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Fall 2008

A Publication of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Volume 4, Number 1 \ A Guide for Jewish Living and Giving in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach

Across the World for Jews in Need Our Federation responds in person for Georgia’s post-war recovery Major Gifts Elie Wiesel sure to inspire at Evening of Valor

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A New Event Just for Men The inaugural Invitational Golf Classic at Boca Rio 2008-9: A Season of Highlights A Nobel laureate, a rock star & everything in between – Community-Wide & Country Clubs Corporate Partners Stanford Financial Group takes sponsorship to a whole new level Women’s Philanthropy LOJ Luncheon to crest a season of inspiration, education, philanthropy & fun Synagogue & Agency Chai-Lights NEW! What’s happening at our community’s synagogues and agencies Jewish Community Foundation A new campaign to meet more needs through unrestricted endowment funds


In times like these, we come together as a community. Unprecedented foreclosure rates. Rising unemployment. Escalating food and services costs. Unstable gas prices. The sharp decline of the dollar abroad. There is no doubt that the current economic climate presents challenges for most of us, forcing many people to cut back on expenses and make changes in their lifestyles. Yet, it is precisely during times like these that the most vulnerable members of our community need our help like never before; for it is those with the least who truly stand to lose the most. As the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County embarks on our 2009 Campaign for Jewish Needs, we invite you to take a glimpse at the lives of some of our neighbors and beneficiaries overseas who are facing particularly hard times this year. The only way we can possibly meet the increased costs and requests for help is if each member

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of our Jewish community contributes at whatever level he or she feels comfortable. Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, every donation brightens the life of someone in need, and strengthens the bonds with our Jewish family everywhere. See “Neighbors in Need” on page 24

Welcome to Chai Life traveling across the world for jews in need

This publication is produced by the Marketing & Communications Department of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Development Andrew M. Rose

From Stewart G. Harris, Chairman of the Board

Dear Neighbors—

Director of Marketing Operations Erryn Abiri

When Russia invaded the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia this past August, more than 160,000 people were displaced — including hundreds of Jews around the poverty-stricken areas of Gori and Tskhinvali. The Jewish Agency For Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)— two of Federation’s overseas partners— were on the ground amidst the bombings, locating and rescuing every Jew in those communities. After learning of this heroic mission, our Federation decided to go there ourselves to see first-hand the impact of the war on the Jewish community. Ours is the only Federation to have visited since the Russian invasion and it was an experience that neither I, nor Federation President and CEO Bill Bernstein, nor our Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development Andy Rose, will ever forget. We learned how difficult life was even before the recent hostilities, and how residents are coping with even less in the aftermath.

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We are even more mindful now that our Jewish family needs our help not only in our own community and in Israel, but in places we rarely if ever hear about. And we know even more, with our hearts as well as our minds, just what a difference we can make across the world. I urge you to view photos of our journey on pages 30 and 31, as well as in the galleries on our Web site at These visuals leave no doubt as to the plight of Georgian Jews and the life-saving work supported by Federation dollars through our donors’ generosity.

Chair Stewart G. Harris Vice Chair, Campaign Ellen R. Sarnoff Vice Chair, Jewish Community Foundation David Pratt Vice Chair, Women’s Philanthropy Anne L. Jacobson Vice Chair, Planning & Allocations Ted Struhl

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Treasurer Michael J. Weinberg Secretary Albert Gortz Assistant Secretary Stephen A. Mendelsohn Vice Chair Jill Deutch Vice Chair Cindy Orbach Nimhauser Vice Chair Robin Struhl President & CEO William S. Bernstein, MSW Federation/UJA Campaign Chair, Campaign Ellen R. Sarnoff Vice Chair, Campaign David Schimel, M.D. Metro Division Co-Chairs Ollie Louis Susan Rahn Jonathan Sahn Campaign Professionals Executive Vice President, Financial Resource Development Irv E. Geffen Senior Vice President, Campaign & Community Development Marla Weiss Egers

Postcards from Israel This is my third trip to Israel and I’m always struck by its beauty – th e people, the geogra phy and the spirit . You really feel at ho me here. – Leora Hermann

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Images and messages from the Federation’s Community-Wide Israel@60 Mission, November 16-23, 2008

We planted trees for future generations just as pioneers planted for us. We used our own hands because this is our land, Eretz Yisroel, and it flourishes through the combined efforts of those who live here as well as those who support them. – David Katzman

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An evening of valor with elie wiesel Evening of Valor Chairs Rani Garfinkle & Warren and Robin Struhl

Who better to keynote the most prestigious event of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s year than Elie Wiesel? The Evening of Valor will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the Polo Club in Boca Raton. Titled “Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue,” the Evening of Valor is the largest fundraising event of the Federation’s campaign season.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and human rights champion Elie Wiesel will keynote the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Evening of Valor event on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the Polo Club in Boca Raton.

Evening of Valor Co-Chair Rani Garfinkle is thrilled that Elie Wiesel accepted Federation’s invitation to be the keynote speaker.

“Elie Wiesel. Just his name evokes the richness of Jewish history and values. He exemplifies the importance of memory, dignity, forgiveness, compassion and conscience - and of acting in accordance,” said Garfinkle. “With these attributes, and his renowned gift for speaking, I can’t imagine a more powerfully inspiring message for this most valued audience.” Wiesel will share his personal experiences of the Holocaust and how, from the depths of human cruelty, he embraced human grace to travel the world showing victims they are not alone, and dedicating his life to stopping and preventing atrocities, and addressing persecution, famine, genocide, war and apartheid on behalf of diverse peoples throughout the world. “His message will resonate with our major donors, of all ages and from all streams of Judaism,” added Robin Struhl, who is also chairing the evening with her husband, Warren. The future of the Jewish people – and of humanity – depends on what we do in the present. And to have a Jewish future, we must remember our past. Elie Wiesel is our past, our present, and our future.” One of the most respected men of our time, Wiesel, a survivor of Auschwitz, has been lauded throughout the world both for his definitive contributions to Holocaust literature, and as a lifelong champion of human rights worldwide. “This important annual event honors and celebrates our major donors - our champions - whose generosity enables us to help so many in our community, in Israel, and around the world,” added the Federation’s 2009 Campaign Chair, Ellen R. Sarnoff. “This vital group contributes 65% of the more than $20 million our Federation raises and allocates annually, acting on their overriding concern for those in need whether in good or difficult years. They truly understand that while these tough economic times mean some inconvenience for those more fortunate, more and more in our community, including so many on small fixed incomes, are overwhelmed with the costs of daily living and fears of losing their homes – and having to choose between food and medicine.”

and co-chaired by Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, Jeanette and Sherman Vogel, Diane and Larry Feldman, Elaine Stein Roberts, and Pamela and Robert Weinroth. All proceeds from the Evening of Valor benefit the 2009 UJA/Federation Annual Campaign which supports critical programs and services locally, in Israel and around the world. The minimum donation is $10,000 to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Campaign. The Federation’s Major Gifts Program is generously sponsored by Kaplan, Krauss & Levine, LLC; Proskauer Rose LLP; and Steinberg Global Asset Management, Ltd. For more information about the Evening of Valor, visit or contact Melissa Costner at (561) 852-3160 or MAJOR GIFTS SPONSORS

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Campaign Leaders Laud 2008 Generosity as Needs Escalate On behalf of the beneficiaries of Federation funding, we extend our most heartfelt thanks to our committed and generous Jewish community for so thoroughly rising to the call of our 2008 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign. Together, you provided $20,750,000 to meet critical ongoing and emergency needs. Your generosity has touched the lives of families here, in Israel and around the world who need food and shelter. You have come to the aid of local elderly residents in dire need of health care. You have helped our neighbors with disabilities learn vocational skills. You have enabled thousands of people to discover and embrace their Jewish heritage. You have truly helped to ensure a stronger and brighter Jewish future for our own community, and so much more. It is because of our generous donors that we are able to do so much good in our own communities, in Israel and in more than 60 countries around the world. Thank you for extending the 2008 lifeline to our Jewish family in need. Now, amid these difficult times, we are privileged to extend our leadership to the 2009 campaign. We have seen firsthand the dramatic rise in critical needs within our Jewish family both in our neighborhoods and overseas – in the face of escalating costs of delivering even the current level of vital services. And now we must come together as never before to answer these calls for help. Please join us again, so this year, those with the least do not lose the most.

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Exciting. Engaging. Inspiring.

2008-2009: A Season of Highlights From a Nobel laureate to a rock star, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has prepared a season like no other – a season of inspiration, entertainment, education, connections and so much more. From December through May, more than a hundred events are truly offering something for everyone - with unprecedented opportunities to be part of our Jewish community. Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, E Street Band’s Max Weinberg, Freedom Writers’ Erin Gruwell, and journalist Lisa Ling are only a few amid the marquee presenters. Here are a few highlights among highlights - just glimmers of all to come. The season will be shining brightly when Elie Wiesel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and countless international honors, and a renowned Holocaust author and human rights champion, keynotes the much-anticipated Evening of Valor: Justice, Justice

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You Shall Pursue for major donors on January 18 at

Country Club - featuring Max Weinberg, longtime

Ourselves. The event is chaired by Hava Holzhauer

Polo Country Club. The evening is chaired by Rani

drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and

and Ilene Wohlgemuth, and sponsored by Boca Raton

Garfinkle, and Robin and Warren Struhl, and co-

currently with his namesake house band for Late

Community Hospital and Wild Hare Salon.

chaired by Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, Jeanette and

Night with Conan O’Brien. Chaired by Rosa & Glen

Sherman Vogel, Diane and Larry Feldman, Elaine

Golish, Wendy & Les Schlesinger and Randi & David

This year’s Lion of Judah Outreach, on January

Stein Roberts, and Pamela and Robert Weinroth.

Winter, the evening brings together and celebrates

29 at the new Caldwell Theater in Boca Raton,

The Federation’s 2009 Major Gifts Program is

younger contributors to the Annual Campaign.

will feature morning and afternoon programs with

generously sponsored by Kaplan, Krauss & Levine,

The evening is generously sponsored by TD Bank,

Robert Krakow, author and producer of The False

LLC; Proskauer Rose LLP; and Steinberg Global Asset

Gateway Insurance, Kaufman Lynn, and The Boca

Witness, a docudrama and morality play that

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Holocaust – by testimonies from historical figures

Rolled out with great pride, the brand new Federation Men’s First Invitational Golf Classic at Boca Rio Golf Club offers a wonderful opportunity for men to enjoy companionship and an exclusive golf experience on January 26. The event is open to men who contribute to the 2009 Annual Campaign at the $5,000 level or above. Chaired by Alan Cornell, Michael Lipton and Joseph Mishkin, the Golf Classic also offers a wide range of creative sponsorship opportunities. Highlighting the season’s wealth of women’s

like William Shakespeare, Henry Ford, and Pope Generations of local Jewish women will again

Pius XII. The event is chaired by Janet Sherr and

celebrate their shared bonds of caring and giving

Arlene Goldenberg, and sponsored by Boca Raton

at the third annual Stepping Up to a New Era of

Community Hospital and Wild Hare Salon.

Leadership on March 5 at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Continuing this luncheon speakers’

The Super Sunday phone-a-thon, Federation’s largest

tradition of powerful wisdom through outrageous wit,

annual community fundraiser, will be held on March

Ruth Andrew Ellenson, best known for editing The

15. With a new theme, “The Giving Tree,” the day

Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt, will keynote.

is being chaired by Jill & Ted Deutch and Gail &

The event is chaired by Rebecca Appelbaum, Ellen

Warren Greenspoon.

Flank and Eydie Holz, and sponsored by David Stern

programs, Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers Diary, will keynote this year’s Lion of Judah Luncheon: Becoming a Catalyst for Change. The Jewish community’s premier women’s event will be held on February 18 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Gruwell’s book inspired the acclaimed film of how, as a new teacher, she gave a true “second chance” to 150 “unteachable” high school freshmen. Chaired by Pamela Kaye and Barbara Werner, the luncheon will again gather and celebrate those women who contribute to the Annual Campaign at the $5,000 and above Lion level. Stanford Financial Group is the 2009 Exclusive Sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The luncheon

Designing Jewelers and The Boca Raton Observer.

The 5th Annual Israel Under the Stars on April 29

And even more season highlights include:

together 5,000 local residents for a momentous

at Mizner Park Amphitheater will once again bring and spirited evening of music in celebration of Yom

The Jewish Women’s Foundation’s Granting Wishes

HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

reception, on March 18 at Woodfield Country Club, will be keynoted by Lisa Ling, special correspondent

This year’s Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) Ultimate

to CNN, Oprah, and National Geographic Discovery

Thank You to those women who have endowed their

Channel, and a former co-host of The View. Phyllis

Lion of Judah gifts in perpetuity will be held on March

Sandler, Robin Rubin and Amy Ross are chairing this

26 at the Trump International Golf Club in West

evening, at which JWF’s fourth year of grants will be

Palm Beach. Kinnie Gorelick and Phyllis Seresky are

announced. David Stern Designing Jewelers is the

chairing this luncheon, which will feature author Iris

generous JWF sponsor.

