Oct 4, 2013

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

After a long summer hiatus, I’m very glad to be back in touch with you through my Friday messages. I hope your New Year has been happy and healthy – as it is here for our Federation. Our offices, hallways and meeting rooms buzz with vibrant activity as our 2014 season gets underway on the crest of 2013’s increased Annual Campaign and endowments. An abundance of events and initiatives will engage us in both new and familiar ways as we continue, together, to grow and strengthen our community.

At this time, we also come together in reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. I know many of you, like me, will never forget how, amid our day of prayer in synagogue, we received the heart-pounding word that Israel was being attacked from multiple sides. Though I was only a child, I will never forget the alarm and anger, as well as the intense feelings of unity and peoplehood we experienced that day. As we hung onto any bit of news, the question of “what can we do?” filled the air. Then, and no less today, the Federation system and our international partner agencies were there to gather and coordinate vital resources and distribute them quickly where they were most needed.

Now, though delegitimization efforts have replaced regiments and terror has replaced tanks, Israel faces those same enemies. We are alarmed by the uncertainties in Egypt and Syria, and enraged at the launch of rockets on innocent Israeli civilians. We know that even as Israel remains a strong, prosperous, democratic start-up nation, those of us in the Diaspora are clearly no less essential to her well-being and security today than we were in 1973.

This Monday night, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., we’ll look at Israel: 40 Years After the Yom Kippur War at An Evening with Kenneth W. Stein. We’re privileged to co-present this program with Congregation B’nai Israel and I urge you to join us at the synagogue in Boca Raton. A renowned speaker, Ken Stein is an esteemed professor of Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies and Founding Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel in Atlanta. For more information and to RSVP, visit <a href="http://www.jewishboca.org/forms/10111-an-evening-with-ken-stein/">jewishboca.org/kenstein</a>.

Families with young children will enjoy another early event in this busy month, as Jewish rock star Rick Recht opens the PJ Library season with a concert on Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. Recht will perform family-friendly songs to sing, dance and jump to, at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton. For ticket information, visit jewishboca.org/rickrecht.

I look forward to sharing more in these messages, and to seeing you at events and meetings. As always, I also look forward to hearing from you at asktheceo@bocafed.org about innovative ways our community can come together to care for each other.


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

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