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Toby Weinman Palchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy • The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

Volume 7 • Issue 3 Spring 2012

A Legacy of Love and Giving

Anne & Norman Jacobson

A New Era of Professional Leadership Matthew C. Levin Named CEO


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Table Of Contents A New Era of Professional Leadership


Giving & the Gifted Highlight Annual Meeting


Thousands Stand Strong for Israel


Campaign 2012: REACHING UP, REACHING OUT King David Society Meets President Clinton


Missions Incredible


A Super Sunday of Super Heroes


Our Generous Clubs & Communities


Series Dishes Up Three-Course Education


Men’s Night Out Talks Football


New Leaders and a Place for Every Woman


Young Adults Learn, Lead & Rock




Loving & Giving: Anne & Norman Jacobson


Community Joins to Create a Jewish Legacy


Don Tescher, Mitzvah Society Honoree


PAC Takes on High Level Learning & Advocacy


JWF Grants $107,250 for Women & Girls



OUR FEDERATION PICKS UP TWO 2012 SOUTH FLORIDA ADDY AWARDS! The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is the proud recipient of both a Gold and a Silver 2012 ADDY. The ADDY award is the highest regional honor an organization can receive in marketing. We captured a Silver for our Fall 2011 Chai Life magazine featuring Dan Rather on the cover, and brought home the Gold for our video “Live Powerfully, Give Generously,” which can be viewed at Congratulations to the talented and creative Marketing and Communications team led by Senior Vice President Andy Rose.

A Strong Bridge to Our Sister City


Special Needs Heads to Capitol Hill


Advocating for Our Jewish Family


Children & Teens: Our Jewish Future


Caring at Home: Our Local Agencies


Synagogue ChaiLights


Spotlight on Sponsors


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Welcome to Chai Life Welcoming. Engaging. Reaching out like never before! Dear Federation Family: I am privileged and proud to say that the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is about to embark on a new era of professional leadership. Matthew C. Levin will become the Chief Executive Officer on August 1. Please join me in welcoming him as we begin working together to build a strong future for our Federation. This great news comes as we culminate another exciting campaign season. From the Pechter Family naming of our Safety Net Services Giving Center, to Anne and Norman Jacobson’s naming of our Foundation, to the announcement that Harvey and Phyllis Sandler have named our Major Gifts Event, and much more, our Federation is blessed with donors who continue to give their very best. The word that defines this year for me is unity. Not only did everyone pull together to make great things happen for beneficiaries locally and around the world, but our Federation reached out to all segments of our community like never before. We added many exciting creative programs for the community-at-large, our Women’s Department and our up-and-coming young leaders and we were able to attract many new faces to our Federation. Our Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) also made a significant impact this year through its efforts to maintain funding from Florida legislators for services provided to seniors and persons with disabilities residing in our community, and to tighten economic sanctions against those doing business with Iran. The JCRC also made its mark with pro-Israel activities, including the annual Israel Under the Stars celebration, which brought thousands of local residents of all ages to celebrate Israel Independence Day. What a wonderful season to look back on as you enjoy the summer! Until next season,

This publication is produced by the Marketing & Communications Department of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications Andrew M. Rose Chai Life Editor, Communications Director Andrea Schuver Director of Marketing Erryn Abiri Chai Life Designer, Creative Director Shanna Vinig Editorial Director Patricia Como Web & Multimedia Director Tom Sokolowski Advertising Sales Mandee Baulo Graphic Designer Troy Jeffers Web/Graphics Production Assistant Paul Kranowitz Federation Officers Chair Ellen R. Sarnoff Vice Chair, Financial Resource Development Anne L. Jacobson Vice Chair, Campaign Joseph S. Mishkin Vice Chair, Jewish Community Foundation David Pratt, Esq. Vice Chair, Women’s Philanthropy Emily Grabelsky Vice Chair, Planning & Allocations Stephen A. Mendelsohn, Esq. Vice Chair Wesley E. Finch Vice Chair Carol S. Smokler Vice Chair Etta Gross Zimmerman Secretary Albert Gortz, Esq. Assistant Secretary Debra Halperin Treasurer Stewart Kasen Assistant Treasurer Arthur Goldberg Senior Federation Professionals Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer Mel Lowell

Ellen R. Sarnoff Chair, Federation Board of Directors Follow Federation on:


Executive Vice President, Financial Resource Development Marla Weiss Egers

Matthew C. Levin Named Chief Executive Officer for Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has announced its selection of Matthew C. Levin to become the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer on August 1, 2012. On May 11, 2012, the Federation’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Levin for the CEO position.

“I am more than thrilled that Matt will be taking the reins as our new CEO,” said Ellen R. Sarnoff, Chair of the Federation’s Board of Directors. “Matt’s wealth of experience and profound lifelong commitment to the Jewish people will serve us well as we continue our sacred work of helping so many in need locally, in Israel and throughout the world. Eager to embark on this new era of professional leadership, we look forward to building on our Federation’s strengths and setting the course for a strong future.”

Levin brings 25 consecutive years of professional responsibility with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), culminating in his current position as Southeastern States Director and Florida Regional Director. For most of that time, he has been primarily responsible for expanding AIPAC’s major gifts program in the Southeast, including building its endowment for the future. His proven expertise also includes strategic planning and leadership development, programming and legislative affairs, as well as public speaking and relationship building.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of our very thoughtful, comprehensive search process,” said Raymond Zimmerman, who chaired the Federation’s CEO Search Committee. “We worked hard to ensure that our organization would be in the best professional hands, and we are confident that Matt’s skills, experience and passion will bring him great success in this vital role for our Jewish community.” A proud Florida native raised in Hollywood, Levin resides in Broward County with his wife and their three young sons.

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2012 Annual Meeting

A CELEBRATION OF GIVING & the Gifted Federation leaders and supporters who gathered in Zinman Hall on April 18 for the 2012 Annual Meeting discovered that our Jewish community is not only incredibly generous, but also considerably talented. Amid the Federation business and celebration of the fundraising year, 250 enthusiastic guests experienced an exclusive one-night-only revue of great performances, right from the welcome sung by Co-chairs Amy Ross and Robin Rubin – after which proud mother Phyllis Sandler took the microphone to kvell.

“May we come away from this evening feeling a stronger sense of community and purpose, and an even deeper appreciation for the extraordinary people who make up our Federation family.” -Ellen R. Sarnoff, Chair of the Board

Ellen R. Sarnoff delivered a State of the Federation presentation highlighting the year’s many accomplishments, beginning with September’s announcement of Jack and Marilyn Pechter’s significant gift that created the Sarah and Max Pechter Center for Local Safety Net Services.

Ellen also made the exciting new announcement that in recognition of the staunch support received from Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, the Federation’s single largest Annual Campaign donors, and the contributions of their entire family, the Federation’s premier annual fundraising event has been named “The Sandler Family Major Gifts Event.” Ellen gave heartfelt thanks to Executive Committee and Board members, generous donors and volunteers, and tenacious Campaign leaders including 2012 Campaign Chair Joe Mishkin, Women’s Philanthropy Chair Meryl Gallatin, and Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair Emily Grabelsky. Ellen, herself, was lauded for her dedication and wisdom on beginning her second year of leading the Federation as Chair of the Board. To read Ellen’s full remarks and recall just how much our community accomplished by joining together in unprecedented unity, visit The 2012 Annual Meeting was generously sponsored by Levitt Capital Management

“Together, we are changing the world, life by life, gift by gift. Together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.” -Ellen R. Sarnoff, Chair of the Board


Several major annual awards were received amid cheers and rousing applause. Robin Rubin and Amy Ross, Annual Meeting Co-chairs with Ellen R. Sarnoff, Federation Board Chair (center)

Robin & Gary Rubin, Phyllis Sandler, David Ross, Harvey Sandler, Amy Ross

Jim Nobil presented the James H. Nobil Community Leadership Award to Ronald Krancer for exemplifying a true humanitarian and philanthropist.

Co-chairs Amy Ross and Robin Rubin were a tough opening act to follow.

Phyllis Sandler took the mic to kvell

Jim Nobil presented the James H. Nobil Professional Achievement Award to Benyamin Tepper, Mail Room Supervisor, for his utmost professionalism and dedication for over 20 years.

Rabbi David Steinhardt, JCRC Chair, delivered a D’var Torah referencing the observance of Yom HaShoah.

Nominating Committee Chair Michael Lipton presented the 2012-13 slate of diverse, impressive Board candidates, which was unanimously approved. Margie Baer presented the James and Marjorie Baer Outstanding Young Leadership Award to Richard Steinberg for his demonstration of extraordinary service to the Federation.

Donna Klein Jewish Academy students led the anthems and presented a colorful scene from Willy Wonka.

For a second year, the Annual Meeting featured the unforgettable comedy of Steve Mendelsohn.

Brett Koolik played a variety of musical selections.

The Annual Meeting closed with our powerful Federation theme song, “No One Stands Alone,” led by staff members George Malin and Daniel Burch.

The JFNA National Endowment Achievement Award was presented by David Pratt, Chair of the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, to Mark Schaum for his instrumental role in the growth of our community’s endowment funds. From L-R: David Pratt, Mark Schaum, Anne & Norman Jacobson

The Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award was presented by Dotti to Kathy Green, recognizing a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board who embodies the values of tikkun olam, tzedakah and leadership.


Jewish Community Relations Council Thousands Cheer at “Israel Under the Stars” at Sunset Cove Amphitheater On April 26, thousands of local residents of all ages and backgrounds stood together once again on Yom HaAtzmaut. In a joyous and inspirational demonstration of support, South Palm Beach County celebrated the State of Israel’s 64th anniversary with flags, falafel, music and much more at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in South County Regional Park. Our community took this opportunity to express its pride in the extraordinary achievements of this small nation over such a short period of time. Exhibits from eleven local congregational and day schools clearly established the contributions made by Israel throughout the world, through its humanitarian aid, technological innovation, medical advances and much more.

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Pastor Tye Riter, Rabbi David Steinhardt, Betty Kane

Students from local day schools and congregational schools, as well as visiting teens from our Sister City Kiryat Bialik in Israel, helped lead the ruach, participating amid performances by professional entertainers Sam Glaser, former American Idol Semi-finalist Brett Loewenstern and Todd Herzog. Rabbi David Steinhardt, JCRC Chair; Pastor Tye Riter of Calvary West Boca; and Betty Kane, Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Israel & Overseas Committee, addressed the very enthusiastic crowd. For a second year, Pastor Tye conveyed powerful expressions of support from colleagues and other churches, Israel’s survival as a Jewish democratic nation is among as well as from his congregants. the great moral imperatives of this century. When we come

together in support, solidarity and in celebration as we do

As the public advocacy and tonight, we strengthen Israel’s spirit and resolve. No matter social action voice of the Jewish what background or faith, we join together as one united voice. Federation of South Palm Beach County, the Jewish Community -Betty Kane, IOC Committee Chair Relations Council (JCRC) coordinates the work of many volunteer and professional leaders of our Federation in producing Israel Under the Stars, which is traditionally our Jewish community’s largest annual event. The sights and sounds of Israel were brought to the public free of charge, thanks in large part to the generosity of Presenting Sponsor GL Homes, and Bronze Sponsor TD Bank. Anne & Norman Jacobson were the Star Sponsor, Vered & Yoram Yasur were Patron Sponsor and Konica Minolta underwrote the event program printing.


