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Local Young Adults Discover Israel, Identity on Birthright Community Trip

Aug 25, 2015

Local Young Adults Discover Israel, Identity on Birthright Community Trip

In Israel, Birthright is called “Taglit” which means “discovery” in Hebrew and that word is the goal of the trip -- discovery of Israel and its people, discovery of one’s own personal connection to Jewish values and tradition, and discovery of the ways in which one can be a part of the larger Jewish community.​ Approximately 25 young Jewish adults ages 22-26 from South Florida—15 from South Palm Beach County—recently returned home to Florida from the inspiring, exciting adventure of a lifetime - a free trip to Israel on our community's third dedicated Birthright bus and first partnering the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the Jewish Federation of Broward County.

Federation’s School Educational Services Director Presents Prestigious Grinspoon Award to Hillel Day School Educator

Aug 25, 2015

Federation’s School Educational Services Director Presents Prestigious Grinspoon Award to Hillel Day School Educator

Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Smolarcik of Boca Raton is the recipient of this year’s Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The award recognizes talented educators who utilize 21st century skills in their classrooms and programs that help to shape the future of Jewish education. Marilyn Nachman, Director of School Educational Services for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach’s Department of Jewish Education, presented the prestigious award at the Opening Meeting of Hillel Day School of Boca Raton faculty and staff on August 19, 2015.

Chris Newport Is First Executive Director for Sinai Residences of Boca Raton

Aug 19, 2015

Chris Newport Is First Executive Director for Sinai Residences of Boca Raton

Chris Newport is the first Executive Director of Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, the new Continuing Care Retirement Community for which construction is 70 percent complete on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus. Highly experienced with start-up senior living projects, as Executive Director of Sinai Residences, Newport will see that residents receive the highest quality service including fine dining, engaging social, cultural and educational opportunities and state-of the art health and wellness programming. When complete, the community will serve approximately 450 residents with over 225 full and part-time employees.

VIEW Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Address Iran Deal on August 4 Webcast

Aug 6, 2015

VIEW Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Address Iran Deal on August 4 Webcast

In a webcast co-sponsored by Jewish Federations and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and broadcast to over 16,600 people across North America, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the Iran nuclear agreement. View the webcast here.

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Violence and Intolerance in Israel, Urge Jewish Unity

Aug 3, 2015

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Violence and Intolerance in Israel, Urge Jewish Unity

We join our Jewish family in shock, horror and grief at the two heinous acts of violence in Israel in recent days. Knowing too well the depths where intolerance meets extremism, we condemn these brutal attacks in the strongest possible terms, and our hearts and prayers go out to the bereaved, the injured and all those terrorized. We also stand with leaders from across Israel’s political spectrum, and with the outcry of thousands there, in recognizing that condemnation of the acts and justice for the perpetrators are not enough in response. They, and we, know that this is a time for soul-searching, and for measures to ensure that their society and our people honor our Jewish values that eschew such violence and divisiveness and embrace tolerance – Jewish values on which our homeland was founded, and which we and other leaders so consciously foster together in our own diverse Jewish community.

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Statement of Concern Regarding Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

Jul 22, 2015

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Statement of Concern Regarding Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

Now that the details of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement have been scrutinized by a wide array of policy analysts, we find ourselves among the large, diverse and growing number of experts and organizations in stated opposition. The agreement falls short in several key areas that are vital to the safety and security of not only our Jewish family in Israel, but to the United States and people around the globe. With Iran as the world’s leading exporter of terrorism and committed to wiping Israel off the map,, there is far too much at stake to remain silent.

Statement from Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders on Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

Jul 14, 2015

Statement from Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders on Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

Along with our Jewish family in this community and around the globe, we have waited anxiously for this morning’s announcement of the proposed diplomatic agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear activities. The threat of the world’s leading exporter of terrorism obtaining nuclear weapons is of the gravest concern and utmost urgency to our people and to the world. We hope the proposal announced today contains measures to successfully curtail the existential Iranian threat. Yet we are also concerned that this deal may be insufficient in critical safeguards.

Losing Hope in Eastern Ukraine

Jul 13, 2015

Losing Hope in Eastern Ukraine

After returning heavy hearted from the Eastern Ukraine region she’d visited 20 times before, former Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Board Chair Etta Zimmerman shares her powerful, poignant experiences on a recent JFNA Mission. Eighteen months of political strife, economic collapse, rampant inflation and devalued currency without a social safety net have thrown many members of our Jewish family in Ukraine into dire circumstances. A growing number of the country’s 350,000 Jews have been profoundly affected by this ongoing humanitarian crisis. Some are trapped in the besieged area, others displaced in their own country are trying to resettle in safer areas, and some are preparing to make aliyah. All need help beyond the essentials provided by Federation beneficiary agencies to 70,000 in calmer times.

