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All the Good We Do Together

Feb 14, 2014

All the Good We Do Together

Last week, our Jewish community once again came together in its vibrant diversity to celebrate all the good we do together. From our synagogues, partner agencies and schools… from longtime leaders and donors… to newcomers… and multiple generations, a sold out crowd of 750 filled THE EVENT 2.4.14 with ruach. Looking out, I saw the caring leaders, contributors, volunteers and friends whose generosity and commitment to our people make this Jewish community such a remarkable place to live, give and grow together. And, together, we honored those for whom the good we do has made a vital difference, as they shared their powerful stories.

Moments, Milestones and Miracles In Our Hands

Jan 17, 2014

Moments, Milestones and Miracles In Our Hands

Last week, our Jewish community once again came together in its vibrant diversity to celebrate all the good we do together. From our synagogues, partner agencies and schools… from longtime leaders and donors… to newcomers… and multiple generations, a sold out crowd of 750 filled THE EVENT 2.4.14 with ruach. Looking out, I saw the caring leaders, contributors, volunteers and friends whose generosity and commitment to our people make this Jewish community such a remarkable place to live, give and grow together. And, together, we honored those for whom the good we do has made a vital difference, as they shared their powerful stories.

Raise Your Voice on Iran as the Season Soars

Jan 10, 2014

Raise Your Voice on Iran as the Season Soars

Like you, I’ve watched closely as national, state and local officials have imposed economic sanctions on Iran, that I believe have succeeded toward bringing the regime to the present negotiating table. I recently joined leaders of four regional Jewish Federations in a letter supporting the bipartisan Nuclear Weapon Free Act that I also believe will increase U.S. leverage; it proposes additional conditional sanctions should Iran violate the interim Joint Plan of Action or fail to reach a final agreement to cease enrichment and dismantle their nuclear program. Meanwhile, here at the Federation, the energy just keeps rising as this incredible philanthropic Jewish community’s season crests.

Campaign 2014 Ignites with Extraordinary Energy

Dec 6, 2013

Campaign 2014 Ignites with Extraordinary Energy

This year, the spark caught early and fast, and our Federation is ablaze with Campaign activity. From Campaign Ignition a couple of weeks ago to last night’s record-breaking Sandler Family Major Gifts Event, it’s clear we’re on fire. We’re building on last season’s $600,000 campaign growth with even more ways to get involved, expanding on last year’s successes while introducing important new initiatives. Now it’s time to tell our stories of giving throughout the community. Because with our Jewish family’s ever-increasing needs before us, we simply must do even more extraordinary things.

Exploring Our Homeland and Building Community Together: The First Community Leadership Mission

Nov 22, 2013

Exploring Our Homeland and Building Community Together: The First Community Leadership Mission

Earlier this month, it was my absolute joy and privilege to travel to Israel for five transformative days with 30 of our Jewish community’s key leaders. From our Federation, our synagogues and our agencies, we returned united in our commitment to create a community in which, from our diversity, we stand as one for Israel, we rise as one to preserve Jewish identity, and together we answer the call to understand and care for each other – at home, in Israel and wherever our Jewish family is in need.

CEO Message: A New Year, A New Look at the Yom Kippur War...Together

Oct 4, 2013

CEO Message: A New Year, A New Look at the Yom Kippur War...Together

I hope your New Year has been happy and healthy – as it is for our Federation. Our offices, hallways and meetings buzz with vibrant activity as the 2014 season gets underway on the crest of 2013’s increased Annual Campaign and endowments. We’re also reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Though delegitimization efforts have replaced regiments and terror has replaced tanks, Israel faces those same enemies. We in the Diaspora are clearly no less essential to her well-being and security today than we were in 1973, as the Federation system and our international partner agencies continue to gather and quickly distribute vital resources where they were most needed.

CEO Message: State-of-the-Art Senior Living Coming Closer to our Campus

Jun 27, 2013

CEO Message: State-of-the-Art Senior Living Coming Closer to our Campus

One of the most promising and groundbreaking projects for our Federation is leaping forward, as we recognize the 115th reservation of an independent living residence at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. This state-of-the-art active retirement community will soon bring a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle for seniors – right here on our Federation’s north campus. Occupying 22 acres with 650,000 square foot of beautifully appointed and landscaped living space, the area’s newest retirement community is a true innovation that will help meet our community’s significant need for quality senior living while generating revenue to support our Federation’s vital mission.

Thousands Join in Celebration at Israel Fest 65

May 31, 2013

Thousands Join in Celebration at Israel Fest 65

The nearly 3,000 of you who were at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, May 19 will need no explanation of why Israel Fest 65 will always stand out as the culminating highlight of my first year at Federation. Amid banners and flags, and a pride that was palpable, was the full vibrant diversity of our Jewish community – all ages and stages of life, all backgrounds, all neighborhoods – together for one purpose: to celebrate the miracles of our homeland’s Statehood and its phenomenal, rapid transformation into a democracy at the cutting edge of technology & science, culture & the arts, humanitarian aid and the environment.

See You at Israel Fest this Sunday!

May 17, 2013

See You at Israel Fest this Sunday!

Once again, thousands from throughout our community will be headed to Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton this Sunday, May 19, filled with pride and joy for our homeland. Together we'll remember the miracle of this pioneering nation, and pay tribute to its phenomenal transformation into today's dynamic State of Israel. With family fun starting at 3:30 pm, live music from the Maccabeats and the Boca Raton Symphonia, students and dignitaries, flags and banners, falafel and other great kosher food, Israel Fest 65 is sure to delight and inspire all ages. I'm looking forward to raising the ruach with you!

Looking Back on an Epic Year and Envisioning Our Future

May 3, 2013

Looking Back on an Epic Year and Envisioning Our Future

This week, we celebrated our many accomplishments and thanked our leaders at the 2013 Annual Meeting. From the red carpet entrance til the final curtain call, the sense of pride and partnership among 250 passionate, committed community leaders and donors was a true testament to “An Epic Year.” It left no doubt that we are indeed building a stronger community to care for each other. Roxane and Michael Lipton chaired a movie-themed evening of warmth, joy and optimism that will resound for a long time, as it set the stage for the coming year. Four of our brightest stars received significant awards. It was my honor and privilege to present the following vision for our community – a vision that resonates far beyond the people in the room that night, encompassing all our community and, especially, the thousands of people you help feed, protect, teach, inspire, save and comfort every day, everywhere.