Krasnow, who tackles the toughest relationship in the lives of many women: the mother-daughter bond.

is generously sponsored by AssureImmune, The

Jewish Women of the World Trailblazers, the Fourth

Sandelman Foundation, Ivan and Co., Jewelers, Inc.,

Annual Dottie Lipson Educational Journey on

So save these dates, make your plans, and tell your

December 9 at Boca West Country Club will again

family and friends now!

and The Boca Raton Observer. On March 19, the third exciting Metro season full of events for a new generation of women, business professionals and others on the move will peak with the Ben Gurion Society reception at Woodfield

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Women’s Philanthropy

Evening of Valor: Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue Major Gifts Event, with Elie Wiesel January 18 — 5:30 p.m. Polo Country Club

Corporate sponsors: Delray Mazda, GAMA Tours, The Sandelman Foundation Chairs: Ollie Louis, Susan Rahn, Jonathan Sahn

Department corporate sponsor: Stanford Financial Group

Corporate sponsors: Kaplan, Krauss & Levine, Proskauer Rose, Steinberg Global Asset Management

Ben Gurion Society Cocktail Reception, with Max Weinberg March 19 Woodfield Country Club

Chairs: Rani Garfinkle, Robin and Warren Struhl; Co-chairs: Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, Jeanette and Sherman Vogel, Diane and Larry Feldman, Elaine Stein Roberts, Pamela and Robert Weinroth

Event sponsors: TD Bank, Gateway Insurance, Kaufman Lynn

Contact: Melissa Costner, 852-3160,

Corporate Sponsors: TD Bank, Gateway Insurance, Sageview Consulting, CM Graphics, South Florida Business Journal Chairs: Steve Artzi, Pam Weinroth

Federation Men’s First Invitational Golf Classic January 26 Boca Rio Golf Club Chairs: Alan Cornell, Michael Lipton, Joseph Mishkin Contact: Jennifer Koenig, 852-3129, Super Sunday Phone-a-Thon March 15 Federation Campus/Zinman Hall

Metro Business

Breakfast Series, with panel presentations January 13 — Changing Economy March 10 — Business of Big Ideas May 12 — Business of Sports All series events take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Kay Auditorium on the Federation Campus Business Leadership Mission to Israel May 17-24

Chairs: Jill and Ted Deutch, Gail and Warren Greenspoon

Contact: Jessica Roof, 852-3109,

Contact Melissa Costner, 852-3160,

Metro Women See Women’s Philanthropy for co-sponsored events

Women’s event sponsors: AssureImmune, Boca Raton Community Hospital, David Stern Designing Jewelers, Ivan & Co. Jewelers, The Sandelman Foundation, Wild Hare, The Boca Raton Observer Women’s Campaign Chair: Anne Jacobson; Vice Chairs: Dorothy Wizer and Barbara Levy Lion of Judah Outreach, with Robert Krakow January 29 — morning and afternoon programs Caldwell Theatre 4th Annual Dottie Lipson Educational Journey, with Lina Filiba and Margot Stern Strom December 9 — 10:30 a.m. Boca West Country Club Lion of Judah Luncheon, with Erin Gruwell February 18 — 10:30 a.m. Boca Raton Resort & Club Stepping Up to a New Era of Leadership Luncheon, with Ruth Andrew Ellenson March 5 — 10:30 a.m. Woodfield Country Club

Jewish Community Foundation Jewish Community Foundation Corporate Sponsor: AssureImmune Chair: David Pratt, Vice Chair: Elyssa Kupferberg

Professional Advisory Committee Corporate sponsor: Whitsyms Nursing Registry Chair: David Katzman; Vice Chair: Richard Steinberg Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception March 11 — 5:30 p.m. Mizner Grand in Boca Raton 25th Annual Professional Seminar, with Doug Freeman and Paul Lee May 14 — 4:00 p.m. Woodfield Country Club

Jewish community relations council Chair: Rabbi David Steinhardt 9th Annual Campus Advocacy Program March 23 — 5:30 p.m. Zinman Hall/Federation Campus Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day April 21 — Look for calendar listing of commemorations held throughout the community. 6th Annual Israel Under the Stars concert April 29 — 6:00 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater Contact: Stacey Schacht, 852-3159,

Contact: Carolyn Rose, 852-3142,

Jewish Women’s Foundation Corporate sponsor: David Stern Designing Jeweler Chair: Sheila Fuente

Spirit & Spice Part II with Chef Alan Bergman March 24 — 7:00 p.m. Les Jardins

Kol Isha “The Voice of a Woman” Kick-off Reception, with Deborah Rosenbloom, Beth Cooper Benjamin, and Nela Hasic December 3 — 5:00 p.m. Gallery Center

Lion of Judah Endowment Ultimate Thank You, with Iris Krasnow March 26 — 10:00 a.m. Trump International

Granting Wishes Reception, with Lisa Ling March 18 — 5:00 p.m. Woodfield Country Club

Contact: Bonnie Goldberg, 852-6090,

Contact: Jillian Rosen, 852-3120,

To view up-to-date information on our events, articles and photo galleries, please visit:

Marla Weiss Egers moves up to Senior VP at Federation Marla Weiss Egers has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Campaign and Community Development at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. This marks a new level of responsibility and achievement in Weiss Egers’ 24 years of work with Jewish organizations, including seven at the Federation.

asset to all of us. We look forward to working with her for many years to come,” continued Bernstein.

“We are grateful and proud to have Marla as a key component of our Federation community,” said William S. Bernstein, the Federation’s President and CEO. “She was the recipient of our 2008 James Nobil Professional Achievement Award for her dedication and outstanding performance.”

But Weiss Egers’ Jewish professional development began long before she moved to South Palm Beach County from New York “a week before 9/11.” And, while she spent 1999-2001 with CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, her roots in the Federation system run very deep: from 1984 to 1998, she worked with United Jewish Appeal (UJA), leaving there as Director of the National Young Leadership Department. 

“Marla’s active belief in service to the Jewish people, her deep commitment, and her superb professional skills have made her a progressively more valuable


From a Senior Campaign Associate with country clubs and Young Adult Division, Weiss Egers became Director of Board Management and Special Projects, and then Vice President of Women’s Division. Last year, as Vice President of Campaign and Community Development, she became responsible for planning, coordinating, budgeting and implementing the annual campaign’s resource development efforts, supervising a staff of 24.

“Marla brought a wealth of skills, knowledge and contacts to our community,” noted Bernstein. “Her training and experience in leadership development and donor-centered fundraising were of the highest caliber. She also gained a strong background in governance and in our international work.” ”It’s been a joy and a privilege to watch our area grow in Jewish population and mature as a Jewish community,” reflected Weiss Egers, a graduate of Hunter College of the City of New York.  “As the momentum builds, I’ve been able to work with local lay leaders and professionals who are totally committed to strengthening the Jewish community and taking care of Jewish people in need. They fuel me.” “This community does not hesitate when it comes to meeting challenges and living up to responsibilities,” she continued. “In this difficult economic period, everyone is motivated to work even harder to address so many escalating needs - in our own neighborhoods, in Israel and overseas.”


Boca Lago Country Club

Delaire Country Club         

Polo Country Club

Corporate sponsors: BNY Mellon; The Galluzzi Group; The Sandelman Foundation Community Chairs: Diana Stein, Joe Sitrick

Boca Lago Opening Event, with entertainer Freddie Roman February 2 – 7:00 p.m. Boca Lago Club

Corporate sponsors: BNY Mellon, The Galluzzi Group Community Chairs: Marcia and Howard Kent Golf and Fun Day December 18 Delaire Country Club   Spirit of Community, with Dr. Yossi Olmert (co-hosted with Bocaire Country Club) January 27 – 5:30 p.m. Delaire Country Club   Contact: Michele Sheppard, 852-3169,

Corporate sponsor: Stanford Financial Group

Gold Coast Study Group: The Secret Lives of the Jewish Holidays with Dr. Leon Weissberg December 3, January 14, February 4, March 4 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Spanish River Public Library   Gold Coast Kick-Off Event, “The Distinct Nuances of Jewish Humor,” with Joel Chasnoff December 15 – 5:30 p.m. Caldwell Theater   Gold Coast Education & Cultural Series, “The Presidents of the United States and the Jews,” with Dr. David Dalin January 26 – 5:30 p.m. Carmen’s at The Bridge Hotel   Gold Coast Education & Cultural Series, “42 Keys to the Second Exodus,” with Vivianne Silver February 23 – 5:30 p.m. Carmen’s at The Bridge Hotel Gold Coast Education & Cultural Series, Music of Jerome Kern, with Marshall Turkin and the Classic Jazz Ensemble March 22 – 5:30 p.m. Zinman Hall, Federation campus Contact: Alex Rosenberg, 852-3128,   Addison Reserve Country Club Corporate sponsors: Wachovia (Wells Fargo); Marcus Group/ Morgan-Stanley; A & J Philanthropic Fund, Nahmad Family Foundation Community Chairs: Arthur Goldberg, Marjorie Marlowe   Addison Reserve Pacesetter Event February 23 – 6:00 p.m. Addison Reserve Club Addison Reserve Golf Day March 16 – 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Addison Reserve Club Mitzvah Project April TBD Contact: Dina Burg, 852-2133,

Boca Grove Plantation Corporate sponsors: BNY Mellon Wealth Management Nat Steinart & Associates Insurance, LLC Community Chairs: Liz Goldstein, Judy Kay Boca Grove Pacesetter Event, with Alina Gerlovin Spaulding February 8 – 6:00 p.m. Boca Grove Clubhouse

Contact: Dina Burg, 852-2133, Boca Pointe Country Club Corporate sponsors: The Galluzzi Group, The Zeuner Team Community Chairs: Jane Fishkoff, Craig Zeuner   Boca Pointe Opening Event December 18 – 4:00 p.m. Boca Pointe Country Club   Men’s & Women’s Luncheon and Card Party February 2 – Noon Boca Pointe Country Club Boca Pointe Sports Day/Dinner Dance March 16 – 7:00 a.m. Dinner Dance, with Irv Gefen – 7:00 p.m. Boca Pointe Country Club   Contact: Nancy Schwartz-Eige, 852-6034 or   Boca West Country Club Corporate sponsors: BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Ferrara, LLP; Whitsyms Nursing Registry Community Chairs: Joy Hendel, Gordon Salganik Opening Event “From Brooklyn to Boca West,” with Jake Ehrenreich December 7 – 6:30 p.m. Boca West Clubhouse

Bocaire Country Club Corporate sponsors: NY Mellon Wealth Management; Nat Steinart & Associates Insurance, LLC Community Chairs: Marilyn Tulgan, Norman Feintuck   Celebration of Community Opening Event             December, TBD   Spirit of Community, with Dr. Yossi Olmert (co-hosted with Delaire Country Club) January 27 – 5:30 p.m. Delaire Country Club    Chai Golf Tournament February 26 Bocaire Country Club   Contact: Michele Sheppard, 852-3169,   Broken Sound Country Club Corporate sponsors: BNY Mellon, Shuster Design Associates Community chairs: Marilyn Gale, Gigi Siegel, Carol Winig

Polo Pacesetter Event with Dr. Ra’anan Gissin December 7 – 5:30 p.m. Polo Club                                     Polo Golf Day January 25 Polo Club     Contact: Janet Izaak, 852-3190,   St. Andrews Country Club       Corporate sponsors: BNY Mellon Wealth Management; The Galluzzi Group; Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Ferrara, LLP Community Chair: Betty Kane   Spirit of Community, with William Recant                    December 15 St. Andrews Country Club       Celebration of Community Ladies Fun Day           February 2 St. Andrews Country Club       Contact: Michele Sheppard, 852-3169,   Stonebridge Country Club Community Chair: Murray Leipzig Hanukkah Mitzvah Program December 21 Stonebridge Country Club Pro Am Golf Tournament February 23 Stonebridge Country Club

Boca West Educational Day February 5 – Time/Location TBD

Evening of Dinners March 1 Broken Sound clubhouse and private homes

Contact: Dana Vizner, 852-3270,

Contact: Dina Burg, 852-2133,

Contact: Caron Shutan, 852-5026,

WOODFIELD Country Club

Boca Woods Country Club

The Hamlet Country Club

Sponsors: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Branham Realty Inc. Community Chairs: Paula Levitt, Alan Platner

Corporate sponsor: Nat Steinart & Associates Insurance, LLC Community Chairs: Elaine Roberts & Susan Saril, Bernie Roberts & Robert Wallstein The Hamlet Opening Event, with Captain Nir Shay December 10 Hamlet Country Club

Woodfield Opening Event, with Congressman Ron Klein and Gil Tamary January 12 Woodfield Country Club

Boca Woods Opening Event November 13 Boca Woods Clubhouse Casino Night March 5 Boca Woods Clubhouse Boca Woods Pacesetter Morasha Event March 26 Boca Woods Clubhouse

Contact: Dana Vizner, 852-3270,

Hamlet Fun Day April 1, 2009 Hamlet Country Club Contact: Alex Rosenberg, 852-3128,  

Contact: Caron Shutan, 852-5026, Contact: Dana Vizner, 852-3270,


Metro Division a New Generation of jewish leaders on the Move With great enthusiasm, creativity and commitment, Ollie Louis, Susan Rahn and Jonathan Sahn have taken the helm of Metro, Federation’s initiative to engage local Jewish residents from their 20s to 50s in energetic, innovative programming for business professionals, women and the Jewish community. “With Metro offering something for everyone, people find they’ve come to the right place,” said Ollie Louis, a former financial analyst for ABN Amro Bank. “We learn and grow, and connect with our Jewish community’s needs and joys. Even newcomers leave our events feeling part of something very special. Through Metro, I’ve been inspired by leaders, and made close friends who share my passions of caring for others and passing on our values and traditions to both my generation and our children.” “Metro is an exciting place to be this year, and we’ll be reaching out even further with a wide variety of events and activities that appeal to younger men and women who care about Jewish people here and throughout the world,” added Susan Rahn, local business owner of Paper Expressions. “Metro not only helps meet vital needs in our community and beyond - it’s also the hands-on training ground for emerging leaders of our Jewish community.” The co-chairs are also united by their deep motivation to help the growing numbers of those in need. “Escalating costs and growing needs here at home, in Israel and worldwide make it more critical than ever for Jews to help each other,” explained Jonathan Sahn, who specializes in insurance and retirement income solutions with Golish Financial Group in Boca Raton. “More of our local seniors are having difficulty living with the dignity they deserve, and Jews around the world without our resources are going to bed hungry. We simply must engage and motivate more Jewish people to respond to these and many more increased essential needs.” “I feel a profound responsibility to give back to help others less fortunate,” added Rahn. “Together, we can help secure the future of the Jewish people, through a helping hand for those in need, as well as important programs like those that foster Jewish identity for young people, and Holocaust Education.” Metro’s events and activities are carefully tailored to different interests of younger adults from their 20s to 50s. Metro Business provides professionals on the move with access to high-level METRO DIVISION SPONSORS


From left: Metro Co-chairs: Susan Rahn, Jonathan Sahn and Ollie Louis

speakers and entrepreneurs, as well as extensive networking opportunities and a chance to help shape the community’s future. This includes a four-part Breakfast Series that continues on January 13, March 10 and May 12, with panels on The Economy/Real Estate, Entrepreneurship/The Business of Big Ideas, and Sports. A Business Leadership Mission will travel to Israel May 17-24, 2009. Metro Women enables those in their 20s to 50s to explore their Jewish identity and make meaningful connections through cutting-edge educational, leadership, social and philanthropic opportunities. Their season holds events like Stepping Up to a New Era of Leadership luncheon on March 5. And on March 24, Chef Alan Bergman will demonstrate ideas to spice up Passover tables. Metro Community is an entry point to get involved through community-wide events and leadership development opportunities, highlighted by a reception for the Ben Gurion Society on March 19. Max Weinberg, longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and currently with his namesake house band for Late Night with Conan O’Brien will speak and perform. And March 15-17, a local contingent will travel to the National Young Leaders Conference in New Orleans. Metro Division is generously sponsored by Delray Mazda, GAMA Tours, and The Sandelman Foundation. Metro Business is sponsored by TD Bank, Gateway Insurance, Sageview Consulting, and CM Graphics. South Florida Business Journal is the media sponsor for Metro Business. Wild Hare sponsors several Metro Women events, and The Boca Raton Observer is media sponsor for Metro Women and Metro Community events. For more information or to get moving with Metro, contact Jessica Roof, Metro Division Director, at 561-852-3109 or, or visit

Cindy Orbach Nimhauser Leads National Young Leadership The Jewish Federation of

“Cindy is among the most valued and cherished

respect and dignity,” she continued. “My father’s

South Palm Beach County

members of our Executive Committee and Board,”

caring for others in the Jewish community was

is proud to announce that

said William S. Bernstein, Federation President


Cindy Orbach Nimhauser

and CEO. “She exemplifies the very best in Jewish

of Boca Raton has taken

and philanthropic values and we consider her

And these values endure as a central focus of

the helm of United Jewish

involvement and leadership one of our community’s

her family at home. Before running for the office,

Community’s (UJC) National

greatest assets.”

Nimhauser considered carefully how chairing

Young Leadership (NYL)

NYL and all it entails would impact life with her

Department and Cabinet as

Nimhauser’s Jewish leadership journey began long

husband Bruce and sons Zachary and Ross. “But

Co-chair, a position she shares with Hugh Bassewitz

before her 1998 move to Boca.

my husband quietly said to me, ‘Cindy, you are our

of Las Vegas. And this former stand-up comedienne

family’s representative in the Jewish world. Hashem

who trained as a lawyer could not be more serious

“I do not remember a time when I wasn’t involved

(G-d) has given you many qualities that enable you

about her mission in this top North American lay

in Jewish community work,” she explained. “I was

to do so much for others. He did not give them to

leader role.

blessed to have a Jewish day school education all

you for you to run away from your responsibility.’”

the way through high school, when I was in BBG

“I am deeply concerned with the next generation’s

and NCSY. After finishing Law School, getting

Nimhauser eloquently embraced that responsibility

connection to world Jewry and the needs of the

married and moving to Northern New Jersey, I

as she ended her speech on taking the top UJC

Jewish people,” said Nimhauser. “National Young

quickly took on fundraising responsibilities with

National Young Leadership office, “We have the

Leadership helps ensure that we will always take

the Federation and other organizations. I was very

tools; it is now our responsibility to share our gifts

care of our world family.”

busy. If you wanted to donate money, I could find

and ensure the survival of Jews and others around

you a cause.”

the world ... It is our job to be “the light unto the

As Co-chair, Nimhauser provides strategic vision,

Nations. Leviticus tells us we are not allowed to

direction and leadership. The Cabinets’ more

Nimhauser can still “find you a cause,” having

‘stand idly by’ as our neighbor suffers,” she said,

than 400 members work across North America to

served on boards and committees for years

embracing the responsibility. ”Be it relief in New

identify, recruit, educate and train young men and

throughout the South Palm Beach Jewish community.

Orleans or after the Tsunami, bomb shelters for all

women of proven abilities with the potential to be

Always ready for further growth, she’s recently joined

Israelis or human services for community, we do

future leaders.

the board of Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, and is

what is right and help.”

currently enrolled in the prestigious Wexner Heritage

“It all began when I joined one JCC committee after

Foundation leadership development program.

moving to Boca in 1998 and I made a commitment

to attend one meeting a month,” reminisced

Nimhauser clearly traces the roots of her commitment

Nimhauser. “Obviously, the time commitment has

much farther back than her Federation, or even her

grown exponentially since then.”

BBG and NCSY high school experiences.

In fact, Nimhauser came to chair NYL after and

“My Dad, Fred Orbach, was a refugee from

amid longstanding service in a variety of NYL,

Poland, who spent eight years in a Siberian labor

local Federation, and larger Jewish community

camp – after an early life as the youngest of 14

leadership roles.

children born to a respected, privileged and

charitable family – many of whom died in the

Nimhauser has a distinguished leadership record

Majdanek concentration camp,” shared Nimhauser.

with the local Federation. A past recipient of the

“He came to this country with the clothes on his

James and Margie Baer Young Adult Leadership

back and worked as a janitor, learned English by

Award, she is currently an officer of the Federation

watching movies over and over - and became a

board, and serves on the Planning & Allocations

successful businessman.

and Israel & Overseas Committees. She has also

chaired the Women’s Philanthropy campaign, and

“But through it all he carried with him a Jewish soul

Super Sunday - twice.

and a love for his people, treating everyone with

Cindy Nimhauser with Jon Sahn visiting Ethiopian children on a mission to Israel.


40 Young Jewish Leaders put metro on 2009 track

andy rose promotes corporate development as senior vp

Proving themselves once again “a generation on the move,” the Metro Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County conducted its annual Metro Board Retreat with characteristic high vitality, spirit and pace.   Metro Co-chairs Ollie Louis, Susan The Metro Board gets down to business. Rahn and Jonathan Sahn welcomed 40 young local leaders to the Saturnia Isles Clubhouse for hands-on training with lead Federation staff, and to develop a season of energetic, innovative programming to engage young adults in the Jewish community.

Andrew M. Rose has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Development, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has announced. While continuing to oversee all aspects of Communications, Rose now also oversees the Federation’s corporate sponsorship program.

Accelerating the process was business and life coach Suzy Girard-Ruttenberg, who provided inspiration and focus with tips for handling challenges: “If you learn to harness your focus and cultivate a creative way of viewing the obstacles that threaten your goals, absolutely anything is achievable.”    “You could feel the energy and excitement in the room when we discussed our year ahead, and our core mission to enable the vital services Federation provides locally, nationally and internationally,” said Steven Artzi, Metro Business Co-chair. “We have a large group of amazing young leaders who are passionate about making Metro’s third year the best ever.” Girard-Ruttenberg concurred, “I speak to groups all over the country and this particular Board really stood out for its obvious passion and commitment. If people + passion = success, I have little doubt that Metro is in for a spectacular year.” And the camaraderie continued to build as Board members’ families joined them at the Club for a swim and barbecue after the retreat.   Metro Division is generously sponsored by Delray Mazda, GAMA Tours, and The Sandelman Foundation. For more information or to get moving with Metro, contact Jessica Roof, Metro Division Director, at 561-852-3109 or, or visit www.

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity to develop and maintain partnerships that offer such extensive benefits to businesses as well as to the Federation,” said Rose. “I bring my total personal commitment and more than 25 years of helping clients achieve their publicity and promotional goals to ensuring that corporate partnerships with our Federation are of the highest value to the bottom line and community standing of businesses.” Prior to joining the Federation in January 2005 as V.P. of Marketing and Communications, Rose was owner and president of Deerfield Beach-based Marketing Ink, Inc. for 17 years, gaining local and national recognition for a variety of corporate and non-profit clients with full-service public relations, advertising and graphic design services. “Understanding the corporate perspective along with the targeted market exposure offered by Federation is key,” continued Rose. “By matching businesses that care about meeting vital needs in our community and beyond with the Federation sponsorship opportunities that best meet their marketing objectives, we can help thousands and spread tremendous good will.” Federation’s full spectrum of corporate sponsorship opportunities include key events, departments and divisions, country club communities, publications and special projects, as well as a Signature Philanthropy Sponsorship. They offer a continuum of print, electronic, and personal exposure throughout the year—from the save-the-date invitations through post-event press coverage. Sponsors also receive unparalleled strategic contact development and an exceptional level of client relations. “Reviewing 15 years of corporate client feedback, it’s clear that personal attention is essential,” said Rose. “So I strategize with businesses to develop individual packages, and keep a direct phone line open to them throughout the year.” A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Rose spent his earlier working years in sales and marketing as well as journalism. Committed to the value of community service, he has also contributed extensive volunteer work over the years. As an officer of Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton, he received the Betty and Marvin Stone Leadership Award in 2004.

Sara and Jonathan Louis


Craig Zeuner with his son, Joshua

Suzy Girard-Ruttenberg

To learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities that can reach your ideal audience, call 561-852-6034.

Corporate Partners

Stanford Financial Group is Inaugural Women’s Philanthropy Sponsor Stanford Financial Group has launched a new level of Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County corporate partnerships by becoming the 2009 Exclusive Sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. Stanford Financial Group is a privately held global network of independent, affiliated financial services companies that provide core services of private wealth management and investment banking for institutions and emerging growth companies. The Stanford group of companies has more than $50 billion in assets under Stanford management or advisement for clients in 136 countries on six continents. “Stanford’s vision and generosity will significantly help us meet vital human needs this year, in our own community and beyond,” said William S. Bernstein, Federation President and CEO. “It is truly an honor to be among Stanford’s wise community investments. By recognizing the mutual benefits of this partnership, Stanford is also raising the bar and inspiring further corporate sponsorship growth at the Federation.” “This unprecedented partnership stems from a philosophy at the heart of both organizations,” continued Bernstein. “While Stanford has thrived through client-centered financial services for more than 70 years, our Federation’s success is based on our donor-centered philanthropy; and we share a profound commitment to strengthening the communities we serve toward sustainable transformation.” Stanford Managing Director Scott Chaisson agreed that Stanford Financial Group and the Jewish Federation are a perfect fit. Like the Jewish Federation, Stanford’s principle is simple, enduring and passionate – a commitment to strengthen each and every community we serve. Stanford continually aspires to create sustainable transformations that benefit communities and enhance future outlooks; and seeks to partner with organizations that share our vision our passion and

our heart,” said Chaisson. “We give back, we encourage our employees to give and volunteer, and we manage our clients’ assets in such a manner that they, too, can leave a legacy of goodwill and change,” he said. (L-R) Bill Bernstein, Federation CEO and President, with Stanford Financial Group’s

“Stanford’s generosity enables us to put Dan Payne, Betsy Fletcher, Linda Melcer, Deborah Koplik and Scott Chaisson even more of the funds we raise toward helping those who need it most,” explained donors, it means being part of one strong, unified Anne L. Jacobson, the Federation’s Women’s family dedicated to improving the lives of others.” Philanthropy Chair. “We are particularly grateful in this year of escalating needs, in which those who To learn more about the Jewish Federation of have the least have the most to lose.” South Palm Beach County’s corporate sponsorship opportunities, call 561-852-6034. “We are most grateful to our longtime friend and colleague Linda Melcer for recognizing this as a About Stanford Financial Group: good investment for Stanford and having the vision Stanford Financial Group is a privately held global network of to act on it,” continued Jacobson. “At our Federation, independent, affiliated financial services companies led by Chairman Women’s Philanthropy accounts for half of the more of the Board Sir Allen Stanford. The first Stanford company was than $20 million raised annually. With more than founded by his grandfather, Lodis B. Stanford in 1932. Stanford’s 900 contributing at the Lion of Judah level, we core businesses are private wealth management and investment are second only to New York, and we lead North banking for institutions and emerging growth companies. America with 216 Lion of Judah Endowments, each at a minimum of $100,000, that ensure Lion-level The Stanford Financial Group of companies provides private and gifts into perpetuity. “ institutional investors with global expertise in asset allocation A financial advisor with more than 20 years experience in investment management and trust services, Stanford Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor Linda Melcer said, “Stanford is delighted to be the 2009 Exclusive Sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the possibilities our support brings to the Federation and the important work it does,” she said. “The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has been one of the most trusted names in local philanthropy for nearly 30 years, raising funds to further the welfare of Jews right here in Florida, as well as in Israel and more than 60 countries around the world. Sometimes, that means feeding people and rescuing them from harm’s way. Other times, it means helping residents re-connect with their Jewish heritage. For

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$50,000 or more STANFORD GROUP COMPANY Exclusive Sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy Web: Contact: Linda Melcer Email:

$25,000 or more BNY MELLON Sponsor of St. Andrews, the Gold Coast, Boca West, Boca Grove, Delaire, Bocaire, Broken Sound and Boca Woods Web: Contact: Elyssa Kupferberg Email: BOCA RATON OBSERVER Media Sponsor of Women’s Department Lion of Judah Luncheon, Women’s Department/Metro Women “Stepping Up” Luncheon, the Metro Division Ben Gurion Society Event and Metro Women Spirit and Spice Series Web site: Contact: Linda Bemhoiras Email: SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL Media Sponsor of Metro Business Web: Contact: Ellen Palmer Email:

$10,000 or more GAMA TOURS Sponsor of the Metro Division, Federation Missions Desk and Club 13 Bar Mitzvah Tzedakah Program Website: Contact: Yael Kagan Email: IVAN & CO. JEWELERS Sponsor of the Women’s Department Lion of Judah Luncheon Web: Contact: Jane Kurcsinka Email: ASSURE IMMUNE Sponsor of the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Women’s Foundation and the Women’s Division Lion of Judah Luncheon Web: Contact: Brandy Escobar Email: THE GALLUZZI GROUP Sponsor of St. Andrews, the Gold Coast, Delaire and Boca Pointe Web: Contact: Joe Galluzzi, CLU Email: KAPLAN, KRAUSS & LEVINE, LLC Sponsor of the Major Gifts Programs and Evening of Valor Website: Contact: Thomas Kaplan Email:


PROSKAUER ROSE LLP Sponsor of the Major Gifts Programs and the Evening of Valor Web: Contact: Al Gortz Email: SANDELMAN FOUNDATION Sponsor of the Metro Division, the Women’s Department Lion of Judah Luncheon and the Gold Coast Contact: Jeff Sandelman Email: STEINBERG GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, LTD. Sponsor of the Major Gifts Programs and the Evening of Valor Web: Contact: Richard Steinberg Email: MORRISON, BROWN, ARGIZ & FARRA, LLP Sponsor of St. Andrews and Boca West Web: Contact: Marjorie Horwin Email:

GATEWAY INSURANCE Sponsor of Metro Business and the Metro Division Ben Gurion Society Event Website: Contact: Michael Weinberg Email: WILD HARE ON ST. ANDREWS Sponsor of the Metro Women Spirit and Spice Series, the Metro Women Lion of Judah Community-Wide Outreach, the Women’s Division 4th Annual Dottie Lipson Educational Journey and the Women’s Division Lion of Judah CommunityWide Outreach Web: Contact: Danielle Amoroso Email: NAT STEINART AND ASSOCIATES Sponsor of Boca Grove, Hamlet and Bocaire Contact: Nat Steinart Email: Additional Sponsors:

DELRAY MAZDA Sponsor of the Metro Division Web: Contact: Frank Shaffer Email:

MARCUS GROUP/MORGAN STANLEY Sponsor of Addison Reserve Pacesetter Contact: Dina Burg Email:

WHITSYMS NURSING REGISTRY Sponsor of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) and Boca West Web: Contact: Carmen Lopez Email:

CM GRAPHICS Sponsor of Metro Business Contact: Chuck Medcraft Email:

WACHOVIA WEALTH MANAGEMENT Sponsor of the Addison Reserve Golf Event Web: Contact: Dina Burg Email: Albert & Jane NAHMAD PHILANTHROPIC FUND Participating Sponsor in Addison Reserve Mitzvah Project BOCA RATON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Sponsor in the Metro Women Spirit and Spice Series, the Metro Women Lion of Judah Community-Wide Outreach, the Women’s Department 4th Annual Dottie Lipson Educational Journey and the Women’s Department Lion of Judah Community-Wide Outreach Web: Contact: Jan Savarick Email: TD BANK Sponsor of Metro Business and the Ben Gurion Society Event Web: Contact: Bryan Feuerberg Email: DAVID STERN DESIGNING JEWELERS Sponsor of the Women’s Department/ Metro Women “Stepping Up” Luncheon and the Jewish Women’s Foundation Website: Contact: David Stern Email:

KAUFMAN LYNN Sponsor of Metro Business Ben Gurion Society Event Web: Contact: Michael Kaufman Email: SAGEVIEW CONSULTING Sponsor of Metro Business Web: Contact: Aimee Kaye Email: ZEUNER TEAM Sponsor of Boca Pointe Web: Contact: Craig Zeuner Email: SHUSTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, INC. Sponsor of Broken Sound Web: Contact: Louis Shuster Email: KAYE COMMUNICATIONS Marketing and Communications Sponsor Website: Contact: Jon and Bonnie Kaye Email:

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Women’s Philanthropy

Freedom Writer’s Erin gruwell sure to inspire at 2009 Lion of Judah Luncheon The Year’s Most Awaited Jewish Women’s Event Comes to the Boca Raton Resort & Club on February 18 Highlighting the Federation season’s treasures of women’s events and programs, Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers Diary, will Erin Gruwell, Author keynote this year’s Lion of Judah Luncheon. More than 500 women philanthropists will celebrate their efforts and accomplishments, and gain further insight and inspiration, in the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Great Hall at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 18. “This annual in-gathering of the Lions is truly our community’s premiere, most anticipated Jewish women’s event,” said the luncheon’s Co-chair Pam Kaye. “It’s extremely powerful when so many women who do so much are gathered together. “Erin Gruwell will continue our tradition of top-caliber presenters who understand our passion to help – locally, in Israel, and wherever Jewish people are in need or threatened,” added Co-chair Barbara Werner. “Her experiences as someone compelled to use her position to make a critical difference in people’s lives will resonate remarkably with our Lions.” Gruwell’s New York Times best-selling book inspired an acclaimed film starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. It chronicled how, as a new teacher, Gruwell gave a true “second chance” to 150 high school students who had been “written off” by the education system. Inspired by Anne Frank, and by Zlata Filipovic who lived through war-torn Sarajevo, Gruwell saw lives transformed and futures re-charted through her educational philosophy of valuing and promoting diversity, shattering stereotypes, fostering critical thinking and having the students write their “eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding.” She went on to found a foundation dedicated to spreading and enhancing her method. “Erin Gruwell’s message is especially meaningful as our economic situation results in rapidly growing needs within the Jewish community,” said Anne


Jacobson, Women’s Philanthropy Chair. “She inspires us to remember that it’s not a matter of what we can do; it’s what we must do.” The luncheon couvert is $80, and a minimum Lion-level Women’s Philanthropy gift of $5,000 to the 2009 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach Annual Campaign is also required. The luncheon is generously sponsored by AssureImmune, Ivan & Co. Fine Jewelry, and The Sandelman Foundation; The Boca Raton Observer is the media sponsor. Stanford Financial Group is the 2009 Exclusive Sponsor of the Federation’s Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. For more information about the Lions of Judah and the Luncheon, contact 561-852-6014 or barbarad@

L-R Pam Kaye, Barbara Werner, 2009 Lion of Judah Luncheon Co-chairs

This year, the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy offers women of all ages even more ways to be involved in our Jewish community, through educational and social activities as well as philanthropy. Women continue to be a driving force in our Federation — accounting for nearly 50% of the annual campaign. Our 921 Lions of L-R: Anne L. Jacobson, Women’s Philanthropy Chair; Dorothy Meyers Wizer and Judah who annually give at least Barbara Levy, Co-Vice Chairs of Women’s Campaign $5,000, make us #2 in the nation, second to only New York. And we WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY SPONSOR: continue to lead the nation with the largest number Lion of Judah Endowments (LOJE) at a minimum gift of $100,000.










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Women Explore Beauty Inside & Out SPIRIT & SPICE


A hundred Jewish women of all ages spent a morning preparing for the New Year with inspiration from Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman, amidst dazzling cosmetics counters and expert beauty advice at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton. The September 12th event was the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s opener to a women’s season packed with diverse and exciting opportunities to learn and grow while helping the Jewish community both locally and overseas. Enhanced by musical selections from Cantorial Soloist Lori Shapiro, Brockman’s exploration of Jewish beauty inside and out included imagining women of the Bible approaching the cosmetics counters at Neiman’s, which underwrote the morning.

“Our Jewish community is rich in the experience, capabilities and commitments of our women, who contribute half of the more than $20 million raised by the Federation each year,” added Emily Grabelsky, Vice Chair of Community Development for the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy. The morning was generously underwritten by Neiman Marcus Boca Raton. The Spirit & Spice Series is sponsored by Boca Raton Community Hospital, Wild Hare and The Boca Raton Observer. Stanford Financial Group is the Federation’s exclusive Women’s Philanthropy sponsor.

“We’re delighted that our outreach throughout the community for this event has been so successful, said Kathy Green, who co-chaired the event with Lisa Siemens. “About half the women attending are newcomers. In this difficult time, with so many people in need in our own neighborhoods, in Israel and elsewhere, it’s even more important to let people who care know how they can get involved and help.”

L-R: Lisa Siemens, Spirit & Spice Co-chair; Lauren Johnson, PR Manager, Neiman Marcus; Kathy Green, Spirit & Spice Co-chair

L-R: Lori Shapiro; Linda Behmoiras, The Boca Raton Observer; Rabbi Brockman

L-R: Jan Savarick, Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation; Linda Melcer, Stanford Financial Group; Emily Grabelsky, JFSPBC Women’s Philanthropy Officer; Danielle Amoroso, Wild Hare

Metro Lion Outreach “Parenting in a Materialistic World”

A hundred women gathered in Nicole Mayer’s garden on November 6 to learn about parenting with special guest speaker, Dr. Lee Hausner, author of Children of Paradise. . . Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families. The many newcomers among them also discovered Metro Women, and learned what it is to be a Lion of Judah. Mayer co-chaired the morning with Lori Berman and Pam Cohen. For more information about Federation’s programming for younger women, contact Maureen Melcer at or 561-852-3113.

L-R: Pam Cohen, Dr. Lee Hausner, Nicole Mayer, Lori Berman

Boca Raton Community Hospital, Wild Hare and The Boca Raton Observer generously sponsored the event. Stanford Financial Group is the 2009 Exclusive Sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. Metro Division is sponsored by Delray Mazda, GAMA Tours, and the Sandelman Foundation. Dr. Lee Hausner presenting

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The wit, wisdom & laughter continue at “stepping up” luncheon Generations of local Jewish women will again celebrate their shared bonds of caring and giving at the third annual “Stepping Up to a New Era of Leadership,” on March 5, at 10:30 a.m., at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

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“It’s remarkable how quickly this luncheon has become a calendar highlight of joy, inspiration and commitment for our community,” said event Co-chair Rebecca Appelbaum.

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“We’re thrilled to feature another speaker in our tradition of outrageous wit delivering powerful wisdom,” added Co-chair Eydie Holz. “Like past keynoters Jennifer Weiner and Camryn Manheim, Ruth Andrew Ellenson - best known for editing The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt - is sure to inspire the room.” Ellenson’s book is a “moving and hilarious” collection of essays by favorite contemporary Jewish women authors. “’Stepping Up’ gives new meaning to the phrase ‘fun for all ages,’” continued Co-chair Ellen Flank. “There’s an amazing synergy in bringing together the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy with Metro Women, which engages the younger generation.” There is a $55 couvert and a $365 ($1/day) minimum women’s gift to the 2009 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County required to attend. Stepping Up is generously sponsored by David Stern Designing Jewelers and the Boca Raton Observer. Stanford Financial Group is the 2009 Exclusive Women’s Philanthropy Sponsor.

The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invites you to come and listen to two modern day Jewish Women Trailblazers as they share their own personal and professional stories of triumph and empowerment:

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Our Neighbors in Need:

Whether it’s helping to funds home health care for our local Holocaust survivors, vocational training and housing for those with developmental disabilities, or a Jewish education for families who may not otherwise be able to afford it, our Federation enhances the lives of hundreds of local residents every day. And this year, with foreclosure rates skyrocketing and the cost of fuel and food rising sharply, more of our neighbors are appealing for help than ever before. Fortunately, through our local beneficiary agencies, Federation is able to step in and help these local residents and hundreds more. In order for us to continue meeting the growing needs of our fellow Jews, we need everyone’s support.

A FEW OF OUR OTHER LOCAL CHALLENGES: 1. The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center (JCC) has been besieged with requests for financial assistance of all kinds this year. With your donation we can help families give their special needs children the services and activities they require or provide a local senior with therapeutic programs so they can live with comfort and dignity.


2. With rising overhead costs, the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) reports that they are facing new challenges in meeting the needs of our local adults with developmental disabilities. These dear ones are among our most vulnerable and we are their safety net.

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3. When it comes to Jewish education in our community, Federation provides just over $1 million dollars in financial aid for students at four of our local Jewish Day Schools— yet qualified needs total more than $4 million dollars, leaving us terribly short.


Without a Home Julie, 36, a single mother of three Sheriff in June telling her she had 24 hours to move out of the town home she was renting. Her landlord had foreclosed on the property and didn’t tell her, leaving Julie’s family with nowhere to go. Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service was able to help her through this crisis, securing a new apartment in 24 hours and providing assistance for the first month’s rent and security deposit.

Dror & Ilan Parents’ Desperation

Hezi Panet, director of a weekday youth program in Israel, observes that this year the children are arriving much hungrier than in the past. “They are also unhappier than they used to be about going home on weekends,” he adds.


