May 10, 2016

Hundreds Gather at Federation to Celebrate Grand Opening of Sinai Residences

Sinai Residences of Boca Raton held its grand opening celebration Tuesday, May 3, marking the culmination of an eight-year-long endeavor and a festive dedication for the luxurious 23-acre senior living complex on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s west Boca Raton campus.

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Members of the Federation and Sinai Residences teams cut a ceremonial ribbon, and Rabbi Daniel Levin of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton recited the traditional blessing for a mezuzah dedication for a new home. The celebration also featured the dedication of the Ted & Barbara Wolk Spa and Fitness Center at Sinai, as well as guided tours of the facility and its state-of-the-art amenities.

While enjoying a delicious lunch buffet in Sinai’s elegant tent-covered courtyard, more than 500 guests listened to inspiring words and well wishes from local dignitaries, Federation leaders and Sinai executives. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue delivered an invocation, and several other speakers addressed the crowd, including Wes Finch, Chair of Sinai Residences Board of Managers; Mel Lowell, COO at Federation; Chris Newport, Executive Director at Sinai; and Matt Levin, Federation’s President and CEO.

“Here on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Boca Raton campus, we have built nothing short of the premier life care destination for seniors in South Florida,” said Mel Lowell, COO, Jewish Federation of SPBC and Board of Managers CCRC. “We have a $265 million dollar, 650K square foot facility that creates homes for South Florida’s fastest growing population – seniors. We have built more than 300 beautiful, state-of-the-art residences providing support for all stages of senior life; and we have created a secure vibrant Jewish environment surrounded by a thriving and loving Jewish community.”

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Sinai Residences is a lifecare community designed specifically for South Florida’s fastest growing population: seniors. Sinai Residences features more than 350 beautiful, state-of-the-art residences, providing support for all stages of senior life, including 234 independent living apartment homes, and an onsite continuum of care including 48 assisted-living residences, 60 skilled nursing suites, and 24 private memory care suites.

100 percent of the independent-living apartment homes are reserved and more than 78 percent have been moved into already. William Sims, Managing Principal of HJ Sims, which arranged the project’s bond financing, said: “The Bond Issue was extraordinarily successful. And we used our office located right here in Boca Raton. However successful the Bond Issue was though, the Sinai Residences community today exceeds all expectations. It’s truly beautiful. We and the bond holders are thrilled that Sinai Residences will be over 90% occupied in a record time of six months.”

Joanne Martin, who moved to Sinai Residences in February with her husband Elihu from Boca West Country Club, compared her new home to a five-star hotel. “They take such good care of you here. It’s truly lifetime care. The majority of us are older…but this is more fun than I’ve had in the last ten years. I feel as though I am finally retiring. Now I don’t have to worry about me or my husband. And my two children said the same – ‘we are retiring as well’ they told me, knowing we are being well taken care of here.”

Dorothy Wizer, who moved to Sinai Residences in March from Boca Pointe Country Club and is an active member of the Federation board, added: “I wanted to be part of a vibrant Jewish campus and here I am. There is no other place like this that takes care of all aspects of life. This is more than just a residential community. It is a vibrant Jewish community. From a child in kindergarten, to a high school student, to a family in need of financial support, to a family needing help for their special needs child, this Jewish Federation campus supports it all.”

The Sinai Residences will bring in additional revenue for decades to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. These funds will allow the Federation to further its mission by increasing aid to those in need in South Palm Beach County, in Israel and around the world; and to advance Jewish continuity and engagement.

“The opening of Sinai Residences signifies the most transformational moment in the history of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County,” said Matthew C. Levin, the Federation’s President & CEO. “This project is significant for its enormity in the state-of-the-art senior living it provides, but also as a revenue generator, for its addition to the impact our Federation will be able to have here in this community and around the world for decades to come.”

The not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community has been developed and is overseen by the Board of Managers of Federation CCRC Development, LLC., an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Sinai Residences offers the highest standard of engaged senior living and features a wealth of luxury services and amenities including hospitality, recreational and social services, cultural and academic pursuits, fitness programs, as well as gourmet dining with kosher dining. The Kosher dining experience is overseen by a Mashgiach, and certified as Glatt Kosher. Sinai Residences also enjoys front-row access to the many Federation-sponsored cultural, social and educational events.

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Sinai residents can age in place with security; housing, health care, amenities and services are provided for them. As a Life Care community, residents are guaranteed access to every level of care at a predictable monthly cost, and with refundable entry-fee options. Access to health care is also guaranteed to residents from the moment they move-in, and for as long as they remain residents. When residents pass on, their heirs receive up to 95 percent of value of home.

Joe Sitrick and his wife Selma moved to Sinai Residences from a condo on the beach in Highland Beach. “I understand reluctance to moving to a CCRC,” Joe said. “The initial feeling is that you are not ready. I felt that too initially, but as you consider and talk to friends…you realize Sinai Residences is for you…it grows with you.”

Joe continued: “I am most looking forward to enjoying a wonderful lifestyle, making new friends, enlarging our life culturally, socially and maybe athletically if we so choose. There are so many choices. We used to have to go out but now everything is offered right here.”

Paul and Charne Sherman, formerly of Boynton Beach and now happily living in Sinai Residences, glow when they talk about Sinai and how it has exceeded their expectations. “We have made many decisions in our lives but moving here is the best decision we’ve ever made. The people here are fascinating; they have spent their lives making history and now we can talk about our experiences.”

Sinai Residences of Boca Raton is located on the north side of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus west of Boca Raton, Florida. The Sinai Residences fills acres of land that had been vacant on the Federation campus since it first officially opened in 1991. The project has brought more than 550 full time jobs to Palm Beach County, including 325 full-time construction-related jobs, and soon to be reached total of 225 Sinai Residences employees.

The Sinai Residences development team, led by Greenbrier Development of Dallas, Texas, includes Suffolk Construction, Perkins-Eastman Architects, H.J. Sims & Co. investment bankers, among others. In addition, Life Care Services, Inc. and Executive Director Chris Newport manage the new community.

Those seeking information for themselves or a loved one are encouraged to schedule an appointment at the Information Center by calling 561.221.1102 or visiting

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About Sinai Residences:

Sinai Residences of Boca Raton is a planned Life Care Community that introduces state-of-the-art active retirement living, engaging residents physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. As many seniors prepare for an unpredictable future, Sinai residents will have a wise plan in place, allowing them to continue living life to the fullest. Learn more at

Photo captions top to bottom, L-R:

  • Current and past Board of Managers members: David Galpern, Gail Rubin Kwal, Albert W. Gortz, Cindy Orbach Nimhauser, Matthew C. Levin, Wesley E. Finch, Anne Jacobson, Ellen R. Sarnoff, Barry Podolsky, Mel Lowell
  • Janet Izaak, Barbara Wolk, Matthew C. Levin, Ted Wolk, Anne Jacobson, Mel Lowell
  • Matthew C. Levin, Amy Linder
  • Member of Congress Lois Frankel, Matthew C. Levin, State Rep. Lori Berman
  • Rabbi Dan Levin
  • Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
  • Joanne Martin, Paul & Charne Sherman
  • Dorothy Wizer
  • Leon & Leona Brauser
  • Joe & Selma Sitrick
  • It was standing room only for the ribbon cutting under the tent in front of the main entrance
  • More than 500 guests enjoyed lunch in the cortille during the celebration