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Fundraising is only half of the Federation’s job. Our mission also includes assessing the most pressing local and international Jewish needs and identifying those services and programs that will enhance the well-bring of fellow Jews and strengthen our Jewish future. The process of identifying needs of our community and allocating funds for local and national programs is the responsibility of the Program Funding Council (PFC) and its Task Forces.

Members of the PFC and its Task Forces participate in an allocations process once a year. After analyzing the needs of our community, members recommend how funds should be allocated among requesting organizations. This process takes place in the winter and spring of each year.

The dollars available for allocation in FY 2019-2020 consist of dollars from the Federation’s budget along with monies made available annually from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg and the Naomi & Saul Myers and Rose & Leon Barrows Endowment Fund and the Hanna Wagner Scholarship Endowment within the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation.

Each year, the Council reviews program proposals through its Task Forces, after which it makes allocation recommendations.

2019-2020 Partners

Safety Net Services:

  • Emergency assistance (food, clothing, shelter, financial crisis support)
  • Life-sustaining transportation services
  • serve vulnerable populations (Holocaust survivors, seniors, people with special needs, people in substance abuse recovery), 
  • promote health and disease prevention,
  • provide mental health counseling

Jewish Day School Education:

  • Financial assistance for local Jewish day schools

Jewish Life & Learning:

  • Jewish educational opportunities
  • Financial assistance for summer camps and childcare
  • Jewish engagement and Israel advocacy on school campuses 
  • Programs that sustain and enhance Jewish life in South Palm Beach County

Community Outreach:

  • Engage the unaffiliated in Jewish communal, religious, and social affairs
  • Enhance the involvement of those already engaged
  • Encourage participation in Jewish institutions

If your organization is interested in submitting a Grant Application to the Program Funding Council and its Task Forces, please contact Jessica Hirsh at JessicaH@bocafed.org or 561.852.3159.

2019 Program Funding Council

Jeff Newman, Chair, Program Funding Council
Kathy Green, Chair, Jewish Life & Learning Task Force
Debra Halperin, Chair, Jewish Education Task Force
  Michael Lipton, Chair, Community Outreach Task Force
Gail Greenspoon, Israel & Overseas Task Force
Richard Stolls, Chair, Safety Net Services Task Force
  Meryl Gallatin
Rani Garfinkle
Stephen Mendelsohn

2019 Task Force Members

Joy Binkovitz
Shuey Biston
Jeffrey Bovarnick
Jeremy Cohen
Karen Dern
Meryl Gallatin
Rani Garfinkle
  Kathy Green
Yudi Gross
Debra Halperin
Franklin Homer
Miriam Klein
Murray Leipzig
Chuck Lichtman
  Michael Lipton
Stephen Mendelsohn
Helene Paul
Susan Rahn
Jill Rose
Michael Rose
Janet Sahr
  Richard Stolls
Ted Struhl
Joan Winograd
Craig Zeuner


Dana Vizner,
Chief Planning Officer
  Jessica Hirsh, Program Associate
Community Planning