JCRC News Archive

JCRC Hosts Beneficiary Briefings at Legislative Sendoff

Feb 8, 2017

JCRC Hosts Beneficiary Briefings at Legislative Sendoff

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.

UNESCO – Temple Mount Resolution Condemned by Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and JCRC Leaders

Nov 4, 2016

UNESCO – Temple Mount Resolution Condemned by Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and JCRC Leaders

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.

Historic US/Israel Military Aid Agreement Hailed by Jewish Community Relations Council of South Palm Beach County Leaders

Sep 16, 2016

Historic US/Israel Military Aid Agreement Hailed by Jewish Community Relations Council of South Palm Beach County Leaders

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.

Christian and Jewish Communities Join to Vow “Never Again” in March and Program to Commemorate the Holocaust

May 10, 2016

Christian and Jewish Communities Join to Vow “Never Again” in March and Program to Commemorate the Holocaust

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.

Federation Hosts Governor Scott’s Signing Ceremony for Bill Fighting BDS

Apr 18, 2016

Federation Hosts Governor Scott’s Signing Ceremony for Bill Fighting BDS

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."

JCRC to Present “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel

Mar 7, 2016

JCRC to Present “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel

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.

Middle East Expert Laura Blumenfeld Headlines JCRC Forum on Israel and America

Mar 1, 2016

Middle East Expert Laura Blumenfeld Headlines JCRC Forum on Israel and America

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).

A Slice of Israel Prepares High School Students to Counter Anti-Israel Activities at College

Feb 10, 2016

A Slice of Israel Prepares High School Students to Counter Anti-Israel Activities at College

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.

JCRC to Feature “What is Next for Israel and America? Assessing the Past to Secure Our Future” with Middle East Expert, Laura Blumenfeld

Jan 25, 2016

JCRC to Feature “What is Next for Israel and America? Assessing the Past to Secure Our Future” with Middle East Expert, Laura Blumenfeld

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.

JCRC Hosts Briefings at Legislative Sendoff

Dec 28, 2015

JCRC Hosts Briefings at Legislative Sendoff

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.

Thousands to Celebrate at IsraelFest in Mizner Park on May 17 with Free Concert, Family Fun & More

Apr 20, 2015

Thousands to Celebrate at IsraelFest in Mizner Park on May 17 with Free Concert, Family Fun & More

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!

March of Remembrance Unites Christian and Jewish Communities to Vow “Never Again”

Apr 20, 2015

March of Remembrance Unites Christian and Jewish Communities to Vow “Never Again”

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."

Hundreds of Jews & Christians to Join in Holocaust Remembrance in Boca on April 12

Mar 20, 2015

Hundreds of Jews & Christians to Join in Holocaust Remembrance in Boca on April 12

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.

JCRC, Federation and Agencies Brief Florida Legislators at Sendoff

Feb 4, 2015

JCRC, Federation and Agencies Brief Florida Legislators at Sendoff

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.

State of Florida Stands with Israel in Resolution, Statement

Aug 15, 2014

State of Florida Stands with Israel in Resolution, Statement

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.

Community to Stand with Israel at Solidarity Rally in Boca Raton

Jun 19, 2014

Community to Stand with Israel at Solidarity Rally in Boca Raton

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.

“BRING BACK OUR BOYS” Say Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders

Jun 18, 2014

“BRING BACK OUR BOYS” Say Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders

Since hearing of the abduction of three innocent teenagers on June 12, the hearts, minds and prayers of our Jewish family around the world have been with these three of our Israeli sons. Show your support at a rally on Monday, June 23 and by adding your signature to a letter to the boys’ families at bringbackourboys.net.

March of Remembrance Unites Christian and Jewish Communities to “Never Forget”

Apr 30, 2014

March of Remembrance Unites Christian and Jewish Communities to “Never Forget”

Vowing, “Never again,” more than 600 South Palm Beach County members of Jewish and Christian denominations joined Holocaust survivors and their families on the eve of Yom HaShoah, April 27. They walked in solidarity from Boca Raton Christian School to Temple Beth El for a deeply moving ceremony that featured survivors, a concentration camp liberator, a March of the Living participant, Jewish and Christian clergy, and other local dignitaries.

Israel’s Leading-Edge, High-Tech Side Coming to Boca at IMAGINATION ISRAEL

Apr 9, 2014

Israel’s Leading-Edge, High-Tech Side Coming to Boca at IMAGINATION ISRAEL

Five years after the release of the New York Times best-selling book, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, South Palm Beach County will have a remarkable opportunity to observe the 66th anniversary of the State of Israel by celebrating the country’s contributions to the high-tech revolution with an insiders’ view of some of its cutting-edge innovations. The first program of its kind open to the public -and offered free of charge - IMAGINATION ISRAEL will feature exciting and informative live demonstrations of high-tech innovations. Developed in Israel by leading entrepreneurs and scientists for medical, environmental and military uses, these products benefit Israelis as well as consumers in the United States and worldwide. Jonathan Medved, a leader in the Israeli tech scene, will moderate. IMAGINATION ISRAEL will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 Military Trail, Boca Raton. Admission is limited to adults and students in Grade 6 or higher.

March of Remembrance Brings Together Churches, Synagogues and Community on Yom HaShoah

Apr 7, 2014

March of Remembrance Brings Together Churches, Synagogues and Community on Yom HaShoah

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 Yom HaShoah, (Holocaust Memorial Day). On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the march will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Boca Raton Christian School. Hundreds of community members will join Holocaust survivors, their families and their supporters to march together on the streets of Boca Raton. Their destination will be Temple Beth El of Boca Raton for a meaningful Holocaust Remembrance program at 4:00 p.m.