Air Conditioning or Food Carol’s air conditioning unit leaked and caused major water damage in her Kings Point home. However, in order to pay to repair her ceiling, walls and floor, she didn’t have money for food and medicine for the month of May. By the time Carol contacted Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (RRJFS), a founding beneficiary agency of our Federation, she was desperate. She had been subsisting on cold cereal and crackers for two weeks. She was also not feeling well because she lacked her normal dietary intake along with her medications. RRJFS not only enrolled Carol in their Forster Family Kosher Food Pantry program and made a big delivery to her that same day, but the agency also paid for her medications as well. This is one more of the increasing number of calls for help that RRJFS receives every day, and can only be answered through the support of our community.

Yossi Krothamer, a director of a residential youth village in Israel, says, “We see parents who are getting more desperate because of poverty and poor living conditions. Some simply don’t have the means to take care of their children anymore. One family recently abandoned their children at the village gates on the first day of school. We took in Dror and Ilan are caring for them and have dedicated ourselves to their education. In this way we hope it will help compensate for what they have had to endure.”





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The Best Place for the Best Connections: Metro Business Proves it Again More than 150 Jewish professionals on the move embarked on a new season of express connections at the Metro Business Kick-Off on September 25 at The Gallery Center in Boca Raton. The Metro energy could not have been higher in the crowd, which ranged from Federation leaders to newcomers, as they networked and enjoyed signature cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Metro Business is part of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “Our Metro Business Kick-Off was an unqualified success,” said Gadi Soued, who chaired the event with Dana Charles-Kodner and Carlos Romero. “The  attendance was outstanding and the enthusiasm was absolutely palpable. We look forward to building on this momentum and fostering stronger bonds between the business community and the Jewish Federation. Clearly, people understand that a strong relationship between business and philanthropy is mutually beneficial.”

brought home the critical, escalating local and international needs addressed by the Federation, and the business community’s vital role. Metro Business’ 2008-9 programming now turns to providing professionals with access to high-level speakers and entrepreneurs, in networking settings, with opportunities to help the community.   The event was generously underwritten by Elaine Baker Gallery. Metro Division is generously sponsored by Delray Mazda, GAMA Tours, and The Sandelman Foundation; Metro Business is sponsored by TD Bank, Gateway Insurance, Sageview Consulting, CM Graphics, and the South Florida Business Journal. For more information about getting on the move with Metro Business, contact Jessica Roof, Metro Division Director, at 561-852-3109 or, or visit

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“Going Green” Breakfast Kicks Off Metro Business Series The year stayed in high gear for Metro Business on October 28 with “Going Green: How. Why. And When You Know It’s Time,” the first in a series of four breakfast panels for Jewish professionals on the move. Ted Deutch, State Senator and L-R: Erika Lewin-Harris, Series Co-chair Ron Metro member, moderated Kaniuk, Marcy Robbins, South Florida Business three Boca Raton-based Journal sponsor Elizabeth Leninsky “Going Green” panelists: Andrew Bloom, President of ShredTrust, a green recycling company; Hilary Kusel, Co-founder of Green Business Alliance; and market research expert Adam Berg, Founder of the online community  “All those in business are invited to learn from experts, enjoy breakfast and make fresh connections with others who care about the community,” said series Cochair Elliot Koolik. State Senator Ted Deutch, moderator

“It’s more important than ever that we combine our business and social activities with opportunities to help, as needs are escalating drastically,” added Co-chair Ron Kaniuk.

A $40 couvert covers the full series; with a $365 minimum gift to the 2009 UJA/Federation Annual Campaign. All breakfasts are held on the Federation campus from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Metro Business is generously sponsored by CM Graphics, TD Bank, Gateway Insurance, Sageview Consulting and the South Florida Business Journal. Delray Mazda, GAMA Tours, and The Sandelman Foundation are the Metro Division sponsors. For more information about the series or to get moving with Metro, contact Jessica Roof, Metro Division Director, at 561-8523109 or, or visit L-R: Panelists Andrew Bloom, Hilary Kusel, Adam Berg

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Metro Business: Breakfast Series “It’s not just business, it’s personal.”

Each event is taking place in Kay Auditorium, JARC Building, Federation Campus 7:30-8:15 a.m.: Networking/Breakfast 8:15-9:00 a.m.: Panel Discussion/Networking Co-Chairs: Ron Kaniuk & Elliot Koolik $10 couvert per session, with $365 minimum gift to the 2009 UJA/Federation Annual Campaign RSVP to Loleta Harris at or 561.852.6058


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 The real deal What you can count on in a changing economy. Panelists: Scott Agran, President, Lang Realty Michael Kaufman, President & Co-Founder, Kaufman Lynn General Contractors Simon Portnoy, Chairman & CEO, Peninsula Bank

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This is Rosa who we affectionately call ‘the 19th Jew’. Having located the 18 other Jews living in her small village of Tskhinvali, JAFI and JDC relief workers looked for Rosa for two straight days. She was 79 years old, in poor health, and they knew that there was no way she would survive on her own after the invasion. After a full-scale search, they found her amidst the rubble and shambles of an apartment building. Rosa is the living embodiment of the Jewish tenet ‘Kol Yisrael Araveem Zeh B’ Zeh’ — all Jews are responsible, one for the other. She now receives food, shelter, medicine and care through JDC-sponsored programs.

This is Gulnara and her husband Nodari from Gori. They lived in an apartment complex with their 15-year old daughter, who fortunately was not home the day of the first bombings. After several air strikes, a young neighbor came over to help the couple to safety. While he was running behind them, he was killed by a bomb. Nodari was also struck with shrapnel and severely injured. Gulnara had to carry him on her back to safety. The family is still severely shaken, but they are also thankful beyond words for the help and care packages they continue to receive from their JDC caseworker, whom they call their angel. It is hard to imagine what they would do without that support.

Gulnara & Nodari

REFUGE IN ISRAEL Since the invasion, 183 Georgian Jews have made aliyah, and 40 Georgian children were flown to Israel for a one-week respite from the havoc of war thanks to JAFI. That rescue effort could never have happened without the support of the Federation system, made possible by donors in South Palm Beach County and across North America. Beyond the war, Georgian Jews have always received relief from JAFI and JDC sponsored programs and services, including care packages, food, Hebrew language classes and summer camp trips to Israel.


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We heard one child after another share his and her hopes, dreams and ambitions. The boys in this photo are twins. One of them speaks five languages and the other one isn’t far behind. They are extremely smart and they told us they plan to go to Oxford and become business moguls. I believe they will, thanks to the support of our entire Jewish family.

It is a bittersweet feeling to visit these families. Somehow, they are making it work despite the tremendous hardships they face every single day. They are eternally grateful for the smallest things. Their hardships have pierced my heart, and none of us will forget the weathered faces or the survival stories from these hardy and endearing people. But we are also uplifted because our Jewish community is there for them—in the most remote and destitute and dangerous places, we, collectively are all there. Our work saves lives. Literally. It gives people hope. Undeniably. Because of the foresight and wisdom of our forefathers, our partnership organizations have the infrastructures in place should a crisis occur virtually anywhere in the world where Jews live. On behalf of our fellow Jews in Georgia who received assistance from our partner agencies, and indeed on behalf of the entire staff at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, I’d like to thank our donors for helping to make this good work possible. And also, understanding the economic pressures we are all under, I ask that each member of our Jewish community contribute to our 2009 Campaign for Jewish needs so that the good work can continue here in our community, in Israel and in more than 60 countries around the world. B’ Shalom,

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Federation Initiates Economic Development Program in Israel Sister City In the latest Partnership 2000 (P2K) project with Kiryat Bialik, our sister city near Haifa, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has added a whole new support to strengthen this “Living Bridge” with Israel. Building on many joint programs, including women’s, teacher and student exchanges that fortify and enrich both Jewish communities, the Federation has allocated funds for a new initiative for economic and business development. “This new relationship to foster economic growth and job creation in our partnership community represents an important and creative step forward,” said William S. Bernstein, the Federation’s CEO and President. “It is a significant expansion on the work we have accomplished in education and cultural arts, and building playgrounds and fortifying bomb shelters there.”

Leaders from Kiryat Bialik, MATI, and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County at a business in the Kiryat Bialik Industrial Zone.

“The innovative project, championed by Co-chair of our Israel and Overseas Committee, Steve Winig, will mentor businesses, stimulate job growth, and place Kiryat Bialik residents for employment that will enable them to be self-sustaining, tax-paying citizens of the State of Israel,” continued Bernstein. “We hope to see many positive results from our investment, and believe this new model will be replicated by many other North American Jewish communities and their partnership communities in Israel .” Leaders from Kiryat Bialik, MATI, and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County at the new Steve Winig, whose co-chair is Rani Garfinkle, explained the need MATI headquarters in Kiryat Bialik. for this project, “One of the greatest needs in Kiryat Bialik, and elsewhere in Israel, is to strengthen often fragile businesses and level their playing field in an extremely competitive world economy. And the only solution to unemployment in Israel is to create more job opportunities, along with the right training.”

“After meetings with Mayor Rafi Wertheim, business leaders and others in Kiryat Bialik, it became clear that some of our funds there should be directed to develop and support these opportunities,” continued Winig. “While few Federations have engaged in such efforts in Israel, an organization known as MATI has been successfully developing businesses and jobs in nearby Haifa for more than a decade, with support from Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies.” In Kiryat Bialik, this past summer, Yossi Ende, who co-chairs the Federation’s P2K Committee with Ann Kelman, and Israel and Overseas Director Elise Dolgow finalized plans for the project with Kiryat Bialik and MATI leaders. Several South Palm Beach business and Federation leaders will be able to collaborate face-to-face in Kiryat Bialik during the Federation’s November Community-wide Israel@60 Mission and Metro Business Mission in May. “We engaged MATI to study Kiryat Bialik’s potential for business growth and development, and found their analysis and recommendations solid for our investment,” said Winig. “Kiryat Bialik is poised for growth, with every conceivable type of business in the area, as well as very good housing and schools. This is an investment that should pay off by sustaining and growing our partner community, as an example of the highest form of Tzedakah, or giving – building self-sufficiency.” For more information about P2K or other Federation Israel and Overseas programs, contact or 561-852-6080.

JEC LEADERS HONORED IN ISRAEL The leading professionals in the Jewish Education Commission of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County were recently honored for their “contributions to our Partnership and the advancement of Kiryat Bialik’s educational system,” by this “sister” community near Haifa in Israel. In the audience were Teacher Exchange participants, as well as South Palm Beach County day school, congregational school, and early childhood teachers on a Federationsponsored Israel First Timers mission. Dr. Leon Weissberg, JEC Executive Director, and Marilyn Nachman, Education Resource & Professional Development Director, received plaques in an on stage ceremony during the concluding program of a recent partnership exchange visit to Israel. The award was presented by Mayor Rafi Wertheim and School Superintendent Ami Reuven, and Eshel Fram, Regional Partnership Director for the Jewish Agency. The JEC is currently leading the fourth Teacher Exchange with Kiryat Bialik since the communities’ professional, women’s and student partnerships began six years ago, through visits, teleconferences and email across the world. “We are truly partners, blending our minds and our passion for Jewish education across 6,500 miles,” said Nachman. “I share this award with the dedicated educators in both communities.”

(L-R): Kiryat Bialik Mayor Rafi Wertheim, Dr. Leon Weissberg, Marilyn Nachman, Eshel Fram, Superintendent of Schools Ami Reuven.



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Ilene Wohlgemuth, JEC Chair; Dr. Leon Weissberg, JEC Executive Director

Ilene Wohlgemuth Takes the Helm with Drive, Experience, Innovation

The Jewish Education Commission’s 12th year is moving full steam ahead, with programming for all ages, and innovations building on continuing successes. It’s no coincidence that the Commission’s new Chair, Ilene Wohlgemuth, is hardly new to the JEC or to the Federation. In fact, during her 22 years of JFSPBC volunteer service, Wohlgemuth has served on the Federation Board of Directors since 1990, been a leader in Women’s Philanthropy, was president of Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, received the Young Leadership Award, is current Vice Chair of Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, and has chaired an amazing array of committees and events within the JEC, the rest of the Jewish community and beyond. So it’s no surprise to learn that, as a teen, Wohlgemuth went to Israel on a Federation trip and founded a B’nai B’rith Girls chapter, or that at University of Pennsylvania, she chaired the off-campus UJA Campaign during her senior year (shortly before graduating magna cum laude). Or, that after taking a J.D. at Suffolk University and practicing law, when she moved back to Boca Raton in 1986 with her husband and pregnant with her first child, she quickly walked into the Federation offices on Spanish River Boulevard and introduced herself. Or, to hear how driven she is to reach the community’s 11,000 children and teens: “If I could leave part of what is most important to me to future generations, it would be respect for history and the lessons to be learned from it, combined with enthusiasm for the future and its possibilities. As Jews, we are bound to do what we can to leave the world a better place. One day history will judge whether what we have done was enough.” Wohlgemuth is also motivated by “a simple but far-reaching goal: to take the JEC from being a well-kept secret, albeit a jewel, to - with increased resources - reach its full potential for our community with meaningful programs for everyone.” Toward this, former JEC Chair Helen Cohan is chairing a new Development Committee. Along with bedrock programs like the Distinguished Lecture Series, Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, Teacher Exchanges with Israel, Jewish Forum clubs in public and private high schools, professional training, and Israel resources, the JEC has some innovations this year - along with new challenges like raising significantly more to meet escalating March of the Living expenses, so cost will not be a barrier for teens wishing to go on this life-changing trip to Poland and Israel. Exciting new programs include: Cinema U: The Israeli Mosaic, a series of contemporary Israeli films with lectures, being scheduled at local synagogues; Witness Theater, bringing together Holocaust survivors and teens over one year, and culminating in a teen performance in the roles of the survivors; and the first annual national Professional Development Conference for those who manage central agencies for Jewish education, and their professional development functions. For more information about the JEC and its wealth of programs, contact 561-852-3318 or Amer Randell Receives Top Day School Educator Award Nearly 250 of his peers gave Amer Randell not one, but two standing ovations as he received the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Education at the Day School Educators Professional Development Initiative, an event presented annually by (L-R) Marilyn Nachman, JEC; Karen Feller, the Jewish Education Commission (JEC) of the Jewish DKJA; Amer Randell, Grinspoon-Steinhardt Federation of South Palm Beach County and the South Award recipient; Dr. Leon Weissberg; JEC Palm Beach County Day School Principals’ Council. Each year, a local recipient receives $1,000 from the JEC, plus $1,500 to further their professional development from the Grinspoon and Steinhardt Foundations, and is also honored at a ceremony with other North American awardees. “I am grateful and humbled, and honored to be part of such and intelligent and caring community of professionals,” said Randell, a Middle School Judaic Studies teacher at Donna Klein Jewish Academy for the past 13 years. “As a Jewish educator, I have the opportunity to truly make a difference, to pass along the gifts I’ve been given, and my joy in learning and Judaism.”   Born in Israel and a graduate of Yeshiva University, Randell was nominated by DKJA Head of School, Karen Feller for his excellence in teaching, leadership, generosity in training and mentoring colleagues, curriculum and program development, and work with technology.


