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Exploring Our Homeland and Building Community Together: The First Community Leadership Mission

Nov 22, 2013

Exploring Our Homeland and Building Community Together: The First Community Leadership Mission

Earlier this month, it was my absolute joy and privilege to travel to Israel for five transformative days with 30 of our Jewish community’s key leaders. From our Federation, our synagogues and our agencies, we returned united in our commitment to create a community in which, from our diversity, we stand as one for Israel, we rise as one to preserve Jewish identity, and together we answer the call to understand and care for each other – at home, in Israel and wherever our Jewish family is in need.

Elegance, Insights and Inspiration Await at Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

Nov 14, 2013

Elegance, Insights and Inspiration Await at Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

An evening of elegance, insights and inspiration awaits hundreds of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s largest donors at this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. They’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, for a cocktail reception, dinner and to hear from David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN.

Federation Mobilizes Emergency Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Nov 11, 2013

Federation Mobilizes Emergency Response to Typhoon Haiyan

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, in conjunction with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), is mobilizing a communal response to the super Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread destruction in the Philippines. JFNA today opened a mailbox for Federations to support relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which is raising funds for relief efforts.

As Thoughts Turn to Taxes: Many Wise Ways to Leave Your Legacy

Nov 8, 2013

As Thoughts Turn to Taxes: Many Wise Ways to Leave Your Legacy

As 2013 draws to an end and our thoughts turn to taxes, it may be time to consider some ways you can build our community and your legacy. Some vehicles you might consider are IRA Rollovers to Charitable Organizations for taxpayers age 70 ½ or older, a Charitable Lead Trust, a Donor Advised Fund, an Endowment Fund, or donation of an insurance policy. The Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation is committed to finding the right vehicle for each individual or family interested in leaving a legacy – with a strong team of dedicated volunteer Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) members and experienced staff to help.

Moments, Milestones and Miracles: Lions to Roar with Patti Stanger

Nov 8, 2013

Moments, Milestones and Miracles: Lions to Roar with Patti Stanger

Highlighting the local season’s treasure trove of women’s events and programs is the most awaited annual event in Jewish women’s philanthropy: the Lion of Judah Luncheon. The roar from the Polo Club will resound across the globe at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, when about 500 members of the “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County celebrate their “Moments, Milestones and Miracles.”

Former Harley-Davidson CEO to Share Industry Insight at B&P Industry Icon Event

Nov 1, 2013

Former Harley-Davidson CEO to Share Industry Insight at B&P Industry Icon Event

Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Jeffrey Bleustein, former CEO of Harley-Davidson, amid premium networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Bleustein will share his three plus decades of industry insight at the second event of the 2013-14 Industry Icon Series for the Federation’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) in Zinman Hall on November 21, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

12th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum to Screen “No Place on Earth” with Cave Discoverer and Survivors, and Honor the Kwal Family

Oct 22, 2013

12th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum to Screen “No Place on Earth” with Cave Discoverer and Survivors, and Honor the Kwal Family

Featuring another powerful, poignant Holocaust-related film, the 12th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum (KFF) will observe the “Night of Broken Glass,” raise scholarship funds for teen March of the Living participants, and honor a local family. “No Place on Earth,” a new film in English, tells the story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived the Holocaust by hiding from the Nazis deep inside massive caves. The film will be screened on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. American caver Chris Nicola, who “discovered” the caves and captured this remarkable story, will speak at each viewing, along with survivors of the experience. Between the screenings, a donor reception will honor three generations of the local Kwal family for their support of the March and their service and generosity to the Jewish community and people.

All Hands on Decks, Dots & Desserts to Kick off Women's Season with Timeless Games

Oct 8, 2013

All Hands on Decks, Dots & Desserts to Kick off Women's Season with Timeless Games

A terrific evening of Canasta, Mah Jongg, Social Bridge and treats awaits women of all ages from throughout the community. They’re invited to bring their “game” cards and sets to the beautiful Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place in Boca Raton on October 29. The fun and friendship begin at 7:00 p.m.; the energy is sure to stay high and the welcome warm for hours.

65 Local Lions Part of Record-Setting Attendance for Conference in New York City

Oct 8, 2013

65 Local Lions Part of Record-Setting Attendance for Conference in New York City

A record number of 1,700 Lions is now convening in New York City to kick off the 2012 International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) at the Marriott Marquis. The three-day JFNA conference, which is co-chaired by Betsy Hoos of New Haven and Leslie Sidell of Colorado, coincides with the Lion of Judah’s 40th anniversary and is the first-ever ILOJC in New York City.

CEO Message: A New Year, A New Look at the Yom Kippur War...Together

Oct 4, 2013

CEO Message: A New Year, A New Look at the Yom Kippur War...Together

I hope your New Year has been happy and healthy – as it is for our Federation. Our offices, hallways and meetings buzz with vibrant activity as the 2014 season gets underway on the crest of 2013’s increased Annual Campaign and endowments. We’re also reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Though delegitimization efforts have replaced regiments and terror has replaced tanks, Israel faces those same enemies. We in the Diaspora are clearly no less essential to her well-being and security today than we were in 1973, as the Federation system and our international partner agencies continue to gather and quickly distribute vital resources where they were most needed.

Cocktail Reception & Membership Drive to Kick Off PAC Season at Woodfield CC

Sep 25, 2013

Cocktail Reception & Membership Drive to Kick Off PAC Season at Woodfield CC

Local estate professionals will share much more than congenial company, prime networking, and a lavish cocktail reception at the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) Kickoff & Membership Drive Cocktail Reception. Gathered at Woodfield Country Club on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:30p.m., they’ll also share a deep commitment to helping the Jewish community in a most significant way.

