May 28, 2015
Last summer, three Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three boys were found and buried together. More than 1,000 people from throughout South Palm Beach County’s diverse Jewish community gathered together not once, but twice to pray, to mourn and to stand in solidarity with the boys’ families and the State and people of Israel. Now, a year later, the families of the boys are asking the Jewish world to re-experience and strengthen last summer’s groundswell of unity by participating in their first yarzheit. Our Federation invites join local rabbis and leaders, as well as Jewish communities around the world, to honor the memories of Naftali, Gil-ad and Eyal on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus,
May 26, 2015
Our Israeli Sister City may be located far across the globe but, since 2002, the two communities have just kept getting closer by building living bridges through Partnership 2Gether (P2G) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Residents and institutions – women, students, athletes, educators, physicians, law enforcement and more - have been coming together through a wide array of exchanges, visits and shared projects around common experiences, goals and needs for the enhancement of both communities. And all the while they’ve also been forging personal multigenerational relationships among individuals and families. In the latest professional exchange, Dianne Matthew, LCSW, JFS Vice President of Clinical Services, and Laurie Intondi, LCSW, JFS Vice President of Senior Services, spent five days with social workers in Kiryat Bialik. Together with Shosh Sukenik, local head of social services, and her devoted staff, they toured various senior day centers, after-school programs for children from families in need, a day club for Ethiopian-Israeli women, youth center for teens at risk, and more.
May 13, 2015
This season, our Federation launched its first-ever 60 Days of Impact, a highly-successful program that rallied the local Jewish community to give, volunteer and get engaged like never before.The goal was to make a powerful impact by giving, volunteering and getting engaged. And the results were extraordinary. More than 2,000 members of the community responded during the two months, by contributing $3,071,558 to our Annual Campaign. Community members also expressed their impact at more than 40 events, on social media and in volunteer projects.
May 7, 2015
With applause and cheers ringing throughout the night, an outsider might have thought they’d walked into a rally rather than our Federation’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Indeed, on April 29, our paths led us from all neighborhoods and Jewish backgrounds to Zinman Hall with plenty to celebrate together at the very hub of our community - kvelling about our year’s shared accomplishments, paying well-earned tribute to our leaders, and looking more strategically than ever toward needs and challenges ahead. From the moment Chairs Emily Grabelsky and Dorothy Wizer welcomed the enthusiastic crowd aboard “FEDEXPEDITIONS: A Journey to Impact” from a cockpit (onscreen), we knew we were in for quite a ride!
May 4, 2015
Against the vibrant backdrop of amazing works of art, nearly 100 Jewish women came together on April 27, 2015 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The women enjoyed a gourmet brunch buffet at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Together, with joy, laughter and some tears, they remembered and celebrated 2014-15, then recommitted as they looked to the year ahead.
Apr 27, 2015
As our thoughts and prayers are with victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, please join our humanitarian response to provide immediate aid. The quickest way is to click here and make your donation through the Jewish Federations of North America Nepal Relief Fund.
Apr 23, 2015
More than 100 girls with their mothers, grandmothers and American Girl dolls overflowed an attractively partitioned area of the dress section at Lord & Taylor in Mizner Park in east Boca Raton on Sunday, April 19. Many girls and dolls were quite dressed up for the sold out event – a special Afternoon tea with PJ Library® of South Palm Beach County and Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of the “Rebecca Books” in American Girl’s historical series.
Apr 20, 2015
Amid a sea of blue and white, thousands of South Palm Beach County residents of all ages will once again stand together in solidarity and spirit; showcase our vibrant, diverse Jewish community; hear top quality live music and dignitaries; and enjoy family fun – at IsraelFest. Joyous yet profound, this year’s free community-wide celebration of the State of Israel will again be held at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, on Sunday, May 17, starting at 3:00 pm. With a lineup led by Josh Nelson & Neshama Carlbach, two superstars of Jewish music, the ruach from IsraelFest 2015 will radiate from Downtown Boca Raton across the community and around the world. And this year the event even includes a free visit to an Israeli art exhibit. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invites EVERYONE to join in!
Apr 20, 2015
Vowing, “Never again,” about 500 members of the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities gathered in solidarity to commemorate the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a few days before Yom HaShoah. A crowd of 250 gathered in the Boca Raton Christian School gymnasium at 3:00 pm. The group walked half a mile along Boca Raton streets to Temple Beth El – proclaiming their purpose enroute with banners held high - for a deeply moving "Interfaith Holocaust Commemorative Remembrance Program."