600 Local Jewish Educators Learn & Inspire at Fall JEC Events 100 congregational teachers spent a morning learning from Teaching Tefillah to games like American Idol, and “Taking the School Out of Sunday School.” (Co-sponsored by JEC and Council of Education Directors)

250 educators of 1,500 students from Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School, Torah Academy and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School enjoyed an afternoon of interactive d’var torah and workshops. (Cosponsored by JEC and Day School Principals’ Council)

(Below) 250 teachers from diverse Jewish early childhood programs gathered for a colorful, interactive day of learning about the Reggio Emilia Approach and “Singing a Mitzvah.” (Co-sponsored by JEC and Council of Early Childhood Directors)

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Palm Beach County, this year’s 20 lectures began on October 30 with JEC Executive Director Dr. Leon Weissberg exploring the “Mosaic of World Jewry.”

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venues, the 60-minute talks generally allow time for questions and answers. Admission is $5 at the door, or $60 for the full series to those who join the Is Aronin Inner Circle. Lectures may be dedicated in honor or in memory of someone for a tax-deductible $100 contribution. To register, or for more information, contact Suzanne Friedman at (561) 852-6052 or

The remaining 5769 Distinguished Lecture Series offerings are: 12/4/2008 10:00 am Speaker: Rabbi Mendy Gutnick, Chabad of W. Parkland Topic: The Journey of the Soul: Past Present & Future Location: Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray 7099 West Atlantic Ave.,  Delray Beach 12/10/2008 Wed. 7:30 pm Speaker: Yehuda Katz, Artists & Musicians for Israel Topic: The Midrash of Judaism Through the Arts Location: Zinman  Hall (Jewish Federation Campus) 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton 12/11/2008 10:00 am Speaker: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Boca Raton Synagogue Topic: Facial Superficial:  Aesthetic Beauty in Judiasm Location: Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray 7099 West Atlantic Ave.,  Delray Beach 12/18/2008 10:00 am Speaker: Myrna Loman Topic: Influence of Jews in the American Film Industry Location: Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray 7099 West Atlantic Ave.,  Delray Beach

1/8/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Dr. Bernard Schechterman Topic: Understanding and Interpreting  the Arab and Islamic Worlds Location: Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray 7099 West Atlantic Ave.,  Delray Beach 1/15/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Dr. Bernard Schechterman Topic: Nuances of American Foreign Policy with the Middle East & North Africa, Resulting from the November Elections. Location: Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray 7099 West Atlantic Ave.,  Delray Beach 1/22/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Cantor Bruce Benson, Temple Beth Am Topic: The Old and The New:  Music of the Jews Location: Temple Anshei Shalom of West Delray 7099 West Atlantic Ave.,  Delray Beach 1/29/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Dr. Abe Gittelson Topic: From Bialystok to Boca Raton: The World of Ashkenazi Jewry Location: Congregation B’nai Israel                     2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton                          

2/5/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Rabbi Amy Rader, B’nai  Torah Congregation Topic: Origins of Hasidut,  Ba’el Shem Tov’s Revolution. Location: Congregation B’nai Israel                      2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton  

3/12/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Riva Ginsburg Topic: Celebration of Yiddish:  Language and Culture Location: Levis JCC Sandler Center              21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton

2/12/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Rabbi Dan Levin, Temple Beth El (Boca Raton) Topic: Kaddish and Memory Location: Congregation B’nai Israel                 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton                          

3/19/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Naomi Terk Topic: A Jew in China Location: Levis JCC Sandler Center             21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton

2/19/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Rabbi Kurt Stone Topic: Minyan in Congress Location: Congregation B’nai Israel                2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton                          

3/26/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Laurel  Kadouri Topic: Synagogues Around the World Location: Levis JCC Sandler Center              21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton

2/26/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Rabbi Steven Westman, Temple Beth El (WPB) Topic: How Did The Jews Get To Be So Funny? Location: Congregation B’nai Israel     2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton

4/2/2009 Speaker: Dr. Leon Weissberg Inner Circle Members Only Breakfast Location: Levis JCC Sandler Center              21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton

3/5/2009 10:00 am Speaker: Len Rosendahl Topic: Rembrandt, the Jews, and the Bible Location: Levis JCC Sandler Center              21050 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton            

Speakers, lectures and locations are subject to change.

Melton Grads Pursue Advanced Studies More than 65 men and women from their 30s to their 90s spent a morning studying torah, listening to live music and singing, as they kicked off this year’s local Florence Melton Adult Mini-School alumni programming. Special guest lecturer Rabbi Morey Schwartz, Director of Curriculum Development for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, presented “The Book of Jonah: How Many Second Chances Do We Get?” at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Rabbi Morey Schwartz

(L-R) Dorothy Wizer, Marianne Altschul, Karen Altschul

“The alumni association provides specialized learning and programming throughout the year – Melton becomes a way of life,” said Karen Altschul, Founder and Chair of the local Melton Alumni Association, the first and largest such organization among 14 nationwide.

With 65 sites internationally, Melton is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world, as well as in South Palm Beach County, where it is a project of the Federation’s JEC. Last spring 74 diverse local students graduated from the two year course, which promises that if you “Give us two hours a week, we’ll give you more than 5,000 years of Jewish history, culture, heritage and tradition.” For more information about Melton, contact Barbara Kabatznik at 561-852-6050 or

Rabbi Morey Schwartz and audience



Jewish Community Relations Council

Rabbi David Steinhardt is New Jewish Community Relations Council Chair

They Came When We Needed Them Most

Rabbi David Steinhardt has become chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, taking the helm from Stephen Mendelsohn who had held the position since 2004. “We are truly fortunate to have one of the senior leaders of our community, and among the most well respected serve as Chair of our JCRC,” said William S. Bernstein, Federation President and CEO. “Rabbi Steinhardt’s expertise in community relations, working with many diverse local groups, will serve our community extremely well.”

How Americans and Canadians Answered Israel’s Call in 1948

When Israel faced a war of survival, 1,250 American and Canadian men and women, Jewish and Christian, came to her aid. In the words of Yitzhak Rabin, “They came to us when we most needed them, during those difficult, uncertain days of our War of Independence in 1948.”

Steinhardt is the Senior Rabbi at B’nai Torah Congregation, a large Conservative synagogue in Boca Raton. He was ordained as a rabbi and received a Masters Degree in Hebrew Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City. Steinhardt recently chaired the Federation’s Israel and Overseas Committee. He is also co-founder of the newly established Boca Raton Inter-Faith Clergy Association, an instructor in the Florence Melton Mini School, and a rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He has held many posts with national Jewish organizations, including serving on the Chancellor’s Cabinet of JTS. He has been President and organizer of interfaith dialogue groups, Palestinian-Jewish dialogues and Rabbinic organizations. The Federation’s public policy and social action voice, JCRC brings together representatives from major Jewish organizations as well as other community leaders. Deeply concerned with world affairs and Jewish security as well as local human needs, JCRC is on the front lines of the Jewish community – from partnering with all levels of government to fund essential services and influence key policies, to fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in advocating for a safer world. Building on this track record, Steinhardt is charting a course for his tenure. “The focus of our Jewish community has been internal - building its infrastructure to meet the rapidly growing Jewish population’s needs,” said Steinhardt. “We’ve now reached a new period in which it’s time to look outside and further engage the larger community. As a very large and strong Jewish community, we have much to offer, and partnerships will serve us well in preventing anti-Semitism, garnering wider support for Israel, and meeting local needs.” The JCRC is also the local affiliate of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the American Jewish community’s network of local and national public affairs organizations throughout the United States. For more information about the JCRC, contact 561-852-3159 or


Individuals, families, schools and other groups are urged to view this exhibit during its South Florida premiere, on loan from the Museum of American and Canadian Volunteers in Israel’s War of Independence, located at University of Florida Hillel. Learn more at

Date November 11, 2008 – January 30, 2009 Location Cultural Arts Building Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, Florida Free of charge and open to the community

Sponsored By

View the panels of this informative and inspiring exhibit and share the experience! For more information, please call Zehava Zeldin at 561-852-6000.

JCRC Helps High School Leaders Join Nuclear Iran Protest Rally at U.N. Among the thousands protesting a nuclear Iran, in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across from the United Nations in New York City this fall, were seven Student Council leaders from Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton. And it was an experience William S. Bernstein, Federation President and CEO (front, center), discussed the rally experience with Weinbaum they thoroughly prepared for, Yeshiva High School student leaders and faculty. and are eager to share. “It was very powerful to gather with so many people for one day, with one common cause,” described Ilana Ben-Ezra, 16. The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County helped the students travel to New York City for the Stop Iran Rally. The event was organized by a coalition of national organizations, to protest Ahmadinejad’s audience before the United Nations General Assembly. “On behalf of our Federation community, I express our sincere gratitude, pride and admiration for your vision and commitment in taking time from your very busy schedules to represent our community,” William S. Bernstein, Federation President and CEO, told the students. “I know you will do much with your experience as ambassadors to help our community understand the inhumanity and risk of the Iran regime on its move toward nuclear capability.” Doron David, 17, read extensively in preparation, in addition to learning about the situation at school. A rally highlight for him was hearing Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. “It’s incredible and inspiring that someone can go so close to total defeat through the most brutal experiences, and be here today to motivate us,” he offered. The students attending the rally were Weinbaum Yeshiva High School Student Council officers Ilana Ben-Ezra, Doron David, Holly Hampton, Josh Kaminetsky, Perla Maikhor, Andy Surasky and Emily Waxman, accompanied by faculty members Heather Andron and Shira Englander. They are available to speak on their rally experience.

Doron David, 17, addresses the JCRC regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran, and his experience at the New York Rally

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School students at the Stop Iran Rally in New York City L-R: Emily Waxman, Perla Maikhor, Andrea Surasky, Doron David, Holly Hampton, and Ilana Ben Ezra

JCRC, ADL, Synagogues HOLD Candidates Forum “We’re here tonight to help make our choices on November 4, but I’m concerned about November 5, when we know who will return to private life and who will take office,” said Rabbi Dan Levin as he welcomed 300 people to an October 30 Candidates Forum on issues of concern to the Jewish community. “On L-R: Rabbi Dan Levin, Moderator Dr. Wednesday, there will still be much at Bernard Shulman stake, and we must come together as one people, regardless of whom we supported in the election.” Just five days before the election, from all streams of Judaism, the audience gathered for this annual nonpartisan event at Temple Beth El to hear from candidates seeking congressional, state, and county offices. Once again, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County collaborated to provide this important opportunity, co-sponsoring with the AntiDefamation League (ADL), B’nai Torah Congregation, and Temple Beth El.  “Jews of America are engaged in unprecedented numbers in the political process,” said Rabbi David Steinhardt of B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, and Chair of the JCRC. “And the diversity of our tradition is reflected in a diversity of voting patterns. This forum allows our Jewish community to hear where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to us.”

L-R: Seated onstage: Rabbi Dan Levin and Mark Platt (Temple Beth El); Elise Dolgow, JCRC Director; Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections-elect Susan Bucher; Commissioner Burt Aaronson.

L-R: Bennett and Barbara Dobbin (JCRC Exec. Comm. member), Sandi and Alan Dickerman

And, indeed, the forum, moderated by Dr. Bernard Shulman, focused on concerns ranging from Iran’s nuclear Congressman Ron Klein, left and challenger Allen West, right, face off. program through safe transportation for schoolchildren, unemployment and affordable housing in Palm Beach County. Hava Leipzig Holzhauser represented the JCRC on the panel of questioners.

For more information about public affairs issues of concern to the Jewish community, contact the JCRC at or 561-852-3159.


