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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.

Jewish Women’s Foundation to Grant Wishes and Feature NBC’s Jean Chatzky at Reception

Mar 6, 2014

Jewish Women’s Foundation to Grant Wishes and Feature NBC’s Jean Chatzky at Reception

Celebrating their success and creating opportunity for others to join their efforts, JWF invites women of all ages to the 2014 Granting Wishes Cocktail Reception on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Boca Rio Golf Club. In addition to announcing JWF’s 2014 grant awards, the event will feature guest speaker Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, on financial literacy – empowering women to make financial decisions.

Everyone Counts for Super Sunday Effort in South Palm Beach County

Mar 4, 2014

Everyone Counts for Super Sunday Effort in South Palm Beach County

The Federation is counting on the Jewish community to once again answer the call on March 30. “Everyone Counts” is the theme and the goal for the hundreds of excited volunteers planning to participate in the annual Super Sunday Phone-A-Thon taking place at Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Super Sunday inspires a real call to action and shows that each person makes a difference in the effort to support the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and worldwide. From teens to seniors, everyone is encouraged and welcome to join in. Raffle prizes, refreshments and camaraderie make the day fun for the volunteers who only have to commit two hours of their time.

Unrest in Ukraine

Feb 28, 2014

Unrest in Ukraine

Although the estimated 300,000 Jewish residents in the capital city of Kiev and throughout Ukraine are not outright targets of violence, it has touched them like everyone else. Some Jews in Kiev live close to the encampments and some of February’s deadliest clashes, and are afraid to leave their houses But Jewish Federations and our partner agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT, are there. Since we’ve supported Jewish life and organizations in Ukraine for decades, we were able to step up when the need for help intensified.

Women’s Business Casual: Design Passover Seder Plate While Networking

Feb 28, 2014

Women’s Business Casual: Design Passover Seder Plate While Networking

Business Casual offers an opportunity for women to express their artistic talents while enhancing professional contacts, with a night of Making Passover Personal at Craft It in Deerfield Beach on March 20. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the evening includes dinner with an interactive lesson in designing a custom Passover Seder Plate to take home, all at a cost of $36. Business Casual is open to all Jewish business and professional women interested in making connections and having fun.

Time to Make Inclusion a Reality – Jewish Disability Awareness Month

Feb 21, 2014

Time to Make Inclusion a Reality – Jewish Disability Awareness Month

Some of you may know that February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. But it’s time for everyone to take notice. Our community offers a remarkable array of programs and services that enable our neighbors of all ages with varied special needs to thrive and fully engage in Jewish life. Of course, there is far more to be done. Together, we must continue our vigilance to determine the gaps, and to develop and expand programs that help families and individuals. It is also up to us to advocate for government resources and legislation to ensure on behalf of those with special needs who are counting on us.

Make a TAX-SMART INVESTMENT in our Jewish Future through JJCF

Feb 14, 2014

Make a TAX-SMART INVESTMENT in our Jewish Future through JJCF

As a philanthropist, you care about the future of our Jewish community – but you also want to protect your own financial future. That’s where the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) of South Palm Beach County may be appropriate. JJCF offers a variety of charitable gift plans and tax-smart strategies that will help you realize your philanthropic goals and your personal legacy.

All the Good We Do Together

Feb 14, 2014

All the Good We Do Together

Last week, our Jewish community once again came together in its vibrant diversity to celebrate all the good we do together. From our synagogues, partner agencies and schools… from longtime leaders and donors… to newcomers… and multiple generations, a sold out crowd of 750 filled THE EVENT 2.4.14 with ruach. Looking out, I saw the caring leaders, contributors, volunteers and friends whose generosity and commitment to our people make this Jewish community such a remarkable place to live, give and grow together. And, together, we honored those for whom the good we do has made a vital difference, as they shared their powerful stories.

