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VOL. 8 NO. 6                                                                                                               JUNE 2018

Federation Commits $5 Million to New Center of Jewish Learning

	 Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County has committed            Teacher Adrienne Turk sings prayers with student Daniel             Students discuss class material during a session of the
$5 million over five years to expand and strengthen Jewish        Sherman during a session of the Friedman CJE’s J.N. Somers          Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, provided
learning experiences in the Palm Beaches. The Lorraine &          Yad Hebrew School for Children with Special Needs.                  by the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education.
Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education (CJE),
a partner agency of Federation dedicated to Jewish life and       growing needs, we are reinforcing our investment and taking         Beth El Holds
education for the past 27 years, is joining Federation as a       a centralized approach in order to strengthen the future of our
center of Jewish learning. Federation – considered the “city      local Jewish educational experience. We are excited to work         First Annual
                                                                  with CJE’s leaders and professionals to nurture, strengthen, and
hall” of the Jewish community – will enhance Jewish life and      expand their educational impact, so that we can reach more          Talent Show
learning opportunities for the growing local Jewish population    people and even further raise the bar for Jewish learning in the
by building upon CJE’s signature programs and services that       Palm Beaches.”                                                      	 Temple Beth El
offer educational experiences and resources.                      	 “Twenty-seven years ago, CJE was created to ensure                recently held the First
	 As a program of Federation, CJE will leverage Federation’s      children and adults have the very best access to high-quality       Annual Beth El’s Got
model of growth and sustainability to expand educator             Jewish educational opportunities,” said CJE Board Chair Alan        Talent in the new Marilyn
professional and curriculum development and learning              L. Shulman. “We have created something very special for
programs throughout the Palm Beaches benefiting preschoolers      the benefit of our community, and we are so excited to join         and Stanley Katz Pavilion.
to seniors. Federation will enhance CJE’s educational programs    Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County in order to build            	 The appreciative
and services, which include: PJ Library and PJ Our Way, a         upon that educational foundation and expand Jewish learning         audience clapped and
                                                                  experiences for this community.”                                    cheered for the 20
national resource that delivers free Jewish books and music to                                                                        participating acts.
                                                                                                                                      	 Alan Jacobson,
local children and their families; the Melton School of Adult                                                                         producer and emcee of
                                                                                                                                      the show, was pleased
Jewish Learning, a continuing education series taught by local                                                                        with the depth of talent
                                                                                                                                      that turned out for the
Jewish scholars and rabbis that leads students to discover                                                                            first-time event.
the richness of Jewish traditions, history, and practices;                                                                            	 “We had some great
professional development and curriculum consultation for                                                                              performances and we
educators at local Jewish schools; and J.N. Somers Yad Hebrew                                                                         look forward to a bigger
School for Children with Special Needs for children of various
ages and developmental abilities to learn about Jewish heritage,                                                                      and better show for
prayer and Hebrew language.
	 Federation is actively seeking to add a Chief Learning                                                                              2019,” Jacobson said.
Officer to oversee its expanded educational agenda.                                                                                   “We had performers
	 “The Palm Beaches’ Jewish population – already one of                                                                               that ranged in age from
our nation’s largest – is expected to nearly double over the                                                                          7 to 80, with singers,
next decade,” said Michael Hoffman, President & CEO of                                                                                dancers, instrumentalists,
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. “To address these
                                                                                                                                      storytellers, and even
Emanu-El Gives Back to
                                                                                                                                      a circus act. Everyone
Community with Food Baskets                                                                                                           thoroughly enjoyed the
                                                                                                                                      show and can’t wait for
	 Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach offers an alternative             Pertnoy have a                                                      the next one.”              Sebastian Cajuste and Sheila
to donating decorative flower arrangements for Shabbat                                                                                	 “Celebrity” judges        Brody dance the American
services, while helping to feed the hungry in our community.      standing donation of                                                for the event were Betty    Tango.
	 Congregants may donate the money that would be used                                                                                 Sue Shapiro, Joanne
to buy flowers and, instead, buy beautifully decorated food       one food basket each                                                Warshaver Pinciss, and      Aimee Nordegren Lao
baskets that sit on the bima during services.                                                                                                                     and Skylar Alterman sing
	 The decorated food baskets represent the money that             month. In addition,                                                 Jerry Lichstein.            “Somewhere Over the
will be donated to the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s        if no one sponsors a                                                	 Participants were:        Rainbow.”
Service Food Pantry. Congregants may donate the food              food basket during a                                                Mark Galasky, piano;
                                                                  particular weekend,
baskets in honor or in memory of someone and their names          the Pertnoys will step
                                                                  in and donate one, so
are announced during services.                                    there is money going to the food pantry each week, Lampert
	 Temple members are given the option to either buy flowers       said.
for the bima or donate one or more food baskets, said Tony        	 “Here we are in this non-profit religious space,
Lampert, a past president of the temple who instituted the        wondering how we can do more,” Lampert said. “How
alternative seven years ago. Congregants Susan and Ronnie         many times do you go to synagogue or church and see these
                                                                  beautiful flower arrangements on the bima or altar, and
                                                                                                                                      Beth El Holds First Annual Talent Show on page 4
                                                                                                       they’re beautiful during the
                                                                                                       service, but afterward they
                                                                                                       die. The sponsorship of a
                                                                                                       food basket has a second life

                                                                                                       and feeds lives tomorrow.
                                                                                                       It’s the ultimate mitzvah,
                                                                                                       because you’re helping a
                                                                                                       hungry person and you have
                                                                                                       no idea who it is and that is

                                                                                                       the beauty of it.”
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