For the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, 2022 was a year of strategic response. In contrast to 2021, during which our pandemic-related response was broad and comprehensive – covering every aspect of life disrupted by COVID-19 – 2022 ushered in a period of acute focus, as our community came to the urgent aid of not only victims of Hurricane Ian, but also the refugees and war-ravaged citizens of Ukraine.
Additionally, our 100-acre campus was thoughtfully reconfigured to accommodate the swelling numbers of new residents calling South Florida home. Changes included Sinai Residences Phase II, the addition of the Toby & Leon Cooperman Therapy & Family Resource Center to Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s move to its new address on the north-end of the campus.
The Great Migration, which is bringing people from all parts of the country to the Sunshine State, meant a greater outpouring from us and our partner agencies, as we resumed in-person events to welcome friends with new cohorts and amazing guest speakers. Meanwhile, the core support provided to our partner agency programs and services never ebbed.
One of our greatest strengths is adaptability, and we experienced the growth of that strength, as we prioritized one call for support after another. From addressing the rise in hate crimes and rhetoric against the Jewish collective to creating additional ways to leave a legacy for the preservation of Jewish ways of life, Federation and Foundation answered the various calls with empathy, sympathy and care.
It is our mission to ensure that “Together, We Thrive!” We are extremely proud of every person, department, program and event that brought us together, so that we can continue to thrive, no matter the challenges that lay before us. We welcome you celebrate what we accomplished, as a philanthropic community, in 2022.