Birthright Israel Registration Starts February 19 for South Palm Beach County Community Bus Trip

Jan 31, 2014

Birthright Israel Registration Starts February 19 for South Palm Beach County Community Bus Trip

Young Jewish adults ages 22-26 from South Palm Beach County are invited to register for an exciting, fun and inspiring adventure of a lifetime – a free Taglit-Birthright trip to Israel with their peers departing in late June 2014. Registration opens on February 19, 2014. Those who have applied before may register a day early on February 18. This remarkable program has proven to strengthen Jewish identity, to build lasting bonds and friendships with the land and people of Israel, and to reinforce the solidarity of our Jewish family worldwide. In addition, traveling with a group of residents from their own community strengthens their connection to and builds leadership for their Jewish community.

Sinai Residences Life Care Community Celebrates Groundbreaking on Federation Campus

Jan 30, 2014

Sinai Residences Life Care Community Celebrates Groundbreaking on Federation Campus

Sinai Residences of Boca Raton and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County celebrated the groundbreaking of South Florida’s newest planned Life Care Community on January 28. The $250 million project, which is scheduled to open in 2015, has been under development since 2007 and features 237 luxury units – of which more than 75 percent are already reserved. More than 400 attendees, including Federation board members and senior staff, the Sinai Residences development team, partners and vendors on the project, local dignitaries, Boca Raton rabbis, and 200 future Sinai Residence residents participated in the afternoon event, which included a speaking and presentation portion, the turning of the dirt and official groundbreaking, music and a family style lunch.

Federation to Fete Top Women Donors with Renee Taylor

Jan 21, 2014

Federation to Fete Top Women Donors with Renee Taylor

An afternoon of laughter, warm companionship and private time with renowned actress/comedian Renee Taylor is in store for some of our community’s most caring, generous women. The new “Just for You” series debuts on February 17 at 3:00 pm with Taylor’s hilarious one-woman show, My Life on a Diet, presented by Adolph & Rose Levis JCC on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus - followed by a very special “Conversation and Cocktails”.

Inspiring Women's Outreaches Help Fulfill Mitzvah of Tzedakah

Jan 21, 2014

Inspiring Women's Outreaches Help Fulfill Mitzvah of Tzedakah

The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy and our country clubs and communities hosted eight meaningful and enjoyable Women’s Outreaches in December. Women of all ages were invited to morning and afternoon sessions of light refreshments in beautiful homes and clubs across South Palm Beach County to learn more about what our Jewish Federation is doing for those in need in our community, in Israel and around the world.

THE EVENT: Celebrating the Jewish Community with Mandy Patinkin

Jan 21, 2014

THE EVENT: Celebrating the Jewish Community with Mandy Patinkin

From synagogues, partner agencies and schools, from longtime leaders and donors of all ages to newcomers, and from different generations - on February 4, 2014 at Boca West Country Club, hundreds from throughout South Palm Beach County’s vibrant, diverse Jewish community will be coming together for a second year to acknowledge and celebrate all the good we do together. With guest speaker Mandy Patinkin, Tony and Emmy Award Winner and star of Showtime’s Homeland, THE EVENT is sure to be a night that will make them even prouder. The festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a showcase of the Jewish community’s wealth of resources.

Moments, Milestones and Miracles In Our Hands

Jan 17, 2014

Moments, Milestones and Miracles In Our Hands

Last week, our Jewish community once again came together in its vibrant diversity to celebrate all the good we do together. From our synagogues, partner agencies and schools… from longtime leaders and donors… to newcomers… and multiple generations, a sold out crowd of 750 filled THE EVENT 2.4.14 with ruach. Looking out, I saw the caring leaders, contributors, volunteers and friends whose generosity and commitment to our people make this Jewish community such a remarkable place to live, give and grow together. And, together, we honored those for whom the good we do has made a vital difference, as they shared their powerful stories.

Raise Your Voice on Iran as the Season Soars

Jan 10, 2014

Raise Your Voice on Iran as the Season Soars

Like you, I’ve watched closely as national, state and local officials have imposed economic sanctions on Iran, that I believe have succeeded toward bringing the regime to the present negotiating table. I recently joined leaders of four regional Jewish Federations in a letter supporting the bipartisan Nuclear Weapon Free Act that I also believe will increase U.S. leverage; it proposes additional conditional sanctions should Iran violate the interim Joint Plan of Action or fail to reach a final agreement to cease enrichment and dismantle their nuclear program. Meanwhile, here at the Federation, the energy just keeps rising as this incredible philanthropic Jewish community’s season crests.