Dec 6, 2013
This year, the spark caught early and fast, and our Federation is ablaze with Campaign activity. From Campaign Ignition a couple of weeks ago to last night’s record-breaking Sandler Family Major Gifts Event, it’s clear we’re on fire. We’re building on last season’s $600,000 campaign growth with even more ways to get involved, expanding on last year’s successes while introducing important new initiatives. Now it’s time to tell our stories of giving throughout the community. Because with our Jewish family’s ever-increasing needs before us, we simply must do even more extraordinary things.
Dec 4, 2013
With great sadness we observe the passing of Dr. Melvin R. Clayman, Founder of Federation’s longstanding beneficiary agency JARC, and a pillar of our Jewish community. Mel passed away on November 29, 2013 and a memorial service was held on December 2. Upon moving to Florida, Mel looked for a program for his son Barry. Finding none, he developed a concept for residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The Barry Clayman House opened in 1987, and JARC has gone on to remarkable growth and service. Mel’s vision will continue to help countless families for decades to come. He was a true blessing to our community and will be deeply missed.
Dec 3, 2013
A world-renowned Holocaust photo exhibit came to South Palm Beach County for the first time in October 2013. More than 1,500 people came to the Federation campus to witness, learn and commemorate in a transformed Zinman Hall. The exhibit of 40 panels was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). From local schoolchildren to aging survivors, Jews and gentiles, the visitors attended special programs and public viewings of The Courage to Remember exhibit throughout the week.
Nov 27, 2013
For the past year, we’ve been talking about reaching a new day at Federation – a time when we emerge from the challenges of a fledgling Jewish community and an economic downturn to become a stronger, more cohesive “community builder” – that brings us together to care for each other today as well as tomorrow. That day has come. Our bright future is reflected by our new Vision and Mission statements.
Nov 22, 2013
Earlier this month, it was my absolute joy and privilege to travel to Israel for five transformative days with 30 of our Jewish community’s key leaders. From our Federation, our synagogues and our agencies, we returned united in our commitment to create a community in which, from our diversity, we stand as one for Israel, we rise as one to preserve Jewish identity, and together we answer the call to understand and care for each other – at home, in Israel and wherever our Jewish family is in need.
Nov 14, 2013
An evening of elegance, insights and inspiration awaits hundreds of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s largest donors at this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. They’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, for a cocktail reception, dinner and to hear from David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN.
Nov 11, 2013
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, in conjunction with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), is mobilizing a communal response to the super Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread destruction in the Philippines. JFNA today opened a mailbox for Federations to support relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which is raising funds for relief efforts.
Nov 8, 2013
As 2013 draws to an end and our thoughts turn to taxes, it may be time to consider some ways you can build our community and your legacy. Some vehicles you might consider are IRA Rollovers to Charitable Organizations for taxpayers age 70 ½ or older, a Charitable Lead Trust, a Donor Advised Fund, an Endowment Fund, or donation of an insurance policy. The Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation is committed to finding the right vehicle for each individual or family interested in leaving a legacy – with a strong team of dedicated volunteer Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) members and experienced staff to help.
Nov 8, 2013
Highlighting the local season’s treasure trove of women’s events and programs is the most awaited annual event in Jewish women’s philanthropy: the Lion of Judah Luncheon. The roar from the Polo Club will resound across the globe at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, when about 500 members of the “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County celebrate their “Moments, Milestones and Miracles.”
Nov 1, 2013
Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Jeffrey Bleustein, former CEO of Harley-Davidson, amid premium networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Bleustein will share his three plus decades of industry insight at the second event of the 2013-14 Industry Icon Series for the Federation’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) in Zinman Hall on November 21, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Oct 22, 2013
Featuring another powerful, poignant Holocaust-related film, the 12th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum (KFF) will observe the “Night of Broken Glass,” raise scholarship funds for teen March of the Living participants, and honor a local family. “No Place on Earth,” a new film in English, tells the story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived the Holocaust by hiding from the Nazis deep inside massive caves. The film will be screened on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. American caver Chris Nicola, who “discovered” the caves and captured this remarkable story, will speak at each viewing, along with survivors of the experience. Between the screenings, a donor reception will honor three generations of the local Kwal family for their support of the March and their service and generosity to the Jewish community and people.
