May 17, 2013
Once again, thousands from throughout our community will be headed to Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton this Sunday, May 19, filled with pride and joy for our homeland. Together we'll remember the miracle of this pioneering nation, and pay tribute to its phenomenal transformation into today's dynamic State of Israel. With family fun starting at 3:30 pm, live music from the Maccabeats and the Boca Raton Symphonia, students and dignitaries, flags and banners, falafel and other great kosher food, Israel Fest 65 is sure to delight and inspire all ages. I'm looking forward to raising the ruach with you!
May 6, 2013
In a neon-lit lounge atmosphere with the sounds of Duran Duran, Kiss, Motley Crue and even Boy George spun by DJs from Miami’s ULTRA Music Festival, and a live performance by Bounce. . . amid Simply Irresistible 80s Chic wear & big hair, a DeLorean “photo booth,” throwback cocktails and the finest in young company, I LOVE THE 80s is sure to be the season’s premier night out for young Jewish couples and singles in their 20s to early 40s.
May 3, 2013
This week, we celebrated our many accomplishments and thanked our leaders at the 2013 Annual Meeting. From the red carpet entrance til the final curtain call, the sense of pride and partnership among 250 passionate, committed community leaders and donors was a true testament to “An Epic Year.” It left no doubt that we are indeed building a stronger community to care for each other. Roxane and Michael Lipton chaired a movie-themed evening of warmth, joy and optimism that will resound for a long time, as it set the stage for the coming year. Four of our brightest stars received significant awards. It was my honor and privilege to present the following vision for our community – a vision that resonates far beyond the people in the room that night, encompassing all our community and, especially, the thousands of people you help feed, protect, teach, inspire, save and comfort every day, everywhere.
Apr 26, 2013
This week, I’m writing from Jerusalem, on a Mission with 25 members of our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee. Even after a couple dozen visits to Israel, I’m overwhelmed like a first-timer at the miracle of this young, yet age-old country. As we explore together, it’s a privilege and a joy to watch our actual first-timers form their connections to the people and the land. Raised in different communities, from an array of Jewish backgrounds, our feeling of unity in our homeland is something we will never forget. Here is yet another sign that our community’s future is bright, with seasoned and aspiring leaders taking time to see the fruits of our labors in Israel, and ready to strengthen our powerful bonds here.
Apr 12, 2013
We’ve heard it loud and clear in epic events like the Adolph Eichmann capture, the Entebbe hostage rescue, the destruction of Iraq’s nuclear reactor. We hear it when our community ensures that new generations will keep alive the memories and lessons of the Holocaust, and when our survivors courageously share their stories. But it’s up to each of us to see that Never Again is embedded throughout Jewish life. Protecting, sustaining and furthering the well-being, strength and ruach of our Jewish people is nothing less than our own powerful battle cry.
Mar 15, 2013
More than 200 like-minded young lay leaders and professionals from Federations across the United States and Canada convened in Dallas on March 10-12 to build their skills as change agents for their communities. Aimed at inspiring younger Jews to become even stronger leaders, “Be the Change” was co-chaired by National Young Leadership (NYL) Cabinet Member Bryan Drowos, who also serves as Young Adult Division (YAD) Chair for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Melis Feingold also attended from South Palm Beach County.
Mar 4, 2013
How do you get from Brooklyn to Boca? Take the Subway! Entrepreneurs and professionals from throughout the area will have a great opportunity to hear Larry Feldman share lessons from his three-plus decades of distinguished franchise experience as CEO of Subway Development Corporation. The Industry Icons breakfast event on March 20, 2013 is offered by the Federation’s Business & Professional (B&P) Division. Premium networking and breakfast begin at 8:00 am in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. The program starts promptly at 8:30.
Feb 11, 2013
Young Jewish adults ages 22-26 from South Palm Beach County are being sought for the fun and exciting adventure of a lifetime – a free Taglit-Birthright Israel trip to Israel with their local peers late in June 2013. Registration for our community’s first dedicated Birthright bus opens February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am ET, at www.absolutelyisrael.com. Previous applicants may register early, from February 11 at noon. Local applicants are directed to use the referral code SPalm28 for the community bus.