Jewish Community Relations Council On each occasion when Israel has been

Israel’s Global Impact

challenged, our community comes together,

Thanks to our local day schools and congregational schools for their educational exhibits about Israel’s remarkable contributions to the world:

mobilizes and stands united by her side. -Rabbi Steinhardt, JCRC Chair

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Campaign As FRD Chair, I worry about our current needs, as well as the future of our Jewish community. But today, I’d also like to speak to you as a grandparent. Let’s envision a future in which our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren are connected to their heritage, participate in our beloved traditions and live in a community in which all of our Jewish institutions and schools are strong, vibrant and supported. My question to you is how do we make this happen? What will you bequeath to the next generation of Jews? How do we continue to build a dynamic Jewish community in South Palm Beach County that will be here for our great-grandchildren and beyond? As your FRD Chair I’m committed to helping you answer these questions and create a brighter Jewish future. As we close the season, and as many of you start packing for the summer, I wish you continued health and happiness.

We are so proud that our community has maintained its commitment to the many people who rely on our Federation. The leadership at each of our country clubs has been so attentive and involved, helping us draw new members into our Federation family. And the lay leaders of every division have helped us reach out to community members of all ages with relevant initiatives. I don’t think it’s possible to have more dedicated people. Together we care, we worry, and we concern ourselves with our Jewish commitments to those we know, and to those we don’t. I am proud to be a part of this generous community. I look forward to serving as Chair once again next season, which already promises to be an exciting one. Until then, enjoy a wonderful summer. Sincerely,

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Campaign Super Heroes Raise over $725,000 On March 11, hundreds of passionate Super Sunday volunteers kept the phones absolutely animated - as Super Heroes reached out into the community with opportunities to join the super strata by helping to meet vital needs. Alive with all ages and all streams of our vibrant Jewish community, the seamlessly successful day of ruach, compassion and activities was co-chaired by Jodi & Jeff Harris and Naomi & Rich Steinberg. And together the Super Heroes raised more than $725,000! Super Sunday donors saw some of their dollars double, thanks to the super-generosity of the Anne & Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, which committed to matching every new gift or increase on March 11 up to $50,000.

Ethan Harris, Gabby Deutch, Sam Harris, Serena Deutch, Alana Steinberg

Ethan Harris, Sam Harris, and Alana Steinberg. Awards went to Jonathan Greenspoon, who raised the most dollars by a teen; and to Scott Halperin, the teen who solicited the largest number of donations. FRONT: Naomi Steinberg, Anne Jacobson BACK: Rich Steinberg, Jeff Harris, Jodi Harris

A real Jewish Super Hero, Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, gave the morning shift an energy boost. Born in the Ukraine, he now devotes his time to swim programs at JCC’s around the U.S. The afternoon shift offered something for everyone. Next door to Zinman Hall, 60 enthusiastic teens, and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity brothers from FAU, generated a palpable buzz. With cell phones and laptops, they called, texted, tweeted, worked on Facebook and more to raise over $89,000. Super Sunday’s Teen Co-chairs were Gabby Deutch, Serena Deutch,

While their parents and older sibs were busy helping the community, children enjoyed an action-packed Metro Family FunDay. Volunteers also demonstrated their caring and generosity in hands-on projects. They brought and packaged food for the Forster Family Kosher Food Pantry and made Super Hero capes for local children living with serious illness, through Emmy’s Heart. Super Sunday was generously supported by Super Sponsors including BB&T, Gold “Champion” Sponsor; Anne & Norman Jacobson, Silver “Victory” Sponsor; CM Graphics, Silver “Victory” Sponsor; and many additional sponsors and Telephone Sponsors.

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Country Club & Community Events

Deepest thanks to our community and country club members and leaders for unwavering commitment and tireless efforts. Their compassion, creativity and perseverance inspire us all as they do so much to help those in need, in our own community and worldwide.

Addison Reserve Pacesetter & Leadership Evening of Entertainment 1. Arlene & David Lanter, Jeffrey & Sandra Perkins, Stuart & Donna Ganslaw

boca Lago Community Event 6. Cantor David Presler, Edwin Goldstein, Shira Flam

2. Paul & Eleanor Weiner, Jeff & Barbara Rosenberg

BOCA POINTE Golf, Tennis and Games Day 8. Jane & Dan Fishkoff

3. Laurence I. Blair, Greenspoon Marder; Matthew Kutcher and Bryan DeFrances, Credit Suisse 4. Michael & Roxane Lipton, Julie & David Kirschner BOCAIRE Golf Event 5. Norman Feintuck, Marilyn & Stanley Tulgan


7. Sally Balkin, Lyna Zommick

9. Joseph Mishkin; Craig Zeuner, Zeuner Realty 10. Robert Ross; Stuart Zeuner, Zeuner Realty










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BOCA WOODS Event 11. Judy Landesman, Harriet Warner Katz, David Simon, Eileen Roman, Beverly Hacker, Suzanne Schliftman; (Front) Sol Siegal 12. Elyssa Kupferberg, BNY Mellon; Suzanne Branham, Branham Realty BROKEN SOUND Community Event 14. Dan Mielnicki, Berger Singerman; Judy Metzger; Elyssa Kupferberg, BNY Mellon; Debby Singerman; Paul Singerman, Berger Singerman




15. Seth Messinger, Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg, P.A.; Jeanne Epstein; Dan Levine 16. Shirley Grallnick, Elaine Schwab, Marilyn Gale DELAIRE Spirit of Community Reception 17. David & Nancy Carver, Buddy & Carol Magod 18. Dotti Lipson, Al Fayed, Mildred Lidov 19. Gail Weiss, Udella Newman, Nancy Carver, Carol Ellish, Ila Davidoff, Marcia Kent







Country Club & Community Events Gold Coast Neighbors Meeting Neighbors Reception 19. John & Gil Ingram; Elyssa Kupferberg, BNY Mellon; Roni Freedman; Lanny K. Marks, Marks & Associates 20. Jay Rosenkranz, John Colby, Sallye Frohman, Lynn Colby, Al Frohman

Deepest thanks to our community and country club members and leaders for unwavering commitment and tireless efforts. Their compassion, creativity and perseverance inspire us all as they do so much to help those in need, in our own community and worldwide.

Polo Club Lion of Judah Art Day 21. Estelle Futterman, Gail Edelstein, Martha Gaynor 22. Phyllis Seresky, Arlene Kaufman, Louise Galpern STONEBRIDGE Pro-Am Golf Tournament 23. Edward Epstein; Laurence I. Blair, Greenspoon Marder; Philip Cohen 24. Joan Siegel, Robert Marton, Merrill Lynch; Jeffrey Newman; Nancy Edelman







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St. Andrews Celebration of Community 25. Amy Ross; Joan Hauser; Elyssa Kupferberg, BNY Mellon; Robin Rubin; Adam Bankier, Bankier Law Firm 26. Robin Rubin, Phyllis Sandler, Amy Ross 27. Adele Lebersfeld, Meryl Gallatin 28. Joan Hauser, Judith Long WOODFIELD/WOODFIELD HUNT Desserts & Dialogue 29. Lenny Levine, Rehmann; Robert Marton; Fran & Saul Singer


30. John Bute, Laurence I. Blair, Wesley Finch






Campaign Education Series Dishes Up Final Courses South Palm Beach County residents hungry for Jewish knowledge and inspiration got their fill with renowned presenters at the Federation’s Community-wide Education Series. After a satisfying first course with “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach, the series dished up another two substantial offerings. On February 2 in Zinman Hall, Dr. Rick Hodes, CNN Championing Children Hero and JDC Medical Director in Ethiopia, described preparing Ethiopians for Aliyah, and spoke of his profound life-saving work throughout Africa, including his adoption of five Ethiopian children in critical need of medical care. Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, and a former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, addressed current issues facing Israel in the invigorating final session at Woodfield Country Club on March 29. The diverse, insightful series, which reached hundreds of local residents, was chaired by Helen Cohan with Vice Chairs Jonathan Louis and Jill Rose. Michael Weinberg of Gateway Insurance, the generous Education Series sponsor, was on hand.

Jonathan Louis; Rabbi Shmuley Boteach; Jill Rose; Ellen R. Sarnoff, Federation Chair; Helen Cohan

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Dr. Rick Hodes

Bret Stephens; Caryn & Michael Weinberg, Gateway Insurance, series sponsor

Bret Stephens

Audiences for the series spanned the generations


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Men’s Talk About Football: Men’s Sports Night Out with Desmond Howard at FAU Stadium Men who are passionate about sports and great companionship as well as helping the community once again went all in for a most enjoyable evening devoted to all three. They gathered for the Federation’s annual Men’s Sports Night Out on February 9 at the Premier Club Lounge of FAU’s On-campus Stadium in Boca Raton, with a VIP Tailgate Party in the stadium’s Priority Club Lounge. Attending to every detail, Craig Donoff and Glenn Schwartzman co-chaired a men’s night to remember.

Cleveland to the heights of the NFL, with satisfying football analysis that extended to a Q/A session. Also on hand were Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson and former NFL offensive lineman Alan Veingrad, among many special guests, and several Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. ESPN 760/WPTV sports anchor Joe Girvan emceed the night and led an auction of tickets and sports art donated by ESPN 760 and artist Robert Stephen Simon.

Desmond Howard, a Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl MVP and ESPN college football analyst, gave a rousing keynote. Howard combined his inspirational story of resilience and overcoming obstacles to rise from pickup games as a child in

Men’s Sports Night Out was generously sponsored by The Sandelman Foundation and Wyndham Garden Boca Raton. The Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, L’Chaim Kosher Vodka was the Exclusive Vodka Sponsor and ESPN760 was the Radio Sponsor.

Jeffrey Feingold, Craig Donoff, Marleen Forkas, Desmond Howard, Coach Howard Schnellenberger, Glenn Schwartzman

Harvey Sandler, Dwight Stephenson, Gary Rubin

Michael Aronson; Michael Kodsi; Ralph Behmoiras, The Boca Raton Observer; Jeff Sandelman, Sandelman Foundation; Scott Stettner, Boca Raton Wyndham Hotel; Ron Brewer

David Pratt, Richard Steinberg

Norman Jacobson, Desmond Howard, Ken Pritzker

David Friedlander, Larry Melcer, Desmond Howard, Bryan Drowos, Daniel Fleischer

Alan Veingrad, Desmond Howard, Glen Golish

Joe Mishkin, Sam Greenberg, John Scimeca, Daniel Weiss

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Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy Reaching Out to Expand Our Shabbat Table With our 2012 season drawing to a close, it is my honor as our Federation’s new Chair of Women’s Philanthropy to thank our passionate volunteers. Women continue to represent more than half the Federation’s annual campaign, and have served as the catalyst for many successful initiatives and leadership development opportunities. I am grateful for this opportunity to grow into the shoes of the incredible leaders, including Meryl Gallatin, with whom I’ve been so privileged to work. And I’m thrilled to be working with our incoming WP leadership team including Wendy Pressner, our new Campaign Chair. I also look forward to expanding our Shabbat table by connecting more women at all giving levels to our local and global Jewish community, and to the joy and nachas we experience – including strengthening our living bridge of sisterhood with our Partnership 2000 Sister City, Kiryat Bialik in Israel. Look for us to extend our reach to more women through social media, and please let me know your thoughts as we prepare for an amazing 2013 campaign! B’Shalom,

SAVE THE DATE – DECKS, DOTS & DESSERTS Thursday, November 1 • 7 p.m. • St. Andrew’s Country Club

Emily Grabelsky Chair, Women’s Philanthropy

Please join us for an opening evening of canasta, mah jongg and dessert - and new this year - social bridge! Chairs: Helen Heiman, Donna Richter, Lisa Siemens

Women’s Installation: Celebrating the Year, Honoring the Outstanding, Welcoming a New Chair United by their shared Jewish values of philanthropy and Tikkun Olam, fifty caring, generous women gathered in Zinman Hall on March 19 for the 2012-13 Women’s Philanthropy Board Installation Celebration. Co-chaired by Margie Marlowe and Shirley Solomon, the brunch event brought the ambiance of spring indoors.

