Mar 7, 2016
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.
Mar 3, 2016
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.
Mar 3, 2016
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.
Mar 1, 2016
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).
Feb 29, 2016
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.
Feb 18, 2016
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.
Feb 10, 2016
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.
Feb 8, 2016
This year’s Lion of Judah Luncheon drew nearly 400 women to the Polo Club on February 3, to enjoy an elegant lunch reception honoring their commitment to philanthropy. The theme of the afternoon was the power of kindness, which truly resonated with all the women as they celebrated with their sister Lions the impact of their generosity in helping those in need. Guest speaker, human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, shared her incredible story and detailed her courageous crusade to achieve basic rights after growing up as a Muslim woman in Somalia. The luncheon was co-chaired by Amy Ross and Robin Rubin, with Honorary Chair Phyllis Sandler.
Feb 2, 2016
The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County is hosting its 2016 Granting Wishes cocktail reception on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton. Guests will be the first to learn about JWF’s 2016 grant awards and will have the opportunity to hear from guest speaker Marci Shimoff. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine, with dietary laws observed.
Jan 25, 2016
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is pleased to present a free informative program featuring Laura Blumenfeld, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and a best-selling author. Her topic will be “What is Next for Israel and America? Assessing the Past to Secure Our Future.” Blumenfeld will speak on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Zinman Hall, on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., in Boca Raton.
Jan 25, 2016
Each year, our March of the Living takes more than 80 local high school students from the depths of the Holocaust in Poland, to the jubilance of the modern State of Israel. And every year, our group carries a Torah scroll throughout their journey, including on the March from the Auschwitz to Birkenau camps with more than 10,000 peers from throughout the world. But, on this year’s trip, the Torah they carry was recently rescued after being stolen by Nazis 70 years ago. And the students will also experience the completion of its restoration and ceremonial return to use in Poland. A ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the Entin Holocaust Pavilion on the Federation campus on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will announce this project as well as opportunities for others to participate locally in restoring Holocaust Torahs.
Jan 19, 2016
With power, passion and purpose, our Federation’s Pomegranates have an exceptionally powerful, inspiring morning in store on February 16. These caring, generous women of all ages from throughout the community will hear Marina Furman, a former Soviet Refusnik, share her moving story of refusal and her dangerous journey to freedom and subsequent success in Israel and the US. The Pomegranate distinction honors women who make an annual gift of $1,800-$4,999.
Jan 15, 2016
From synagogues, partner agencies and schools, and from longtime donors of all ages to newcomers, hundreds from throughout South Palm Beach County’s diverse Jewish community will come together for a fourth year to acknowledge and celebrate all the good we do together on February 23. We’ll also hear from Henry Winkler, an iconic Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor (as well as a producer, author and adventurer) best known for his unforgettable, award-winning role of The Fonz on Happy Days. THE EVENT festivities will kick off at B’nai Torah Congregation at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a showcase of the Jewish community’s wealth of resources.
Jan 14, 2016
An enthusiastic crowd of 350 of Federation’s top donors gathered at The Polo Club on January 6 to enjoy a cocktail reception, an elegant dinner, and riveting speakers at this season’s annual Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. The evening celebrated Federation’s Major Donors, who contribute a minimum $10,000 to our Annual Campaign. Palpable at the outset, their camaraderie, compassion and commitment continued to build throughout the evening. The inclusion of adult children and grandchildren of major donors through a new L’Dor V’Dor initiative added to the warmth and power of the event.
Jan 6, 2016
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is honored to announce the naming of its Business & Professional Division’s (B&P) Industry Icon series in memory of a preeminent icon of business and Jewish philanthropy. In December, almost exactly two years after Lewis Katz keynoted one of the Federation’s Icon events, his dear friend of more than 40 years, local Federation leader Betty Kane, announced that the series is now known as the “Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series.” A part-time resident of South Palm Beach County and a major donor to the local Federation, Katz tragically died in a plane crash just six months after his Icon appearance.
Jan 4, 2016
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.
Dec 28, 2015
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.
Dec 18, 2015
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.
Dec 11, 2015
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.
Dec 11, 2015
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.