Feb 5, 2013
Entrepreneurs and professionals will have a great opportunity to hear from true sports authorities with a panel on “The Business of Sports,” on February 5, 2013. The event is the third installment of the season’s Industry Icons series offered by the Federation’s new B&P Division. Among the panelists will be Cliff Viner, Florida Panthers General Partner & CEO; Adam Zissman, Miami Dolphins General Counsel; and moderator Joe Girvan, ESPN 760 Sports Anchor.
Jan 8, 2013
The “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will once again rededicate and celebrate at their annual ingathering. The 2013 Lion of Judah Luncheon will take place at Boca West Country Club on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:30 am.
Dec 13, 2012
Business leaders and professionals will have the opportunity to hear from Bob Diener, founder of hotels.com and president & founder of getaroom.com amid premium networking, on December 19 from 8:00-10:00 am. Diener, an industry pioneer whose innovative ideas have transformed the online travel business, will keynote the second Industry Icon Event.
Dec 13, 2012
Young adults from throughout Palm Beach County will be celebrating Hanukkah in a new way designed just for them, at “The Blue & White Party” on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The seasonal festivities begin at 7:00 pm at The Omphoy Ocean Resort in Palm Beach. With a mix of tradition and today, the event will feature latkes (potato pancakes), hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and free raffle drawing.
Dec 12, 2012
Don't miss the exciting first event of Federation's new Business & Professional Division! Business leaders and professionals from throughout the area will have a unique opportunity to hear from financial analyst and philanthropist Leon G. Cooperman amid premium networking, on November 8 from 8:00-10:00 am.
Oct 26, 2012
The joy and reflection of the holidays renews our awareness of how many people, from our neighborhoods to our global Jewish family, depend on us to sweeten their lives. At the Federation, there’s a palpable buzz in the air as we rev up to kick our 2013 Annual Campaign into high gear. We’ll be reaching out as never before to build on our long track record, engaging our community in caring for each other. Could there be a better theme for our Annual Campaign? TOGETHER WE DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS!
Sep 7, 2012
Next week, I’ll be headed to New York City with 65 of our community’s brightest, most caring and dedicated women. So you might be surprised to learn just how at home I am as the only man among the largest delegation (outside the NYC area) to the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) – unless you’ve met my mother or my wife. And the accomplished women in my family are hardly an exception. Throughout Jewish and secular life, and at the very core of our Federation, we are beholden to Jewish women for their vision and contributions.
Sep 7, 2012
This week, my work began with joy and ruach at my first visit to Torah Academy of Boca Raton. Our Jewish community is blessed with four vibrant, diverse (Federation beneficiary) day schools that provide outstanding preparation for Jewish life, as well as a wealth of other opportunities for high quality Jewish education and experiences. It’s no wonder that menchlichkeit abounds here. Yet, it is upon us as a community to extend - to far more Jewish families - these opportunities that will enrich their lives as they secure our Jewish future.
Aug 31, 2012
Especially at election season and on topics that arouse our deepest passions as caring Jews, respectful discourse is essential to our strength and well-being as a community and as a people. Diversity of opinion is a cornerstone of Jewish tradition, and the need for civility in our Jewish community goes far beyond elections and public discourse. To fulfill our essential communal responsibility to take care of our people, it is upon us – as institutions and as individuals - to learn to live together in a more genteel manner. Let each of us be a light unto this community.
Aug 24, 2012
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.
Aug 17, 2012
This week, we saw the conclusion of the 2012 Olympics in London. While symbolizing the ideal of international cooperation, harmony and human dignity, these Games represented the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli team members in Munich. While the International Olympic Committee unconscionably refused to commemorate this horrific moment in Olympic history, athletes from France, Italy, the United States and other nations bravely stood up for these victims of terror. With support from members of the media and many world leaders, and a petition signed by more than 100,000 people, the Munich 11 indisputably did return to the forefront of global consciousness. We are reminded once again how terrorism remains a threat to peace-loving people everywhere.
May 31, 2012
Fifty caring, generous women gathered in Zinman Hall on Federation campus recently for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Women's Philanthropy Installation Celebration. At the spring celebration chaired by Margie Marlowe and Shirley Solomon, the women welcomed their new leadership including Emily Grabelsky as Women's Philanthropy Chair.