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South County legislators present $200,000 for Holocaust survivor aid

Published Friday, May 19, 2006

Something special happened at this week’s Café Europa, a gathering held periodically for Holocaust survivors, presented by Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service.

During the event at Congregation B’Nai Torah on SW 18th Street in Boca Raton, state Rep. Irving Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, and state Sen. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, presented a check for $200,000 to the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program, a contribution both legislators sponsored last year and this year.

Café Europa gives Holocaust survivors and their families a chance to look back and to share stories with others. Also attending this week’s event were Elder Affairs Secretary Carole Green and State Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, and some 500 Holocaust survivors.

Slosberg said he was pleased to see the program receive an increase in funding from $100,000 last year to $200,000 this year. “This critical community program focuses on not just home care and case management of survivors and their peers, but also counseling, food pantry supplements, kosher foods, telephone reassurance, socialization activities and transportation services,” he said.

“Holocaust survivors are unquestionably deserving of this support,” said Slosberg, “and I am very proud to have secured this increase in funding for them.”