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Board Members Appointed, Community Leaders
Recognized at Federation’s Annual Meeting

	 More than 150 guests welcomed new board members,               Hope Silverman  Juliana Kohl Gendelman  Paul Fine  Richard Comiter

honored dedicated community leaders for their active roles                                               Have you met

in strengthening Jewish life in the Palm Beaches, and learned                                            Jennifer?
about Federation’s key priorities for the upcoming year during
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Federation also has appointed the following new members of
the nearly 50-member 2018-2019 Board of Directors: Malka                         561.500.2020
Fingold, Juliana Kohl Gendelman, Herbert Javer, and Brian
Lemelman. Ira M. Gerstein will continue as Board Chair,                             601 University Blvd., Suite 101 | Jupiter, FL 33458
overseeing the Board.                                                            2000 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 400 | WPB, FL 33409
	 During the meeting, special presentations honored several
dedicated community members for their commitment to
volunteerism, leadership development, and philanthropy. Paul
R. Fine (Outgoing Annual Campaign Chair) and Richard B.
Comiter (Outgoing Jewish Community Foundation Chair)
were honored for completing their service on Federation’s
Executive Committee. Susan Shulman Pertnoy received the
Judy Waltzer Award for her active role in fostering an engaged
Jewish life in the Palm Beaches and beyond. Hope Silverman
was announced as the Jewish Federations of North America
(JFNA)’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Lion of Judah Award for
her commitment to the Jewish community through leadership
and philanthropic giving. Silverman will officially receive
her award in January 2019 at JFNA’s biennial International
Lion of Judah Conference, which will be held in Hollywood,
FL. During the meeting, leadership also announced the Debbi
Roshfeld Professional Leadership Award, created in honor
of Roshfeld’s commitment to professional excellence and
legacy in her career at Federation. Jeff Trynz, Federation’s
Vice President of Marketing & Communications, was
honored as the first recipient of the award for his leadership,
creativity, and commitment to significantly enhancing the
Jewish community.

	 At the annual meeting, 18 young leaders graduated from
Federation’s Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) and also
were recognized for their commitment to create a positive
change in the local and global Jewish communities. ELP,
a program of Federation’s Mandel Center for Leadership
Development, is a 16-month leadership development
initiative for the future leaders of the Jewish community of

the Palm Beaches.
	 Ira Gerstein, Federation’s Board Chair, addressed the state
of Federation and shared areas of growth, including expanded
engagement programs such as the Jewish Volunteer Center,
which connected more than 4,000 volunteers to service
projects throughout the year; the launch of a new educational
alliance between the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy and the

David Posnack Jewish Day School that will offer the growing

number of local children and families a world-class Jewish
day school experience; and the addition of the Friedman
Commission for Jewish Education as a new department
within Federation that will expand the community’s Jewish
educational experience and enhance educational programs
for children, families, and adults across the greater Palm
Beaches. Gerstein also announced that Federation surpassed
its goals for combined revenue from designated gifts, legacy
giving, and annual campaign contributions.
	 “This has been an incredible year. Federation provided
guidance to our partner agencies, expanded engagement
programs, developed leadership, and increased dollars
raised,” Gerstein said. “I can firmly say that because of
Federation’s generous leaders, professionals, and donors, we
are building a bright Jewish future here at home and around

the world.”
	 Eric Fingerhut, President & CEO of Federation’s partner
agency Hillel International, served as the guest speaker and
discussed the importance of engaging future leaders for the
continued growth of the Jewish community.

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