Wendy Pressner, incoming Women’s Campaign Vice Chair; Emily Grabelsky, new Women’s Philanthropy Chair

Marjorie Marlowe, Emily Grabelsky, Meryl Gallatin, Shirley Solomon

Beverly Shapiro, KipnisWilson/Friedland Awardee

Together, they celebrated the year past, rededicated themselves to the future and honored three women for their exceptional leadership contributions. Meryl Past Women’s Philanthropy Chairs: Ellen R. Sarnoff, Emily Grabelsky, Meryl Gallatin Gallatin, who was recognized for her two outstanding Federation Chair; Margie Baer; Anne Jacobson; Dotti Seaman years as Women’s Campaign Chair, announced that Congratulations to the 2012-13 Women’s Philanthropy Officers: Kathy Green would receive the 2012 Dorothy Seaman Leadership Award, and that Beverly Shapiro will receive this year’s South Palm Beach County Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award. Outgoing officers were thanked for their generous service, and those incoming were welcomed in a moving ceremony led by Dotti Seaman. Larry Katz, Barry Goldberg and Jason Freeman were on hand to receive kudos for Wells Fargo’s very generous sponsorship of the Women’s Philanthropy Department. CHAILIFE 24

Meryl Gallatin, Immediate Past Chair Lyna Zommick, Officer at Large Doris Beck, Officer at Large Margie Marlowe, Secretary Rebecca Appelbaum, Vice Chair, Marketing &   Social Networking

Eydie Holz, Vice Chair, Community Development Barbara Lewin, Vice Chair, Education Elaine Roberts, Vice Chair, Planned Giving &  Endowment Emily Grabelsky, Chair of Women’s Philanthropy April Leavy, Vice Chair, Lion of Judah

Judi Schuman, Vice Chair, Major Gifts Wendy Pressner, Campaign Chair Barbara Werner, Vice Chair, Planned   Giving & Endowment Not Pictured: Kathy Green, Officer at Large

Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy Enchanted Indoor Garden Party Fetes New LOJES and New & Increased Lions Forty exceptional Federation women were recognized for their special generosity this season, at the Celebration of Women’s Philanthropy High Tea on March 27. The select guest list included women who had become Lions of Judah or endowed their Lion gifts in the past year, and those who had increased their Lion gifts to the Annual Campaign by 10% or more.

On arrival, the women entered an enchanted garden experience created for them by Wendy Pressner, new Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Vice Chair, in her beautiful Les Jardins home. They also enjoyed a live performance of classic Broadway songs from the talented Joy Colson, Brooke Gladstone and Jeff Taylor, outstanding young students of Denise Klass.

Emily Grabelsky, Judi Schuman, Wendy Pressner

Patricia Friedman, Dotti Seaman

Lynn Colby, Barbara Werner

Lenore Beckerman, Carol Rifkin, Adele Lebersfeld

Lyna Zommick, Sylvia Kopkin

Ellen Wolfe, Lynn Joy Sapoff

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Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy 400 Roar with Campbell Brown at Lion of Judah Luncheon The roar from 400 members of the “pride” of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County on February 16 continues to resound throughout the community and across the globe - wherever the Lions are making a critical difference to those in need. They were even louder at this year’s annual gathering at Boca West Country Club, as the generous Lions celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Lion of Judah program at the Lion of Judah Luncheon.

Carol Rifkin and Eydie Holz, Luncheon Co-chairs; Campbell Brown, featured speaker; Barbara Feingold, Vice Chair, Lion of Judah

The words “I am a proud Lion” echoed throughout the day as women, including Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair, Lion of Judah Barbara Feingold and Luncheon Co-chairs Carol Rifkin and Eydie Holz, shared their passion and purpose at the podium and from their seats. They also heard powerful and poignant personal stories from recipients whose lives have been changed for the better through the dollars raised by our more than 800 caring, compassionate Lions; Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair of Campaign Emily Grabelsky also described the vital “lifeline” that special needs programs have provided to her family. Thanks to the great vision and generosity of Marleen Forkas, the women heard from Campbell Brown, one of the most respected and recognizable faces in American news. Marleen established the Marleen Forkas Chair of Contemporary Jewish Issues to ensure that the Lion Luncheon will always provide its loyal and committed women donors with the highest caliber speakers. Brown brought the Lions of all ages to laughter and tears with the intimate, inspiring story of her path from the Roman Catholicism of her birth to her proud Jewish identity and rich, rewarding Jewish family and community life. There were also tears of pride and joy as Women’s Philanthropy Chair Meryl Gallatin announced that the prestigious 2012 national Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland award will be presented to Beverly Shapiro, one of the “visionaries” responsible for bringing the Lion Program to South Palm Beach County, “the backbone” of our LOJE program, and a continuing source of inspiration, wisdom and hands-on work for Women’s Philanthropy.

Marleen Forkas, speaker underwriter; Campbell Brown

Barbara Werner, Meryl Gallatin, Campbell Brown, Barbara Feingold, Emily Grabelsky

The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy 2012 campaign is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Ivan & Co. were the Luncheon’s generous sponsors; Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Media Sponsor. Robin Rubin, Phyllis Sandler, Campbell Brown, Amy Ross CHAILIFE 26

Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy

Jane Kurcsinka, Ivan & Co. Jewelers; Campbell Brown; Linda Behmoiras, Boca Raton Observer; Jan Savarick, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Barry Goldberg, Jason Freeman and Larry Katz of Wells Fargo, with Campbell Brown

Some of the new Lions who joined our pride in the past year: Lisa Marton, Nadine Erdle, Joan Winograd, Brenda Moss, Jennifer Koenig, Norma Erdle, Sloane Gilman, Lee Brenner, Libby Temkin

Some of the Lion of Judah Chairs who work tirelessly in our communities: Arlene Fruman, Shirley Grallnick, Mildred Lidov, Susan Block, Barbara Wolk, Toby Horowitz, Phyllis Liss, Elaine Schwab

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Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy Women Relax, Refresh & Rejuvenate “After Hours” It may have been the first Federation event to which they brought yoga mats. But, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, women at the season’s second “After Hours” event relaxed with yoga at poolside, learned about holistic well-being, and enjoyed elegant light bites. Cary Caster, founder of 21 Drops, welcomed the women to her home and introduced them to a modern line of therapeutic-grade essential oils created to counteract the effects of busy lives. Leslie Glickman led a restorative yoga session, and April Leavy shared information about the Federation’s work for the well-being of those in need - in our community and among our global Jewish family. “After Hours” is designed for women whose lifestyles and schedules make evenings the time to socialize. J E W I S H F E D E R AT I O N O F S O U T H PA L M B E AC H CO U N T Y

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Emily Grabelsky, Cary Caster, Meryl Gallatin, April Leavy

Linda Hurst, Linda Levy, Barbara Lewin

Jennie Lewin-Kreger, Shelly Gross, Cary Caster, Elana Kieran

Lion Chat #2: A Current Affairs Analysis from Israel The beautiful Addison Reserve home of Barbara Feingold, Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair, Lion of Judah was the warm and welcoming morning setting for the season’s second “Lion’s Chat.” Amid chatting and light bites, the Lions heard about an issue of critical importance. Reuven Hazan, professor of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, provided an update on current affairs in Israel - from an Israeli perspective.

STAy TUNED FOR NEWS ON SpOTS bECOmING AvAILAbLE. April Leavy JFSPBC Lion of Judah Chair Ilene Wohlgemuth & Beth Mishkin JFSPBC Conference C0-Chairs Beverly Shapiro JFSPBC Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Awardee

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Marjorie Marlowe, Barbara Feingold, Professor Reuven Hazan, Judi Schuman

Irene Feller, Charlotte Joskow, Kinnie Gorelick, Leah Coblitz For more information, please contact Dina Burg at 561-852-5015 or Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy is generously sponsored by:


Dotti Seaman, Betty Kane

Charlotte Stein, Lynn Joy Sapoff, Margaret Kottler, Phyllis Liss, Jean Greenspan

Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy Author Captivates Caring Women at Star Pomegranate Celebration

Joan Hauser and Randi Winter, Pomegranate Event Co-chairs

Shirley Solomon and Liz Goldstein, Star Event Co-chairs

Doris Gillman and Abby Bernstein of Fine Things

Kathy Green, Vice Chair of Community Development; Rebecca Appelbaum, Vice Chair of Pomegranate

Adam Workman and Larry Katz of Wells Fargo

Emily Grabelsky, Julie Orringer

Madeline Seeman, Joan Hauser, Meryl Gallatin, Judith Long, Laura Litinsky

Dolores Krugman, Betty Apple, Roslyn Loiter

Julie Orringer, Rosalie Unger, Phyllis Beresin

An exceptional night was in store on March 15 at Woodfield Country Club for more than 150 women who “bridge the gap” all year by helping those in need. They came to celebrate, and to hear Julie Orringer, author of one of their favorite recent books, The Invisible Bridge, an historical novel and love story set against the Holocaust in Hungary. The elegant evening began with a private wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with the author for Federation’s Pomegranate donors, who were welcomed warmly by Rebecca Appelbaum, Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair of Pomegranate and the reception co-chairs Joan Hauser and Randi Winter. Now in its second year, the growing Pomegranate giving level recognizes women whose annual campaign gifts range from $1,800 to $4,999 with a specially created sterling silver pin. The celebration continued with even more camaraderie as women who contribute $365 or higher to the annual campaign joined the Pomegranates for the Star Celebration. Featuring champagne, desserts, coffee and a keynote from Orringer, this lavish dessert program was co-chaired by Liz Goldstein and Shirley Solomon. The evening’s most special guests were a number of local Holocaust survivors originally from Hungary, including Orringer’s grandmother, Irene Tibor, whose experiences inspired the book. Lucy Jacobs, another survivor from Hungary, eloquently spoke of how essential the Pomegranates and Stars are to ensuring that survivors and other local seniors sustain their lives with security, comfort and dignity. Jacobs’ remarks dovetailed with those of Kathy Green, Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair of Community Development, in underscoring the importance of the women’s contributions. A spirited, thoughtful question and answer session with the author closed the program, and the guests left even more united in the warmth of this caring, committed, diverse community of Jewish women. The Star Pomegranate Celebration was generously sponsored by Fine Things, and The Boca Raton Observer was the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor. 29 CHAILIFE

Metro Division Leading the Way for Our Jewish Community Young professionals making a difference, changing the world. Congratulations to our inaugural Leadership Education and Development Series (LEADS) members who are completing their first six-month session. Launched by our Federation’s Metro Division in January, LEADS engages participants meaningfully and energizes our entire Jewish community. The program is motivating young Jewish professionals to become involved in Jewish issues, polish their leadership skills, and learn more about our Jewish community and our global Jewish family. From listening to the heads of our local Jewish agencies, community and select leaders, participating in discussions about pressing global Jewish issues and hearing from inspiring speakers including Rabbi Josh Broide, LEADS participants are getting an in-depth look at what it means to be a Jewish leader within the Federation system. They’ve also had the chance to build their professional networks, make important new contacts and participate in some exciting events like Metro’s White Party (see page 31).

