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Human Rights Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Address Lions of Judah at Annual Luncheon

Jan 4, 2016

Human Rights Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Address Lions of Judah at Annual Luncheon

The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again celebrate at the most awaited annual event in local women’s philanthropy. More than 500 generous and committed women are expected to gather at the Polo Club on February 3 for the Lion of Judah Luncheon. This year’s event will be keynoted by human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

JCRC Hosts Briefings at Legislative Sendoff

Dec 28, 2015

JCRC Hosts Briefings at Legislative Sendoff

As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the community and the Jewish people, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invited State Senators, Representatives and their staff to the Federation campus to meet with Jewish community leaders in advance of this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. Joined by professional and lay leaders from the Federation, its beneficiary agencies and other local organizations as well as the Israeli Consulate and federal offices, they gathered in Zinman Hall for the Legislative Sendoff to learn about the needs of vulnerable residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

Do Good and Reduce Taxes NOW and FOREVER! IRA Charitable Rollover Deadline Extended!

Dec 18, 2015

Do Good and Reduce Taxes NOW and FOREVER! IRA Charitable Rollover Deadline Extended!

Donors 70 ½ and older can transfer up to $100,000 of their IRA assets to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and/or the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation as well as any qualified public charity without incurring Federal income tax on their required minimum distribution for 2015.

Local Jewish Day Schools Ramp Up Together to Support Diverse Learners in Classrooms

Dec 11, 2015

Local Jewish Day Schools Ramp Up Together to Support Diverse Learners in Classrooms

South Palm Beach County’s five Jewish day schools are looking forward to advancing their effectiveness with diverse learners in their classrooms. Together, they have embarked on a course of professional development with Hidden Sparks, a national organization dedicated to developing and supporting professional development programs for Jewish day schools to increase understanding and support for teaching students with an array of learning differences.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak Keynotes Leadership Gifts Event for Top Donors

Dec 11, 2015

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak Keynotes Leadership Gifts Event for Top Donors

An eagerly anticipated night of illumination, celebration and inspiration was in store for the top donors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County at the Leadership Gifts Event on December 2, 2015. Nearly 150 members of the Federation’s Ketubah Society, Prime Minister’s Council and King David Society gathered at St. Andrews Country Club.

PJ Library® Launches New Chapter for Jewish Tweens with PJ Our Way

Dec 9, 2015

PJ Library® Launches New Chapter for Jewish Tweens with PJ Our Way

There’s a brand new extension of PJ Library for children ages 9-11! PJ Our Way participants can select one of four books each month, all reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents and kids. Each book is accompanied by a synopsis and author bio, in addition to ratings, reviews and video trailers. Kids can take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, and comment on blog posts written by their peers. They can also write reviews and share ideas about the books on a safe website moderated by PJ Our Way educators.

NFL All-Pro Legend Jason Taylor to Headline Men’s Division Sports Night – Jan. 12

Dec 4, 2015

NFL All-Pro Legend Jason Taylor to Headline Men’s Division Sports Night – Jan. 12

Men of all ages who care about great sports, the best companions, as well as the community, will come together for Federation’s Men’s Division Men’s Night Out to hear four-time NFL All-Pro legend Jason Taylor speak about his impressive football career, his charitable foundation and his other professional and philanthropic pursuits. Now an NFL analyst for ESPN and other sports outlets, Taylor will join the men for a great evening of football, drinks, food and fun on January 12 at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Josh Cohen, on-air host for ESPN West Palm, will emcee the night to remember.

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Worker Alan Gross and Ambassador Dennis Ross to Headline Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

Nov 30, 2015

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Worker Alan Gross and Ambassador Dennis Ross to Headline Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

An elegant evening of inspiration is planned for 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 Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at The Polo Club in Boca Raton for a cocktail reception and dinner with an exciting and enlightening program. U.S. Humanitarian Aid Worker Alan Gross and Ambassador Dennis Ross will keynote this evening that celebrates the Federation’s Major Donors, and is named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family.

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Attacks in Paris, Urge Worldwide Response

Nov 19, 2015

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Attacks in Paris, Urge Worldwide Response

We join with Jewish communities and individuals throughout the civilized world in horror and outrage at Friday’s deadly terror attacks in Paris. Once again, we unite in grief, pray for the injured, we express our heartfelt support for those traumatized, and we urge international efforts to ensure security and confront terrorism. Our people in Israel and in the Diaspora are all too familiar with the threats of extremism to civil societies, and the ongoing consequences of such brutal attacks.

Shabbat Draws Near in Jerusalem on Our Spirit of Israel Community Mission

Nov 13, 2015

Shabbat Draws Near in Jerusalem on Our Spirit of Israel Community Mission

For a year, we’ve been imagining and planning our Spirit of Israel Mission – and now we’re here in Jerusalem with about 75 neighbors, friends and colleagues from throughout our vibrant, diverse Jewish community. We vary by neighborhood and observance, and we span multiple generations. Our group includes representatives from all out day schools and on-campus agencies, rabbis of different denominations. Some of us are first-time visitors, and some have been to Israel a dozen times or more. As a community and as individuals, we have come together in strength and solidarity as we often do, to stand with our Jewish family at another pivotal point in Israel’s history.

Michael Leven, Chairman & CEO of Georgia Aquarium, to Share Insights B&P Industry Icon Event

Nov 6, 2015

Michael Leven, Chairman & CEO of Georgia Aquarium, to Share Insights B&P Industry Icon Event

Amid premium networking opportunities, business leaders and professionals will have the opportunity to hear Michael Leven, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Aquarium, share his business and philanthropic journeys. They’ll gather on the Federation campus over breakfast on December 16, in the Business & Professional Division season’s second Industry Icon Event.

