Dec 9, 2015
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.
Dec 4, 2015
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.
Nov 30, 2015
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.
Nov 19, 2015
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.
Nov 13, 2015
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.
Nov 6, 2015
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.
Nov 5, 2015
“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.
Oct 21, 2015
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.
Oct 16, 2015
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.
Oct 8, 2015
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.
Oct 8, 2015
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.
Oct 7, 2015
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.
Sep 24, 2015
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.
Sep 21, 2015
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.
Sep 18, 2015
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).
Sep 11, 2015
With profound sadness and the utmost respect, we share the news that Larry Phillips passed away late this afternoon, September 11, 2015. His loss is felt throughout the globe, as it is here in our community that we are so fortunate he called his home. Upon moving to Boca Raton in 1993, Larry Phillips immediately became a driving philanthropic force in the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County community, where he has left an unparalleled legacy. His compassion knew no bounds as his generosity and leadership reached deep and wide.
Sep 8, 2015
Federation’s women’s season opens on November 2, 2015 at The Polo Club with a topic of high concern to women of all ages. From throughout the community, women are invited to hear former CNN Middle East correspondent Linda Scherzer discuss pro-Israel activities and dispense practical advice on how to combat the prevalent BDS movement on college campuses.
Aug 25, 2015
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.
Aug 25, 2015
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.
Aug 19, 2015
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.