Synagogue Chai-Lights The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is proud to work in partnership with our area synagogues to care for, strengthen and enrich our Jewish community. Below is a seasonal sampling of some of our synagogues’ wealth of spiritual, educational and cultural opportunities. Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County (R) 2475 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561-276-6161 •


Rabbi Greg Kanter was installed as Temple Sinai’s spiritual leader on Nov. 14. Ordained in 1993 at HUC/JIR, he has served several congregations. The founder of Jewish Light, a chavurah with “outreach to interfaith households, families, singles, couples, all people, regardless of sexual orientation,” Rabbi Kanter shares, “It has been my privilege to officiate and counsel in a way that brings education, healing and comfort to communities and individuals. I seek to share my love of Torah, Am Yisrael and Tikkun Olam with the entire community.” Dec. 14 10:00 am-Noon Membership Open House with light breakfast Dec. 16 7:00 pm “Music for Chanukah” concert Jan. 17 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance & Silent Auction Honoring State Rep. Adam Hasner

Beth Ami Congregation (C) 1401 NW 4th Ave., Boca Raton 561-349-0031 •

Boca Raton Synagogue (O) 7900 Montoya Cr. North, Boca Raton 561-394-0394 •

Beginning in November: Mon. 10:30 a.m. – Sages throughout the Ages – Who Made Judaism What It is Today? Tues. 1:00 p.m. Jewish Values – The Ethics of Everyday Living Wed. Learn a Little Hebrew - It Can’t Hurt- reading siddur and some conversational vocabulary Advanced 9:30 a.m., Beginner 11:00 a.m. Thurs. 10:30 a.m. So What is Opera All About?

Monthly Sunrise Minyan at the Beach; call for info. Dec. 22 Chanukah Children’s Concert Jan. 17 Rabbi Pynchas Brener, Chief Rabbi of Caracas, Venezuela Jan. 31 Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, past Associate rabbi of BRS and co- founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh, providing provides comprehensive support for those making Aliyah. Feb. 8 19th Annual Journal Dinner Feb. 14 Rabbi Kenneth Brander, BRS Rabbi Emeritus and Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future

Feb. 27-March 1 Scholars in Residence: “A Jewish-Muslim Conversation” with Dr. Frederick Greenspahn and Dr. Liyakat Takim. B’nai Torah Congregation (C) 6261 SW 18th St., Boca Raton 561-362-0990 • Dec. 6-9 7:00 p.m. Annual Book Fair at Barnes & Noble with authors, food & wine, Israeli dancing & more Dec. 16 6:00 p.m. Annual JTS-B’nai Torah Dinner with JTS Chancellor Dr. Arnold Stein Dec 17 8:00 p.m. Interfaith Dating: What Can We Do, What Can We Do? Dec. 19 5:00 p.m. Rock Shabbat - interactive live music experience for all ages Dec. 21 Rock Chanukah Party


Bircat Shalom (Sephardic) 10300-A Courtside Ln., Boca Raton 561-210-5015 This congregation of mostly young families, which celebrated its second anniversary in November, conducts prayers in Nusach Yerushalmi. Mondays from 6:00-7:00 pm Arts and Crafts program Dec. 28 Hanukkah outing for children Feb. 8 Tu Bishvat Barbecue in the park

Congregation B’nai Israel (R) 2200 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton 561-241-8118 •


DECEMBER: Dec.14 3:00 p.m. Al Matos & Orchestra: Glorious Music of the 1940s & Klezmer Dec. 21 7:30p.m. Hanukkah Celebration with Garry Midnight, Magician and Illusionist Dec. 31 8:30 p.m. New Years Eve Event; Black Tie optional


Dec. 12 7:30 p.m. “Israel with CBI Through the Eyes of a Christian African American,” community leader Wayne Barton. Dec. 14 Noon–3:00 pm Chanukarama carnival for children 8 and under Jan. 9 5:30 p.m. Synaplex: a variety of creative Shabbat experiences for all ages. Jan. 16 6:30 p.m. “Fondjew Shabbat” service and fondue for young adults in their 20s & 30s Jan. 26 7:30 p.m. Hot Topics: Our new President & the Jews, with Rabbi Agler

Feb. 23 7:30 p.m Hot Topics: Israel & Her Neighbors – Where Do They Stand Today? with Rabbi Agler Temple Beth El of Boca Raton (R) 333 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton 561-391-8900 • Dec. 12 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Services Led by Mah Tovu with upbeat contemporary Jewish music Dec. 26 8:00 pm Chanukah in the Courtyard, special musical service WEDNESDAYS Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Shared Care interfaith respite care program for caregivers Jan. 13 7:00 p.m. Brotherhood Jewish Film Festival Jan. 25 BOFTY Fashion Show: pre-K through 12th grade students model to support Camp Jenny for inner city youth Jan. 30 8:00 p.m.; Jan 31 10:45 a.m. Beth Schafer will lead services as Composer in Residence Feb. 5-7 Scholar-in-Residence: Donniel Hartman of Shalom Hartman Institute Feb. 22 3:00 p.m. Dubov Concert with Cantors David Propis & Meir Finkelstein.

Temple Emeth (C) 5780 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561-498-3536 • Dec. 8

Stuart Reichert, Former General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force

Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 16  Bilha Ron, who was a member of the Hagganah in Israel’s War of the Liberation, speaks on Famous Biblical Women Dec. 22

Joe Elias on “The Origins of the Hebrew Alphabet”

Jan. 5

“Esther and Ruth” with Cantor Shimon Gewirtz

Feb. 9 Greatest Hero of the Jews in WWII Thursdays Dec. 4, 11 & 18 Jan. 15, 22 & 29 Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26 2:00 p.m. Cantor Efraim Sapir leads classes on the weekly Torah portion 7:00 p.m. Cantor Sapir leads “Pathways Though the Bible” text study

Agency Chai-Lights

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County proudly supports and enables vital services locally, in Israel and throughout the world, through our beneficiary partner agencies. Learn about some of these partners from our community. Adolph & Rose Levis JCC to Celebrate 25th Anniversary at HaNadiv Gala 561-852-3200 • The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a full array of personal, cultural, social and physical enrichment and services for adults of all ages. On January 10th at Broken Sound Country Club, at its annual HaNadiv Gala, the Levis JCC will celebrate its 25th Anniversary and honor a group of leaders for their continued commitment to making these programs possible.

Shirley & Allan Solomon, HaNadiv Crystal Award honorees

Chaired by Emily & Stephen Grabelsky, the highlight will be the HaNadiv Crystal Award presentation to Shirley & Allan Solomon, Levis JCC advocates for more than 20 years. Also honored that night will be Stephanie Owitz Greenberg with the Community Service Award and Howard and Barry Kaye of Barry Kaye Associates with the President’s Recognition Award. Personal congrats are in order through ads in the Gala Journal, which will be distributed at the event and will appear in the Jewish Journal on January 6th. For tickets, to place a Journal ad or for sponsorship opportunities, call 561-852-3253.

Gould and Weinberg Houses: Affordable Senior Housing at Federation 561-482-0523 The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has sponsored two affordable housing apartment facilities to serve the community’s low-income elderly and/or mobility impaired residents. The total 206 apartment units are primarily funded through various federal HUD programs. Residents have their own private apartments set in garden surroundings with affordable rents.

Dec. 25 3:00 p.m. Chanukah Classical Music Concert Jan. 13 3:00 p.m. “The Hillel Chorus” a capella concert Jan. 18 3:00 p.m. “Fiddler on the Roof” performed by a professional company

In addition, through partnerships with the Federation’s beneficiary agencies, residents have access to a wide range of services and programs including health management and referral, socialization and recreation, consumer education, immigration and English classes, intergenerational interaction with the schools on campus, computer and internet training, volunteer opportunities, nutrition and meals, and transportation. A resident recently celebrated 100 years of age at Weinberg House!

Temple Anshei Shalom (C) 7099 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561-495-1300

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service: Economy, Foreclosures Escalate Calls for Help 561-852-3333 •

Dec. 17 – Feb. 24 Mon. 3:00 p.m. Sociable Singles Mon. 3:45 p.m. Talmud Study Tues. 9:30 a.m. Beginners Conversation in Hebrew Wed. 11:00 a.m. Rabbi’s Academy Thurs. 10:30 a.m. Advanced Conversation in Hebrew Fri. 10:30 a.m. Yiddish Conversation

RRJFS helps families and individuals from throughout the community with a comprehensive range of counseling, support and educational programs; and is designated by the Area Agency on Aging as the lead senior service agency for south Palm Beach County. Today, RRJFS must stretch to meet the growing expenses of helping an increasing number of people with basic necessities such as food, prescriptions, utilities - and housing, due to foreclosures. 

Dec/Jan TBA Retired Rabbis conference

While two years ago, RRJFS received four foreclosure calls for an entire year, this year they’ve helped 35 families facing foreclosure just since September 1. One October morning, they received five such calls by 10:00 am. Among those helped that day were Rachel and her three children, who needed to move immediately when a sheriff’s deputy gave her 24 hours before her door was padlocked - because the bank had taken over the property when her landlord stopped paying the mortgage. And Hannah and Phil, in their 80’s, who had refinanced their King’s Point condo to cover expenses, but couldn’t afford the payments when Phil needed home care. Calls may continue to climb, but with the community’s

Agency Chai-Lights continue on following page


Agency Chai-Lights Continued support, this lifeline can remain intact.

and Joshua. Rales will be honored at the JARC 2009 Annual Gala Dinner Dance on March 8 at Boca West Country Club.

Donna Klein Jewish Academy: Core

Developers Harvey Geller and Rob Levy donated the land for the homes; JARC Board Member Michael Greenberg and

Jewish Values Meet High Tech

Minto Communities donated their services.

561-852-3300 •

Torah Academy Celebrates 10th Anniversary with New Leadership

An independent, college preparatory Jewish day school

561-347-1821 • rfeinberg@

for grades K-12, DKJA is known for its well-rounded,

challenging curriculum integrating Judaic and general studies with a focus on global education. Located on the Federation campus, the school’s core values instill Jewish Living, Learning, and Academic Achievement, emphasizing

Photo caption: DKJA students join Principal of Middle School Judaic Studies Rabbi Tzvi Berkson at their Simchat Torah Assembly.

Torah Academy of Boca Raton is proudly celebrating its 10th Anniversary, with125 students from early childhood through 5th grade. The administration, faculty and parents work

morals, ethics, Torah values, and community service.

together as a team to help each student reach their personal, spiritual and intellectual growth in a warm, caring, and loving

Highlights also include team sports, drama, orchestra, a unique Japanese cultural program, and the state-of-the-art

environment, with comprehensive Judaic and secular studies.

Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Technology Program K-12, featuring SMART BoardsTM (interactive whiteboards) in

Federation’s Irv Geffen, Executive VP Financial Resource Development; and Richard Jacobs, VP Community Planning, enjoyed a Torah Academy visit.

every classroom. The high school curriculum features seminar-style classes, with AP and Honors levels, and many varied

Torah Academy is also delighted to welcome Rabbi Shaya Baumann and Rabbi Reuven as the school’s new Deans. Rabbi

electives. DKJA proudly provides more than $2 million annually in need-based tuition assistance annually.

Baumann has worked as assistant principal at a local Yeshiva in North Miami Beach, and Rabbi Feinberg served as

Headmaster and Executive Director of a girls’ high school in Rochester, NY.

Hillel Day School Facility with It’s Growing

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School Breaks 200 Student Mark

Student Numbers

561-417-7422 •

561-470-5000 • WHYS began its second decade with 212 students in its 9-12th grade college preparatory school. Yeshiva, now located Offering excellent education in Boca Raton for 20 years, Hillel

with Boca Raton Synagogue, expects to replace this year’s 53 seniors with 65-75 freshmen next year. Four of last year’s

is committed to providing each student with a synthesis of

graduates applied to Ivy League schools and were admitted. 90% of last year’s grads deferred their college admissions

Jewish and general studies, without compromise in either

to study in Israel this year.

area. The school seeks to develop a deep-seated love of Torah, knowledge in academics, sensitivity to morals and ethics, and commitment to American democratic principles as well as Zionist ideals.

L-R: Chayim Dimont, Lower School Principal; Daniel J. Katz, President; and Rabbi Samuel J. Levine, Head of School, tour Hillel’s new gym construction.

Burgeoning enrollment has created the need for larger facilities at Hillel’s 15-acre campus adjacent to the Federation. Phase I, a 17,000 square-foot gymnasium, is currently underway and due to be completed in January 2009. Plans for Phase II, a 25,000 square-

Yeshiva expects to receive approval from the county this fall for its plans to build a permanent home on the Federation campus. The construction timetable will depend on fundraising progress. This year, Federation is providing $200,000 of the $970,000 that Yeshiva provides in scholarships to its students.


foot classroom building to accommodate a middle school population that has doubled over the past number of years, are well underway.

Jewish Association for Residential Care Expanding to Ten Group Homes 561-558-2550 •


JARC provides group homes, apartments and vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities. Within a caring, nurturing environment, JARC strives to assist each

One of the new state-of-the-art group homes on the Rales Campus

individual in becoming all he or she is capable of being. In partnership with clients’ families, promoting independence, dignity, self-respect and fulfilling lives. JARC will be adding four new group homes to the six already in operation, to be located in Yamato Court at Yamato Road and 441. This new campus is named for longtime JARC benefactor Norman Rales, who funded the construction, and who is naming the homes in honor of his four sons, Steven, Stuart, Mitchell

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The Sylvia & Jerry Wolens 2008-2009 Cultural Season A LITERARY AFTERNOON


Monday, January 19 • 2 p.m. Beifield Auditorium at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement 21050 95th Avenue S. • Boca Raton • Tickets $25 • Refreshments served Call (561) 852-3241

John Burnham Schwartz “The Commoner”

The coming-of-age story of Haruko is based on the life of Empress Michiko of Japan, the first commoner to marry into the Japanese imperial family.


MultiMediaConcerts MARSHALL TURKIN AND THE CLASSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE Back for all three appearances with vocalist Lisanne Lyons, guest artists and historical videos Sundays 3 & 7 p.m. • Zinman Hall Tickets: $69 Series Subscription Available NOW! • $27 Individual Tickets Available Oct. 1

This program is partially underwritten by Charna Larkin.

“You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right” An Evening with author Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Tuesday, February 7 • 7:30 p.m. Hirschfield seeks to build bridges among people of different faiths—and those with no faith at all.