NJ Nets/Devils Former Owner to Kick Off 2013-14 B&P Industry Icon Series

Sep 18, 2013

NJ Nets/Devils Former Owner to Kick Off 2013-14 B&P Industry Icon Series

Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Lewis Katz, former owner of NJ Nets/Devils, amid premium networking on. Katz will kick off the first event of the 2013-14 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) on October 16, 2013 from 8:00 -10:00 am. Last season, more than 150 gathered for each of three widely acclaimed Icon Events. Once again, they’ll be gathering in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus to show how B&P is good for business as well as the community.

YAD Leader Returns from Ethiopia Mission to Cap Historic Journey

Aug 12, 2013

YAD Leader Returns from Ethiopia Mission to Cap Historic Journey

Local Young Adult Division leader Bryan Drowos recently returned from Ethiopia and Israel, powerfully moved and inspired by the historic mission. Called “Completing the Journey,” this final mission capped an amazing three-decade campaign by Jewish Federations, the government of Israel, the Jewish Agency and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to resettle 90,000 Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Among their amazing experiences, mission participants indeed completed the journey from Ethiopia to Israel alongside 58 olim.

CEO Message: State-of-the-Art Senior Living Coming Closer to our Campus

Jun 27, 2013

CEO Message: State-of-the-Art Senior Living Coming Closer to our Campus

One of the most promising and groundbreaking projects for our Federation is leaping forward, as we recognize the 115th reservation of an independent living residence at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. This state-of-the-art active retirement community will soon bring a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle for seniors – right here on our Federation’s north campus. Occupying 22 acres with 650,000 square foot of beautifully appointed and landscaped living space, the area’s newest retirement community is a true innovation that will help meet our community’s significant need for quality senior living while generating revenue to support our Federation’s vital mission.

OP ED: When artists scapegoat Israel

Jun 27, 2013

OP ED: When artists scapegoat Israel

A public plea from the novelist Alice Walker urging Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Israel has gone unheeded. Keys joins other stars including Rihanna and Elton John who have performed in Israel despite protests and calls to boycott, while other celebrities including Stephen Hawkings have very publicly canceled plans to travel to the country. But, as the New York Post's editor stated above the following op ed published by the paper on June 19, 2013, ". . . Israel’s consul general here in New York has some words for Walker." Our Federation is familiar with the outstanding "Brand Israel" work of Aharoni through his two presentations on our campus for local and Florida leaders last year.

Thousands Join in Celebration at Israel Fest 65

May 31, 2013

Thousands Join in Celebration at Israel Fest 65

The nearly 3,000 of you who were at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, May 19 will need no explanation of why Israel Fest 65 will always stand out as the culminating highlight of my first year at Federation. Amid banners and flags, and a pride that was palpable, was the full vibrant diversity of our Jewish community – all ages and stages of life, all backgrounds, all neighborhoods – together for one purpose: to celebrate the miracles of our homeland’s Statehood and its phenomenal, rapid transformation into a democracy at the cutting edge of technology & science, culture & the arts, humanitarian aid and the environment.

Israel Fest 65: Thousands Celebrate at Mizner Park Amphitheater

May 30, 2013

Israel Fest 65: Thousands Celebrate at Mizner Park Amphitheater

Amid Israeli flags and falafel, top quality live music, children’s activities, and display tents, nearly 3,000 people of all ages filled Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday May 19, 2013, with performances by The Maccabeats, Boca Raton Symphonia and local Day School and congregational school students. With ruach emanating throughout the community, they stood together in unmistakable commitment to celebrate the 65th anniversary - and the miracles - of the modern State of Israel. South Palm Beach County’s vibrant Jewish diversity was on full display at the area’s largest annual Jewish community event.

See You at Israel Fest this Sunday!

May 17, 2013

See You at Israel Fest this Sunday!

Once again, thousands from throughout our community will be headed to Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton this Sunday, May 19, filled with pride and joy for our homeland. Together we'll remember the miracle of this pioneering nation, and pay tribute to its phenomenal transformation into today's dynamic State of Israel. With family fun starting at 3:30 pm, live music from the Maccabeats and the Boca Raton Symphonia, students and dignitaries, flags and banners, falafel and other great kosher food, Israel Fest 65 is sure to delight and inspire all ages. I'm looking forward to raising the ruach with you!

Gotta Love the 80s at Season’s Premier Event for Young Jewish Adults on May 18

May 6, 2013

Gotta Love the 80s at Season’s Premier Event for Young Jewish Adults on May 18

In a neon-lit lounge atmosphere with the sounds of Duran Duran, Kiss, Motley Crue and even Boy George spun by DJs from Miami’s ULTRA Music Festival, and a live performance by Bounce. . . amid Simply Irresistible 80s Chic wear & big hair, a DeLorean “photo booth,” throwback cocktails and the finest in young company, I LOVE THE 80s is sure to be the season’s premier night out for young Jewish couples and singles in their 20s to early 40s.

Looking Back on an Epic Year and Envisioning Our Future

May 3, 2013

Looking Back on an Epic Year and Envisioning Our Future

This week, we celebrated our many accomplishments and thanked our leaders at the 2013 Annual Meeting. From the red carpet entrance til the final curtain call, the sense of pride and partnership among 250 passionate, committed community leaders and donors was a true testament to “An Epic Year.” It left no doubt that we are indeed building a stronger community to care for each other. Roxane and Michael Lipton chaired a movie-themed evening of warmth, joy and optimism that will resound for a long time, as it set the stage for the coming year. Four of our brightest stars received significant awards. It was my honor and privilege to present the following vision for our community – a vision that resonates far beyond the people in the room that night, encompassing all our community and, especially, the thousands of people you help feed, protect, teach, inspire, save and comfort every day, everywhere.