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Your generosity and leadership empowers Jewish Federation to transform lives in the Palm Beaches, Israel and 70 countries around the world. 

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Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County works to transform, empower and save lives in the Palm Beaches, Israel and 70 countries around the world. 

Together with our partner agencies, community synagogues and generous community members like you, Federation focuses on causes that affect the Jewish community and reflect Jewish values.

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Gisela, Holocaust survivor, able to live at home with dignity.

Gisela, a 91-year-old native of Hungary who survived the horrors of Auschwitz, today lives in Boynton Beach. Though Gisela is frail and her family lives in Connecticut, she is able to live at home independently thanks to Kramer Senior Services, a subsidiary of MorseLife Health System and partner of Federation. Sharon, a local volunteer, delivers kosher meals to Gisela each week; the two have weekly discussions and enjoy a meaningful friendship. But Gisela doesn’t spend all of her time at home; she connects and finds companionship with other Holocaust survivors at AJFCS’ programs each month.

30,000

kosher meals are delivered each year to frail seniors and survivors by Federation’s partners.

31,000

Jewish people seeking refuge from anti-Semitism made Aliyah last year through Federation’s global partners.

400

at-risk youth paired with mentors who help them improve learning and social skills through Youth Futures, a groundbreaking program in our partner region in Israel

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Elana, Jewish teen leader, brings her Jewish community advocacy to campus
Today, Elana Deutch is vice president of her university’s Hillel chapter. In many ways, her Jewish journey began with Federation scholarships that enabled her to take part in immersive Jewish experiences. After her Bat Mitzvah, Elana received Federation’s Gift of Israel voucher, allowing her to take part in the March of the Living program. A Federation scholarship also provided her with the opportunity to connect with Israel and our global family on Federation’s Young Ambassadors program. Elana also advocated on behalf of our community in Washington, DC on Jewish Teen Initiative’s Panim el Panim. Now in college, Elana is using the skills and passion she developed with Federation experiences to connect hundreds of Jewish students to Jewish life. She also speaks around the Palm Beaches to inspire other teens to be involved.

25,000

college students stand up to anti-Israel activity on 28 campuses across Florida through our partnership with Hillel.

750

community members take part in high-quality Jewish themed continuing education classes through Federation’s partners.

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Despite geographic distance, Zach and Ravid build a lasting friendship

One year ago, Zach and Ravid shared little in common. Zach, from Lake Worth, showed minimal interest in Jewish life. Ravid, who lives in Federation’s Partnership2Gether region, had never left the small town of Rosh Pina. Zach stepped out of his comfort zone and traveled to Israel on Federation’s Bonim Chaim-Young Ambassadors program, a hands-on, in-depth Israel experience for teens. The program combined learning and social action, while offering Zach the opportunity to live with Ravid’s family. Six months later, Ravid visited the Palm Beaches with other Israeli teens, staying with Zach’s family. Zach and Ravid’s experiences together built a bond between them and their communities. Today, each serves as an ambassador of the other’s culture and perspective – bridging the 
gap between our communities.

750

community members take part in high-quality Jewish themed continuing education classes through Federation’s partners.

1,500

community members join together each year for community-wide Hanukkah candle lighting programs.

 

460

students in the Palm Beaches connect with their Israeli peers through Federation’s school twinning projects.

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Shira has the support she needs to achieve success

Shira, a 12-year-old girl who lives in Federation’s Partnership2Gether region, was struggling in school because of her problems with anger. Her school principal recommended she participate in Youth Futures, a Partnership2Gether program that provides at-risk children and families with mentors who work with them over several years. Shira’s mentor, Racheli, helped her learn to turn her anger into words and listening. After one year of Youth Futures, Shira’s grades improved, she made more friends, and she now regularly exhibits better control over her anger. After five years with Youth Futures – as Racheli puts it – “Shira is ready for anything.”

100,000

free Jewish books have been delivered to young families in the Palm Beaches through the PJ Library® program.

1,000

teens are connecting to Jewish values this year through clubs, travel experiences and service opportunities with Federation’s Jewish Teen Initiative.

1,500

young Jewish people from 20 countries join together to connect to Jewish values and each other at Camp Szarvas in Hungary.

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Ethan, 3, makes history as recipient of 100,000th PJ Library® book delivery

A Tuesday afternoon turned out to be anything but ordinary for three-year-old Ethan Frost, who lives in Wellington. Ethan received a knock at the door – only to discover he and his family were the recipients of the 100,000th PJ Library® book in the greater Palm Beaches. An award-winning literacy program implemented by Friedman Commission for Jewish Education, PJ Library® delivers free Jewish books and music to families in our community. For Ethan’s special delivery, community members Dorothy Adler and Sheila Engelstein read Runaway Latkes to Ethan and his mother, teaching them about the traditions of Hanukkah.

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children with disabilities and their families have connected to Jewish life through school, camp and other special needs programs with Federation’s partners.

700

teens in the Palm Beaches have participated in Jewish global experiences through Federation’s vouchers and scholarship programs over the last five years.

2,000

Ethiopian Israeli students have improved their academic performance through Federation’s global partners.