L to R: Lauren Freidman, Eric Marbach, Ruby Teich, Noah Rosenfarb, Bryan Drowos, Doug Ellin, Brett Schneider, Rabbi Joshua Broide, David Friedlander, Lawrence Melcer, Jeffrey Weinstein Not pictured: Lindsay Roshkind, Brooke Eisensmith, Jason Smith, Nicole & Matthew Kaplan

Bravo and our deepest thanks to our Federation’s first LEADS class, who will complete the season’s final session in June: Brooke Eisensmith Esq., Tax Attorney at The Bankier Law Firm in Delray Beach

Lawrence Melcer, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch

Brett Schneider, Esq.,Partner at Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.

Jason Smith, Partner, BJS Family Partnership

David Freidlander, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch

Jeffrey Weinstein, Esq., Partner at Mittenthal Weinstein LLP

Lauren Friedman, Membership & Special Events Director for Adolph & Rose Levis JCC

Noah Rosenfarb, CPA, Holistic Wealth Advisor at Freedom Advisors

Matthew Kaplan, Esq., Corporate Real Estate Attorney, Palm Beach County

Lindsay Roshkind, Esq., Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in Boca Raton

Nicole Kaplan, Esq. Assistant General Counsel for Kin Properties, Inc.

Ruby Teich, J.D., Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Eric Marbach, President at Payday Professional Services

“LEADS is a great opportunity to learn about the various ways Federation supports our local community as well as Jews all over the world. The program has also been a great way for me to meet people who are motivated to give back and work together to ensure that Jewish philanthropy persists in our generation.” - Noah Rosenfarb

Are you ready to LEAD? Participate in the premier young Jewish Leadership program in South Palm Beach County. Metro LEADS is currently accepting applications for the next LEADS class kicking

“As a relatively new Florida transplant, Leads has been wonderful. I now have a much better understanding of the local Jewish community and the available services for many residents in need. In addition, I have met many great people and I’m very pleased to have been a member of the group.” - David Friedlander CHAILIFE 30

off this September. Contact Jillian Rosen at 561.852.6084 or

Learn more at

Metro Division Young “Entourage” Rocks White Party at One Thousand Ocean

White Party Co-chairs: Shayna & Dr. Richard Martinoff, Jennifer & Craig Zeuner, Erik & Dr. Hilary Rosenstrauch

Doug Ellin, guest speaker; Bryan Drowos, Metro Division Co-chair

Jordan Sherwood; Gary Lesser of Lesser, Lesser Landy & Smith LLC; David Friedlander

It came as no surprise that Metro’s White Party on May 3 was the season’s premier night out for young Jewish couples and singles in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Featuring Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s “Entourage,” Boca Raton’s most breathtaking ocean views and exclusive penthouse event space, a DJ from Miami’s ULTRA Music Festival and the finest young Jewish companions, it couldn’t miss. Many of the nearly 150 guests, chicly clad in white, had never attended a Federation event - or certainly not one that resembled the uniquely elegant White Party – but they’ll be back. They laughed, rocked, enjoyed top quality cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and looked out at a 270 degree expanse of sea and sand from the 4,500 square foot balcony and 9,000 square foot white interior of Penthouse Two at One Thousand Ocean. And they could have gone on soaking up the ambiance and the company all night. Headliner Ellin was a true crowd pleaser, bringing everyone into his entourage. He mingled, posed for photographs, spoke and answered their questions about his wildly successful Hollywood career, as well as how he personally gives back to the Jewish community.

Shayna Martinoff, Jessica Goldberg

Maria Scarola, Jamie Telchin and Kimberly Gambino, from One Thousand Ocean

David & Melissa Emihovich, Richard Koblick, Lauren Friedman

Richard & Shayna Martinoff, Erik & Hillary Rosenstrauch, and Craig & Jennifer Zeuner co-chaired an unforgettable dream of a night. In addition to the festivities, guests felt the power and joy of being part of something larger than themselves, joining together as young adults to make a real difference in the lives of people in need. The evening began with a VIP reception for prestigious young Ben Gurion Society donors who make a minimum $1,000 family gift to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Annual Campaign. Learn more about the Federation’s wealth of social, family, leadership and philanthropic activities for young adults. Visit, email or call 561-852-6084.

Eric & Randee Wechsler, Elizabeth & David Lean

The White Party was generously sponsored by Lesser, Lesser Landy & Smith LLC and One Thousand Ocean. L’Chaim Kosher Vodka was Exclusive Vodka Sponsor, and Atlas Party Rental was Exclusive Party Rental Sponsor. The Sandelman Foundation graciously sponsors the Metro Division. 31 CHAILIFE

Metro Division Metro Business Networking Features “New Office Technology and You” The season’s Metro Business Networking Series continued on March 22 with a high-interest topic and warm reception at Asia. Professionals and business leaders from a variety of fields enjoyed a unique opportunity to hear Robert Polito, CIO/COO of The S4T Group present on “New Office Technology and You.” Friends and colleagues old and new enjoyed learning how to move their diverse businesses and professions faster and forward through technology - “working smarter not harder.”

Robert Polito, Daniel Levine, Esq.

Ilana Dolgow, Marli Barbarosh

For more information about learning from business experts, making the contacts you want, and connecting with the Jewish community contact Jillian Rosen at or 561-852-6084. Lauren Abraham, Dave Cohen, Samantha Woltz, Joey Rubin

Metro Wandering Happy Hours Keep 20s-40s on the Move Wherever Metro wanders for Happy Hour, it’s the place for young Jewish adults to enjoy the best company in a great venue. So far this season, they’ve wandered to Tryst and Caliente Kitchen in Delray and to Spin Ultra Lounge, Uncle Julio’s and Euro Fusion in Boca. Don’t miss the next opportunities to wander. See for yourself and be seen this summer at The English Tap and Blue Martini & Bar. Join 20s, 30s and 40s this summer as Metro keeps wandering through the best venues in South Palm Beach! Thursday, June 28 The English Tap, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton Thursday, July 12 Blue Martini & Bar, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton RSVP online at Happy Hour begins at 6 p.m. • $5 per person CHAILIFE 32


So much Just one

good gift Our Federation looks out for

the whole mishpacha In fact, it’s the only organization with an infrastructure in place to take care of every Jew in need locally, in Israel and anywhere in the world. Established more than 110 years ago, the Federation system provides a time-honored way to meet urgent needs at a moment’s notice. We do this through the Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs (under the Toby Weinman Palchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy) — which is 100% supported by local residents who care. We create

A BRIGHTER FUTURE through the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation and the community-wide “Create a Jewish Legacy” program. We work closely with local Jewish organizations and are regarded as the “central address for Jewish needs” in our community. In addition to connecting Jews to Israel by supporting many identity programs, our Federation comes to the aid of society’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, Holocaust survivors and those with disabilities or who are in crisis. Our Federation also provides a

voice for social justice

and Jewish issues. Through our Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), we are the driving force for supporting Israel, fighting antiSemitism, maintaining a vital link with government officials and promoting interfaith and inter-ethnic relations. We are focused on the wide range of issues that affect our Jewish community.




Through special fundraising campaigns, we also


resulting from natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wild fires and the like.

We Also

BRING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER through networking opportunities, educational workshops, rallies for Israel, social gatherings and fundraising events such as Super Sunday.


We encourage you to find out more and join thousands of Jews who care across South Palm Beach County.

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Protecting Securing our heritage. our future.

THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FOUNDATION Our Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) serves as a trusted protector of Jewish life in our community, in Israel and around the world. It helps us achieve long-term goals while safeguarding vital programs and services. Whether you want to support local Holocaust survivors for years to come, ensure that low-income children have life’s basic necessities, or support Israel, it can all be done through our JCF. While our Federation is considered a “checking account” for Jewish needs, our Foundation is more like a savings account. It is made up of permanent endowment funds, donor advised philanthropic funds, lifetime gifts, bequests in wills, trusts and planned giving programs. Donors can choose to support the Foundation through unrestricted giving, which means the funding can be used to address what is deemed most important or urgent. They can also choose to direct their gift to benefit a specific program, service or organization. Tax benefits and other advantages come with different types of charitable giving. Additionally, certain levels of giving are recognized through honor societies such as the LOJE (Lion of Judah Endowment) and PACE (Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment). Everyone who supports our JCF helps to brighten our Jewish future and safeguard the heritage, traditions and institutions we all cherish. We encourage you to find out more.



Anne & Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation This year we saw the incredible generosity and long-term vision of Anne and Norman Jacobson in their gift that named our Foundation. This outstanding commitment allows us to work strategically toward the creation of endowments that will protect our institutions in perpetuity. We launched the Create a Jewish Legacy Program that has resulted in 15 partnerships with local Jewish communal organizations— all working together to promote legacy giving. And, at our Mitzvah Society Event, we honored 55 professionals who have developed planned gifts for Foundation. We also inducted three new professionals and celebrated Don Tescher for a lifetime of commitment to the Jewish people. This year alone, Mitzvah Society members have brought in $5.7 million in expectancies and $3.65 million in received dollars! Our Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) is growing strong with 92 members. Ten of us recently traveled to Washington, D.C, for an intensive three-day advocacy mission and were briefed by top officials. We are all pleased with this season’s efforts— and results.

Do Doing Well

It’s an honor to work with such a high-level caliber of involved Jewish professionals. Wishing you and your families a wonderful summer.

Did you know you can feed the hungry with your appreciated stocks? The market is up and that means making or paying a pledge to the Jewish Federation just got easier. In fact, the possibilities for using any appreciated asset to benefit the Annual Campaign or the Foundation are endless. It’s easy and tax smart, too. Let us show you how you can turn your appreciated assets into assistance for Jews locally, in Israel and around the world. Could there be a more meaningful investment? To set up a free, confidential consultation, please contact

David Pratt Elyssa Kupferberg Chair Vice Chair


ongratulations and deepest thanks to the eight women who generously endowed their Lion of Judah gifts in perpetuity during the 2011-12 season. With foresight and commitment, their compassion and caring has helped ensure the survival and well-being of our Jewish community, and our larger Jewish family, for future generations. Learn more about the many ways to protect today’s gift for tomorrow’s needs by contacting Maureen Melcer at 561-852-3188 or

Ida Novack today at 561-852-3342 or

Saree Block Freda Epstein Adele Lebersfeld

Stephanie Owitz Lynn Joy Sapoff Irene Snyder (z”l)

Ellen Wolfe Barbara Yaspan


For The

Anne & Norman Jacobson,


a legacy of love and giving.


