Feb 15, 2018
Our hearts and minds, our prayers and tears are with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community. Our own community reels with shock, with grief and with outrage at this senseless violence against our children and educators - in their school environment, where safety should be a given as young lives develop. We take this opportunity to assure you that the security, safety and well-being of the students and all those on our campus are, as always, our Federation’s utmost priority.
Feb 8, 2018
On January 18, twelve hundred people from all across Jewish South Palm Beach County were honored and blessed to hear from the renowned Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, one of the Jewish world’s most essential voices of our time. It came as no surprise that the event “sold out” within days. His topic for the evening, “Dignity of our Differences,” resonates deeply throughout the Jewish South Palm Beach County community, where Jewish leaders and community members strive to see that their differences do not create divisions. Rabbi Lord Sacks appeared free of charge at Boca Raton Synagogue in partnership with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement.
Feb 8, 2018
Every year around the world, joyous, colorful Purim Carnivals are part of this holiday’s lively celebrations. South Palm Beach County has been no exception, with carnivals held by many individual synagogues. But this year, an array of synagogues and other Jewish organizations have joined forces to create something bigger for everyone! The first CommUNITY-Wide Purim Carnival will be happening on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County West Boca campus.
Jan 26, 2018
Local estate planning professionals committed to philanthropic giving and the future of the Jewish community will once again honor their own. This year’s Irving Eckhardt Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. on February 20, 2018. The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) invite colleagues, friends and others to join them at Waterstone Resort & Marina in Boca Raton for cocktails and dinner in tribute to 2018 Mitzvah Society Honoree Michael J. Shapiro.
Jan 25, 2018
More than 450 of the community’s most compassionate, generous women came together on January 10 for the most awaited local event in women’s philanthropy: The Lion of Judah Luncheon. Their roar from their annual ingathering at The Polo Club resounded throughout the community and across the globe, where every day their efforts are saving lives and advancing Jewish life. Inspiring and elegant, the beautiful gathering was led by Honorary Chair, Judy Levis Markhoff, and Event Chair Elyssa Kupferberg, and headlined by two-time Emmy© Award winner, Inside Edition anchor and best-selling author, Deborah Norville.
Dec 19, 2017
With profound sadness and the deepest respect we share with you news of the passing of Richard “Dick” Siemens on Sunday, December 17, at the age of 82. Richard was absolutely instrumental in developing our community and in building our Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus as its thriving central address, and a home to the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA), Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) and Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.
Dec 18, 2017
Join hundreds of volunteers of all ages from our Jewish community on January 15, 2018 to make a difference for those in need. There are 27 diverse hands-on projects waiting for you on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the second annual Jewish CommUNITY in Action Day, including preparing food for the hungry, wrapping gifts, gardening, playing games with children or seniors, and much more.
Dec 8, 2017
PJ Library not only brings Jewish books into local homes – it also brings the young Jewish community together and helps them engage in Jewish life. Now, South Palm Beach County’s young Jewish families are getting even more opportunities to get involved and meet new friends. Through a recent grant, PJ has engaged three PJ moms as part-time Community Connectors are reaching out to parents around the community for playdates, programs and more.
Dec 7, 2017
Nearly 600 people enjoyed a unique opportunity to explore Israel’s contributions to the high-tech revolution with an insider’s view of some of its latest innovations at Imagination Israel. Five leading entrepreneurs and scientists traveled to the Olympic Heights High School Theater in Boca Raton on November 30, 2017, to showcase groundbreaking new products that hold wide scale benefits.
Dec 6, 2017
Today, the U.S. administration announced a plan to move the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, honoring a bipartisan commitment made over 20 years ago in the Jerusalem Embassy Act. The U.S. administration also proclaimed its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Jewish Federations of North America welcomes this decision, as it upholds our long-standing policy. We also welcome the affirmation of a two-state future negotiated between the parties in which Israelis and Palestinians live side by side, with secure and recognized borders.