Apr 2, 2015
This Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County not only banked on the Jewish community to once again make and answer hours of Phone-A-Thon calls. In addition to the hundreds of volunteers making calls, they also counted on a couple hundred more to observe the international Good Deeds Day by assembling kosher meal kits. The community clearly came through on both counts, raising $401,089 for the Federation’s Annual Campaign, and putting together 20,786 meal kits for recipients of the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS.
Apr 1, 2015
After exploring sports, fine spirits and Cuba as well as philanthropy together this season, our Men’s Division took on a topic of most critical concern for their spring event: “Follow the Money: Who Is Really Funding the Terrorists?” On March 24, men of all ages who care about premium time together as well as helping the community overflowed Chuck and Gail Lichtman’s beautiful Sun & Surf home and patio area in Boca Raton. After connecting over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails by the pool, they got down to serious business with renowned international terrorism financing expert Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Mar 30, 2015
Amid premium networking, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Ira Leesfield, former presidential advisor and renowned attorney, on Thursday evening, April 16. Leesfield will headline the next Industry Icon Event for Federation’s B&P Division, wrapping up the current season’s series.
Mar 27, 2015
This month’s Israeli election continues to occupy my heart and mind, as I’m sure it does for many of you. With the pundits so prolific, there’s no need to recap or make yet more projections here. But I do feel deeply compelled at this time to share a critical reminder with our community.
Mar 23, 2015
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is extremely proud to share that on March 23, 2015, the national Jewish Daily Forward newspaper named our community’s own Rabbi Josh Broide to their 2015 list of America’s Most Inspiring American Rabbis/33 Men & Women Who Move Us. Rabbi Broide moved to Boca Raton in 2000 and has served the local Jewish community in a number of professional roles ever since, Rabbi Broide joined the Federation as its first Director of Community Engagement last year.
Mar 20, 2015
Vowing, “Never again,” the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities will walk together in solidarity in commemoration of the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a few days before Yom HaShoah, (Holocaust Memorial Day). Participants will gather at 3:00 pm for brief welcoming remarks in the Boca Raton Christian School’s gymnasium. Hundreds of community members will join Holocaust survivors, their families and their supporters to march together on the streets of Boca Raton, beginning at 3:15 PM. Their destination will be Temple Beth El of Boca Raton for a meaningful Holocaust Remembrance program at 4:00 pm. The march is approximately half a mile; a complimentary return shuttle bus will bring marchers back to the Boca Raton Christian School parking lot following the Yom HaShoah program.
Mar 18, 2015
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County leadership, local Rabbis, project partners, and future residents gathered on March 3 for a traditional “topping off” ceremony for the Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. The event marked a celebration of an almost-finished construction site, an expression of hope for the secure completion of the structure, and a blessing for the building and its more than 450 future inhabitants. All of Sinai Residences’ independent living apartments are fully reserved and a waiting list has begun.
Mar 17, 2015
This Super Sunday, our Federation is not only counting on the Jewish community to once again answer the call on March 29. With the theme of “Everyone Counts,” they’re also inviting volunteers to be part of this year’s international “Good Deeds Day” with a hands-on helping project. In addition to hundreds of volunteers making calls throughout the community, they’ll be assembling 20,000 kosher meals to be donated to the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS. And it’s all at the Federation! Volunteers will make calls at three shifts, with a special teen shift, and the meal assembly will take place from 2:00-400 p.m. with volunteers ages 7-107.
Mar 16, 2015
Like many of you, I’m sure, one of my favorite times with my family and on our Federation campus is Purim. What a joy to work amid the vibrant costumes, the music, the triumphant story that resonates so well today. Our community, like others around the world, comes alive with spirited megillah readings, carnivals and parades. And now, as they do every year, our thoughts turn to preparing for Passover.
Mar 12, 2015
The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County invites the community to share their success with a remarkable opportunity to hear Sharon Tal of Maskit – The Israeli Fashion House at their 2015 Granting Wishes Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, March 11at 5:30 p.m. at Boca Rio Golf Club. Both new and prized vintage Maskit fashions will be on display. Guests will also be the first to learn JWF’s 2015 grant awards to programs in our community and in Israel.
Mar 6, 2015
While you’ve been hearing from me through other forums, I’m excited to restart my CEO Messages after a very busy hiatus. I look forward to sharing news and perspectives with you again. Today, I’ll start with two major milestones for Sinai Residences under construction on our campus, and the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech.