Aug 24, 2012
Home Is Where the Heart Is: On Our Campus
As I settle into my new home at Federation with a fresh perspective, I keep finding myself in awe as I arrive each day on our truly astounding Jewish campus. At 100 acres with 300,000 square feet of building space, our Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus west of the City of Boca Raton is the largest in the country. At the heart of our Jewish community, our Federation campus is home to dozens of programs and services, schools and residential facilities that care for and educate thousands throughout the lifespan.
This week, our campus has been brimming with vitality as Donna Klein Jewish Academy and Hillel Day School students came back to school eager to learn and full of ruach. Next week will be even more vibrant as the preschoolers return to our Levis JCC Early Childhood Center. A wonderful new season of Jewish life is just beginning here.
Our heart beats strong every day for every generation on campus; from babies in Mommy & Me to seniors living with dignity and comfort, our generations enjoy getting to know each other as an extended Jewish family. Indoors and out, our campus is alive with example after example of how our Federation enables this Jewish community to fulfill its vital responsibilities to come together and care for each other. And the beat from our Federation building pumps lifeblood far beyond the campus, throughout the community, in Israel and overseas.
Federation facilities, security and infrastructure provide a home for a comprehensive array of programs and services, including our four Founding Agencies: Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center (JCC), Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA), Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) and Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS). Residents of two HUD buildings for low-income seniors and JARC apartments for adults with developmental disabilities call us home. Spending their days here are students through 12th grade, as well as seniors at adult day care. The streets, walkways and parking lots are alive with people headed to and from a wealth of social, cultural, fitness, educational and philanthropic activities. Walking or driving through the beautifully landscaped campus you’ll also see tennis courts, swimming pools, soccer and softball fields and the buses of an extensive Federation Transportation Services system that serves the whole area.
There’s more to come on campus, as the Federation keeps building and bringing together our diverse and thriving Jewish community. Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a $220 million, 22-acre Continuing Care Retirement Community that promises state-of-the-art senior living is in active pre-development. And build out is underway to share space with Unicorn Village Academy, a high school for students with developmental and learning challenges.
Our campus may be the hub, but it’s the people caring and being cared for, growing and learning, giving and receiving, who bring it to life and make it the heart of our vibrant Jewish community. It’s a privilege and joy to be part of this home. Take it from me: there’s nothing like being here in person to experience the palpable sense of community. There’s plenty of room for you on YOUR Jewish campus. We’re happy to show off and glad to tailor a visit to your interests. Just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew C. Levin
CEO Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County