Oct 20, 2014
Commemorating the 76th anniversary of what is considered the beginning of the Holocaust, on November 9, the thirteenth annual Kristallnacht Film Forum will once again showcase an innovative and compelling Holocaust-related feature. Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the March of the Living, “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story,” will be screened at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation. Michael Spett, who survived the Holocaust as a child through Sousa Mendes’ heroism and remembers him, will speak after each showing. A Patrons Reception between the screenings will honor longtime supporter and philanthropist Ruth Taubman of Boca Raton.
Oct 14, 2014
A moving morning of inspiration and empowerment is in store for women from throughout the Jewish community as our Federation opens a new women’s season. They’ll gather on Monday morning, November 3, 2014 to hear about one woman’s courageous efforts to save Jews in Poland during the Holocaust, as Jeannie Smith shares the riveting story of her remarkable mother, Irene Gut Opdyke. The program will be held at Woodfield Country Clubin Boca Raton. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m, with the program beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. The $45 couvert includes breakfast, with dietary laws observed.
Sep 19, 2014
Amid premium networking, business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear S. Daniel Abraham, Founder and former Chairman of Slim-Fast and a noted Jewish philanthropist. Abraham will kick off the 2014-15 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) on Monday evening, September 29, 2014. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (dietary laws observed) and networking will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, and the program will begin promptly at 6:30.
Sep 15, 2014
Men who care about premium time together as well as helping the community have more to enjoy with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s new Men’s Division this season. While exploring sports, business, politics, fine spirits and travel, they’re also strengthening a fellowship of strong, connected men who are building a legacy through Federation. Beginning with a high end evening of exclusive scotch samplings on October 13, the men’s season will move next a sports night with a prominent speaker on November 19 and a Mission to Cuba starting January 29.
Sep 5, 2014
Local estate professionals will share much more than congenial company, prime networking, and a lavish cocktail reception at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) Kickoff & Membership Drive Cocktail Reception. Gathered at Woodfield Country Club on Thursday, September 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., they’ll also share a deep commitment to helping the Jewish community in a most significant way.
Sep 4, 2014
Federation’s Men’s Division will kick off the season with a high-end evening of exquisite scotch and cigars. Whiskey Ambassador David Laird from William Grant & Sons will be on-hand to discuss spirits by The Balvenie and Monkey Shoulder brand scotches. He will be educating the men and also offering samples of a new, soon to be released scotch. Mark your calendar for 6 pm on Monday, October 13 at Prime Cigar & Wine Bar, 2240 NW 19th St., #916, in Boca Raton.
Sep 2, 2014
Cathrine Fischer Schwartz has joined the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County as Vice President of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation. Schwartz most recently served as President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford in Connecticut. Her accomplishments include partnering with Hartford’s Jewish Community Foundation to plan and implement a community-wide endowment initiative involving agencies and synagogues as well as its Federation and Foundation. This collaborative effort raised more than $20 million to date toward a goal of $50 million over the next four years for the benefit and transformation of the Hartford Jewish community.
Aug 29, 2014
The welcome news of a ceasefire as we head into Labor Day weekend offers the opportunity to pause and reflect. The numbers from Israel are telling: more than 50 days of conflict. More than 4,300 rockets fired by Hamas. 32 terror tunnels discovered and destroyed by the IDF. Yet the toll on the five million Israelis within terrorists’ reach—the stress, the fear and the trauma of life under fire—is immeasurable.
Aug 22, 2014
In the first weeks of the conflict in Israel, our Federation embarked on an Israel Emergency Campaign to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable Israelis in the south and elsewhere. But our work is not done.
Aug 15, 2014
This August, the Florida legislature as well as Florida Governor Rick Scott has made clear that our state stands tall with Israel. The Florida House and Senate unanimously passed a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel, and Governor Scott released a media statement, “We Must Stand With Israel.” We are deeply grateful for their powerful statements and continuing support for the well-being and security of our homeland.
