Aug 15, 2017
We join in horror, grief and outrage at the hate-filled white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. We are sickened by the vile racism and anti-Semitism on proud display at one of the largest such gatherings in decades, including Nazi flags, imagery, salutes, slogans and quotes from Hitler. Even without this stark reminder, as Jews we know all too well the depths where intolerance and extremism meet.
Jun 22, 2017
More than 250 people recently shared a unique opportunity to hear from two former White House Jewish Liaisons. Noam Neusner and Matt Nosanchuk who served, respectively, in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, shared the stage on May 22 at B’nai Torah Congregation, in an evening program presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Jun 16, 2017
A committed delegation of sixteen leaders of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) headed to DC on May 16 for the Federation’s first community Mission to Washington. They spent two days in briefings with experts and advocating with their Members of Congress and U.S. Senators on issues of high importance to the Jewish community. And they returned even more committed to raising their voices for the most vulnerable among us.
Apr 27, 2017
Members of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community are invited to a free, informative program featuring two former White House Jewish Liaisons. Noam Neusner, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting during the George W. Bush Administration; and Matt Nosanchuk, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama Administration, will speak on May 22, 2017 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and the program will start at 7:30 p.m.
Feb 8, 2017
As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the community and the Jewish people, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invited State Senators, Representatives and their staff to meet with Jewish community leaders in advance of this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. They gathered on January 31 at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center for the JCRC’s annual Legislative Sendoff to learn about needs of vulnerable local residents and funding priorities of some Jewish agencies that serve them. Joining the legislators were professional and lay leaders from the Federation, JCRC and beneficiary agencies.
Nov 4, 2016
Late last month, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a dangerous resolution that aims to change the status quo of the Temple Mount and declare the Western Wall a part of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Sep 16, 2016
We at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County join supporters of Israel worldwide, in hailing the unprecedented defense aid package just signed. Strengthening what U.S. and Israel officials called the “unbreakable bond” between the two nations at the State Department signing ceremony, the $38 billion, ten-year agreement constitutes the largest aid package to any country in American history.
May 10, 2016
Vowing, “Never again,” hundreds from the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities came together to commemorate the Holocaust in solidarity, with a march and an interfaith, intergenerational program coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. They gathered on Sunday, May 1, 2016, a few days before Yom HaShoah, in the Boca Raton Christian School (BRCS) gymnasium at 3:00 p.m.
Apr 18, 2016
Our Federation and its JCRC welcomed hundreds of distinguished guests to Zinman Hall on April 6, 2016 for Governor Rick Scott’s ceremonial signing of SB 86, which prohibits the state from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott Israel. The bill received nearly unanimous bipartisan support in the legislature, and Governor Scott was aptly joined by bill sponsor, Senate President-Designate Joe Negron, State Senators Maria Sachs and Joseph Abruzzo, and Representatives Ritch Workman and Jared Moskowitz. Also flanking the governor during the signing were Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Consul General of Israel Lior Haiat. Matthew C. Levin, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County welcomed all the dignitaries to the Federation campus and called for continued action to ensure that “if you do business with companies that won’t do business in Israel, you can’t do business in Florida and you can’t do business in South Palm Beach County."
Mar 7, 2016
South Palm Beach county residents are invited to “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel, on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The program is presented free of charge by the Jewish Community Relations Council of South Palm Beach County, and will be hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton. Doors will open at 6:45 pm and RSVP is required. The “Conversation” will focus on high-interest topics related to the State of Israel, including: Understanding and Addressing the Anti-Israel Movement, Prospects for Peace in the Middle East, and Preparing for BDS Rhetoric on the College Campus.
Mar 1, 2016
More than 200 people from across the local Jewish community spent an evening riveted to Middle East expert Laura Blumenfeld’s presentation on “What is Next for Israel and America? Assessing the Past to Secure Our Future.” Speaking on February 17 in Zinman Hall on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, Blumenfeld, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a best-selling author, gave a 40-minute presentation followed by nearly half an hour of in-depth, challenging questions from the audience. The program was hosted by the Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).
