Young families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the Palm Beaches’ Jewish population. Offering children and teens access to Jewish experiences and learning opportunities is vital to connecting them with their heritage and strengthening our Jewish future.

17,000 local children have not yet participated in a Jewish summer camp, a formative experience in a person’s Jewish identity.1

30% of families at Mandel JCC have requested scholarships to enroll their children in preschool.2

20,000 local children have not yet participated in a Jewish learning experience.1

our impact

Driven by your generosity, we are connecting more children and teens with innovative, relevant and accessible Jewish experiences.

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in supplemental scholarships is being provided to local families who have demonstrated financial need so their children can attend Mandel JCC youth programs.2

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are enrolled in Meyer Jewish Preparatory day school, an increase of 55% in just three years.3

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participate in twinning projects that connect local kids with students in Israel for virtual meeting and email exchanges.4

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When Lauren and Jason moved here with their two children, they wanted to be involved in the Jewish community. They wanted thier kids to appreciate their Jewish heritage and the importance of giving back to the community. Unfortunately, money was tight so Federation was able to secure scholarships for the two children to enroll in Jewish school and summer camp at the Mandel JCC. The family continues to give back by volunteering in our community.

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“As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I care deeply about strengthening Jewish identity in children and teens. With my Lion of Judah Endowment, I am continuing my family’s legacy so future generations have opportunities to build their unique connection with Jewish heritage, values and traditions.”

Diane Herzog


  1. 2018 Jewish Palm Beach Community Study, Brandeis University
  2. Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches
  3. Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School
  4. Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Friedman Commission for Jewish Education