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Decry Hateful Killings in Charleston

Jun 22, 2015

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Decry Hateful Killings in Charleston

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are horrified and outraged at the slaughter of nine last week in the holy space of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our hearts go out to the families of those slain and the congregants. We call on our Jewish community to join others around the country in standing with the people of Charleston who are shaken to the core, terrorized by this heinous act of hate and bigotry.

Anne Jacobson Elected Federation’s First Chair Designate

Jun 22, 2015

Anne Jacobson Elected Federation’s First Chair Designate

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is proud to announce that Anne Jacobson has been elected Chair Designate of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, a newly created position on the Federation’s Board. Jacobson was elected at the Federation’s recent 2015 Annual Meeting. After serving as Chair Designate, she will assume the role of Chair of the Federation Board in 2016. Among her many key leadership roles at the Federation, Jacobson most recently served as the Federation’s Financial Resource Development Chair, and is also a Federation officer.

“Bring Back Our Boys” Resounds In Jewish Unity Day at Federation

Jun 16, 2015

“Bring Back Our Boys” Resounds In Jewish Unity Day at Federation

In all our vibrant Jewish diversity, 500 of us from throughout South Palm Beach County - rabbis, community leaders and neighbors - gathered in Zinman Hall at the Federation on June 3, 2015 to answer a resounding call. A call to honor the memories of Israeli teens Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, whose tragic kidnapping and murder by terrorists last summer so swiftly and powerfully brought the Jewish world together. A year ago, Jews from around the world came together to search, to pray, to offer support. own community packed two rallies to pray, to mourn, to stand in solidarity. So, with words, music, video and spirit, we were ready again to reconvene on short notice when the teens’ parents asked the Jewish world to honor the boys’ memories by re-experiencing and strengthening last summer’s groundswell of unity.

Thousands Celebrate with Federation at IsraelFest in Mizner Park

Jun 10, 2015

Thousands Celebrate with Federation at IsraelFest in Mizner Park

Amid a sea of blue and white, more than 3,000 local residents came together in solidarity and spirit to celebrate the 67th anniversary – and the miracles - of the modern State of Israel and observe Jerusalem Day at IsraelFest. The ruach and the aroma of falafel emanated from Mizner Park Amphitheater in East Boca Raton on May 17. The community’s vibrant Jewish diversity was on full display at what was by far the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s largest event of the year. Both joyous and profound, the free community-wide celebration engaged all ages and stages of life with an array of activities, headlined onstage by an unprecedented collaboration of two superstars of Jewish music, Josh Nelson and Neshama Carlebach. The day also featured children’s activities with PJ Library, a showcase of Jewish community resources, day school and congregational students onstage, Kosher Rock and a Yom Yerushalayim ceremony with a diverse array of our community’s rabbis. The Israeli Consul General, Members of Congress and other dignitaries revved up the energy with stirring messages of support.

Jewish Unity Day to Renew Bonds, Honor Memories of Teens Kidnapped and Murdered in Israel One Year Ago

May 28, 2015

Jewish Unity Day to Renew Bonds, Honor Memories of Teens Kidnapped and Murdered in Israel One Year Ago

Last summer, three Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three boys were found and buried together. More than 1,000 people from throughout South Palm Beach County’s diverse Jewish community gathered together not once, but twice to pray, to mourn and to stand in solidarity with the boys’ families and the State and people of Israel. Now, a year later, the families of the boys are asking the Jewish world to re-experience and strengthen last summer’s groundswell of unity by participating in their first yarzheit. Our Federation invites join local rabbis and leaders, as well as Jewish communities around the world, to honor the memories of Naftali, Gil-ad and Eyal on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus,

Federation’s P2G Sister City Exchange Takes JFS Social Workers to Israel

May 26, 2015

Federation’s P2G Sister City Exchange Takes JFS Social Workers to Israel

Our Israeli Sister City may be located far across the globe but, since 2002, the two communities have just kept getting closer by building living bridges through Partnership 2Gether (P2G) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Residents and institutions – women, students, athletes, educators, physicians, law enforcement and more - have been coming together through a wide array of exchanges, visits and shared projects around common experiences, goals and needs for the enhancement of both communities. And all the while they’ve also been forging personal multigenerational relationships among individuals and families. In the latest professional exchange, Dianne Matthew, LCSW, JFS Vice President of Clinical Services, and Laurie Intondi, LCSW, JFS Vice President of Senior Services, spent five days with social workers in Kiryat Bialik. Together with Shosh Sukenik, local head of social services, and her devoted staff, they toured various senior day centers, after-school programs for children from families in need, a day club for Ethiopian-Israeli women, youth center for teens at risk, and more.