n November 10, 1975, Norman Jacobson was gliding down a hospital hallway in a wheelchair. He had been admitted a week earlier suffering from severe back pain, and was now allowed 30 minutes twice daily to leave the confines of his room. On this particular day in the Windy City, he passed a room where, inside, a young lady was needlepointing. Norm stopped, introduced himself and now 37 years later, Anne still blushes when Norm tells the story. Since then, Norm and Anne have built a life together founded on love, respect, lots of laughs and an extraordinary propensity for charitable giving. The recent naming of our Federation’s Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation is one of their most recent benevolent acts on a seemingly endless list that includes helping to establish Keshet, a Jewish-centered organization for children with developmental disabilities; dedicating the pharmacy in Laniado Hospital located in Israel; providing major support for National Jewish Health in Denver, as well as the Boca Raton Regional Hospital; and clearing the wait list for critical services for local Holocaust survivors here in South Palm Beach County. When a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, last year, Anne spent over an hour trying to track down the organization responsible for assisting the area’s Jewish population. Anne says Norm sat on 32 boards during their life in Chicagoland. Most were Jewish charities, but he also served and supported Lutheran Social Services, Catholic programs for children and, of course, their synagogue, Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL. When they moved to Boca Raton in 1989, Anne became even more active in Jewish Philanthropy. She says something just “clicked” when she visited our Federation. She was particularly impressed by the campus and by the warmth and friendliness of the people. “This community has a whole different feel [than Chicago]; one is able to really see their dollars working. I immediately took to it and saw

that I could make a big difference,” she explains. Unsolicited and without fanfare, Anne called the Women’s Philanthropy Department and said she wanted to be a Lion of Judah (a $5,000 annual commitment to the Campaign). Since then she has become a LOJE (Lion of Judah Endowment, which is a $100,000 or higher endowment to our Federation) and served for many years as the Women’s Chair for St. Andrews Country Club (at the same time Norm was co-chairing the Men’s Campaign with the other “Pep” boys: Larry Phillips and Sandy Garfinkle z”l). Anne also co-chaired the Lion Luncheon, was Women’s Campaign Chair and eventually served for three years as Chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Board. She currently serves as Federation Financial Resource Development (FRD) Chair, a position that has given her a sense of urgency to invest in a stronger Jewish future. In addition, Anne and Norm co-chair the Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) initiative, along with David Katzman and vicechair Mark Schaum. Anne says “We realize that the Foundation must incorporate all the agencies of our Federation, as well as the entire Jewish community, the synagogues, schools and humanitarian organizations. And that is exactly what is happening through CJL. It is a community-wide effort to protect and assure that the Jewish programs and agencies which we cherish will be available for future generations.” A self-made business success, Norm says his generation has enjoyed the greatest opportunity and affluence in American history and he feels a responsibility for our children, grandchildren and beyond. “If it were not for the ‘Greatest Generation’ where would any of us be today?” he asks. “Annie would keep saying to me that we have to do something for the future. That is what prompted the gift to the Foundation,” Norm explains. Annie smiles wide. “We’ve been so fortunate in our lives,” Norm continues, sneaking a loving glance at his wife. “This is our fingerprint. It says, hey, we were here and this is what was important to us.”


You can discover many rewards when you

CREATE A JEWISH LEGACY. Imagine creating a lasting testament to the values that you hold most dear... Imagine perpetuating the Jewish traditions your family cherishes... Imagine helping to preserve the very foundation of Jewish life in our community... Creating a Jewish legacy is not only deeply fulfilling, it also requires far less out-of-pocket funding than you may realize. In fact, legacy gifts come with tax breaks and benefits that make it a smart move for anyone’s estate plan. Depending on how you structure your gift, you can even receive income for life while supporting your favorite Jewish agencies, schools and synagogues. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your legacy now. Explore the many options you have to support the Jewish program(s) you feel most passionate about. Discuss the estate planning issues with your trusted financial and legal professional advisors.

For a personal confidential consultation, contact Michele Becker, Create a Jewish Legacy Coordinator, at 561.852.3173 or email Create a Jewish Legacy initiative is generously sponsored by:


WELCOME TO OUR INAGURAL CJL PARTNERS: Our Federation’s Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation extends heartfelt thanks to the inaugural members of our Create a Jewish Legacy initiative. We are so proud of our partners across our entire Jewish community who have come together to keep our programs, agencies and schools strong and vital well into the future. Mazel Tov to all involved!

“The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center is pleased to partake in this important community-wide endeavor. With CJL we will have multiple opportunities to ensure the future of our Jewish community while also providing our donors with an opportunity to take pride in fulfilling their philanthropic desires and leave a lasting legacy.” “B’nai Torah Congregation is thrilled to partner with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County to help launch ‘Create a Jewish Legacy.’ We are confident that this program will increase the number and size of planned gifts to enhance the endowment programs for all of the Jewish congregations and organizations in our area.” “Boca Raton Synagogue is aware of the importance of creating a community-wide effort of legacy giving, and that is why we are proud to be a partner with the Create a Jewish Legacy program.” “Legacy gifts to build endowments and help support annual operations are vital to Congregation B’nai Israel of Boca Raton as we work to advance our mission and meet the spiritual, educational and social needs of our congregants. We are delighted to be an active partner in the community-wide effort to encourage Jewish legacy giving.” “Congregation Shaarei Kodesh is proud to be a part of the Create a Jewish Legacy program. We adhere to the understanding that in Jewish life what we learn, teach and accomplish has everything to do with sharing our tradition from generation to generation. CJL helps our congregation to perpetuate this custom.” “Donna Klein Jewish Academy is proud to be part of the Create a Jewish Legacy Initiative. We share our community’s commitment to Jewish continuity through Jewish education. ‘As My Father Planted For Me, So Shall I Plant For My Children’ -Talmud” “Hillel Day School of Boca Raton is excited to join this community effort to help our collective Jewish agencies realize their full potential in terms of endowment building. We thank the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation for this important opportunity.”

“Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach looks forward to our participation in the Create a Jewish Legacy program. Together we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our local college students so that they can create a vibrant Jewish future for generations to come.” “As caretakers of our community’s most vulnerable citizens, we at JARC welcome the opportunity to create a lasting legacy for people with disabilities and the generous donors who support our mission.” “The JEC of South Florida commends, and is proud to be part of, the efforts of the Create a Jewish Legacy program. Only through our joint recognition of the dangers of assimilation, and our combined efforts to keep our community strong, can we guarantee a vibrant Jewish community for generations to come.” “The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is thrilled to be the catalyst and a full partner in the Create a Jewish Legacy program. We are confident this initiative will not only help us build our own endowment fund, which will provide for the longevity and continuity of our Federation, but will also increase the overall awareness of planned gifts for the benefit of our entire community.” “Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service is proud to participate in the Create a Jewish Legacy program and recognizes the vital importance of planned giving as a way to carry on our work in the community from generation to generation.” “Temple Beth El is so proud to be part of the community-wide efforts of the Create a Jewish Legacy program. Jewish education and perpetuating Judaism through synagogue life in our community is so important for the generations to come!” “Create a Jewish Legacy is a landmark program that will change the face of Jewish Education in South Florida. Torah Academy of Boca Raton feels privileged to participate in this most vital initiative.” “Weinbaum Yeshiva High School is proud to be able to participate in the community-wide effort to create a Jewish legacy being spearheaded by our Federation. We realize that encouraging people to leave money as a bequest to our school is critical to our long-term affordability and sustainability.” 41 CHAILIFE

Anne & Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation Caring Estate Planning Professionals Honor Donald R. Tescher, Esq. at PAC Mitzvah Society Reception Caring estate planning professionals committed to the future of our Jewish community have honored their own dear friend, colleague and mentor Donald. R. Tescher, Esq. They came together on March 27 at St. Andrews Country Club for the Professional Advisory Committee’s (PAC) 8th Annual Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception. The prestigious Mitzvah Society recognizes professionals whose client referrals have resulted in planned gifts to the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of South Palm Beach County. JCF Chair David Pratt and Robert Spallina, the reception’s co-chairs, presented Tescher with the 2012 Mitzvah Society Award. PAC Chair Marjorie Horwin inducted three new Mitzvah Society members, Jodi Lustgarten, Jon Sahn and Robert Spallina, bringing the ranks to a proud 55. This year’s “repeat Mitzvah Society members” David Pratt, Elyssa Kupferberg, Mark Schaum, Rich Steinberg, Mindy Stein, Stephen Melcer, Ron Siegel and Adam Bankier, were also recognized for their continued efforts to fulfill the philanthropic wishes of their clients on behalf of our community.

Robert Spallina, Reception Co-chair; Don Tescher, Honoree; David Pratt, JCF Chair and Reception Co-chair

The Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception was generously sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Tescher & Spallina, P.A.; Proskauer; and Life Audit Professionals, LLC.

Marjorie A. Horwin, CPA Principal

New Mitzvah Society members: Robert Spallina, Jodi Lustgarten, Jon Sahn

Edward F. Smith III, JD Director

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Marjorie Horwin, PAC Chair; Don Tescher, Honoree; Matthew Kutcher, PAC Vice Chair

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Reception sponsors: Richard Newman, Life Audit Professionals, LLC; Chris Gruchacz, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Don Tescher, Tescher & Spallina, P.A.; Jeremy Bloom, Life Audit Professionals, LLC; Al Gortz, Proskauer

A Talk with Donald R. Tescher, Esq. 2 0 1 2 M it z vah S ociety H onoree


he Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) recently honored Donald R. Tescher at the Mitzvah Society reception. Tescher, of Tescher & Spallina P.A., a tax trusts and estates boutique, is a JCF Board Member and chairs the Operating Procedures Committee. He has served as a mentor to many Jewish professionals. David Pratt, Esq., Chair of JCF and Managing Partner at Proskauer, said the award could not have been more well deserved. “Donald Tescher is my personal mentor and dear friend. His generosity of spirit has helped foster the growth of many professionals. We are fortunate to have him in our community, informing clients about the mitzvah of Jewish giving — and inspiring the very best in us,” said Pratt.

What inspired you to become so involved with Jewish philanthropy? DT: Growing up, my family had always been involved in synagogue life and this carried over to my life. I continued my Jewish traditions in the synagogue during college and when I started my own family. I have always felt that we as a Jewish people need to take care of each other. So, I have always been supportive of my greater Jewish family.

What is the main thing you’d like people to know about JCF? DT: We all owe back. Whether it’s through our profession, or by giving our time or money, we should all feel some obligation to give — especially those of us who have enjoyed good fortune. The best way to do this is through the Foundation because it touches so many lives in so many meaningful ways.

What are the main challenges that face our Foundation? DT: Many of us are seeing our children leave our community and not coming back. You don’t have the continuity of Jewish tradition that I had growing up, because families are more spread out now. The challenge is to build an unrestricted fund within the Foundation that can generate significant unallocated dollars to help supplement the annual Federation campaign. As a tax planner, I always remind my clients that it is better to give some of our wealth back to our community rather than giving more to Uncle Sam.


Anne & Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation High Level Learning and Advocacy for PAC Members in DC A delegation from our Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) headed to the District of Columbia in April for an exclusive advocacy mission coordinated by the JFNA Washington office. Their three days in the nation’s capital included high level briefings on military funding for Israel, in-depth discussions on sanctions against Iran and comprehensive talks on tax incentives for charitable giving. Among the highlights of their “mini-mission” were meetings with Jarrod Bernstein, White House Director for Jewish Outreach; with Senator Bill Nelson; with key staff from the Senate Finance and House Foreign Affairs Committees; and with top public policy staff of JFNA and JCPA. They also enjoyed a Congressional Reception with Members Ted Deutch, Alan West and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, visited the Israeli embassy, and toured the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Memorials.

