Jul 9, 2014
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge last night after the security cabinet met for the fourth time over the past few days and decided to intensify defensive efforts against Hamas and restore stability to the country’s south.
At such times, JFNA Israel represents Federations at the Non-Profit Emergency Situation Roundtable under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense and collaborates with our primary partners – The Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – as well as others to ensure that whatever may come, we are working in the most efficient and informed manner possible on your behalf. JFNA President and CEO Jerry Silverman is on his way to Israel tonight.
Jul 9, 2014
Rockets from Gaza continue to rain on Israel, now reaching farther into the country than ever before and into the most populated areas. An estimated five million members of our Jewish family in Israel are on alert. Our hearts and minds are with the innocent Israelis under siege as our outrage seethes at the lack of world condemnation for these wholly unprovoked and indiscriminate attacks launched without regard for civilians. We stand in full solidarity as Israel mounts Operation Protective Edge.
Jun 30, 2014
The Federation, our partner agencies and entire community join those in Israel and worldwide in horror, grief and outrage at the murders of the three innocent abducted teen boys. Our thoughts and prayers are with the boys’ families as we issue the strongest possible condemnation of these heinous murders. Our community stands in proud solidarity with the government and people of Israel at the frontline of Jewish security as they stand up to terror and we pray those responsible are swiftly brought to justice.
Jun 27, 2014
More than 900 strong packed Monday night’s Bring Back Our Boys rally for our three Israeli sons kidnapped on June 12. Leaders and members from throughout our vibrant, diverse Jewish community rose with one voice in anguish, concern and outrage for this act of terror, and with unwavering support for the State of Israel and our Jewish family there. Now, each of us must call upon government officials to exercise their full leverage and authority to return Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel, and to reduce conditions through which Hamas, a proven organization of terror with a legitimate governing role, can abduct innocent, unarmed teenagers.
Jun 19, 2014
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.
Jun 18, 2014
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.
Jun 3, 2014
With heavy hearts, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County shares in mourning the sudden, tragic passing of Lewis Katz, 72, on Saturday night, May 31. A preeminent icon in business as well as Jewish philanthropy, Katz lost his life with six others in the crash of a small jet in Massachusetts. A friend, major donor to our Federation, Katz maintained a home in Boca Raton. His wisdom, inspiration and generous example will be deeply missed here in South Palm Beach County as in his longtime northern communities.
Jun 2, 2014
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May 27, 2014
We are outraged by the shootings at the Brussels Jewish Museum that took place on May 24, and the attack on two young men outside a suburban Paris synagogue just hours later. Our community joins with our Jewish family around the globe as our hearts go out to the families of the four innocents murdered in Brussels and to all those terrorized by yet further acts of violence at Jewish institutions. We condemn these deplorable acts and implore European leaders to engage in intensive strategies to immediately protect the Jewish population and facilities while preventing further incidents.
May 23, 2014
We recently passed a monumental week that encapsulates our Jewish journey from a stateless people in the horrors of the Holocaust to the miracles of our modern State of Israel. We joined with Christian groups to commemorate the Holocaust, we remembered those lost in hard-won fights for Israel’s independence and security and, with pride and joy, we celebrated the 66th anniversary of the State of Israel with ruach on campus and in a unique community program that displayed Israel’s cutting edge entrepreneurship and technological innovation. But with racism and anti-Semitism on the rise, our work is far from done.
May 15, 2014
As reports of unrest and violence in portions of the Ukraine continue to escalate, so does concern for the 200,000 members of our Jewish family there. They’ve been subject to an increasing number of incidents, including a synagogue firebombing, the desecration of a Holocaust memorial, the shooting of a Jewish mayor, and the distribution of falsified orders for local Jews to register under threat of deportation or loss of citizenship. Our Federation’s vital overseas partners on the ground have been assured that these anti-Semitic acts are isolated incidents independent of the Ukrainian government or pro-Russian separatists. Amid mounting security fears, disruption and stress, these partners are rising to the challenges as they occur on a daily basis by adapting the delivery and types of services in the area. WE MUST HELP them stand ready to care for and secure our people now and through whatever may come in this volatile region. PLEASE DONATE TO THE UKRAINE ASSISTANCE FUND.
May 15, 2014
Bloomberg found it newsworthy and analyzed the remarkably quick sale of bonds to construct Sinai Residences, and the rapid reservation of 95% of the units for this state of the art senior living project on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus.
May 1, 2014
It was a night for the highlight reel. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County scored big when basketball legend Walt Frazier tipped off the inaugural Men’s Programming event, captivating the crowd of committed, action-driven, 160 community-minded men on April 30th at 6:30 pm at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. The evening with Walt “Clyde” Frazier was the first in a series of engaging experiences and original programming designed to build a team of dedicated, philanthropic leaders to champion the Jewish community locally and globally.
Apr 30, 2014
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.
Apr 29, 2014
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Apr 25, 2014
Our groundbreaking on January 28 with over 400 people was a wonderful celebration for our community with future residents and Federation constituents looking forward together to what Sinai Residences will mean for generations to come. Since our groundbreaking, there has been a literal flood of reservations, and we’re now 95% 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.
Apr 18, 2014
Official-looking documents were recently distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk instructed Jews to “register with the Nationalities Commissioner and pay $50 or lose their citizenship and face deportationFederation’s partner agency in the area has ascertained that the flyers originated neither from the Ukrainian government nor from Donetsk’s pro-Russian separatists led by Denis Pushilin, whose name appeared on the documents. As we remember those lost from this region and others during the Holocaust, unrest in Ukraine continues to escalate, including the shooting of the mayor of the second largest city. We condemn in no uncertain terms the reprehensible flyers and all anti-Semitic acts that call forth such painful reminders from the Shoah and throughout our people's history. We are reminded that we must be ever vigilant to the threats to and needs of our Jewish family around the globe. With our overseas partners already on the ground, we continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine as we continue our ongoing humanitarian assistance.
Apr 18, 2014
The Rapid Response Fund of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County was established in 2009 to assist with the emergency needs of Jewish women and children in the Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Highland Beach vicinity. It was created to address one-time needs in the areas of health, housing, respite care and child care for single working mothers.
Apr 14, 2014
Statement from Matthew C. Levin, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Apr 11, 2014
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.