Oct 17, 2018

“Come Together” for Our Jewish Community at THE OPENING EVENT

From across the vibrant local Jewish community, adults of all ages who support the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will gather once again for a terrific time celebrating all the good they do together. This year, nearly 700 strong are expected at THE OPENING EVENT at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

The festivities for this annual season kickoff will start at 6:00 pm with unlimited cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, food stations and warmest connections among friends and colleagues old and new. The program will begin at 7:00 pm, featuring Mark Wilf, new Jewish Federations of North America Chair and owner/president of the Minnesota Vikings (bio below). Guests will also get a moving, multimedia look at the powerful difference they make for those in need. And they’ll rock to the music from the Beatlemaniacs.

“It’s time to “Come Together” and get inspired by the work of our Federation and its partner agencies and synagogues,” said Eric Lebersfeld, who is co-chairing the evening with his wife, Susan, and with Melinda and David Friedman. “This is a night for all of us who care about this community and our people, from longtimers to newcomers and everyone in between, to enjoy great fun, food and music as we kick the community’s energy into high gear to do even more together this season.”

THE OPENING EVENT Co-Chairs L-R-Susan and Eric Lebersfeld, Melinda and David Friedman

“There is so much to celebrate about our vital work, from right down the street in our community to across the globe in Israel and over 70 other countries,” said David Friedman. “Together, we provide lifesaving programs and services, engage and educate the next generation and enhance our Jewish heritage as we build, shape, strengthen and protect Jewish life. We succeed because so many of our neighbors share their compassion, generosity and unique gifts. Join us at THE OPENING EVENT to feel the joy and strength of our community, and be part of that difference for those who need us.”

Mark Wilf, the brand new Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), has long been involved in efforts locally, nationally, and globally, to ensure the welfare and vitality of the Jewish community. As the son of Holocaust survivors, he has drawn upon his parents’ experiences to become an unwavering advocate for needs of the Jewish people, wherever they may be. JFNA represents 147 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities that raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually and through planned giving and endowment programs to support social welfare, social services and educational needs.

THE OPENING EVENT will offer a night of great food (dietary laws observed), entertainment and company for a couvert of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $500 to the 2019 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Boca West Country Club is located at 20583 Boca West Drive in Boca Raton. Valet parking will be provided. Early registration is recommended for this popular event! Online registration is available at jewishboca.org/theopeningevent. For more information, call 561.852.6058 or email francescal@bocafed.org.

THE OPENING EVENT is generously sponsored by BB&T; Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; CBIZ MHM, LLC; Hawk-Eye Management; Hotwire; Gerson, Preston, Klein, Lips, Eisenberg and Gelber PA; Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC; and Virgin Printing. Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits and Zebedee Productions are the evening’s In-kind Sponsors. The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, and ESPN and WLRN Public Media are the event’s Media Sponsors.

Mark Wilf

Mark Wilf will take office as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America at the JFNA General Assembly in Israel late in October 2018. Mr. Wilf, who has most recently served JFNA as a Vice Chair, has also been a National Campaign Chair and Chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet. He has also served as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Mr. Wilf long been involved in efforts locally, nationally, and globally, to ensure the welfare and vitality of the Jewish community. As the son of Holocaust survivors, he has drawn upon his parents’ experiences to become an unwavering advocate for needs of the Jewish people, wherever they may be. JFNA represents 147 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities that raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually and through planned giving and endowment programs to support social welfare, social services and educational needs.

The Wilf family, longtime major supporters of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, were the largest contributors to its new Holocaust History Museum. The Wilfs are also key benefactors of Yeshiva University in New York.

Mr. Wilf is an attorney and principal in Garden Homes, a family-owned real estate development business. He is also owner/president of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Most recently, he led two of the most significant initiatives in the team’s history with the completion of US Bank Stadium and the successful bid to bring Superbowl LII to Minnesota, both creating significant impact for the community and state.

A New Jersey native, Mr. Wilf has filled leadership roles in a variety of Jewish communal organizations, including the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, N.J.; Israel Bonds; the Anti-Defamation League; the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union Counties, N.J.; the JTA News Service and the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains, N.J.

Mr. Wilf is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University Law School.