Top Row: David Pratt, JCF Chair; Jon Sahn; Matt Kutcher, PAC Vice Chair; Middle Row: Jerry Wolf, Mission Chair; Dan Levine of mission sponsor Kaplan, Krauss & Levine; Maite Arenedo; Brian Singer; Front Row: Ida Novack; Richard Newman; Ken Pritzker; Marjorie Horwin, PAC Chair

Back: Dan Levine, Jerry Wolf, Richard Newman, Matt Kutcher, David Pratt, Senator Bill Nelson, Brian Singer, Jon Sahn, Ken Pritzker Front: Ida Novack, Maite Arenedo, Marjorie Horwin

The delegation included Jerry Wolf, Mission Chair; Marjorie Horwin and Matt Kutcher, PAC Chair and Vice Chair; David Pratt, JCF Chair; Jon Sahn; Maite Arenedo; Brian Singer; Ken Pritzker; Richard Newman; and Dan Levine of Kaplan, Krauss & Levine which generously sponsored the DC Mission. Following their intensive, engaging, educational and motivating experience, the group returned even more bonded and dedicated to working David Pratt, Senator Marco Rubio, Jon Sahn on behalf of the Federation and our global Jewish community.

Estate Professionals Enjoy Learning at PAC’s 28th Annual Seminar

Eliot S. Popper, Conrad Teitell, Bob Lewis

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Nearly 150 local estate professionals gathered at Woodfield Country Club on May 10 for a much anticipated learning and networking opportunity. Presented by the Federation’s Anne & Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), the 28th Annual Seminar for Ronald L. Siegel, Jeremy Bloom, Donald R. Tescher Professionals brought together many of the community’s most influential members in the legal, accounting, investment advisory, banking and insurance fields, many of whom earned Continuing Education Credits. Conrad Teitell, a noted national lecturer and television personality on taxes, estate planning and philanthropy headlined with his signature dry wit. The guests also heard from the event co-chairs Eliot S. Popper and Bob Lewis, as well as from JCF Chair David Pratt and PAC Chair Marjorie Horwin. A cocktail reception followed the program. The Seminar’s 17 sponsors included three at the Gold Level: Capital Group - Private Client Services; EBS Responsible Wealth; and Eliot Popper, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Investment Consultant, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Jewish Women’s Foundation JWF Grants $107,250 as Gilt Groupe Founder Headlines An innovative keynote and an inspiring announcement highlighted this year’s Granting Wishes Reception at Boca Rio Country Club on March 5. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County’s cuttingedge, hands-on philanthropists announced their 2012 allocations of $107,250 for seven initiatives to improve the lives of Jewish women and girls in Israel and locally. Since its founding in 2003, JWF has granted a total of nearly $440,000. A fashion industry powerhouse, Entrepreneur of the Year and Top 10 Most Powerful Mom, Gilt Groupe Co-founder and Chief Merchandising Officer Alexandra Wilkis Wilson was an impressive featured speaker. Judi Temple chaired and emceed the evening. In her remarks, new JWF Chair Mara Reuben enthusiastically introduced the upcoming 10 Year Anniversary Celebratory Mission. Event sponsors who helped make the evening possible also joined the celebration: Linda Melcer, Eva Zeff and Ed Ventrice of Oppenheimer; Abby Bernstein, Natasha Haastrup-Huang, and Candace Bittker of Fine Things; Judi Temple of aDress Your Closet. Rhonda Rosenov of Boca/Delray Life, the event’s Magazine Sponsor was also on hand, and Gilt City-Miami presented gift certificates.

Abby Bernstein, Fine Things; Rhonda Rosenov, Life Publications; Judi Temple, aDress Your Closet; Alexandra Wilkis Wilson; Mara Reuben; Ed Ventrice, Linda Melcer & Eva Zeff, Oppenheimer

Maris Fagin, Alice Kemper, Dana Egert, Lindsay Weiner, Janet Sahr, Jeanne Fibus, Brenda Taylor

Ann Kelman, outgoing JWF Chair, was honored for her commitment and vision that has led to collaborative partnerships, new Trustees, a stronger grant review process and much more. Some of the generous Trustees of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County

Jewish Women’s Foundation Funding 2012 – Total Allocations: $107,250 ISRAEL


Parental Supervision and Empowerment Program for Abusive or Neglectful Single Mothers

SAVVY offers workshops for young Jewish girls teens and women with special needs to learn self defense, social, and emotional skills.

ELI - The Israel Association for Child Protection (year 2) – $15,000

Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center – $9,250

The Center for Women’s Justice – $18,000 Legal Education Program provides family lawyers with resources on the get refusal petitions process.

We Power – $20,000

JWF Rapid Response Fund

Young Women for Future Leadership Training Program promotes advancement in the political arena and women’s rights.

Ethiopian National Project – $20,000 Empowerment Program for Teenage Girls at Risk addresses needs of Ethiopian-Israeli teenage girls in Kiryat Bialik.

Haifa Rape Crisis Center – $20,000 Systemic Community Intervention Program helps survivors of sexual abuse and offers prevention programs in Northern Israel.

National Collaborative Grant in Israel – $10,000 over two years National collaboration among JWFs has just moved to a new level. Our JWF is now one of 17 each contributing $10,000 over two years, in a $170,000 joint grant project in Israel. JWFs are also sharing research, best practices, and ideas in a true think tank.

JWF also maintains a Rapid Response Fund chaired by Marion Goldstein. This fund assists Jewish women and girls with urgent needs in our own community. JWF recently allocated funds to help children with special needs attend the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC’s Camp Kavod. To inquire about applying for help, contact 561-852-3118 or 45 CHAILIFE

Partnership 2000 Sisterhood Strengthened by Visit from Sister City The bonds between South Palm Beach County and our Sister City in Israel have just become even stronger as a sisterhood continues to develop across 6,500 miles. Federation’s latest Partnership 2000 Karni Ballas, KB Exchange Chair; Kathy Green, local (P2K) Women to Women Exchange Chair Exchange brought six women in varied professions from Kiryat Bialik to our community from February 28 to March 4. The women shared a packed itinerary of educational, cultural, spiritual and social activities with five local women, Exchange Chair Kathy Green, Nel Bloom, Nancy Gefen, Honey Lichterman and Debbie Weisman. The women toured the Federation campus and agencies, the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach, Green Cay Nature Center and The Norton Museum. They enjoyed Friday night services at B’nai Torah Congregation, followed by a moving, elegant Shabbat dinner at the home of Ann Kelman, Chair of the Federation’s P2K Committee. Shabbat also included a Saturday morning observance on the beach with Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman, a past Women’s Exchange alum. Many participants from previous Women’s Exchanges and trips to Kiryat Bialik welcomed the visitors and were thrilled to recharge their connection at a special breakfast.

Close friendships were made and the women were amazed to discover how many similarities they share. It was truly a visit that cemented our bonds with our Israeli “sisters,” as Jewish mothers, professionals, wives and fundraisers. There was also time for a play, a boat tour, shopping and dining. But the women’s true highlight was getting to know each other. They clearly look forward to building their friendships further, staying in touch electronically until they reunite in Israel this October. As alums of previous exchanges know well, our new Women’s Exchange participants are embarking on life-changing, lifelong relationships.

Getting to know each other and our WP leaders at the home of Emily Grabelsky

Shabbat dinner at the home of Ann Kelman, P2K Committee Chair

Kiryat Bialik Teens Visit Boca Five teens from Kiryat Bialik visited our community for six days in late April. They got to know local peers and families through home hospitality, and shared many activities. Among the highlights were participating in Israel Under the Stars at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, where they presented a moving Yom HaZikaron/Israel Memorial Day ceremony and joined in the color guard. They also presented a Yom HaZikaron program for Donna Klein Jewish Academy students, including speaking about Kiryat Bialik’s fallen soldiers. They attended classes at DKJA, spent an evening with BBYO, joined a Hillel event at FAU and visited the Florida Everglades. Teens visiting from Kiryat Bialik presented a Yom HaZikaron ceremony and joined in the color guard at Israel Under the Stars. CHAILIFE 46

Partnership 2000 Youth Visits Extend P2K Ties to New Generation March of the Living Delegation Visits Kiryat Bialik While in Israel, South Palm Beach County’s 2012 March of the Living delegation stayed with new friends and observed Yom HaZikaron/Israel Memorial Day in our Federation’s Sister City, Kiryat Bialik. Erica Allen, a student at St. Andrews High School, and Michael Krasna, a student at Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, placed the Memorial Wreath at the ORT High School ceremony, as they all came to understand the incredible impact of the losses most families have experienced in Israel through war and terror. The students also enjoyed making new friends across the globe, and look forward to staying in touch electronically until their next opportunity to reunite in person.

Helen Lehrer (and others) exchanged Facebook info with new KB friends

Michael Krasna and Erica Allen laid the memorial wreath at the ORT High School Yom HaZikaron ceremony.

DKJA Students Meet their Peers in Kiryat Bialik When 48 DKJA 8th grade students traveled to Israel in April, they made sure to visit the ORT Dafna School in Kiryat Bialik on Yom HaZikaron. The group was warmly welcomed by faculty and students and all enjoyed their time getting to know each other. The visit was capped off at a poignant school ceremony on behalf of Israel’s fallen soldiers, in which several DKJA students were given speaking parts.

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Jewish Community Relations Council Rebranding Israel: Leaders Learn a New Way to Advocate An enthusiastic group of Federation and JCRC of South Palm Beach County leaders spent the morning of April 16 learning a new, effective way to advocate for the State of Israel. Ido Aharoni, Israeli Consul General for New York & Connecticut, presented “Branding Israel,” a fresh approach to promoting Israel beyond debating war and peace, its legitimacy, its security or its borders.

The program was sponsored by the Israeli Consulate of Florida and Puerto Rico, in conjunction with the JCRC. Additional speakers included Chaim Shacham, Israel Consul General for Florida and Puerto Rico, Federation Chair Ellen R. Sarnoff, JCRC Chair Rabbi David Steinhardt, JCRC Director Stuart Silver, Esq. and staff from the Consulates General of Israel in Miami and New York.

Mr. Aharoni outlined the importance of adding proactive messaging on Israel and its people to enhance the world’s perception of the Jewish state. He recommended promotion of Israel’s technological superiority, humanitarianism, concern for the environment, medical and scientific advances; and stature as a world center for tourism, arts and culture.

After the morning’s great success, Mr. Aharoni will be returning to our campus in June, extending the branding message to Jewish lay and professional leaders from throughout the State of Florida at the 2012 Florida Jewish Symposium.

JCRC Chair Rabbi David Steinhardt, Consul General Ido Aharoni, Consul General Chaim Chacham

Consul General Ido Aharoni

Federation Chair Ellen R. Sarnoff, Dorothy Seaman, Dorothy Wizer

Campaign Chair Joseph Mishkin, Jon Sahn

Rabbi David Steinhardt, JCRC Director Stuart Silver, Consul General Ido Aharoni

International Consuls General Address Middle East in Boca Raton “Critical Issues: the Impact of a Changing Middle East — A Conversation with Consul Generals” brought consular leaders from France, Germany, Israel and the United Kingdom to Temple Beth El on April 17. The discussion centered on sanctions imposed upon Iran, its nuclear capability, human rights violations, and possible reduction of oil shipments to certain European countries. American Jewish Committee, Temple Beth El and the JCRC of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach co-sponsored the well-attended evening. CHAILIFE 48

The international panel included L-R: Consuls General Gael de Maisonneuve of France; Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy of Germany; (moderator Randy Schultz, Palm Beach Post editorial page editor); Kevin McGurgan of the United Kingdom and Chaim Shacham of Israel.

