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VOL. 13 NO. 11                                                                         NOVEMBER 2023

      Annual Hanukkah Volunteer Initiative

      Offers 8 Days, 8 Ways to Give Back

         As our hearts continue to be with the people of Israel,      “As our Jewish                       & Volunteer Engagement, Federation of Palm Beach
      Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Kohl Jewish   community has                                 County. “8 Days, 8 Ways provides an opportunity, through
      Volunteer Center’s (JVC) is proud to announce the   been  reeling from                               the Kohl JVC, for all ages to support people in need within
      return of its 8 Days, 8 Ways of Giving Back, filled with   the  horrific  attacks                    the Palm Beaches, in Israel and around the world.”
      ample opportunities to give back – locally and in Israel   in  Israel,  we  are                         Those who volunteer are encouraged to tag @Kohl
      – and be reminded that community service is one of the   reminded how we                             Jewish Volunteer Center – PBC on Facebook and @
      most important gifts we can give at Hanukkah time and   must continue to                             kohljewishvolunteercenter on Instagram along with the
      particularly during times of crisis.              honor our core                                     hashtag, #8Days8Ways. The following outlines a complete
         Now in its seventh year, 8 Days, 8 Ways, offers eight days   Jewish values of                     calendar of events for 8 Days, 8 Ways. For the most current
      of opportunities to do good deeds around the community   spre a di n g l ove                         details and to register, visit
      while showing compassion and gratitude for others and   and kindness and
      celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah. Opportunities exist   helping others,”                       Annual Hanukkah Volunteer Initiative on page 2
      for all ages, from making cards filled with love and hope for   shared Melissa
      the children of Israel to ensuring those in need have warm   Hudson, Assistant
      Thanksgiving and Hanukkah meals.                  VP  of  Community
      Alpert JFS Opens Center for Belonging and Wellbeing

         Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service hosted
      a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the organization’s new
      Center for Belonging and Wellbeing, which featured
      U.S. Congressman Brian Mast, who is responsible for
      securing an $825,000 federal earmark for the buildout.
      Florida House Representative Mike Caruso and Palm
      Beach Gardens Mayor Chelsea Reed were also present.
         The Alpert JFS Center for Belonging and Wellbeing
      in Palm Beach Gardens will create an inclusive and
      supportive environment where all individuals can
      thrive and achieve their full potential. The center
      will be the hub of social interaction for adults with
      disabilities in the Levine JRFS Supportive Living
      program, while also serving the broader community
      of those with disabilities through the launch of its new
      Day Socialization program.                     Mike Caruso, Brian Mast, Chelsea Reed, Marc Hopin
      Temple Israel Hosts Civil Rights Leadership Journey

         Temple Israel is a community of learners and worshipers,   trip to America’s Deep South. Driving from Atlanta, GA, to   Civil Rights Leadership Journey recommit to leading the
      with a shared commitment to continual growth intellectually,   Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham, AL, they learned about   congregation and local Jewish community in making the world
      emotionally, and spiritually through study and sacred practice.   the struggles of Black Americans in the 1950s-1960s, discovered   better and more hospitable for all people.
      Together they celebrate, travel, and do the work of tikkun olam,   how the Jewish community actively participated in the Civil
      which means “repairing the world” in Hebrew. In these pursuits,   Rights Movement, and met American heroes who participated
      they discover profound meaning, foster deep connection, and   in the movement and remain committed to pursuing justice
      find enduring relevance in Judaism’s ancient teachings and   today. In the span of just a few days, participants delved deeply
      modern expression.                                 into history, engaged with local community heroes, and forged
         These three guiding principles of meaning, connection,   profound connections with one another.
      and relevance converged beautifully during a recent Civil      After returning to Florida, the group is dedicated to bringing
      Rights Leadership Journey. Last month, the temple’s rabbis,   the insights gained during the trip back to West Palm Beach.
      accompanied by a dedicated team of staff members and 40   They understand that their journey should not conclude at the
      congregants, embarked on a transformative four-day road   Atlanta airport, as Jewish teachings encourage not just learning
                                                                                 about justice and praying for
                                                                                 peace, but the ongoing pursuit
                                                                                 of peace and justice. Anchored
                                                                                 by the wisdom of our tradition,
                                                                                 Temple Israel has stood as
                                                                                 the welcoming face  of  the
                                                                                 Jewish people on Flagler Drive
                                                                                 for a century, serving as the
                                                                                 address for social action in the
                                                                                 community. Now back home,
                                                                                 the participants of the recent
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