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Ain’t No Mountain Chai Enough: Federation’s 2016 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2016

Ain’t No Mountain Chai Enough: Federation’s 2016 Annual Meeting

With enthusiasm abounding, the theme rang true for nearly 300 dedicated Federation and Jewish community leaders gathered in Zinman Hall for the 2016 Annual Meeting on April 12. The warmth and ruach, unity and commitment left no doubt: there “Ain’t No Mountain Chai Enough” to keep our community from doing what it takes to care for our Jewish family near and far, today and into the future. The evening’s emcee, Arthur Goldberg, and his wife, Hedy, chaired a night full of our year’s highlights and local luminaries, punctuated with Motown music.

A Passion for Our People: Remarks from Anne Jacobson on Taking the Gavel as Federation Chair
Possibilities Fulfilled: Remarks from Al Gortz on Passing the Gavel
Our Call to the Future: Remarks by Matt Levin at the 2016 Annual Meeting
Federation Hosts Governor Scott’s Signing Ceremony for Bill Fighting BDS

Apr 18, 2016

Federation Hosts Governor Scott’s Signing Ceremony for Bill Fighting BDS

Our Federation and its JCRC welcomed hundreds of distinguished guests to Zinman Hall on April 6, 2016 for Governor Rick Scott’s ceremonial signing of SB 86, which prohibits the state from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott Israel. The bill received nearly unanimous bipartisan support in the legislature, and Governor Scott was aptly joined by bill sponsor, Senate President-Designate Joe Negron, State Senators Maria Sachs and Joseph Abruzzo, and Representatives Ritch Workman and Jared Moskowitz. Also flanking the governor during the signing were Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Consul General of Israel Lior Haiat. Matthew C. Levin, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County welcomed all the dignitaries to the Federation campus and called for continued action to ensure that “if you do business with companies that won’t do business in Israel, you can’t do business in Florida and you can’t do business in South Palm Beach County."

Women’s Philanthropy Steps into the Future as April Leavy Takes the Gavel

Apr 15, 2016

Women’s Philanthropy Steps into the Future as April Leavy Takes the Gavel

In support, celebration and sisterhood, 101 caring, dedicated women came together on April 7, 2016 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Led by Women’s Philanthropy Board Member Elyssa Kupferberg, the “Stepping into the Future” brunch program in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus drew a continual chorus of laughter, tears and cheers. An inspiring D’var Torah by Rabbi David Steinhardt charted an inspiring course for the morning. Together the women celebrated the past two-year term of Women’s Philanthropy Chair, Judi Schuman and rededicated themselves to the future as new officers were installed and Judi passed the gavel to new Chair, April Leavy.

Women Invited to Hear Sima Goel, Author of Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, at Spring Education Day

Apr 12, 2016

Women Invited to Hear Sima Goel, Author of Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, at Spring Education Day

All women in the Jewish community are invited to attend a spring education event, hosted by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County on Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. The breakfast program will feature author Sima Goel, whose book, Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, chronicles her journey to achieve personal freedom.

Federation Mourns Passing of Community Pioneer Mildred Levine

Mar 31, 2016

Federation Mourns Passing of Community Pioneer Mildred Levine

With the utmost sadness and deepest respect we share the news of the passing of Mildred Levine. Mildred’s funeral will take place in New York on Sunday, April 3. Mildred, along with Abner “Abby,” her late husband of nearly 70 years, was a leading figure in developing the South Palm Beach County Jewish community, and a dedicated philanthropist to numerous local and overseas organizations. Together, they formed a stalwart force in creating a strong foundation for one of the fastest-growing, most vibrant Jewish communities in the world.

JWF Announces $100,000 in Grant Awards with Bestselling Self-Help Author at Reception

Mar 31, 2016

JWF Announces $100,000 in Grant Awards with Bestselling Self-Help Author at Reception

The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County announced their 2016 grant awards at their annual Granting Wishes Cocktail Reception on March 16, 2016 at Boca Rio Golf Club. Nearly 200 guests from throughout the local Jewish community gathered for the inspiring announcement, and to share an interactive evening with Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author, PBS host, and one of the nation's leading experts on happiness, success, and unconditional love.

Families Invited to HUGE 3rd Birthday Party for PJ LIBRARY in West Boca on April 17

Mar 21, 2016

Families Invited to HUGE 3rd Birthday Party for PJ LIBRARY in West Boca on April 17

With so many reasons to celebrate, PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County is ordering a gigantic birthday cake for their third birthday party. Everyone is invited for tons of free family fun, and more than 1,000 guests are expected on April 17, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the Sunset Pavilion in South County Regional Park, Boca Raton. Children of all ages will be treated to a whirlwind of free activities including Petting Zoo, Singing with Miss Susan, a photo booth, sports, crafts, face painting, PJ Library stories and much more. Guest story readers from local synagogues will include Rabbi Marci Bloch of Congregation B’nai Israel, Rabbi Dan Levin of Temple Beth El and Karen Deerwester from Family Time at B’nai Torah. Each PJ Library Partner organization will have its own interactive booth with engaging hands-on activities as well. Kosher snacks will be available for purchase.
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Wave of Terror in Israel

Mar 14, 2016

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Wave of Terror in Israel

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are horrified and outraged by the brutal terror attacks in Israel that left more than ten Israelis injured and a young U.S. tourist dead. This brings casualties in such attacks since October to well over 200 Israelis as well as Americans, Russians and others, of whom 30 have died. We condemn in the strongest possible terms these continued barbarous attacks by Palestinians, and the relentless incitement that encourages them. As we mourn the loss of life and pray for those injured, we call on our government officials and global leaders to join in condemnation of this reprehensible bloodshed.