Jewish Community Relations Council JCRC Brings Students Together to “Step Up for Israel” On March 1, one hundred students from area high schools and colleges learned about efforts to demonize Israel taking place on college campuses. Joined by staff of local Jewish youth organizations and several parents at Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton, they viewed two films. “Crossing the Line – the Intifada Comes to Campus” raised awareness of antiIsrael sentiment and activities on college campuses. “Speak Up for Israel” urged students to get educated, fight apathy, and promote positive facts about Israel’s active commitments to democracy, humanitarianism, human rights, environmental sustainability, developing lifesaving technologies, and seeking partners to create peace. The program was presented by the JCRC of South Palm Beach County, in conjunction with Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Jewish Student Union, BBYO-Gold Coast Region, Jerusalem Online University, Young Judea, March of the Living and Alpha Epsilon Pi, The Global Jewish Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Pi generously sponsored this important event.

JCRC Hosts Florida Session Wrap-up Our Federation’s JCRC met on March 22 to take a close look at the 2012 Florida Legislative Session just ended. Bernie Friedman, Esq., a longtime lobbyist for Florida’s Association of Jewish Federations, reported on state legislation that might impact Federation and its beneficiary agencies, as well as bills of particular interest to the Jewish community. Attendees included representatives from the offices of national and state elected officials, and leaders from Jewish advocacy organizations. Friedman identified proposed legislation that would have adversely affected our community had it passed (for example, proposed cuts to Medicaid funding of services needed by seniors, Holocaust survivors, and those with special needs). The Committee expressed its appreciation to Friedman and others for maintaining social service funding for Federation’s constituent agencies in the face of $2 billion in statewide in budget cuts that will affect other medical programs which had received the state government support. Friedman credited our JCRC with generating the Financial Institutions Act to cut financial ties between Florida-chartered banks and Iranian-financed terrorists. The bill is the most recent state advocacy effort of the JCRC, in conjunction other Florida JCRCs and Federations, to prevent funds from being used in terrorist activities. Spearheaded by State Representative Mack Bernard and State Senator Nan Rich, it passed both houses with strong bipartisan support and has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.

Guest speaker Bernie Friedman, JCRC Chair Rabbi David Steinhardt, JCRC Director Stuart Silver, Joe Sitrick

Justin Pollack, Gold Coast BBYO Regional Program Director; Daniel Mesa, South Florida Jewish Student Union Director; David Dossick, JCRC of SPBC Associate; Stuart Silver, JCRC of SPBC Director; Jack Rosenbaum, March of the Living Southern Region Director; Scott Brockman, Hillel of Broward and South Palm Beach Executive Director

Joseph Sabag, ZOA Executive Director; Karen Lustgarden, JCRC Israel Advocacy Chair; Hava Holzhauer, JCRC Israel Action Network Chair; Joe Blumenthal 49 CHAILIFE

Jewish Education

1,000 Students from Four Day Schools Unite to Learn Meaning of Chesed More than 600 first through fifth grade students from Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA), Hillel Day School and Torah Academy gathered on February 22 to learn about and practice the Jewish responsibility to take care of the people around us. The morning was only one component of this year’s comprehensive project. Chesed Day was coordinated by the Federation’s Department of Jewish Education School Educational Services and representatives from all four local day schools. The day began in Zinman Hall on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus. In their varied school uniforms, the students learned together about chesed and how at any age they can make a difference. “Small acts of chesed can be very simple but they can have huge effects later on,” Hadassah Smolarcik, Hillel’s Judaic studies coordinator, told the students. Rabbi Mordechai Yachnes of Torah Academy led everyone in singing, “Chesed means to help someone. It’s a great mitzvah and also lots of fun.” Yafa Levit, DKJA Judaic Studies Principal, conveyed the importance of making chesed a habit, “One good deed leads to another. When you go to sleep at night, ask yourself, ‘have I done an act of chesed today?’” Breaking into grade-level groups, the students then worked with partners from other schools. The fifth graders decorated 75 CHAILIFE 50

hats, and younger children made 250 cuddly lap blankets, for seriously ill children receiving care through Chai Lifeline, Paint the Caps, St. Mary’s Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Along with cards they’d made and chocolate bars, they packed then creations into boxes purchased from Family Promise and hand-decorated. This Chesed Day’s lessons began much earlier, as a group of high school students from DKJA and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (WYHS), researched and selected organizations to benefit from the project. Then, on February 7, the high school students taught 350 children from the middle schools about chesed. They also prepared a group of middle school students to lead the lessons for the elementary grades on February 22. By delivering the decorated boxes to the recipient organizations, the high school students completed a “chesed circle,” while nearly 1,000 students carry their lessons far into the future. And the students from South Palm Beach County’s four diverse Jewish Day schools learned more than their deeply shared commitment to chesed. “Today made many people feel a part of something wonderful - not only for the chesed for others, which goes without saying, but hearing kids wish each other well, making friends from other schools, asking for phone numbers, and working together to make a difference,” said Beth Janock, a teacher at Hillel.

Jewish Education Teens Return from Life-changing March of the Living Once again, a group of local high school students has returned from the March of the Living. Strengthened in their Jewish identities, they are also deeply committed to bear witness to the Holocaust and make sure “Never Again” is more than a slogan. On April 15, after months of class preparation, forty South Palm Beach County students boarded planes to Warsaw, to begin the renowned two-week trip that culminates this extraordinary Holocaust education program. They were accompanied by two local Holocaust survivors and other supportive adults. They traveled the depths of the Holocaust in the camps, the ghettos and the remnants of what were thriving Jewish communities in Poland, marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau

Local Teens Connect with Jewish Student Union The Jewish Student Union keeps reaching out to enhance teens’ Jewish identity, nurture a connection to the State of Israel, inspire an enduring relationship with the Jewish people and provide for a deeper involvement with the Jewish community. JSU hosts weekly club meetings at Southeast FL public high schools. The clubs, including those in South Palm Beach County, continue to grow and thrive. In addition to our club meetings, JSU has been holding coffee talk, The Hot Spot, and Shabbat dinners in an effort to engage a wide range of teens in fun and educational ways. Teens from Boca Raton Community, West Boca, Olympic Heights, and Spanish River Community High Schools are enjoying these programs regularly. For more information, contact or visit

on Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day with 12,000 cohorts from 45 countries, and went on to celebrate the glory of the modern State of Israel in our homeland. In Israel, they stayed with new friends and observed Yom HaZikaron/Israel Memorial Day in our Federation’s Sister City, Kiryat Bialik. They also toured historic sites in Israel, joyously celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut/Israel Independence Day on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, and enjoyed a March of the Living Mega Event Celebration for 6,000 marchers from 15 countries. Recruitment for the 2013 trip (April 3-18) is now underway for students entering grades 11 and 12 in September. Adults may also apply. See for application and info or call 561-852-6045

Congregation Beth Adam South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism

Regain your Jewish heritage. Come and discover Humanistic Judaism. We stress personal responsibility, the importance of the modern family, being a member of the Jewish community and having an awareness of our Jewish Heritage and morality. Our Sunday School, now in its 17th year under the direction of BJ Saul, passes these ideals on to the next generation...your kids. Our classes are held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus (9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton). We are Here For You. Come for your mind...stay for your heart.

Services Conducted By: BJ Saul, Ceremonial Leader Commentary By: Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, Rabbinical Advisor Cantorial Renditions By: Joy Park For information, contact 561.443.1769 or visit For information concerning Beth Adam membership, contact Diane Tuschman at 561.961.0789 or Bob Fishman at 561.738.5971 51 CHAILIFE

Founding Agencies ADOLPH & ROSE LEVIS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 561.852.3200 • Levis JCC promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone. The Helene & Roy Schwedelson Special Needs Programs offer innovative programming for children and adults with special needs. This year, the new Project RIDE program loaned 52 specially-adapted bicycles to children with special needs who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy riding a bike. Arts, Learning and Culture continue to thrive on campus at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement, with numerous programs, courses, lectures, concerts, art exhibitions and travel opportunities, and sold out theatrical productions. At Levis JCC’s Sports & Wellness Center people of all ages make health and fitness a priority with various classes, training sessions, sports leagues and programs. For the second year, the Levis JCC will host the Florida Junior Maccabi Games. Generous support from donors enables families in difficulty circumstances to continue to send their children to Levis JCC Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center. Financial assistance also makes camp at the Marleen Forkas Summer Camps a reality for many families. JEWISH ASSOCIATION FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE (JARC) 561-558-2550 • For more than 25 years, JARC has been the central address for persons with disabilities and their families in South Florida. Today, one child out of every eight born will be affected by Autism. Young adults with Autism are graduating from high school at growing rates. This year alone, over 200,000 will graduate, but where do they go next? JARC has been providing employment services for adults with Autism for 10 years. This summer, JARC will open The Joshua Rales Home, specifically designed to meet the needs of adults with Autism. JARC is collaborating with experts in the field of Autism to develop programs that meet the ever changing needs of our community. JARC is proud to announce that the JARC Gourmet Café is now Café 95. To go along with this name change, Café 95 is expanding its catering services to include platters for every occasion from the Super Bowl to Thanksgiving and more. Whatever the kosher culinary need, Café 95 can fit the bill.


Founding Agencies RUTH RALES JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE (JFS) 561-852-3333 • Since 1979, Ruth Rales JFS has offered help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services, including food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health care, as well as volunteer opportunities. The agency continues to respond to changing community needs. The legacy of benefactor Norman Rales, who passed away recently, continues as JFS honors his wishes and commitment to always “pass it on.” There was standing room only when his family, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate his remarkable life at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center.

Norman and Ruth Rales

Thanks to Hands on Tzedakah (HOT), 273 seniors with incomes 50-70% below Federal Poverty Level are now receiving monthly merchandise cards to cover non-food essentials such as prescription co-pays and personal care items. Ron Gallatin, Chairman and CEO of HOT explained, “We wanted to make sure that there is never a day that one of these seniors is unable to buy one of life’s necessities.” The first JFS Breast Cancer Symposium brought together more than 100 participants to learn about breast cancer care and prevention, share survivor and previvor experiences, and forge new friendships. This year’s inspiring and educational combined Day Schools pre-Passover food drive and packaging collected a wealth of staples as well as treats. The annual Model Seder provided hundreds of seniors with the opportunity to observe the holiday that many would otherwise miss. DONNA KLEIN JEWISH ACADEMY (DKJA) 561.852.3300 • Donna Klein Jewish Academy provides a unique educational experience that emphasizes the importance of Jewish living, learning, and academic achievement. The school’s mission is to educate our children and the greater DKJA community to be knowledgeable and responsible citizens of the world, committed to Jewish values and lifelong learning. Through DKJA’s Vision, the school will continue to be a model of academic excellence where students celebrate learning, the richness of Jewish life, and Torah values. Now in its 33rd year, Donna Klein Jewish Academy continues to expand as a premier Jewish Day School, led by President Lesley Zafran, and Head of School Karen Feller. As a FranklinCovey Leader in Me School, and the only Jr. K-12 Jewish Day School in the nation with this acclaimed designation, DKJA recently hosted area school administrators, board members, and community members during its inaugural Leadership Day, an entirely student-led endeavor. Interactive demonstrations and examples of how the Leader In Me Program has positively impacted DKJA were presented. The event was a showcase of how students have embraced leadership roles within DKJA and the local community, following the Stephen R. Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People..   Hosting Leadership Day will help to establish DKJA as a Lighthouse School. In order to achieve this honor, Lighthouse Schools must demonstrate success implementing The Leader in Me and serve as models of excellence for other schools. A presentation by Lonnie Moore, Senior Training Consultant/FranklinCovey, and a Student Expo were among the day’s other highlights.

