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Reflections from Jerusalem

Apr 26, 2013

Reflections from Jerusalem

This week, I’m writing from Jerusalem, on a Mission with 25 members of our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee. Even after a couple dozen visits to Israel, I’m overwhelmed like a first-timer at the miracle of this young, yet age-old country. As we explore together, it’s a privilege and a joy to watch our actual first-timers form their connections to the people and the land. Raised in different communities, from an array of Jewish backgrounds, our feeling of unity in our homeland is something we will never forget. Here is yet another sign that our community’s future is bright, with seasoned and aspiring leaders taking time to see the fruits of our labors in Israel, and ready to strengthen our powerful bonds here.

Never Again

Apr 12, 2013

Never Again

We’ve heard it loud and clear in epic events like the Adolph Eichmann capture, the Entebbe hostage rescue, the destruction of Iraq’s nuclear reactor. We hear it when our community ensures that new generations will keep alive the memories and lessons of the Holocaust, and when our survivors courageously share their stories. But it’s up to each of us to see that Never Again is embedded throughout Jewish life. Protecting, sustaining and furthering the well-being, strength and ruach of our Jewish people is nothing less than our own powerful battle cry.

Local YAD Chair Bryan Drowos Returns from Chairing “Be the Change” National Young Leadership Conference

Mar 15, 2013

Local YAD Chair Bryan Drowos Returns from Chairing “Be the Change” National Young Leadership Conference

More than 200 like-minded young lay leaders and professionals from Federations across the United States and Canada convened in Dallas on March 10-12 to build their skills as change agents for their communities. Aimed at inspiring younger Jews to become even stronger leaders, “Be the Change” was co-chaired by National Young Leadership (NYL) Cabinet Member Bryan Drowos, who also serves as Young Adult Division (YAD) Chair for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Melis Feingold also attended from South Palm Beach County.

Subway Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Larry Feldman to Headline 4th Industry Icons Event

Mar 4, 2013

Subway Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Larry Feldman to Headline 4th Industry Icons Event

How do you get from Brooklyn to Boca? Take the Subway! Entrepreneurs and professionals from throughout the area will have a great opportunity to hear Larry Feldman share lessons from his three-plus decades of distinguished franchise experience as CEO of Subway Development Corporation. The Industry Icons breakfast event on March 20, 2013 is offered by the Federation’s Business & Professional (B&P) Division. Premium networking and breakfast begin at 8:00 am in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. The program starts promptly at 8:30.

Mitzvah Society Reception to Honor Richard Steinberg

Mar 4, 2013

Mitzvah Society Reception to Honor Richard Steinberg

Wherever they’ve supported Jewish Federation campaigns – in South Palm Beach County or in other communities - the remarkable thread of caring for their neighbors and the Jewish people over the years ties them together. Recognizing that this deep-rooted commitment nourishes the seeds for generations, the Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation is showing its appreciation for local Golden Givers – those who have given to UJA/Jewish Federation Campaigns nationwide for 18 years or more.

Registration Continues for First South Palm Beach County Birthright Israel Community Bus

Feb 11, 2013

Registration Continues for First South Palm Beach County Birthright Israel Community Bus

Young Jewish adults ages 22-26 from South Palm Beach County are being sought for the fun and exciting adventure of a lifetime – a free Taglit-Birthright Israel trip to Israel with their local peers late in June 2013. Registration for our community’s first dedicated Birthright bus opens February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am ET, at www.absolutelyisrael.com. Previous applicants may register early, from February 11 at noon. Local applicants are directed to use the referral code SPalm28 for the community bus.

“Business of Sports” Panel for 3rd B&P Industry Icons Event

Feb 5, 2013

“Business of Sports” Panel for 3rd B&P Industry Icons Event

Entrepreneurs and professionals will have a great opportunity to hear from true sports authorities with a panel on “The Business of Sports,” on February 5, 2013. The event is the third installment of the season’s Industry Icons series offered by the Federation’s new B&P Division. Among the panelists will be Cliff Viner, Florida Panthers General Partner & CEO; Adam Zissman, Miami Dolphins General Counsel; and moderator Joe Girvan, ESPN 760 Sports Anchor.

15 Local Agencies, Schools & Synagogues “Create a Jewish Legacy” with JCF for Community’s Future

Feb 1, 2013

15 Local Agencies, Schools & Synagogues “Create a Jewish Legacy” with JCF for Community’s Future

t’s hard to believe it’s been only little more than a year since our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) launched an important initiative to bring South Palm Beach County Jewish organizations together to prepare for the future. But ever since the “Create a Jewish Legacy” (CJL) kickoff convened local agency, school and synagogue leaders on December 6, 2011, JCF has been building successful partnerships that are actively engaged in ensuring a strong, vibrant community through planned charitable giving.

IRA Charitable Distributions Extended through 2013

Feb 1, 2013

IRA Charitable Distributions Extended through 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed at year end includes several tax and estate extensions through the entire year of 2013. These extensions relate to Qualified Conservation Contributions, IRA Rollovers to Charitable Organizations and limitation on charitable deductions.

