Jan 10, 2014

Raise Your Voice on Iran as the Season Soars

One of my recent privileges as your CEO was to join leaders of all four regional Jewish Federations in signing a letter on a matter of critical importance: deterrence of Iran’s nuclear capability. Together, we urged U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to act on his “ongoing support of the Jewish community,” his “deep concern for the security of the State of Israel” and his “vigilance regarding American national security” by joining Senator Marco Rubio and dozens of others who have already signed onto the bipartisan Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2013.

As many or most of you know, concern for Israel’s safety is woven into my very being, and I have dedicated my career to the well-being and security of our people. Like you, I have watched closely as Congress and President Obama, as well our state and local leadership, have imposed economic sanctions on Iran. I am proud of our community’s having helped initiate these efforts with Congressman Ted Deutch, who began pioneering this work as a state senator in 2007. Like many others, I firmly believe that these sanctions have succeeded toward bringing Iran to the present negotiating table.

The Nuclear Weapon Free Act increases U.S. leverage in these negotiations by imposing further sanctions should the Iranian regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or fail to reach a final agreement to cease enrichment and dismantle their nuclear program.

But our Senators need to hear from more than Federation leaders. Whether or not you share my support for this bill, I invite you to see how good it feels to let your public officials know you pay attention and you care. And it’s easy! Just click here to write to Senator Nelson (who has not signed onto the Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2013, and click here to reach Senator Rubio (who is already a co-sponsor of the bill).

Meanwhile, here at the Federation, the energy just keeps rising as this incredible philanthropic Jewish community’s season crests. Among the dazzling array of activities ahead, next Wednesday, January 15, the roar of our Lions of Judah will resound around the globe from their annual luncheon at The Polo Club with Bravo TV’s Patti Stanger. With their exceptional leadership, Women’s Philanthropy continually inspires and motivates our entire Federation to extraordinary efforts on behalf of those who need us.

THE EVENT is also coming soon, on February 4 at Boca West with Mandy Patinkin. If you were one of the 500+ who experienced it last year, you know why this celebration of all the good our community does together is simply not to be missed. Click here to learn more about this unsurpassed ingathering of agencies, schools, synagogues and more.

Finally, I couldn’t be more excited to report that, at the end of this month, we will formally break ground on Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. This most important development since the initial building of our campus will not only provide state-of-the-art senior living in a warm, vibrant Jewish environment; it will also very significantly help sustain our Federation and its vital work for decades to come.

No matter how full our winter weeks may be at the Federation, I always look forward to getting your ideas about how we can build a stronger community together, at asktheceo@bocafed.org.


Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

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