Jewish Heritage & Cultural Trips Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of these choice destinations while experiencing their community’s Jewish life.

• JEWISH CUBAN MISSIONS: Spring & Fall 2009 • FOLLOW THE JEWISH HERITAGE TRAIL IN EASTERN EUROPE — BUDAPEST, BELGRADE AND BUCHAREST: MAY 4-16, 2009 •12-NIGHT MEDITERRANEAN HOLY LAND CRUISE: September 5-17, 2009 For more information and to register, call (561) 852-3254 or e-mail

DECEMBER 21 Stephen Foster & Harold Arlen Foster’s compositions are regarded as immortal American classics such as “Oh Susanna,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and Florida’s state song “Swanee River.” Arlen’s credits include “Blues in the Night,” “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, “Over the Rainbow and “That Old Black Magic.” FEBRUARY 15 Northwestern All-stars Farewell Reunion A nostalgic concert of music memories, featuring pianist Eddie Higgins, saxophonist Kenny Soderblom, trumpeter Warren Kime, clarinetist Marshall Turkin with members of the Classic Jazz Ensemble.

MARCH 22 Jerome Kern Kern revolutionized the Broadway musical with his “Showboat.” His output of more than 1,000 songs include “All the Things You Are,” “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “Make Believe,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Yesterdays.”

For Tickets: Call the Box Office at (561) 852-3241.


Jewish Community Foundation

David Pratt and Elyssa Kupferberg are New Foundation Chairs and vice chair Campaign Begins to Increase Unrestricted Endowment Funds Quickly getting down to business as 2008-9 chairs of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, David Pratt and Elyssa Kupferberg are leading a new campaign to increase the community’s unrestricted endowment funds. “There’s an old analogy that our Federation’s Annual Campaign is our checking account and the Foundation is our savings account,” said new Foundation Chair Pratt, a partner in the Personal Planning Department of Proskauer Rose LLP’s Boca Raton office. “That’s true. But it’s even more than our savings account: it’s our future, and our ability to respond to our Jewish community’s continued growth and to crisis, especially in time like these - of great economic uncertainty.”   “And there is no substitute for a solid Foundation made up primarily of unrestricted funds that give us the freedom and liquidity to make informed, big picture decisions for our Jewish community as a whole,” continued Pratt.    “Having enough unrestricted funds can fill critical gaps in our funding abilities,” added new Foundation Vice Chair Kupferberg, a senior vice president and

Director of Business Development with BNY Mellon Wealth Management. “Unrestricted funds can help provide free transportation for the low-income homebound, or more nurse visits for our overwhelming population of frail and elderly residents. It can be the difference between a struggling Jewish community and one that is strong, secure and vibrant.” The Jewish Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds have also made it possible to respond to critical needs such as helping to rescue Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education from closing due to budget cuts, significantly aiding Israel after the 2006 Lebanon War and providing relief from devastating hurricanes.   But Pratt pointed to critical gaps between the resources available and Jewish needs locally and overseas, stating that, “In 2008 we received about $9.5 million in priority program funding requests from our agencies, but were only able to provide $4 million, leaving a shortfall of $5.5 million. With a more robust unrestricted funding pool, we could draw from it for the most urgent needs that go unmet.”   “Leaving a very significant legacy gift can cost far less than most people realize,” added Kupferberg. “Our community professionals and Foundation staff regularly show individuals how to leave a legacy gift at a great discount, and a legacy gift does not compete for funding with Federation’s Annual Campaign. The money comes from two different pockets, with the Annual Campaign mainly from people’s discretionary income year to year, and Foundation contributions from accumulated assets such as an estate, insurance policy, and ‘legacy’ one-time gifts.   “Our Foundation is the continuing lifeline to meet the growing needs of all stages of Jewish life in our community and throughout the world,” Kupferberg concluded. “We must continue to build this ‘safety net’ despite the current difficult economic times. Our fellow Jews need our support more than ever, and now is the time to give from the heart.”

The Jewish Community Foundation develops permanent resources to ensure the continuity of Jewish life, programs and services locally, in Israel and throughout the world, through lasting legacies, by developing permanent endowment funds, lifetime gifts, bequests in wills, trusts and planned giving programs. For more information, call 561-852-3166.



Charitable Gifts from IRAs Are Back! The Adolph & Rose Levis

JCC Thrift Shop DONATIONS NEEDED Levis JCC Thrift Shop 141 NW 20th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 368-3665 Directions from I-95 or Turnpike: Glades Road east, left onto N. Dixie Highway, left onto NW 20th Street, right into Plum Park Plaza

Sometimes the devil is in the details. Believe it or not, buried in the historic $700 billion “bailout” plan (the Emergency Stabilization Act of 2008), Congress has voted to retroactively extend the previously expired IRA charitable rollover provision from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2009. This action reinstates the rollover as enacted by the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This enables you to once again support the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County through a distribution from your IRA. This is the same Rollover you may remember from 2006-2007, now extended through 2009. It allows eligible individuals to make charitable gifts from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) without negative income tax consequences. The IRA charitable rollover permits individuals 70 1/2 years of age or older  to make tax-free charitable gifts of up to $100,000 per year directly from their individual retirement accounts to qualified charities. Amounts rolled over are not included in taxable income and will count toward the IRA owner’s mandatory withdrawal amount. As in the 2006 and 2007 rollover rules, distributions will not qualify if made to donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, charitable remainder trusts, or in exchange for gift annuities.

Bring your jewelry, bric-a-bac, clothing or other items that are in excellent, clean and saleable condition to the JCC Thrift Shop.

Free Furniture pickup is available call (561) 368-3665.

On behalf of all those who will benefit from your generosity, we thank you.

All Donations are Tax Deductible

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memories that last a lifetime CALL: (561) 852-3227

DATES: June 8-July 31 • Bonus Upper Camp Week: Aug. 3-7 HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Pre/Post Care Available/Early Childhood Part-Time Hours Available)

• All head counselors K-2 are teachers • Field Trips, Late/Over Nights on campus: Entering 1st grade and up • Overnight Travel: Entering 5th grade and up Specialty Camps • Fine Arts • Digital

• Magic • Sports Photography • Tennis

• Fitness

• Theatre • Fashion, Fitness & Fun Camp

Camp are days are filled with numerous activities including, Karate, Card Dance, Crafts, Sports, Theme Days and Oneg Shabbat plus much much more!

• Pay your annual campaign pledge;

TEEN TRAVEL Grades 7-9 Travel to: St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Key West, Club Med in Port St. Lucie, St. Augustine/Jacksonville

• Fund a gift to the Federation’s annual campaign;

• Establish a permanent perpetual named endowment through the Jewish Community Foundation.

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The charitable IRA rollover is only available for 2008 and 2009. This is a wonderful opportunity to:

• Create a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE)or Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (PACE) fund; or

Proceeds support programs and provide services that educate our youngest generation, connect teens to Jewish life, embrace individuals with special needs, sustain our elderly, enrich our community with the arts and promote wellness.

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CAMP KAVOD Special Needs Camp (Campers K-12) Financial Assistance Available: Based upon interview. Intake interview required. Call: (561) 852-3269 (561) 852-3200 •

For more details, please call 561-852-3166.


PAC Kicks Off the New Year with Commitment and Elegance Overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean at Carmen’s Top of the Bridge in Boca Raton on September 23, more than 110 professionals had a wonderful evening as they gathered to welcome newcomers and recommit themselves to helping the Jewish community in a most significant way. Generously sponsored by Stanford Financial Group, the event was the Kick-off and Membership Drive of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Event co-chairs Rhonda Gluck and Linda Melcer and their committee reached out extensively to their colleagues, making the event a great success and resulting in several new professionals joining the PAC.  Sue Andron of “An Event to Remember” donated her services to add a special elegance to the evening. The PAC is an integral part of the Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation. Its growing membership of 64 works to encourage charitable giving by establishing new endowment funds, trusts, bequests, life insurance policies and IRAs on behalf of their clients. “Our PAC brings together the Jewish community’s most influential finance, accounting, trusts and estate professionals. With great success, we’ve launched a new season of raising funds for the Foundation to meet critical future needs – locally, in Israel and worldwide - by providing options for

our clients to make meaningful restricted and unrestricted gifts that meet their financial interests as well as their philanthropic goals,” said PAC Chair David Katzman. “With needs escalating dramatically here and overseas, there are even more compelling reasons for their clients to prepare for the long term future of the Jewish people,” added Richard Steinberg, PAC Vice Chair. “We must provide more long term capital for long term goals – beyond addressing immediate needs as we do through our Annual Campaign.”

Rhonda Gluck, event co-chair; Scott Chaisson, Managing Director, Stanford Financial Group

Whitsyms Nursing Registry is the generous sponsor of the Federation’s Professional Advisory Committee. For more information about the Federation’s Professional Advisory Committee, contact Carolyn Rose at 561-852-3142 or carolynr@bocafed.

L-R: Benjamin Greenberg, Esq.; Linda Melcer, event co-chair/event sponsor Stanford Financial Group; Glen Golish, Mace Tamse

L-R: Reba Cole, Corporate Sponsor Whitsyms Nursing; Elyssa Kupferberg, Jewish Community Foundation Vice Chair; Carmen Lopez, Whitsyms; David Pratt, Foundation Chair

L-R: PAC Members Nat Steinart, Eric Matheson, Marc Schaum, Eliot Popper

L-R: PAC Members Marjorie Horwin, Mary Sue Donohue, Barbara Shore, Mindy Stein



Jewish Women’s Foundation Seeks New Trustees and Grant Applications The Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County (JWF) will be accepting applications for grant funding until December 19, 2008, for its fourth annual grant cycle. JWF is also offering more local Jewish women the Sheila Fuente, 2008opportunity to become Trustees 9 Jewish Women’s - hands-on philanthropists who Foundation Chair are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Jewish women and girls, together select and support programs to address their most passionate concerns in our community and around the world. An initiative of the Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation, JWF grants address Abuse Prevention, Education, and Health. Nonprofit 501c (3) organizations are welcome to apply for up to $10,000 to address root causes of challenges faced by Jewish women and girls, locally or overseas. JWF’s three 2008 recipients are expanding sustainable micro-enterprises and creating jobs

among low-income women; training young women medical graduates from the former Soviet Union (who cannot practice in Israel) to help immigrant teens develop healthy life skills; and providing services for abused girls right in their junior high and high schools. While these are all in Israel, JWF funds have supported local programs, and international projects are also eligible. “Our JWF offers local Jewish women the unique opportunity to be hands-on ‘woman to woman’ independent philanthropists to assist and empower those in need,” said Sheila Fuente, JWF Chair. “More and more women are learning the impact and satisfaction of directing their combined resources. And, in the process, we also educate and empower ourselves to manage our foundation and to direct our combined resources to effectively and compassionately change women’s and girls’ lives.”

currently 62 Trustees with more than $350,000 in assets and total commitments of $590,000. Grants will be announced on March 18 at JWF’s Granting Wishes Reception, featuring Lisa Ling, special correspondent to CNN, Oprah, and National Geographic Discovery Channel, and a former co-host of The View. Founding Trustee Phyllis Sandler and her daughters Robin Rubin and Amy Ross are chairing this special evening at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton; David Stern Designing Jewelers is the generous sponsor. Grant funds will be distributed by April 30, 2008. For information about submitting an application or becoming a trustee, contact Jillian Rosen at 561852-3120 or or go to www.

Diverse in their ages and Jewish backgrounds, Trustees build JWF through their $10,000, $50,000 and $100,000 tax-deductible contributions, payable over five years. Together, they also steer JWF with equal votes in the grant-making process. There are

L-R: Phyllis Sandler, Robin Rubin and Amy Ross at Granting Wishes 2008

The Jewish Journal and Shalom are proud to support the South County Jewish Federation’s Chai Life.

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This Chanukah, we need you more than ever. Dear Neighbors: With a dramatic increase in requests for assistance, a sharp rise in the cost of food and services, and a marked decline in the U.S. dollar, more of our neighbors and fellow Jews around the world are finding themselves in desperate need— and, in many cases, our Jewish community is their only lifeline. In financial times like these, it’s those with the least who truly stand to lose the most— food, shelter, medicine, home health visits, protection from harm— the basic necessities of life. You have the opportunity to light up someone’s life this Chanukah by becoming a lifeline to wellness and to hope. So, please dig deep into your heart and make a donation to our Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs in whatever amount you can afford; and, we promise, you’ll be all the richer for it. On behalf of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and all of the lives touched by this community’s kindness and generosity, may you enjoy a bright and happy Chanukah.


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William S. Bernstein President and CEO


For Harvey and Phyllis Sandler, A Philosophy of Giving is Their Philosophy of Living H

arvey and Phyllis Sandler believe that caring for the community is everyone’s responsibility.

World-class health care at Boca Raton Community

Hospital is made possible by the unwavering support that Harvey and Phyllis and others like them have demonstrated for almost half a century. Community support makes possible superior programs such as these: • The Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, a stateof-the-art medical facility housing the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and an advanced outpatient Imaging Center • The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, one of the top five cancer programs by patient volume in Florida, with a renowned multidisciplinary team, access to clinical research, and multimodality cancer care • The Christine E. Lynn Heart Institute, with nationally recognized cardiovascular surgeons, outstanding cardiologists and an interdisciplinary team who has performed thousands of procedures • The Women’s Institute for Health & Wellness, offering comprehensive services for women of all ages • Community Outreach Programs, reaching thousands of area residents with education and screenings These services and so many more are why Boca Raton Community Hospital has always been recognized as a leader in South Florida. For additional information about our array of services, visit our website at or call the BRCH Foundation at 561.955.4142.

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