Live Like a Hero, Love Like a Sister, Lead Like a Lion at LOJ Luncheon

Jan 8, 2013

Live Like a Hero, Love Like a Sister, Lead Like a Lion at LOJ Luncheon

The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again rededicate and celebrate at their annual ingathering. The 2013 Lion of Judah Luncheon will take place at Boca West Country Club on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:30 am.

Bob Diener to Headline 2nd B&P Industry Icons Event

Dec 13, 2012

Bob Diener to Headline 2nd B&P Industry Icons Event

Business leaders and professionals will have the opportunity to hear from Bob Diener, founder of hotels.com and president & founder of getaroom.com amid premium networking, on December 19 from 8:00-10:00 am. Diener, an industry pioneer whose innovative ideas have transformed the online travel business, will keynote the second Industry Icon Event.

Young Adults to Celebrate Hanukkah at New Blue & White Party

Dec 13, 2012

Young Adults to Celebrate Hanukkah at New Blue & White Party

Young adults from throughout Palm Beach County will be celebrating Hanukkah in a new way designed just for them, at “The Blue & White Party” on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The seasonal festivities begin at 7:00 pm at The Omphoy Ocean Resort in Palm Beach. With a mix of tradition and today, the event will feature latkes (potato pancakes), hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and free raffle drawing.

Leon Cooperman to Kick off First B & P Division Industry Icons Event

Dec 12, 2012

Leon Cooperman to Kick off First B & P Division Industry Icons Event

Don't miss the exciting first event of Federation's new Business & Professional Division! Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have a unique opportunity to hear from financial analyst and philanthropist Leon G. Cooperman amid premium networking, on November 8 from 8:00-10:00 am.

Together We Do Extraordinary Things

Oct 26, 2012

Together We Do Extraordinary Things

The joy and reflection of the holidays renews our awareness of how many people, from our neighborhoods to our global Jewish family, depend on us to sweeten their lives. At the Federation, there’s a palpable buzz in the air as we rev up to kick our 2013 Annual Campaign into high gear. We’ll be reaching out as never before to build on our long track record, engaging our community in caring for each other. Could there be a better theme for our Annual Campaign? TOGETHER WE DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS!

"Eshet Chayil," the Women of Valor Around Us

Sep 7, 2012

"Eshet Chayil," the Women of Valor Around Us

Next week, I’ll be headed to New York City with 65 of our community’s brightest, most caring and dedicated women. So you might be surprised to learn just how at home I am as the only man among the largest delegation (outside the NYC area) to the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) – unless you’ve met my mother or my wife. And the accomplished women in my family are hardly an exception. Throughout Jewish and secular life, and at the very core of our Federation, we are beholden to Jewish women for their vision and contributions.

A New Year, a New Generation

Sep 7, 2012

A New Year, a New Generation

This week, my work began with joy and ruach at my first visit to Torah Academy of Boca Raton. Our Jewish community is blessed with four vibrant, diverse (Federation beneficiary) day schools that provide outstanding preparation for Jewish life, as well as a wealth of other opportunities for high quality Jewish education and experiences. It’s no wonder that menchlichkeit abounds here. Yet, it is upon us as a community to extend - to far more Jewish families - these opportunities that will enrich their lives as they secure our Jewish future.

Disagreement Without Dislike: A Light Unto Our Community

Aug 31, 2012

Disagreement Without Dislike: A Light Unto Our Community

Especially at election season and on topics that arouse our deepest passions as caring Jews, respectful discourse is essential to our strength and well-being as a community and as a people. Diversity of opinion is a cornerstone of Jewish tradition, and the need for civility in our Jewish community goes far beyond elections and public discourse. To fulfill our essential communal responsibility to take care of our people, it is upon us – as institutions and as individuals - to learn to live together in a more genteel manner. Let each of us be a light unto this community.

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

Aug 29, 2012

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

Local estate professionals will share much more than congenial company, prime networking, and a lavish cocktail reception at the Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) Kickoff & Membership Drive Cocktail Reception. Gathered at Woodfield Country Club on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm, they’ll also share a deep commitment to helping the Jewish community in a most significant way.

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

Aug 29, 2012

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

Local estate professionals will share much more than congenial company, prime networking, and a lavish cocktail reception at the Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) Kickoff & Membership Drive Cocktail Reception. Gathered at Woodfield Country Club on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm, they’ll also share a deep commitment to helping the Jewish community in a most significant way.

Home Is Where the Heart Is: On Our Campus

Aug 24, 2012

Home Is Where the Heart Is: On Our Campus

As I settle into my new home at Federation with a fresh perspective, I keep finding myself in awe as I arrive each day on our truly astounding Jewish campus. At 100 acres with 300,000 square feet of building space, our Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus west of the City of Boca Raton is the largest in the country. At the heart of our Jewish community, our Federation campus is home to dozens of programs and services, schools and residential facilities that care for and educate thousands throughout the lifespan.