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VOL. 11 NO. 6                                                                                  JUNE 2021

      Board Members, New Leaders,                                                                          Men’s Club

      Award Recipients Announced at                                                                        Cigars and Scotch

      Federation’s Annual Meeting                                                                            of Palm Beach Gardens was able to meet in person for its
                                                                                                             For the first time in over a year, the Men’s Club at Chabad

                                                                                                           monthly Cigar & Scotch BBQ.
                                                                                                              Set outdoors in the beautiful new pavilion in the shul
                                                                                                           gardens, nearly three dozen members of the Men’s Club
                                                                                                           gathered for an evening of friendship and camaraderie.
                                                                                                           Throughout the pandemic, Men’s Club meetings have been
                                                                                                           taking place virtually on Zoom, but this meeting was a
                                                                                                           well-received opportunity to meet each other face to face
                                                                                                           in the spirit of love and friendship that is the hallmark of
                                                                                                           Chabad. Members who have recently joined the shul during
                                                                                                           the pandemic had the opportunity to introduce themselves
                                                                                                           to the community as well.

      Pamela Comiter           Brett Sandala            Hope Silverman           Michael Hoffman

         During Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s   annual award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a
      recent annual meeting, nearly 400 guests came together via   Federation professional who exemplifies Roshfeld’s legacy
      Zoom to hear about the state of the Jewish community as   of professional leadership, excellence, and commitment to
      well as congratulate several new Board members and new   enhancing Jewish community.
      appointments and honor distinguished award recipients.      Virtual guests to the annual meeting also heard a community
         The following individuals have been appointed and added   update, highlights from the past year, and reports from both
      to Federation’s Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term:   Board Chair Hope Silverman, and CEO Michael Hoffman.
      Nancy Beren, Barry Berg, Roslyn Leopold, Betsy Sheer, Scott      Silverman shared, “I always believed our community to be
      Holtz, and Amy Terwilleger. Additional key appointments at   a strong one. But this past year has proven beyond a doubt that
      Federation include: Susan Shulman Pertnoy, to Board Chair   we are not only fiercely strong, but we are also fiercely resilient.
      Elect, who will then serve as Board Chair in 2022; Lynn   Federation’s focus on making connections during this challenging
      Peseckis and Charles Gottesman to Vice Chair; Lynn Kaston   time reflects the collective responsibility we have to make our   Rabbi Leibel Krinsky, Malcolm Franks
      as Human Resources Chair; and Amy Terwilleger as Business   entire community whole, to care for the vulnerable so that no
      & Professions Chair. Hope Silverman is beginning the second   one is left behind, and to prevent withdrawal from Jewish life.”
      year of her term as Federation’s Board Chair.        During 2020-2021, the community surpassed its fundraising
      The following awards were also presented:         goal to meet the growing needs locally, around the country,
         • Community leaders Pamela Comiter and Brett Sandala   and around the globe, and a record number of nearly 10,000
      received the Robert S. & Ceil N. Levy Young Leadership   guests attended more than 100 high-quality virtual events and
      Award for their dedication to the Jewish community. The award   programs, reiterating the local desire to connect to Jewish life
      is given annually to two exceptional community members   and community. Through community support, Federation
      under the age of 45 who have demonstrated continued service   provided thousands of dollars in emergency assistance, ensured
      to Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, as well as growth   humanitarian aid for global communities in need, expanded
      and potential for future leadership. Comiter serves as Chair   emotional health support, and provided much-needed meals
      of the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP), the first female   and assistance through Jewish Volunteer Center and partners.
      chair in ELP’s 11-year history; and Sandala, who serves as      “Federation does all the work you’re hearing about
      Chair of Federation’s Israel Program Center and has been an   tonight, on behalf of all of us, so that we can meet today’s
      instrumental force in the Jewish Community Relations Council   challenges, even the unexpected ones, while still planning
      (JCRC) since 2009. As part of this honor, both recipients   for the future,” Silverman said. “This year has been like none   Rabbi Dovid Vigler, Howard Rensin
      receive a stipend for travel to Israel.           other we’ve ever had and I am extremely proud of how our
         • Frank Mandrell, Federation’s Director of IT, received the   community has come together in ways we could never have
      prestigious Debbi Roshfeld Professional Leadership Award.   imagined. This is truly the meaning of resilience.”
      He leads the nonprofit’s expansive technological networks,      Michael Hoffman, president and CEO, said, “It is your
      data, and cybersecurity and his work creating a seamless   resilience that has enabled us to care for so many in need. It is
      transition while working remotely the past year has been vital   your resilience that is helping our community emerge stronger
      to the productivity and results Federation has achieved. The   than ever. And it is your continued resilience, strength,
                                                                                 and commitment to one
                                                                                 another that is exactly what
                                                                                 our family in Israel needs
                                                                                 right now. We are already
                                                                                 working on next year’s plans,
                                                                                 continuing to innovate and
                                                                                 create meaningful events and
                                                                                 experiences.  Together  we
                                                                                 have overcome so much, and   Dr. Ron Collins, Marty Knopf
                                                                                 our  community  is  stronger
                                                                                 than ever.”               Men’s Club Cigars and Scotch on page 3
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