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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).

LARRY PHILLIPS (Z’L”): AN UNPARALLELED LEGACY

Sep 11, 2015

LARRY PHILLIPS (Z’L”): AN UNPARALLELED LEGACY

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.

Women’s Season to Open with Former CNN Middle East Correspondent Now a Builder of Teen Defenders of Israel

Sep 8, 2015

Women’s Season to Open with Former CNN Middle East Correspondent Now a Builder of Teen Defenders of Israel

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.

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.