Matthew C. Levin
President & CEO
Matt Levin joined the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County as President and CEO in 2012 with a powerful vision and commitment to building and strengthening our diverse Jewish community. His first four years have been marked by a wide array of successful initiatives designed to engage and connect local residents, leaders and organizations with an inclusive Federation that serves as a vibrant, effective hub for the Jewish community.
By developing innovative new partnerships and ensuring that the Federation is a strong, wise investment for the well-being of our community and our people today and into the future, the Federation’s Annual Campaign has turned around with increases over the past four years, and our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s endowment is growing significantly. In addition, participation is growing rapidly at a widening array of activities from parlor meetings through large-scale community-wide events.
Matt’s tenure at the Federation has also been highlighted by the construction and opening of Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a Continuing Care Retirement Community on a large north parcel of the 110-acre Federation campus. This most significant Federation building project since the original south campus will generate revenue for vital community concerns while also providing needed senior housing.
Matt’s extensive advocacy experience has also further advanced the Federation’s efforts. Matt joined the Federation after 25 years with AIPAC, where he served most recently as Southeastern States Director and Florida Regional Director. At AIPAC, he had primary responsibility for expanding the area's major gifts program, including building its endowment. He also proved his expertise in strategic planning, leadership and community development, programming and legislative affairs.
A proud Florida native raised in Hollywood, Matt's parents were deeply involved in their synagogue, Federation and JCC. He got an early start in Jewish communal leadership with Florida Region and Gold Coast Council of AZA in high school. Matt’s family resides in Broward County, where his three sons attend David Posnack Jewish Day School.
Latest Messages from Matt
Feb 22, 2017
Why has Tevye become one of the most iconic characters in our Jewish narrative? And not just Tevye alone, but his community, Anatevka? Last week was a sad chapter in our own piece of the earth, our Anatevka, as two of South Palm Beach County’s great Jewish spiritual leaders endured a campaign of defamation and threats over a speaking invitation their synagogue had extended. This small but vocal group of Jews that perpetrated these attacks are no better than the Cossacks on horseback setting fire at a wedding. Being Jewish doesn’t make them an exception. It makes them exceptionally worse.
Sep 9, 2016
With our new season beginning and a New Year on the horizon, I’m looking forward to sharing news and perspectives with you again after a very busy hiatus. And I’m proud to tell you that our busy 2015-16 season led our Federation to some great accomplishments on behalf of our community. Our new season is already in gear, on the heels of an Annual Campaign that, increasing once again, brought in more than $15 million; and amid our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s significant growth. Now I’m headed off to Washington, DC with 50 of our community’s brightest, most caring and dedicated women, for the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference, where own Emily Grabelsky will receive the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.
Jul 25, 2016
Nice, Istanbul, Orlando, Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino…. The list keeps growing with attacks in more and more cities and countries. When will it stop? When will good, freedom-loving people stop dying at the hands of terrorists?
Nov 13, 2015
For a year, we’ve been imagining and planning our Spirit of Israel Mission – and now we’re here in Jerusalem with about 75 neighbors, friends and colleagues from throughout our vibrant, diverse Jewish community. We vary by neighborhood and observance, and we span multiple generations. Our group includes representatives from all out day schools and on-campus agencies, rabbis of different denominations. Some of us are first-time visitors, and some have been to Israel a dozen times or more. As a community and as individuals, we have come together in strength and solidarity as we often do, to stand with our Jewish family at another pivotal point in Israel’s history.
Oct 16, 2015
In the months before the high holidays, passionate supporters of Israel in our own Jewish community and around the world were riveted in support or opposition to The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as “the Iran nuclear deal.” And now, even with our school year and “season” in full gear, our focus remains firmly on our homeland’s security, with Israel in the midst of a shocking spate of violent attacks throughout the land.