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Local Happenings

Federation Hosts Time                                          Beth Am Honors                                                  Beach Gardens facility will close on Saturdays, and effective
                                                                                                                               July 1, will close on Sundays. The JCC will still be available
Capsule Ceremony with                                          Paula Deakter                                                   for private birthday party and other facility rentals.
                                                                                                                               	 “Our group exercise class participation has more than
Philanthropist Morton Mandel                                   	 Temple Beth Am                                                doubled since our inception almost six years ago,” said Vicki
                                                               held An Evening                                                 Roitman, Mandel JCC President and CEO. “We know that
	 Future residents                                                                                                             group fitness has become increasingly popular and the JCC
                                                               Honoring Paula                                                  is eager to accommodate this trend. We have listened and
of Palm Beach                                                                                                                  are directing our focus and resources to the vast majority of
                                                               Deakter to show its                                             community members on the days and times they want and
County will have                                               appreciation for her
                                                               years of service to                                             need us.”
a moment in time                                               both the temple and                                             	 Some of the JCC’s most popular programs and services
preserved for 50                                               to The One School.                                              include the early childhood learning center for ages three
years, thanks to                                               Nearly 300 people                                               months through VPK, an after-school program, cultural arts,
a time capsule                                                 enjoyed a buffet                                                a bridge program, and summer camp. In 2017, the Mandel
installed at the                                               dinner while past                                               JCC demonstrated it is the hub of Jewish life in Palm Beach
Jack, Joseph and                                               presidents of the                                               Gardens connecting with over 10,000 Jewish children, families,
Morton Mandel                                                  PTO spoke to what                                               and adults through programs of this variety.
                                                               Paula has meant to                                              	 “I’m excited about what all of this will ultimately mean for
Building, the new                                                                                                              this community,” said Jonathan Caplan, Mandel JCC member.
                                                               each of them. The                                               “The JCC is at the heart of the Jewish community and I love
headquarters of the                                                                                                            knowing that they are keeping up with a changing world.At the
                                                               children were invited                                           end of the day, the JCC provides me a connection to Jewish life
Jewish Federation                                                                                                              and builds a sense of community that you can’t get elsewhere.
                                                               to decorate stones to                                           And that to me is priceless.”
of Palm Beach
                                                               be used to create a                                             Local Happenings on page 6
County, during a                                               pathway in The One School’s garden.
special dedication                                             	 After dinner and a champagne toast, attendees moved to
ceremony. The                                                  the sanctuary, where the celebration continued. Preschoolers
                                                               at The One School honored Paula by singing songs, complete
gathering was                                                  with choreography. A tribute video was shown, which
attended by Jewish Vivian Lieberman, Hope Silverman            contained clips of former students, former co-workers, and
                                                               special guests. Paula’s family addressed the guests, and The
community leaders                                              One School PTO presented her with a dedication brick in
                                                               the Reflection Pathway at the temple. Beth Am gifted Paula
and featured                                                   a beautiful birdhouse, and Rabbi Alon Levkovitz concluded

remarks from                                                   the celebration with a blessing.
Morton Mandel,                                                 	 The theme of the evening was Counting Your Blessings,
who helped install                                             as Paula has truly been a blessing to Temple Beth Am and
the time capsule.                                              The One School. Paula will be retiring at the end of the
	 To be opened
in 2067, contents                                              current school year and continuing with The One School as
of the time capsule
include: mementos                                              a consultant.

from the recent

building dedication

along with building
site plans; the
Mandel Brothers’
biographies and
photographs; a
signed copy of
Morton Mandel’s Morton Mandel
book, It’s All About
Who; references to time and place from various local news
publications; history and facts of West Palm Beach; and
the current statistics and growth trends of the local Jewish


	 The Jewish community in the Palm Beaches is one of the
largest in the country, with excellent professional, lay, and
local civic leadership at work. “The serious commitment
from the Federation and its partner agencies to invest time
and resources to provide vital initiatives that hopefully
will improve the lives of so many is very impressive,”
said Mandel. “This time capsule will be a story for future
generations to review.”
	 Attendees of the event included representatives of
Federation’s Board of Directors, partner agencies, and local

Ira Gerstein, Morton Mandel, and Ron Vosatka seal the          JCC Responds to Evolving                                        GARDEN & GALLERY TALKS WEDNESDAYS AT 11 AM AND SUNDAYS AT 2 PM
time capsule at the Mandel Building. The capsule will be
re-opened in 2067.                                             Community Trends                                                  HISTORIC HOME, ARTIST STUDIO AND RARE PALM GARDENS OF ANN WEAVER NORTON
                                                                                                                                            253 Barcelona Road • West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Michael Hoffman, Morton Mandel, Ira Gerstein                   	 The Mandel JCC has just completed its fiscal year planning
                                                               and a thorough assessment of community needs and facilities      561-832-5328 • • Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun, 10 am - 4 pm
                                                               usage. The Palm Beach Gardens community has expressed the             Non-member admissions: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students
                                                               following top priorities: group fitness classes, special needs
                                                               programming, summer day camp, early childhood school,
                                                               after-school programs, bridge, and cultural arts.
                                                               	 To meet these needs while investing in the highest priority
                                                               programs, the Mandel JCC is responding with the following
                                                               strategic implementations: effective July 1, the Palm Beach
                                                               Gardens location will convert its fitness center to a group
                                                               exercise studio to create nearly 2,000 additional square feet
                                                               of space and accommodate 25-30 more participants per class.
                                                               	 Also noting the diminished facility usage after 7 p.m.
                                                               weekdays and on the weekends, beginning June 1 the Palm
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