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CEO Statement on Kansas City Shootings at Jewish Facilities

Apr 14, 2014

CEO Statement on Kansas City Shootings at Jewish Facilities

Statement from Matthew C. Levin, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

A New Era of Possibilities: Remarks from Al Gortz on Taking the Gavel as Federation Chair

Apr 11, 2014

A New Era of Possibilities: Remarks from Al Gortz on Taking the Gavel as Federation Chair

Al Gortz has been intimately involved with our Federation since its very inception in 1979. We proudly present this opportunity to learn about his vigorous, inspiring vision for our Federation as he takes the gavel as Chair of the Board. These remarks were delivered by Al at Come Together, the Federation’s 2014 Annual Meeting on April 8 in Zinman Hall.

Together In Tribute and Possibilities

Apr 11, 2014

Together In Tribute and Possibilities

With warmth, caring and commitment, this week our Federation’s 2014 Annual Meeting celebrated our many accomplishments, paid well-earned tribute to our leaders and, with clarity and confidence, turned the page to our next chapter. Right through to the live band’s final strains of “All You Need is Love,” 280 of our passionate, dedicated community leaders and donors epitomized the night’s lyrical theme of “Come Together.” In a night to remember, we lauded my inestimable partner Ellen R. Sarnoff for her three remarkable years as Chair, and welcomed Al Gortz, to whom the gavel has been passed.

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.

Apr 8, 2014

2014 Federation Annual Meeting "State of the Federation Address"

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.

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.

Basketball Legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier to Center Men's Programming Launch for Federation

Apr 3, 2014

Basketball Legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier to Center Men's Programming Launch for Federation

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s new men’s programming ready to build a fellowship of givers to champion the Jewish community locally and globally. Starting off with inimitable style, basketball icon Walt “Clyde” Frazier will hold court at the inaugural event on April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Long hailed as an NBA legend during his long career with the NY Knicks, and for his distinctive skills as a broadcaster, Frazier led the Knicks to the franchise’s only two NBA titles. While there is no minimum gift required, men who contribute $1,800 or more to the annual campaign are invited to a VIP Reception with “Clyde” at 5:30 p.m. before the big event.

Women’s Philanthropy Celebrates Leaders as Judi Schuman Takes the Gavel

Mar 31, 2014

Women’s Philanthropy Celebrates Leaders as Judi Schuman Takes the Gavel

In full support, celebration and sisterhood, 85 caring, dedicated women came together for Federation’s 2014-15 Women’s Philanthropy Board Installation. They gathered for the brunch program on March at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. Margaret Kottler, Installation Chair, led the moving ceremony that honored Women’s Philanthropy leaders both current and past. Special recognition was given to Judi Schuman, incoming Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; Emily Grabelsky, outgoing Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; and Rebecca Appelbaum, recipient of the 2014 Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award. The morning also included an inspiring D’var Torah delivered by Debra Halperin.

Volunteers and Community Count for Super Sunday Success

Mar 31, 2014

Volunteers and Community Count for Super Sunday Success

Every one made every call count on Super Sunday! Raising spirits, awareness, and – so far - an impressive $501,990 on March 30, hundreds of dedicated Super Sunday volunteers made their efforts count in the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County ‘s annual Super Sunday Phone-A-Thon. With community support still being counted, the pledges keep coming in and adding up, as local residents continue to respond with resources to help meet the needs of the Jewish community locally and around the world.

A Night – and a Community – of Inspiration

Mar 28, 2014

A Night – and a Community – of Inspiration

Sometimes in life we’re overwhelmed by an experience in ways we didn’t expect. A Night of Inspiration last Monday was one of those times - for me and most certainly for many of the 400+ others present. Billed as “Six of Our Community Rabbis: One Night – One Stage – One Hour,” and sponsored through our Federation’s new community outreach grants, it sounded interesting. But even as I spoke to the audience at the start of the event, I had no idea we were in for what could rival any TED Talks.

Breaking Ground on an Extraordinary Senior Lifestyle

Mar 26, 2014

Breaking Ground on an Extraordinary Senior Lifestyle

We held a groundbreaking on January 28th with over 400 people in attendance. It was a wonderful celebration for our community with future residents and Federation constituents looking forward together to what Sinai Residences will mean to us for generations to come. Since our groundbreaking, there has been a literal flood of reservations, and we’re now over 90% reserved. If you or a friend or loved one has an interest, now is the time to inquire and reserve your apartment home at the most exclusive senior living community in the area.

