May 1, 2020

6th Annual Jewish Unity Day to Bring South PBC Jewish Community Together – Virtually With a Lively, Inspiring Multimedia Zoom Event on July 7

Once again, a vibrant crowd from every corner of Jewish South Palm Beach County will come together in testament and celebration of the strength and joy of their remarkable, united Jewish community. And while this year’s local 6th Annual Jewish Unity Day event will be virtual, it promises to be no less exciting, entertaining and inspirational. World class musical entertainment, videos, sketches, behind-the-scenes looks at our work together to meet the coronavirus crisis from rabbis and other Jewish community leaders, and more are in store - in a Tonight Show meets Saturday Night Live format. 
Everyone is invited to Zoom into the fast-paced 45-minute program, free of charge, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. They’ll receive the Zoom link right after registering at jewishboca.org/unityday. 

“As individuals, as families and as a Jewish community, we’ve faced unprecedented challenges in the past few months. And we continue to need each other for the inspiration, motivation and strength to face today and whatever lies ahead. So this year we’re taking our Jewish Unity Day program to a whole new level,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, Director of the event’s presenter, the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, a division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. 
“While we may not be able to gather in person, everyone - from the thousands who’ve joined us in previous years to first-timers – will see, hear and feel our unity as it radiates out into the community and far beyond,” Rabbi Broide continued. “As always, there will be tears, laughter, surprises and a Grand Finale in this incredible multimedia hour.”  
 

Observed around the world, Jewish Unity Day is inspired by how the Jewish world came together in outrage, grief, support and hope when three Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school and murdered in summer 2014. For the boys’ first yahrzeit, their parents asked the Jewish world to re-experience and strengthen that groundswell with the first Jewish Unity Day. Among the array of events held across the globe in response to their call, each year South Palm Beach County’s observance has been recognized as the largest and most inclusive in the world. As always, the boys and their parents will be remembered and honored in this year’s virtual program.
To foster the spirit of unity around the boys’ deaths, their parents also inspired the Jerusalem Unity Prize, given each year “to individuals, organizations, and initiatives in Israel and throughout the Jewish world whose actions are instrumental in advancing mutual respect for others amongst the Jewish people, during crises and in daily life.” Two years ago, in recognition of its successful extensive, creative and courageous efforts, South Palm Beach County became the only community ever to receive this prestigious international prize, and the first recipient in the Diaspora. And those important efforts continue.
 

“This extraordinary Jewish community has done an astounding job of coming together these past months, as we always do when faced with local, domestic or international challenges,” said Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “We consistently put aside our differences and unite, in all our diversity, for greater purposes.”
“But here in South Palm Beach County, we go much farther, practicing Jewish unity every day like no other community,” continued Levin. “We do not wait for a tragedy or challenge to unite. We come together simply because we are all one Jewish family, we are stronger together, and rewards of caring, friendship and helping our community and our people are beautiful and profound.”
The 2020 Virtual Jewish Unity Day is generously sponsored by the Helen & Irving Spatz Foundation.
Participants will receive their Zoom link when they register for the event at jewishboca.org/unityday. For more information, contact Rabbi Josh Broide at 561.702.3864 or joshb@bocafed.org.