60 DAYS OF IMPACT: FEDERATION RALLIES COMMUNITY TO TALLY OVER $3 MILLION!

May 13, 2015

60 DAYS OF IMPACT: FEDERATION RALLIES COMMUNITY TO TALLY OVER $3 MILLION!

This season, our Federation launched its first-ever 60 Days of Impact, a highly-successful program that rallied the local Jewish community to give, volunteer and get engaged like never before.The goal was to make a powerful impact by giving, volunteering and getting engaged. And the results were extraordinary. More than 2,000 members of the community responded during the two months, by contributing $3,071,558 to our Annual Campaign. Community members also expressed their impact at more than 40 events, on social media and in volunteer projects.

From the Hub of Our Community – Where Jewish Paths Converge: Our 2015 Annual Meeting

May 7, 2015

From the Hub of Our Community – Where Jewish Paths Converge: Our 2015 Annual Meeting

With applause and cheers ringing throughout the night, an outsider might have thought they’d walked into a rally rather than our Federation’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Indeed, on April 29, our paths led us from all neighborhoods and Jewish backgrounds to Zinman Hall with plenty to celebrate together at the very hub of our community - kvelling about our year’s shared accomplishments, paying well-earned tribute to our leaders, and looking more strategically than ever toward needs and challenges ahead. From the moment Chairs Emily Grabelsky and Dorothy Wizer welcomed the enthusiastic crowd aboard “FEDEXPEDITIONS: A Journey to Impact” from a cockpit (onscreen), we knew we were in for quite a ride!

Women’s Philanthropy Installation Celebrates and Rededicates

May 4, 2015

Women’s Philanthropy Installation Celebrates and Rededicates

Against the vibrant backdrop of amazing works of art, nearly 100 Jewish women came together on April 27, 2015 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The women enjoyed a gourmet brunch buffet at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Together, with joy, laughter and some tears, they remembered and celebrated 2014-15, then recommitted as they looked to the year ahead.

Help Victims of the Earthquake in Nepal

Apr 27, 2015

Help Victims of the Earthquake in Nepal

As our thoughts and prayers are with victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, please join our humanitarian response to provide immediate aid. The quickest way is to click here and make your donation through the Jewish Federations of North America Nepal Relief Fund.

Girls, Moms, Grandmas Enjoy Afternoon Tea with PJ Library® and American Girl “Rebecca Books” Author at Lord & Taylor

Apr 23, 2015

Girls, Moms, Grandmas Enjoy Afternoon Tea with PJ Library® and American Girl “Rebecca Books” Author at Lord & Taylor

More than 100 girls with their mothers, grandmothers and American Girl dolls overflowed an attractively partitioned area of the dress section at Lord & Taylor in Mizner Park in east Boca Raton on Sunday, April 19. Many girls and dolls were quite dressed up for the sold out event – a special Afternoon tea with PJ Library® of South Palm Beach County and Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of the “Rebecca Books” in American Girl’s historical series.

Thousands to Celebrate at IsraelFest in Mizner Park on May 17 with Free Concert, Family Fun & More

Apr 20, 2015

Thousands to Celebrate at IsraelFest in Mizner Park on May 17 with Free Concert, Family Fun & More

Amid a sea of blue and white, thousands of South Palm Beach County residents of all ages will once again stand together in solidarity and spirit; showcase our vibrant, diverse Jewish community; hear top quality live music and dignitaries; and enjoy family fun – at IsraelFest. Joyous yet profound, this year’s free community-wide celebration of the State of Israel will again be held at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, on Sunday, May 17, starting at 3:00 pm. With a lineup led by Josh Nelson & Neshama Carlbach, two superstars of Jewish music, the ruach from IsraelFest 2015 will radiate from Downtown Boca Raton across the community and around the world. And this year the event even includes a free visit to an Israeli art exhibit. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invites EVERYONE to join in!