Chanukah Celebration Will Thank “Golden Givers” for 18+ Generous Years of Federation Giving

Nov 5, 2015

Chanukah Celebration Will Thank “Golden Givers” for 18+ Generous Years of Federation Giving

“Golden Givers” who have given to the UJA/Federation campaign for 18 years or more are invited to a special thank you “Golden Gathering” Chanukah party. Recognizing their extraordinary commitment and the seeds they have planted and continue to nourish, the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JCCF) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will be showing its appreciation at a festive event on December 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. They’ll gather in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus for bagels, latkes and more (dietary laws observed), and enjoy a holiday celebration with musical entertainment from a live Klezmer band.

Community Rabbis Tour Federation Campus

Oct 21, 2015

Community Rabbis Tour Federation Campus

Rabbis from across the community enjoyed a VIP tour of the Federation’s 100+-acre campus on October 20. For many, the largest Jewish campus in the country had been at least a partly hidden gem until their visit. They heard from Federation and agency leaders about all the good being done every day and saw for themselves the wide range of agencies, schools and services that are vital to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life for our community. Participating rabbis included David Baum of Shaarei Kodesh, Zalman Bukiet of Chabad of West Boca Raton, Jack Engel of Anshei Emunah, Yaakov Gibber of Boca Jewish Center/Shaaray Tefilla, Menachem Jaroslawicz of Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Boruch Shmuel Liberow of Chabad of FAU, Robert Silvers of Congregation B’nai Israel, Greg Weisman of Temple Beth El, and Benjamin Yasgur of Torah Ohr.

Autumn in Southeast Florida Finds Our Hearts in Our Homeland

Oct 16, 2015

Autumn in Southeast Florida Finds Our Hearts in Our Homeland

In the months before the high holidays, passionate supporters of Israel in our own Jewish community and around the world were riveted in support or opposition to The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as “the Iran nuclear deal.” And now, even with our school year and “season” in full gear, our focus remains firmly on our homeland’s security, with Israel in the midst of a shocking spate of violent attacks throughout the land.

Aimee Kaye of Sageview Consulting Named Chief Human Resources Officer of Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Oct 8, 2015

Aimee Kaye of Sageview Consulting Named Chief Human Resources Officer of Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Building on more than a decade of service with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Aimee Kaye, President of Sageview Consulting, has been named the organization’s first Chief Human Resources Officer. Kaye brings to the position more than 30 years of high-level management expertise in the field, having spent her career building human resources solutions and systems that allow companies and nonprofits to grow.

14th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum to Feature Story of Artistic Uprising in the Terezin Concentration Camp

Oct 8, 2015

14th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum to Feature Story of Artistic Uprising in the Terezin Concentration Camp

Commemorating the 77th anniversary of what is considered the start of the Holocaust, on November 8, the 14th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum 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, “Defiant Requiem” will be screened at 1:30 and 6 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Murry Sidlin, the star of the film and creator and inspiration behind it, will speak after each showing. A musical donor reception between the screenings will honor survivors and longtime March of the Living supporters Ann and Byron Turnoff.

Reading Rocks Family Concert Starring Mama Doni Coming to Boca – Thanks to PJ Library in South Palm Beach County!

Oct 7, 2015

Reading Rocks Family Concert Starring Mama Doni Coming to Boca – Thanks to PJ Library in South Palm Beach County!

Nationally acclaimed, award-winning singer and songwriter Mama Doni and her husband, Eric, will headline this year’s PJ Library® Kick-off family concert in Boca Raton on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Once again, hundreds of Jewish families from across the community will enjoy singing, dancing and fun for kids of all ages. The event will take place in Boca Raton from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Spanish River Community High School’s Countess De Hoernle Theater. Pre-concert festivities will begin at 3:00, with face painting, balloon sculpting, ice cream, music with Miss Susan and more before Mama Doni takes the stage at 4:00. Advance sale tickets are discounted at jewishboca.org/pjconcert.

Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean CEO,to Headline Season’s First B&P Industry Icon Event

Sep 24, 2015

Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean CEO,to Headline Season’s First B&P Industry Icon Event

Amid premium networking opportunities, business leaders and professionals will have the opportunity to hear from Richard D. Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Fain, a leading entrepreneur in the travel industry, will share his valuable insights on Thursday evening, October 15, 2015, at the launch event for the 2015-2016 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P). Well over 100 local professionals attended each of the past three seasons’ widely acclaimed Industry Icon events and they’ll gather once again in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (dietary laws observed) will be served and networking will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak to Keynote Federation’s Leadership Gifts Event

Sep 21, 2015

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak to Keynote Federation’s Leadership Gifts Event

An elegant evening of celebration is in store for premier donors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Members of the Ketubah Society, Prime Minister’s Council and King David Society will gather for the Leadership Gifts Event at 6:00 pm on December 2, 2015, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Following a luxurious cocktail reception, they’ll enjoy an elegant dinner and an exclusive keynote presentation by Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel. The Federation is honored to offer the generous champions of the community this exclusive opportunity to hear the former Prime Minister address their most vital concerns.

Women’s Business Casual to Kick Off in the Kitchen with Joanne Caras

Sep 18, 2015

Women’s Business Casual to Kick Off in the Kitchen with Joanne Caras

Federation’s Business and Professional Division is launching its third year of “Business Casual,” a series of innovative activity-based networking events designed exclusively for Jewish businesswomen and professionals looking to expand their alliances and entrepreneurial pursuits while socializing in a fun, informal setting. The opening event of the season will be “In the Kitchen,” on October 8 on the Federation Campus. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the evening will feature Joanne Caras, creator of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook and Miracles and Meals, along with dinner and dessert (dietary laws observed).