Jan 31, 2014
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.
Jan 30, 2014
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.
Jan 21, 2014
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”.
Jan 21, 2014
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.
Jan 21, 2014
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.
Jan 17, 2014
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.
Jan 10, 2014
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.
Jan 9, 2014
Local estate planning professionals committed to philanthropic giving and the future of the Jewish community will honor their own at the Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm. The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invites colleagues, friends and others who care to join them in paying tribute to 2014 Mitzvah Society Honoree Thomas R. Kaplan at Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach. For ten years, the Mitzvah Society has recognized professionals who have been instrumental in leading their clients to make planned gifts to the JJCF. This year, the Mitzvah Society will welcome its newest members Kenneth A. Pritzker, Bruce R. Barrick, CFP; Cliff Hark, Esq.; and Stephen Beiner, Esq., who bring their ranks to 60.
Jan 8, 2014
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.
Dec 31, 2013
The Business and Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has redefined the term business casual. Adding fun, purpose and value to the phrase, they have created Business Casual – a series of innovative, casual, activity-based networking opportunities exclusively for women looking to build their professional and community alliances.
Dec 16, 2013
Sinai Residences of Boca Raton commenced site work on the area’s newest planned Life Care Retirement Community on November 4, 2013. When completed in the fall of 2015, Sinai Residences will host over 500 residents in 237 apartment homes, 48 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care suites and 60 private skilled nursing suites.
Dec 13, 2013
As promised, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s most awaited fundraising event of the year delivered an evening of profound elegance, insights and inspiration on December 5 at St. Andrews Country Club. With 320 guests welcomed by Co-chairs Marilyn & Stan Barry and Dale & David Pratt, this years Sandler Family Major Gifts Event was the largest such gathering in Federation history. Amid warmth, sophistication and compassion, the evening featured a cocktail reception and dinner, awards and testimonials, major announcements and a compelling keynote from David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN.
Dec 6, 2013
Amid premium networking, business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Florine Mark, President and CEO of the largest Weight Watchers International franchise. With the U.S. weight loss industry now exceeding $20 billion and nearly a third of the population on diets, Mark will share her valuable industry insight.
Dec 6, 2013
This year, the spark caught early and fast, and our Federation is ablaze with Campaign activity. From Campaign Ignition a couple of weeks ago to last night’s record-breaking Sandler Family Major Gifts Event, it’s clear we’re on fire. We’re building on last season’s $600,000 campaign growth with even more ways to get involved, expanding on last year’s successes while introducing important new initiatives. Now it’s time to tell our stories of giving throughout the community. Because with our Jewish family’s ever-increasing needs before us, we simply must do even more extraordinary things.
Dec 4, 2013
With great sadness we observe the passing of Dr. Melvin R. Clayman, Founder of Federation’s longstanding beneficiary agency JARC, and a pillar of our Jewish community. Mel passed away on November 29, 2013 and a memorial service was held on December 2. Upon moving to Florida, Mel looked for a program for his son Barry. Finding none, he developed a concept for residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The Barry Clayman House opened in 1987, and JARC has gone on to remarkable growth and service. Mel’s vision will continue to help countless families for decades to come. He was a true blessing to our community and will be deeply missed.
Dec 3, 2013
A world-renowned Holocaust photo exhibit came to South Palm Beach County for the first time in October 2013. More than 1,500 people came to the Federation campus to witness, learn and commemorate in a transformed Zinman Hall. The exhibit of 40 panels was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). From local schoolchildren to aging survivors, Jews and gentiles, the visitors attended special programs and public viewings of The Courage to Remember exhibit throughout the week.
Nov 27, 2013
For the past year, we’ve been talking about reaching a new day at Federation – a time when we emerge from the challenges of a fledgling Jewish community and an economic downturn to become a stronger, more cohesive “community builder” – that brings us together to care for each other today as well as tomorrow. That day has come. Our bright future is reflected by our new Vision and Mission statements.
Nov 22, 2013
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.
Nov 14, 2013
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.
Nov 11, 2013
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.