Jewish Community Comes Together for The Opening Event

About the Event
Last week’s Opening Event was an incredible and sold out event chaired by Joanna & Bryan Drowos and Karen & Mark Dern. Over 600 friends, supporters and community leaders came out to Boca West Country Club to kick off the season, and helped us raise over $1 million! From the inspiring stories to the food and entertainment, there was something for everyone, as our Jewish community came together to celebrate all that we do together.

The theme of the evening was “Tell Me A Story,” a powerful way to learn firsthand how Federation and its agency partners save lives every day. We heard from Bella, a local Holocaust survivor, and Jake, a West Boca boy who was injured in a terrorist attack in Israel while serving as a lone soldier in the IDF. We heard stories of how the most vulnerable among us receive assistance and protection, stories of what the next generation is doing to strengthen their connection to Judaism and to Israel, and stories of how, thanks to your support, Jews around the world know that they’re not alone. Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, Poland and Arielle DiPorto, Director of the Aliyah Division at the Jewish Agency for Israel, shared their unique perspectives on Jewish life and spoke about how Federation and its partner agencies are making a difference in Jewish communities around the world.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: American Asset Management, Berger Singerman, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, CBIZ MHM, Hawk-Eye Management, Hotwire Communications, and Virgin Printing; our in-kind sponsors, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits and Greenseid Catering; our media sponsors, ESPN and WLRN; and our exclusive magazine sponsor, the Boca Raton Observer.