Aug 15, 2017
We join in horror, grief and outrage at the hate-filled white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. We are sickened by the vile racism and anti-Semitism on proud display at one of the largest such gatherings in decades, including Nazi flags, imagery, salutes, slogans and quotes from Hitler. Even without this stark reminder, as Jews we know all too well the depths where intolerance and extremism meet.
Jul 27, 2017
Moishe House’s newest home in Florida for post-college adults to build a community rooted in Jewish values hosted a special reception and ceremony for nearly 60 young adults and community leaders on Sunday, July 16, when its residents affixed a mezuzah to the house’s doorpost. The new Delray Beach location is home to three dynamic young men – Daniel Kay, 27, Chaim Romano, 28, and Benjamin Scheiner, 26 – who, in addition to their full-time jobs, are creating Jewish life opportunities by hosting weekly programs for hundreds of Jewish adults in their 20s.
Jul 11, 2017
Children and families are invited by PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County to drop in between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at frozen yogurt shops around town for sweet treats on hot summer nights - and enjoy story time with local rabbis as well as arts & crafts. For a third year, Conservative, Orthodox and Reform synagogues are partnering with PJ Library for a “Sweet Summer Series.” Each Wednesday night through August 9, a rabbi from one of seven partner synagogues will read PJ Library stories.
Jun 30, 2017
Through triumphs and tragedies over the millennia, we have learned that the security and the well-being of Israel and our Jewish people rest on Klal Yisrael, our shared commitment to each other across differences of geography, culture and observance. Israel has always been defined as the homeland of all the Jewish people, with strong ties and responsibilities far beyond its own borders and citizens. Therefore, as leaders of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, we were dismayed by this week’s stunning pair of decisions by the Israeli Prime Minister and his cabinet.
Jun 30, 2017
Before Shabbat and the holiday weekend, I want to update you on important developments here in Israel regarding the conversion legislation and the implementation of the 2016 resolution to establish a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (Western Wall).
Jun 27, 2017
I am writing from the Jewish Agency meetings in Israel, where the Prime Minister and his cabinet have made a pair of decisions that together could threaten the unity of the Jewish people and diaspora-Israel relations. First, the Israeli government suspended the historic 2016 "one wall for one people" Kotel Agreement for cynical political reasons. Second, the government introduced a bill that, if passed, would return a full monopoly to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate regarding conversions. South Palm Beach County has been a national leader in understanding that pluralism is crucial for Jewish unity, and our voices are needed now.
Jun 22, 2017
More than 250 people recently shared a unique opportunity to hear from two former White House Jewish Liaisons. Noam Neusner and Matt Nosanchuk who served, respectively, in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, shared the stage on May 22 at B’nai Torah Congregation, in an evening program presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Jun 19, 2017
Once again, a vibrant crowd from all across diverse Jewish South Palm Beach County came together in testament to the strength and joy of this united Jewish community. For a third year, the Jewish Unity Day event brought together local Jewish community leaders and members, to join with more than a million Jews in 24 countries across six continents in their own observances. The evening program was presented by the Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, a division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Jun 16, 2017
A committed delegation of sixteen leaders of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) headed to DC on May 16 for the Federation’s first community Mission to Washington. They spent two days in briefings with experts and advocating with their Members of Congress and U.S. Senators on issues of high importance to the Jewish community. And they returned even more committed to raising their voices for the most vulnerable among us.
May 30, 2017
Men of all ages who care about the community, sports and the best times together headed to the Florida Atlantic University’s Delray Acura Club at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on May 16 for a unique opportunity to hear from Lane Kiffin, FAU’s new head football coach. With a panoramic view overlooking the field where the Owls play, they also enjoyed dinner, an open bar and premium networking at this Men’s Night Out presented by the Men’s Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
May 23, 2017
Laurence “Larry” Blair has just become chair of Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, after chairing its Professional Advisory Committee (PAC). The Foundation now has assets of nearly $85 million, and granted almost $4 million in the past year.
May 22, 2017
With a nationally acclaimed comedian, live DJ and more, on Saturday, June 10, young adults from across the Jewish community will once again demonstrate what a great time can be had while helping the community. Starting at 9:30 p.m., they’ll head into Pavilion Grille in east Boca for a night to remember, and to benefit recipients of the many programs supported by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Comedian Jon Fisch has appeared on Last Comic Standing and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
May 22, 2017
More than 130 lay and professional leaders, rabbis and legacy donors from eleven South Palm Beach County Jewish agencies, schools, synagogues and Federation were feted at a warm, elegant evening event on May 9. Together, they celebrated their remarkable individual and collective successes as part of the local Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) program with a reception, live music, a keynote speaker, photo and video booths, and awards in Zinman Hall on the Federation’s west Boca Raton campus.
May 16, 2017
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County President and CEO, Matthew C. Levin, has announced a gift of $1 million from Boca Raton residents and philanthropists Judi and Allan Schuman. The visionary gift has created the Judi and Allan Schuman Center for Israel Engagement at the Federation, which will bring our community to Israel and Israel to our community by supporting missions, study and volunteering, expanding Israel programming, and more.
May 5, 2017
When the lights went down and a live feed from Poland appeared onscreen, the theme of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s 2017 Annual Meeting came alive. As larger than life greetings from three members of our March of the Living delegation, Marla Weiss Egers, Rabbi Josh Broide and Hal Klein, infused a packed Zinman Hall on April 25, there could be no doubt: we are, indeed, Our Federation. Our Community. Our World.
May 2, 2017
The Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, the community’s newest and luxurious Life Plan (also called Continuing Care Retirement) Community, celebrated the opening of its 125,860-square-foot Health Care Center last week. Located on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, at 21044 95th Avenue South, the Health Care Center serves the non-profit Sinai Residences’ independent living residents, and is open to the South Florida community at large. The Health Care Center also offers the first state-of-the-art skilled nursing center to open in Boca Raton in the last 20 years.
Apr 27, 2017
Members of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community are invited to a free, informative program featuring two former White House Jewish Liaisons. Noam Neusner, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting during the George W. Bush Administration; and Matt Nosanchuk, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama Administration, will speak on May 22, 2017 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and the program will start at 7:30 p.m.
Apr 19, 2017
Filled with caring, support and inspiration, dedicated local women philanthropists from across the local Jewish community came together on April 4, 2017 for the annual installation of the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Led by Women’s Philanthropy Board Member Jeanne Fibus, the brunch program in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus was also a celebration of their 2016-17 season.
Apr 13, 2017
Women of all ages from throughout the Jewish community are invited to a unique opportunity for an engaging and inspirational morning with national bestselling and award-winning author Jessica Fechtor on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Taking place in Zinman Hall on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus west of Boca Raton, Women’s Spring Education Day: Food for Thought will begin at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast (dietary laws observed).
Apr 6, 2017
On April 2, hundreds of volunteers made sure the phones rang out once again from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County throughout the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas. And hundreds more assembled kosher meal kits for distribution to neighbors in need as part of the international Good Deeds Day. By the end of the amazing day of community spirit chaired by Talia and Hal Klein, this vibrant, diverse Jewish community had raised $576,758 from 570 donors, and packaged 20,000 wholesome, easily prepared meals kits.