capital Campaign will ensure that Rales JFS can meet the community’s urgent need for services now and in the future.

For more than three decades, Toby and Leon Cooperman’s extraordinary vision and exceptional generosity have affected the lives of countless individuals, including families raising children with disabilities.

“We are so pleased to be able to support causes and agencies that we care about,” said Toby Cooperman. “Rales JFS truly makes a difference in people’s lives.” Leon continued,  “We believe that agencies like Rales JFS deserve support for the important services they provide, and we are blessed to be in a position to contribute to the creation of this new Center.”

The need for a full-service therapy center for the child and family is more apparent than ever. According to the Palm Beach County School District, approximately 32,000 children in grades K-12 have a developmental or intellectual disability.   The TFRC concept has received letters of support from the Palm Beach County School District, FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Adolph and Rose Levis JCC Special Needs Department, and countless parents eagerly awaiting its opening.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Coopermans’ for choosing to support our new Therapy and Family Resource Center,” said Stephen Mendelsohn, Board Chairman of Rales JFS. “We are hopeful their gift will inspire others to support our Capital Campaign, which has many other naming opportunities available.”

Seed funding for the renovation and start-up costs of this new endeavor was provided by the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation, a long-time supporter of Rales JFS and the namesake of the agency. “Rales JFS continues to grow as a full-service agency designed to support the needs of the entire family,” said Josh Rales. “My parents, Norman and Ruth, who came from humble beginnings just like Toby and Leon Cooperman, would be so proud to support the creation of this new Center, which meets a huge unmet need in the community.” 

Danielle Hartman, President and CEO of Rales JFS, added, “The Coopermans have been supporters of Rales JFS for many years now, and with Toby’s background in special education, their support of our newest endeavor is a natural fit. Their gift, combined with the seed funding provided by the Rales Foundation, is proof that with the commitment of generous partners, we can do great things for our community.”

As they have done in the past, Toby and Leon Cooperman are setting an extraordinary example of leadership, community building and philanthropic generosity with their gift to JFS, one of our exemplary partner agencies,” said Matt Levin, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “The Coopermans’ vision and support will have an immeasurable, positive ripple effect throughout our region and is part of a larger community wide renewal of our campus. To say that we’re excited and thrilled is an understatement.”

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