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Growing Our Community and Campus, Securing our Homeland

Mar 6, 2015

Growing Our Community and Campus, Securing our Homeland

While you’ve been hearing from me through other forums, I’m excited to restart my CEO Messages after a very busy hiatus. I look forward to sharing news and perspectives with you again. Today, I’ll start with two major milestones for Sinai Residences under construction on our campus, and the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech.

Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO

Jul 18, 2014

Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO

Like my colleagues who so eloquently shared their powerful and poignant thoughts and experiences - and probably like most of you - I feel like I’m living in two countries right now. Our families in Israel - both immediate members and millions bound to us inexorably by history, fate, faith and love – are under attack day and night throughout our homeland. Once again, it is both heartening and heartrending to look out at a group from throughout our remarkable Jewish community… once again gathered in solidarity as Israel contends with the forces of terror.

1,050 Pack Our Israel Solidarity Gathering - A Moment for Which Our Federation Was Built

Jul 18, 2014

1,050 Pack Our Israel Solidarity Gathering - A Moment for Which Our Federation Was Built

Spontaneous, loud and proud, the crowd of 1,050 opened our Israel Solidarity Gathering singing Am Yisrael Chai on Wednesday night, holding signs proclaiming “We Stand with Israel.” Looking out at a sea of blue and white, at the vibrant diversity of ages, backgrounds, observance and neighborhoods in our Jewish community today, I knew that this was one of those moments for which we’ve built our Federation. Once again, on a few days’ notice, we rose with one voice, standing together in anxiety, outrage, tears, strength and unwavering support for the State of Israel and our Jewish family there – and committed to helping however we can.

As Rockets Rain, YOU Can Make a Difference in Israel

Jul 11, 2014

As Rockets Rain, YOU Can Make a Difference in Israel

Our families in Israel - both immediate members and millions bound to us inexorably by history, fate, faith and love – are under attack day and night throughout our Homeland where nearly 400 rockets have fallen in the last few days. We fight our fears, seethe with outrage, and cry with compassion as Israelis lie awake afraid to sleep through an alert, comfort their children in bomb shelters and nightmares, and fear their age or infirmity might keep them from making it to a shelter in time. But we in South Palm Beach County can make a real difference to those under siege right now.

"BRING BACK OUR BOYS," Says Community in One Voice

Jun 27, 2014

"BRING BACK OUR BOYS," Says Community in One Voice

More than 900 strong packed Monday night’s Bring Back Our Boys rally for our three Israeli sons kidnapped on June 12. Leaders and members from throughout our vibrant, diverse Jewish community rose with one voice in anguish, concern and outrage for this act of terror, and with unwavering support for the State of Israel and our Jewish family there. Now, each of us must call upon government officials to exercise their full leverage and authority to return Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel, and to reduce conditions through which Hamas, a proven organization of terror with a legitimate governing role, can abduct innocent, unarmed teenagers.

Heeding History with Aid, Education and Vigilance

May 23, 2014

Heeding History with Aid, Education and Vigilance

We recently passed a monumental week that encapsulates our Jewish journey from a stateless people in the horrors of the Holocaust to the miracles of our modern State of Israel. We joined with Christian groups to commemorate the Holocaust, we remembered those lost in hard-won fights for Israel’s independence and security and, with pride and joy, we celebrated the 66th anniversary of the State of Israel with ruach on campus and in a unique community program that displayed Israel’s cutting edge entrepreneurship and technological innovation. But with racism and anti-Semitism on the rise, our work is far from done.

Together In Tribute and Possibilities

Apr 11, 2014

Together In Tribute and Possibilities

With warmth, caring and commitment, this week our Federation’s 2014 Annual Meeting celebrated our many accomplishments, paid well-earned tribute to our leaders and, with clarity and confidence, turned the page to our next chapter. Right through to the live band’s final strains of “All You Need is Love,” 280 of our passionate, dedicated community leaders and donors epitomized the night’s lyrical theme of “Come Together.” In a night to remember, we lauded my inestimable partner Ellen R. Sarnoff for her three remarkable years as Chair, and welcomed Al Gortz, to whom the gavel has been passed.

A Night – and a Community – of Inspiration

Mar 28, 2014

A Night – and a Community – of Inspiration

Sometimes in life we’re overwhelmed by an experience in ways we didn’t expect. A Night of Inspiration last Monday was one of those times - for me and most certainly for many of the 400+ others present. Billed as “Six of Our Community Rabbis: One Night – One Stage – One Hour,” and sponsored through our Federation’s new community outreach grants, it sounded interesting. But even as I spoke to the audience at the start of the event, I had no idea we were in for what could rival any TED Talks.

Caring for Each Other and Building Community Together

Mar 10, 2014

Caring for Each Other and Building Community Together

I am privileged to serve South Palm Beach County’s thriving Jewish community of 130,000 people. I may be new to this position, but from my 25 years with AIPAC in our region, I know this community’s incredible generosity and dedication to Jewish values and the Jewish people.

Time to Make Inclusion a Reality – Jewish Disability Awareness Month

Feb 21, 2014

Time to Make Inclusion a Reality – Jewish Disability Awareness Month

Some of you may know that February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. But it’s time for everyone to take notice. Our community offers a remarkable array of programs and services that enable our neighbors of all ages with varied special needs to thrive and fully engage in Jewish life. Of course, there is far more to be done. Together, we must continue our vigilance to determine the gaps, and to develop and expand programs that help families and individuals. It is also up to us to advocate for government resources and legislation to ensure on behalf of those with special needs who are counting on us.