THE EVENT: 600+ Show “This is what a community looks like!” with Henry Winkler

Mar 9, 2016

THE EVENT: 600+ Show “This is what a community looks like!” with Henry Winkler

For a fourth year, our Jewish community came together in all its vibrant diversity with one purpose at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s THE EVENT: to celebrate all the good we do together and get inspired to do even more for those who depend on us. From our synagogues, our Federation partner agencies and schools; from longtime leaders and donors to newcomers; and from multiple generations - a crowd of more than 600 filled the rooms at B’nai Torah Congregation with ruach on February 23, and enjoyed a program with Henry Winkler.

JJCF Mitzvah Society to Honor Elyssa Kupferberg and Legacy of Irving Eckhardt

Mar 8, 2016

JJCF Mitzvah Society to Honor Elyssa Kupferberg and Legacy of Irving Eckhardt

Local estate planning professionals committed to philanthropic giving, the community and the Jewish future will once again honor their own at the Irving Eckhardt Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception at 6:00 pm, Monday, April 18, 2016 at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, and event Co-Chairs Marjorie A. Horwin and David Pratt invite colleagues, friends and others to join them for cocktails and dinner in tribute to 2016 Mitzvah Society Honoree Elyssa Kupferberg. They’ll also pay tribute to the memory of Irving Eckhardt, for whom the Mitzvah Society was recently named.

JCRC to Present “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel

Mar 7, 2016

JCRC to Present “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel

South Palm Beach county residents are invited to “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” on Israel, on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The program is presented free of charge by the Jewish Community Relations Council of South Palm Beach County, and will be hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton. Doors will open at 6:45 pm and RSVP is required. The “Conversation” will focus on high-interest topics related to the State of Israel, including: Understanding and Addressing the Anti-Israel Movement, Prospects for Peace in the Middle East, and Preparing for BDS Rhetoric on the College Campus.

Everyone Counts on Super Sunday & Good Deeds Day at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Mar 3, 2016

Everyone Counts on Super Sunday & Good Deeds Day at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

This Super Sunday, with the theme of “Everyone Counts,” the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is not only relying on the Jewish community to once again answer the call on April 3. They’re also building on last year’s phenomenally successful hands-on helping project by inviting volunteers to be part of this year’s international “Good Deeds Day.” In addition to the hundreds making calls throughout the community, volunteers of all ages will be assembling 30,000 kosher meals for donation to the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.

Federation Launches 60 Days of Impact

Mar 3, 2016

Federation Launches 60 Days of Impact

Launched on February 24, this year’s “60 Days of Impact” initiative encourages members from throughout our vibrant, diverse Jewish community to join in making a powerful impact every day by helping to meet vital human needs for Jews everywhere – Caring and Comforting, Educating and Engaging, Honoring and Empowering, Investing and Inspiring, Feeding and Rescuing and more - from our local neighborhoods to Israel to our Jewish family worldwide. Everyone is invited to put their values into action by getting engaged in the wide array of opportunities offered in our Jewish community.

Middle East Expert Laura Blumenfeld Headlines JCRC Forum on Israel and America

Mar 1, 2016

Middle East Expert Laura Blumenfeld Headlines JCRC Forum on Israel and America

More than 200 people from across the local Jewish community spent an evening riveted to Middle East expert Laura Blumenfeld’s presentation on “What is Next for Israel and America? Assessing the Past to Secure Our Future.” Speaking on February 17 in Zinman Hall on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, Blumenfeld, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a best-selling author, gave a 40-minute presentation followed by nearly half an hour of in-depth, challenging questions from the audience. The program was hosted by the Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

Sam Iselin Celebrates 102nd Birthday at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton

Feb 29, 2016

Sam Iselin Celebrates 102nd Birthday at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton

As new neighbors began moving into Sinai Residences of Boca Raton on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, a true highlight of the early weeks was the joyous 102nd birthday celebration for Sam Iselin. Sam and Beverly, his wife of 46 years, were joined by about 75 friends old and new, from far and near, along with Sinai residents and staff. Together, they enjoyed music and great conversation, drinks and elegant hot hors d¹oeuvres catered by the Sinai Executive Chef and, of course, a huge, delicious cake full of candles.

VIDEO: A True Night of Inspiration with Nine Incredible Women

Feb 18, 2016

VIDEO: A True Night of Inspiration with Nine Incredible Women

Nine incredible women who lead our Jewish community took the stage on February 9 at Olympic Heights High School Performing Arts Theater before a crowd of 700 from a full cross section of Jewish South Palm Beach County. To cheers, tears and ardent applause, they shared their insights and inspirations, their passion for Jewish life, their pride in our community and their journeys to Jewish leadership. Together they raised the ruach of our one-of-a-kind Jewish community to new levels. The unforgettable evening was organized under the auspices of the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement (CJE) a new division of our Federation. At the start of the program, the Silvers were lauded for their vision and generosity in making the groundbreaking Center and the Night of Inspiration possible.

A Slice of Israel Prepares High School Students to Counter Anti-Israel Activities at College

Feb 10, 2016

A Slice of Israel Prepares High School Students to Counter Anti-Israel Activities at College

As the anti-Israel climate increases on college campuses, more than 200 high school juniors and seniors from public, private and day schools throughout South Palm Beach County gathered for College Prep: A Slice of Israel on January 13. Together, in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, they learned from student and professional advocates as well as multimedia about addressing the challenges they are likely to encounter ahead.