Day Schools pre-Passover Food Drive

Student greeters guide a Leadership Day participant along the Preserve Boardwalk as they showcase the Leadership Botanical Garden.

DKJA students, parents, administrators, and educators were welcomed by Mr. Lonnie Moore, Senior Training Consultant/ FranklinCovey (back row, second from right).


Other Agencies BBYO GOLD COAST REGION • 954.252.1912 • Gold Coast Region BBYO Banner Year: By June 30, Gold Coast will have engaged over 1,075 Jewish teens in the Broward and Palm Beach County areas. Projects include the newly launched BBYO Connect program, designed to engage Jewish youth in 6-8 grades in fun and meaningful programming. Some recent events have included Bowling with JARC, and an all-you-can-eat party at the Cheesecake Factory in Boca Raton. At the annual Summer Sizzle on June 2 at the Posnack JCC, more than 200 Jewish teens in 8th -12th grades teens celebrated summer! For more information on BBYO Connect, the Summer Sizzle, or any of BBYO’s amazing opportunities, please call 954-252-1912. Photo caption: Middle School students enjoyed connecting at the Cheesecake Factory. HILLEL OF BROWARD AND PALM BEACH • 561.297.4100 • Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach Asks Big Questions! Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students in Palm Beach and Broward universities so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Amid many successful programs that are engaging and exciting this new generation of Jewish leaders. “Ask Big Questions” is breaking new ground. Interns are reaching out to fellow students concerning topics that matter to them, regardless of religious traditions, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or personal or political beliefs. Through these conversations, students can better understand each other and themselves, and work together toward tikkun olam, making the world a better place. “Tie-Dye for Life” asked students on campus what they would do to save a life. A video of their responses was posted on the internet. This event partnered with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation to promote their fund-raising walk. HILLEL DAY SCHOOL OF BOCA RATON • 561.470.5000 • Ambassador Yehuda Avner Speaks at Hillel Day School’s Chanukat Ha’Bayit: Hillel Day School of Boca Raton is a modern Orthodox Jewish Day School committed to excellence in Torah and secular studies. This past March, the school held its Chanukat Bayit and Middle School Dedication with over 240 in attendance, featuring Ambassador Yehuda Avner. After the formal ceremony, the former ambassador spoke and answered questions, followed by a reception and book signing. This event was co-sponsored by Israel Bonds, which is partnering with the school on the Hillel Day School Israel Bonds Savings Plan. This also launched the Hillel Day School Israel Bonds Foundation, in which Israel Bonds is the principal, and the interest will be used to enhance school programs. Hillel Day School provides over $1.5 million in scholarships to families in need, allowing their children to experience a religious, Zionist and secular education of the highest quality. (PHOTO L-R: Warren Struhl, Ambassador Yehuda Avner and Hillel Day School President Daniel Katz)

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Other Agencies TORAH ACADEMY OF BOCA RATON • 561.347.1821 • Purchase of New Campus for Miracle Price: In December 2011, Torah Academy of Boca Raton purchased a 2.5 acre campus just 300 yards from its current facility in order to accommodate its remarkable growth over the past few years. Three years ago the enrollment stood at 124 students and today that same campus is being stretched with current enrollment of 204 students, including early childhood through 6 grade, with a new middle school. The school had to turn away 18 children this year simply due to lack of space. The new building on Spanish River Boulevard, formally Summit Private School, was last purchased in 2006 for $3.8 million and was just acquired by Torah Academy for $1.5 million, 40 percent less than the original price. WEINBAUM YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL • 561.470.5000 • Banner Year for WYHS College Admissions: The nation’s top colleges understand that students who succeed at a yeshiva high school dual curriculum are doubly prepared for the academic rigors of college. Members of the WYHS Class of 2012 have been admitted early decision to impressive universities including Barnard, Cooper Union, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, and Yeshiva University Honors Program. College Guidance begins even before a student enters WYHS. Students take the PSAT yearly, and the PLAN (pre-ACT) in sophomore year. Before each exam, WYHS college guidance counselors provide test-taking tips. After each exam, teachers review each question in class. Scores are analyzed and compared to classroom performance. Students meet individually with counselors as sophomores to help plan their academic trajectory and extracurriculars, and as juniors to help choose colleges. Seniors do mock interviews and are helped with crafting essays, interview techniques and application writing.

GoinG to visit like a local Custom experienCes in Kiryat BialiK Based on your interests

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is pleased to present “Personal Connections” a new program that will introduce local residents traveling to Israel to those living in our Federation’s Israeli sister city, Kiryat Bialik. The program offers meaningful cultural exchanges for individuals, families and groups who will be in Israel, and would like to appreciate real Israeli life.

EXPERIENCE: Social Visits/Home Hospitality with an Israeli family or residents of similar ages and interests. Visits to projects sponsored by residents of South Palm Beach County, including Gladys Moor Playground, Glickman Center for Seniors, and the Ethiopian National Project afterschool center. All of these sites were funded through donations to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Volunteer Opportunities including at the Café Anglit (English speaking coffee house) at schools and with seniors. For more information, contact Barbara Kabatznik at or at 561-852-6050 55 CHAILIFE

Synagogue Updates B’NAI TORAH CONGREGATION (C) 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton • 561-392-8566 • B’nai Torah Congregation and Meryl and Ron Gallatin proudly presented Dancing with Our Stars on February 25, 2012. This festive celebration paired six “Celebrity Congregants” Sam Berman, Keith Kronish, Dan Levine, Ashley Glassman, Sue Gurland and Dr. Tobi Richman Steinhardt, with six professional dancers. The performances were fantastic and a great time was had by all. The dancers all received awards, including Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. CONGREGATION BETH ADAM, South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism (H) PO Box 2579, Boca Raton • 561.443.1769 • On Saturday April 7, Congregation Beth Adam celebrated the second night of Passover led by Rabbi Jeffrey Falick and BJ Saul, ceremonial leader, with over 80 participants. Everyone had a great time singing songs and the children had fun searching for the afikoman. On Friday, April 20 at the South County Civic Center, CBA remembered the Holocaust with a Yom HaShoah Service. Zelda Fuksman, Holocaust survivor and editor of We Remember the Children was our guest speaker. Ms. Fuksman’s story of survival was followed by a discussion. CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL (R) 2200 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton • 561.241.8118 • Friday Night Live Series: Programs for Jewish High School Students. Congregation B’nai Israel has launched an ongoing series to engage Jewish 9 to 12 graders, regardless of synagogue affiliation. The first Friday Night Live Series event took place in February with a new take on a murder mystery party called “Who Killed Lindsay Lohan?” For more information about this new activity for teens, contact Aley Sheer, Youth Director, at or call 561-241-8118. CONGREGATION SHAAREI KODESH (C) 19785 Hampton Dr., Boca Raton • 561.852.6555 • Shaarei Kodesh Fulfills Two of the Mitzvot of Purim. Seventy-five Mishloach Manot, stuffed and tagged on Sunday, March 4, were distributed to the membership of Shaarei Kodesh. Over 25 baskets were donated to JARC, where the enclosed hamentaschen and candy were enjoyed by the residents. CONGREGATION SHIRAT SHALOM (R) PO Box 971142, Boca Raton • 561.488.8079 • Wandering Jews for Tu B’Shvat: In celebration of Tu B’Shvat, fifth grade Hebrew School students planted cuttings from “Wandering Jew” plants. The students are learning firsthand that like the Jewish people, this hardy plant survives under any conditions! Congregation Shirat Shalom offers affordable Religious School classes from kindergarten through confirmation as well as an online tutoring program. Classes are held at Loggers’ Run Middle School and services are held at Olympic Heights High School. Congregation Torah Ohr (O) 19146 Lyons Road, Boca Raton • 561.479.4049


The dedication of a new Sefer Torah by Robert and Nina Levine in memory of their parents was among the significant events at Congregation Torah Ohr at the beginning of the current season. Recently, a major donation from Shmuel and Rivka Brandman established the Herman Lazar Chevra Mishnayot. The Chevra Mishnayot enables members to participate in the study of the Mishna, the compendium of the Oral Law, which is the lifeblood of the Jewish people. Congregation Torah Ohr is proud that Torah study is part of the synagogue’s ongoing activities.

Synagogue Updates KOL AMI (RC) 2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton • 561.392.0696 • Kol Ami, a small Reconstructionist congregation for active adults, celebrated its 25th Anniversary at a gala luncheon on February 22 at Brooks restaurant in Deerfield Beach. Nearly 70 people were treated to a delicious meal, regaled with wonderful stories from Kol Ami’s past by current and past members of the congregation, and entertained by the fabulous, funny Dr. Joyce Saltman, who served as MC. The afternoon ended with a joyful sing-a-long led by the talented Rena Schack. TEMPLE BETH EL OF BOCA RATON (R) 333 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton • 561.391.8900 • The Mausoleum at Temple Beth El: Rabbi Dan Levin was joined by Edward & Freyda Burns during the dedication of two museum quality mosaics which they graciously donated: “Service To God and Torah” In Loving Memory of our Parents Albert & Rose Reich & Family and “Service To Community And Israel” In Loving Memory of our Parents William & Mildred Burns & Family. The only Jewish Mausoleum in the City of Boca Raton is “Peaceful and Dignified Surrounded by the Fullness of Community.” For information visit or email TEMPLE BETH SHALOM 19140 Lyons Road, Boca Raton • 561-483-5557 This Conservative Egalitarian temple has services on weekdays at 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, and on Saturday at 8:30 am and 5 pm, as well as lectures, health fairs, choir, classes, Sisterhood, holiday dinners, seders and entertainment. A dinner in honor of Cantor Avshalom and Roni Zfira on the Cantor’s 75th birthday and 18 years at the Temple was attended by 300 guests. Over 250 attended the Purim Megillah reading and party. The Holocaust Survivors Club sponsored a Yom HaShoah Ceremony in the sanctuary, and the temple joined with (Reform) Temple Beth Shira to celebrate Israel Independence Day. TEMPLE EMETH (C) 5780 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach • 561.498.3536 • Temple Emeth has been serving the community with heart, mind and spirit since 1975. Conservative, egalitarian, caring and welcoming! Sisterhood and Brotherhood provide stimulating events and activities for members and guests. A Scholar in Residence Shabbat with Rabbi Robert A. Harris was held in March, and Passover Seders conducted by our inspiring clergy were held in April. Ongoing Friday night musical services that are heartening and uplifting are held at 8:00 pm. Photo: Shem Tov Award Recipients TEMPLE SINAI OF PALM BEACH COUNTY (R) 2475 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach • 561.276.6161 • “Faith...Family…Friends.” In April, the congregation celebrated a traditional first night Passover Seder, went bowling and had lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. The congregation is planning to hold its annual Mitzvah Day and has switched from flowers to food baskets on the Bimah for Sabbath services. In May and June, the congregation will celebrate an Adult Confirmation and an Adult B’nai Mitzvah. The Israeli Scouts will also perform in June.


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Wishing The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County success in the 2012 Annual Campaign to meet vital human needs in our community, in Israel and overseas.

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Chai Life Spring 2012 - Volume 7 Issue 3  
Chai Life Spring 2012 - Volume 7 Issue 3  

Welcome to the Spring Edition of Chai Life, with news, photos and event listings to keep you connected to our Jewish community and your Fede...