Feb 10, 2016
As the anti-Israel climate increases on college campuses, more than 200 high school juniors and seniors from public, private and day schools throughout South Palm Beach County gathered for College Prep: A Slice of Israel on January 13. Together, in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, they learned from student and professional advocates as well as multimedia about addressing the challenges they are likely to encounter ahead.
Jan 25, 2016
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is pleased to present a free informative program featuring Laura Blumenfeld, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and a best-selling author. Her topic will be “What is Next for Israel and America? Assessing the Past to Secure Our Future.” Blumenfeld will speak on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Zinman Hall, on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., in Boca Raton.
Dec 28, 2015
As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the community and the Jewish people, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invited State Senators, Representatives and their staff to the Federation campus to meet with Jewish community leaders in advance of this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. Joined by professional and lay leaders from the Federation, its beneficiary agencies and other local organizations as well as the Israeli Consulate and federal offices, they gathered in Zinman Hall for the Legislative Sendoff to learn about the needs of vulnerable residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
Apr 20, 2015
Amid a sea of blue and white, thousands of South Palm Beach County residents of all ages will once again stand together in solidarity and spirit; showcase our vibrant, diverse Jewish community; hear top quality live music and dignitaries; and enjoy family fun – at IsraelFest. Joyous yet profound, this year’s free community-wide celebration of the State of Israel will again be held at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, on Sunday, May 17, starting at 3:00 pm. With a lineup led by Josh Nelson & Neshama Carlbach, two superstars of Jewish music, the ruach from IsraelFest 2015 will radiate from Downtown Boca Raton across the community and around the world. And this year the event even includes a free visit to an Israeli art exhibit. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invites EVERYONE to join in!
Apr 20, 2015
Vowing, “Never again,” about 500 members of the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities gathered in solidarity to commemorate the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a few days before Yom HaShoah. A crowd of 250 gathered in the Boca Raton Christian School gymnasium at 3:00 pm. The group walked half a mile along Boca Raton streets to Temple Beth El – proclaiming their purpose enroute with banners held high - for a deeply moving "Interfaith Holocaust Commemorative Remembrance Program."
Mar 20, 2015
Vowing, “Never again,” the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities will walk together in solidarity in commemoration of the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a few days before Yom HaShoah, (Holocaust Memorial Day). Participants will gather at 3:00 pm for brief welcoming remarks in the Boca Raton Christian School’s gymnasium. Hundreds of community members will join Holocaust survivors, their families and their supporters to march together on the streets of Boca Raton, beginning at 3:15 PM. Their destination will be Temple Beth El of Boca Raton for a meaningful Holocaust Remembrance program at 4:00 pm. The march is approximately half a mile; a complimentary return shuttle bus will bring marchers back to the Boca Raton Christian School parking lot following the Yom HaShoah program.
Feb 4, 2015
As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County brought our community’s State Senators and State Representatives to Federation’s campus to meet with Jewish community leaders in advance of this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. They gathered in Zinman Hall for the Legislative Sendoff to learn about new and existing issues and program proposals to address the needs of vulnerable residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach. More than fifty individuals attended the reception and program, including legislators and their staff members, federal government officials, professionals from the Israeli Consulate, local rabbis, and leaders of the JCRC, the Federation and its beneficiary agencies.
Aug 15, 2014
This August, the Florida legislature as well as Florida Governor Rick Scott has made clear that our state stands tall with Israel. The Florida House and Senate unanimously passed a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel, and Governor Scott released a media statement, “We Must Stand With Israel.” We are deeply grateful for their powerful statements and continuing support for the well-being and security of our homeland.
Jun 19, 2014
Reflecting the South Palm Beach County Jewish community’s deep and widespread concern for the kidnapping of three students by Hamas, the JCRC with other community leaders has organized a Community Solidarity Rally to be held on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m, at Boca Raton Synagogue. Speakers will include Chaim Schacham, Consul General of Israel; local rabbis of varied denominations; the JCRC Chair and Federation Pres/CEO Matt Levin.