Mar 31, 2014
In full support, celebration and sisterhood, 85 caring, dedicated women came together for Federation’s 2014-15 Women’s Philanthropy Board Installation. They gathered for the brunch program on March at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. Margaret Kottler, Installation Chair, led the moving ceremony that honored Women’s Philanthropy leaders both current and past. Special recognition was given to Judi Schuman, incoming Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; Emily Grabelsky, outgoing Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; and Rebecca Appelbaum, recipient of the 2014 Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award. The morning also included an inspiring D’var Torah delivered by Debra Halperin.
Mar 31, 2014
Every one made every call count on Super Sunday! Raising spirits, awareness, and – so far - an impressive $501,990 on March 30, hundreds of dedicated Super Sunday volunteers made their efforts count in the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County ‘s annual Super Sunday Phone-A-Thon. With community support still being counted, the pledges keep coming in and adding up, as local residents continue to respond with resources to help meet the needs of the Jewish community locally and around the world.
Mar 28, 2014
Sometimes in life we’re overwhelmed by an experience in ways we didn’t expect. A Night of Inspiration last Monday was one of those times - for me and most certainly for many of the 400+ others present. Billed as “Six of Our Community Rabbis: One Night – One Stage – One Hour,” and sponsored through our Federation’s new community outreach grants, it sounded interesting. But even as I spoke to the audience at the start of the event, I had no idea we were in for what could rival any TED Talks.
Mar 26, 2014
We held a groundbreaking on January 28th with over 400 people in attendance. It was a wonderful celebration for our community with future residents and Federation constituents looking forward together to what Sinai Residences will mean to us for generations to come. Since our groundbreaking, there has been a literal flood of reservations, and we’re now over 90% reserved. If you or a friend or loved one has an interest, now is the time to inquire and reserve your apartment home at the most exclusive senior living community in the area.
Mar 25, 2014
Congratulations to two of our local Jewish educators, Heidi Segal of Weinbaum Yeshiva High School and Lani Vahnish of B’nai Torah Congregation’s Mirochnick Religious School, who were recently honored for their professional achievements, with awards presented through the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Department of Jewish Education, School Educational Services.
Mar 21, 2014
Please pass the birthday cake, as PJ Library in South Palm Beach County® has reason to celebrate its successful first year. And celebrate it will – with a fun-filled day of excitement and activity geared for families. PJ families and supporters are encouraged to drop by Sunset Pavilion at South County Regional Park, Boca Raton on Sunday, April 6th between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Children of all ages will be treated to a Petting Zoo, Singing with Miss Susan, sports, crafts and activities, balloon artist, face painting and PJ Library stories. Each PJ Library Partner Agency will have its own interactive booth with engaging activities as well, and kosher food will be available for purchase.
Mar 20, 2014
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.
Mar 19, 2014
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.
Mar 17, 2014
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.
Mar 10, 2014
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.
Mar 10, 2014
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.
Mar 4, 2014
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.
Feb 28, 2014
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.
Feb 28, 2014
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.
Feb 21, 2014
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.
Feb 14, 2014
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.
Feb 14, 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 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.