Yasher Koach to Our Day School and Congregational Educator Awardees

Mar 25, 2014

Yasher Koach to Our Day School and Congregational Educator Awardees

Congratulations to two of our local Jewish educators, Heidi Segal of Weinbaum Yeshiva High School and Lani Vahnish of B’nai Torah Congregation’s Mirochnick Religious School, who were recently honored for their professional achievements, with awards presented through the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Department of Jewish Education, School Educational Services.

Celebrate the 1st Birthday of PJ LIBRARY in South Palm Beach County at a Huge Party on April 6

Mar 21, 2014

Celebrate the 1st Birthday of PJ LIBRARY in South Palm Beach County at a Huge Party on April 6

Please pass the birthday cake, as PJ Library in South Palm Beach County® has reason to celebrate its successful first year. And celebrate it will – with a fun-filled day of excitement and activity geared for families. PJ families and supporters are encouraged to drop by Sunset Pavilion at South County Regional Park, Boca Raton on Sunday, April 6th between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Children of all ages will be treated to a Petting Zoo, Singing with Miss Susan, sports, crafts and activities, balloon artist, face painting and PJ Library stories. Each PJ Library Partner Agency will have its own interactive booth with engaging activities as well, and kosher food will be available for purchase.

Recipe for Involvement: Federation's Gold Coast Division Builds Jewish Community East of I-95

Mar 20, 2014

Recipe for Involvement: Federation's Gold Coast Division Builds Jewish Community East of I-95

Our Federation has set a new gold standard for enriching the lives of people in its Gold Coast region. Creating engaging new programs to attract a variety of people living east of I-95 from Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach and southern Gulfstream, the dynamic and growing group is creating a buzz of activity. Fascinating speakers and engaging programs (some with no couvert) coming up very soon include Cocktails & Conversation on east Palmetto Park Road with Berndt Wollschlaeger on March 25, a lesson in making sushi at Sur la Table in Mizner Park on April 1, and Wine, Cheese & Conversation at Sea Ranch on April 7.

Jewish Federation Leaders Deplore Vandalism at Synagogue in Boca Raton

Mar 19, 2014

Jewish Federation Leaders Deplore Vandalism at Synagogue in Boca Raton

We are outraged and saddened by the vandalism that occurred at Chabad of East Boca in downtown Boca Raton on Monday night. Our hearts go out to our friends and colleagues who have had their synagogue violated. We condemn this violent act of unknown vandals regardless of their motive. As always, we are proud of those affected in our community in their refusal to succumb to fear or apathy in response to such acts.

Op-Ed: Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy

Mar 17, 2014

Op-Ed: Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy

From the President/CEO of JFNA and CEO of JCPA: It is not enough to only expose the true goals of the (BDS) boycotters and their allies. Israel’s supporters must also go on the offensive and drain the swamps of ignorance that allow the poisonous ideas of the Jewish state’s opponents to incubate. Thus, we are taking the initiative to inoculate vulnerable politically progressive sectors, presenting a more factual perspective on Israel and taking prominent leaders to the region to see the real situation firsthand.

Help Our Jewish Family through New Ukraine Assistance Fund

Mar 13, 2014

Help Our Jewish Family through New Ukraine Assistance Fund

As the situation in Ukraine escalates, it is critical that we maintain our commitment to ensure that our Jewish family is helped and our Jewish institutions are secure. The new Ukraine Assistance Fund has been launched by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to address the needs of the Ukrainian Jewish community that become more acute each day.

Sinai Residences – Breaking Ground for the Future

Mar 10, 2014

Sinai Residences – Breaking Ground for the Future

It was a glorious morning when more than 400 people gathered in a field on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus on January 28, 2014. Surrounded by local rabbis, government officials, Federation and beneficiary agency leaders and building partners under an elegantly decorated tent, 200 future residents celebrated their homecoming with the official groundbreaking for Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. The ceremony also marked a momentous occasion for the Federation and our entire Jewish community.

Caring for Each Other and Building Community Together

Mar 10, 2014

Caring for Each Other and Building Community Together

I am privileged to serve South Palm Beach County’s thriving Jewish community of 130,000 people. I may be new to this position, but from my 25 years with AIPAC in our region, I know this community’s incredible generosity and dedication to Jewish values and the Jewish people.