Dec 5, 2017
Hundreds of generous, committed members of the “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again gather to rededicate and celebrate, at the Lion of Judah Luncheon on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Part of an international sisterhood 17,500 strong, the local Lion contingent of nearly 700 is among the largest in the country. With Honorary Chair Judy Levis Markhoff and Event Chair Elyssa Kupferberg, South Palm Beach County’s Lions will be roaring with two-time Emmy© Award winner and best-selling author Deborah Norville as their keynote speaker. For more than twenty years, Norville has anchored Inside Edition on CBS, the country’s top-rated and most honored syndicated news magazine, and she previously co-hosted NBC’s Today.
Dec 1, 2017
Melton CEO Judy Mars Kupchan presented the 2018 Florence Melton Award to the Florence Melton School of B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, FL. She presented the award to Penina Bredoff, Director of Melton at B’nai Torah Congregation on the opening day of the 23rd Annual International Directors Conference, held Jan. 15-20, 2018, in Jerusalem.
Nov 21, 2017
Latkes, gelt, live music, stories, prizes and more are in store for all ages at a free community celebration on the 8th night of Chanukah - Tuesday evening, December 19. Everyone is invited to get into the fun and bask in the holiday warmth and glow of a giant menorah in the amphitheater at The Shops at Boca Center. The festivities will begin with crafts and story time at 5:30 p.m. before the candle lighting and musical entertainment at 6:00 p.m. Local synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations will display the vibrant diversity of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community. This special community event is presented by PJ Library® – South Palm Beach County and PJ Our WayTM, free family engagement programs that inspire a love of Judaism and reading from the very start for families and children from infancy to age eleven.
Nov 6, 2017
An elegant evening of inspiration is planned for hundreds of prominent Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County donors at this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. They’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at The Polo Club in Boca Raton for a cocktail reception, dinner and a moving keynote address from Daniel Libeskind, celebrated architect, artist, professor and set designer. Celebrating major donors to the Federation’s 2018 Annual Campaign, the longstanding premier event in local Jewish philanthropy is named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family.
Nov 3, 2017
South Palm Beach County will have a unique opportunity leading up to Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood, by celebrating the country’s contributions to the high-tech revolution with an insiders’ view of some of its cutting-edge innovations. Open to the public, IMAGINATION ISRAEL will bring the community together for exciting and informative live demonstrations of five high-tech innovations. The program, which is offered free of charge, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on November 30.
Oct 11, 2017
From across the vibrant local Jewish community, adults of all ages who support our Federation will gather once again for a great time celebrating all the good they do together. This year, more than 500 strong are expected at THE Opening EVENT at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The evening will also include a performance by Turnstiles, the acclaimed Billy Joel Tribute Band.
Oct 10, 2017
As preparations for Sukkot got underway in South Palm Beach County, Jewish residents eagerly anticipated celebrating with families and friends. That’s when concern for another community was raised by a caring group of high school students. This led to a whole new local effort to help a Jewish community ravaged by Hurricane Irma - as more than a dozen local Rebbitzens committed to cook hundreds of meals for Sukkot to be sent to Key West.
Oct 2, 2017
Among the South Palm Beach County Jewish community’s extensive Hurricane Relief efforts was an eye-opening, heartwarming, hands-on experience in Key West for twenty-two high school students from Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA), and Katz Yeshiva High School (KYHS). They took off at 6:00 am on Tuesday, September 26, ready for a long day of clearing debris and cleaning, in a charter bus loaded with supplies and equipment. But they encountered and accomplished more than they’d imagined before arriving home after 10:30 pm that night.
Sep 29, 2017
In commemoration of the 79th anniversary of the event considered the start of the Holocaust, the 16th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum (KFF) will once again showcase a compelling Holocaust-related feature. Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the March of the Living, Loving Henri will be screened on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:30 and 6:00 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus.
Sep 28, 2017
Federation’s new Partnership 2Gether (P2G) Israeli Sister City, Zichron Yaakov, may just be getting started across the globe. But we’re already establishing warm multigenerational relationships through an array of community visits there as we plan how to strengthen the beautiful living bridge that will enrich both our communities.