Aug 13, 2014
Boston-based band Josh & the Jamtones will headline this year’s PJ Library® Kick-off family concert in Boca Raton on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4 p.m. Scheduled at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, the lively event promises singing, dancing, clapping and fun for kids of all ages. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children; children younger than one are admitted free of charge but must be registered with an adult. To purchase tickets, please visit jewishboca.org/pjconcert. At the forefront of the “Kindie” music scene, this energetic, engaging, nationally renowned group of accomplished Berklee College of Music alums delights children, parents and grandparents - and gets them moving with their interactive family-friendly roots/reggae/pop sing-a-longs, onstage banter and vaudevillian flair.
Aug 7, 2014
Since July 7, Israelis have endured more than 3,300 rockets, fired at all hours of the day and night at much of the country’s population. Our Jewish family needs us and we are there! Our overseas partner agencies are extending their aid on the ground and will remain right where help is most needed - in crisis as well as throughout the recovery when peace prevails.
Aug 6, 2014
For a second season, B&P is redefining “business casual” with a series of innovative, casual, activity-based networking opportunities exclusively for Jewish business and professional women interested in making connections and having fun. First up this year is “Stir Up Your Night,” on September 4 at Asia Restaurant in Boca Raton. The evening includes a “how-to” on the fundamentals of Asian stir fry.
Aug 6, 2014
As of right now, Israel has witnessed more than 24 hours of relative calm. The result is a growing sense of cautious relief throughout the country. While the IDF remains positioned along the Gaza border, officials confirm that Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure has been severely crippled, and that immediate threats posed by terrorist tunnels (which resulted in 11 IDF fatalities) have been removed. With this long-awaited moment of respite, I am reminded that after an anxiety-ridden four weeks, there is still more work to be done.
Aug 1, 2014
For 25 days, I have been sending you updates on Operation Protective Edge and how JFNA’s coalition partners are alleviating the impact of Hamas’ rockets on tens of thousands of Israeli civilians.
Jul 31, 2014
In the past three weeks, Israelis have endured more than 2,300 rockets, fired at all hours of the day and night at much of the country’s population. Our Jewish family needs us and we are there! Our overseas partner agencies are extending their aid on the ground right where it is most needed: bringing children out of the line of fire, caring for frail seniors and people with disabilities, providing trauma support and helping communities and families recover and rebuild their homes and their lives. As the rockets continue to rain, more help is needed.
Jul 31, 2014
Today ends my fourth solidarity mission to Israel. Above is a video message I recorded on my iPhone to share with you some of my reflections on the unity emerging from the conflict and relief efforts.
Jul 30, 2014
When it comes to Israel and the Diaspora, I have the special privilege of straddling two worlds. I made aliyah when I was just 21, meaning I’ve spent more than half my life as an Israeli. But I was raised in the United States, and now work passionately on behalf of a North American organization, so I can relate to—and empathize with—the Diaspora community as well.
Jul 29, 2014
Yesterday was a remarkable day. Fifteen thousand people attended a rally in New York to show support for Israel. Jewish leaders from across North America gathered in Washington to meet with our nation’s top officials. Meanwhile, here in Israel, a delegation from UJA-Federation of New York is wrapping up a solidarity mission, and JFNA’s third national mission is about to begin. These activities top off three weeks during which Federations held more than 70 pro-Israel rallies. I can assure you: Israelis are comforted by your support. I’m sharing with you some of the conversations I've had with them, in the iPhone video above.
Jul 25, 2014
Just days after beginning my tenure as chair of JFNA’s Board of Trustees in 2012, I found myself in Israel as rockets flared overhead during Operation Pillar of Defense. It was a powerful experience that quickly immersed me in the work of Federation, as Israel’s south was under siege. But it paled in comparison to the intensity I experienced when I returned to Israel amid rocket fire this week on JFNA’s second solidarity mission.