Oct 8, 2013
A terrific evening of Canasta, Mah Jongg, Social Bridge and treats awaits women of all ages from throughout the community. They’re invited to bring their “game” cards and sets to the beautiful Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place in Boca Raton on October 29. The fun and friendship begin at 7:00 p.m.; the energy is sure to stay high and the welcome warm for hours.
Oct 8, 2013
A record number of 1,700 Lions is now convening in New York City to kick off the 2012 International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) at the Marriott Marquis. The three-day JFNA conference, which is co-chaired by Betsy Hoos of New Haven and Leslie Sidell of Colorado, coincides with the Lion of Judah’s 40th anniversary and is the first-ever ILOJC in New York City.
Oct 4, 2013
I hope your New Year has been happy and healthy – as it is for our Federation. Our offices, hallways and meetings buzz with vibrant activity as the 2014 season gets underway on the crest of 2013’s increased Annual Campaign and endowments. We’re also reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Though delegitimization efforts have replaced regiments and terror has replaced tanks, Israel faces those same enemies. We in the Diaspora are clearly no less essential to her well-being and security today than we were in 1973, as the Federation system and our international partner agencies continue to gather and quickly distribute vital resources where they were most needed.
Sep 18, 2013
Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have the opportunity to hear from Lewis Katz, former owner of NJ Nets/Devils, amid premium networking on. Katz will kick off the first event of the 2013-14 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P) on October 16, 2013 from 8:00 -10:00 am. Last season, more than 150 gathered for each of three widely acclaimed Icon Events. Once again, they’ll be gathering in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus to show how B&P is good for business as well as the community.
Aug 12, 2013
Local Young Adult Division leader Bryan Drowos recently returned from Ethiopia and Israel, powerfully moved and inspired by the historic mission. Called “Completing the Journey,” this final mission capped an amazing three-decade campaign by Jewish Federations, the government of Israel, the Jewish Agency and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to resettle 90,000 Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Among their amazing experiences, mission participants indeed completed the journey from Ethiopia to Israel alongside 58 olim.
Jun 27, 2013
One of the most promising and groundbreaking projects for our Federation is leaping forward, as we recognize the 115th reservation of an independent living residence at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. This state-of-the-art active retirement community will soon bring a vibrant, fulfilling lifestyle for seniors – right here on our Federation’s north campus. Occupying 22 acres with 650,000 square foot of beautifully appointed and landscaped living space, the area’s newest retirement community is a true innovation that will help meet our community’s significant need for quality senior living while generating revenue to support our Federation’s vital mission.
Jun 27, 2013
A public plea from the novelist Alice Walker urging Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Israel has gone unheeded. Keys joins other stars including Rihanna and Elton John who have performed in Israel despite protests and calls to boycott, while other celebrities including Stephen Hawkings have very publicly canceled plans to travel to the country. But, as the New York Post's editor stated above the following op ed published by the paper on June 19, 2013, ". . . Israel’s consul general here in New York has some words for Walker." Our Federation is familiar with the outstanding "Brand Israel" work of Aharoni through his two presentations on our campus for local and Florida leaders last year.
May 31, 2013
The nearly 3,000 of you who were at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, May 19 will need no explanation of why Israel Fest 65 will always stand out as the culminating highlight of my first year at Federation. Amid banners and flags, and a pride that was palpable, was the full vibrant diversity of our Jewish community – all ages and stages of life, all backgrounds, all neighborhoods – together for one purpose: to celebrate the miracles of our homeland’s Statehood and its phenomenal, rapid transformation into a democracy at the cutting edge of technology & science, culture & the arts, humanitarian aid and the environment.
May 30, 2013
Amid Israeli flags and falafel, top quality live music, children’s activities, and display tents, nearly 3,000 people of all ages filled Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday May 19, 2013, with performances by The Maccabeats, Boca Raton Symphonia and local Day School and congregational school students. With ruach emanating throughout the community, they stood together in unmistakable commitment to celebrate the 65th anniversary - and the miracles - of the modern State of Israel. South Palm Beach County’s vibrant Jewish diversity was on full display at the area’s largest annual Jewish community event.