Nov 18, 2016

Calling All Volunteers for Jewish CommUNITY Day in Action & Josh Nelson Concert

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages from throughout South Palm Beach County’s Jewish community will fan out across the area on December 18, 2016 to make a difference for those in need at 20 hands-on projects. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invites everyone to join in Jewish CommUNITY in Action Day! Whether they’re interested in preparing food for the hungry, wrapping gifts, gardening, playing games with children or seniors, or more, they’ll be surrounded by the inspiration and energy of joining their Jewish neighbors to help those less fortunate in the community.

Everyone is welcome to participate individually, as a family or with friends. Community Service hours are available for students. Online registration, which is required to participate, is available along with the list of projects at jewishboca.org/action. A registration fee of $18 per person or per family includes free admission to that afternoon’s pre-Hanukkah celebration and concert featuring the renowned Josh Nelson (seat reservations required online), as well as t-shirts.

One of the most popular performers and composers in current Jewish music, Josh Nelson spreads his message of hope, unity and spirituality through performances across the globe. High-energy, captivating and deeply moving, his music lifts up audiences to build community. Classically trained yet equally versed in rock, jazz and world music, Josh was recently hailed by Time Magazine as a “star of the New Jewish Music.”

The concert will take place in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The concert is free with registration for a project, but reserving seats is required on the online form at jewishboca.org/action. Those who would like to hear Josh Nelson but who are not participating in a project may register online at a cost of $18 per person or per family to attend the concert.

Jewish CommUNITY Day in Action is an innovative local extension of the global phenomenon Jewish Unity Day that emerged to continue and strengthen the sense of unity experienced when three boys were kidnapped and murdered on their way home from school in Israel during the summer of 2014.

“South Palm Beach County has become synonymous with Jewish Unity, holding the largest observances in the country,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, Director of the Federation’s Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, which is presenting Jewish CommUNITY Day in Action. “This year, we are taking UNITY to a whole new level by building on our inspiration and momentum, coming together from across Jewish South Palm Beach County to reach out far into our community and see how much of a difference we can make together on one special day.”

Serving as Honorary Chairs of the event are Robert Weinroth, Boca Raton City Council Member, and his wife Pam, who have long been active in an array of Jewish and other community organizations and causes. “Pam and I are very excited to join in this day that will bring so many diverse members of our vibrant Jewish community together to accomplish so much for our neighbors in need. Brought together by the tragic deaths of three boys in Israel little more than two years ago, our Jewish community is rising in their memory to make a difference for the benefit of all. Committed to bringing us together as one community, one family, I am thrilled to be part of our Jewish Federation and its Center for Jewish Engagement’s vital and creative efforts toward that vision.”

“This extraordinary Jewish community has done a remarkable job of uniting when we face local, domestic or international challenges,” said Matthew C. Levin, Federation President & CEO. “We have seen how we can come together across the usual boundaries of Jewish life for these greater purposes, and we keep going farther to make Jewish Unity an ongoing practice. We can come together simply because by heart, by history and by fate, we are all one Jewish family, and we are stronger together.”

Registration is required at jewishboca.org/action. For more information about Jewish CommUNITY Day, the public is invited to contact 561.558.2112 or shirleyg@bocafed.org.