Of all the challenges faced by the Jewish community of Palm Beach County, none is more urgent than ensuring the safety and security of community members. Our local Jewish community is under attack – and we must act quickly, strategically and collaboratively to confront hatred of the Jewish people head-on.

Click here for resources available to the community to report and stand up to acts of hatred.

According to recently published reports on Florida by the FBI and ADL:

Palm Beach County has the most antisemitic incidents of all Florida counties.

Florida is ranked fourth highest for antisemitic incidents in the United States.

Antisemitic hate crimes accounted for 80% of the religiously motivated crimes in Florida.

The Palm Beach Center to Combat Antisemitism & Hatred (PBC), launched in May 2023, expands and amplifies Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s longstanding leadership role addressing antisemitism by combining legislative muscle and community security initiatives with leadership and outreach programs that build relationships with all local residents.

The Palm Beach Center significantly impacts and influences the Jewish and general Palm Beach communities. Our initial work focuses on two time-tested priorities:

Strengthen Community Security

We work to strengthen communal safety and security by expanding our capacity to meet increased antisemitic threats and attacks. We work tirelessly with law enforcement, the Community Security Service, Secure Community Network, and our local J-Secure Community Security Program so Jews can live openly and securely.

Building Relationships

Fighting hatred of Jews is not the Jewish community’s responsibility alone. Knowing Jews is a vital step to combat antisemitism. To scale our effort, we also seek to foster strategic relationships with influential, respected leaders who will stand up and publicly speak out against hatred of the Jewish people.

Palm Beach Center Leadership

Richard A. Friedman

Co-Chair, Palm Beach Center

Steven Tananbaum
Co-Chair, Palm Beach Center

Susan Shulman Pertnoy
Board Chair, Jewish Federation

Michael Hoffman
President & CEO, Jewish Federation

Josephine Gon
Vice President, Jewish Community Relations Council


Contact us at pbc@jewishpalmbeach.org


Advisory Board, 2023-2024

To be announced

Palm Beach Center Founders
Thank you, Palm Beach Center Founders, for ensuring local Jews can live openly and securely. Founders are recognized for their generosity to the PBC above and beyond the Federation Annual Campaign, and most commit for five years, allowing for enhanced planning and sustained impact. Founders are listed based on total gifts and pledge payments in a single fiscal year. All gifts matter.


Questions? Contact Kate Lester, Assistant VP for Development, at kate.lester@jewishpalmbeach.org or call 561.242.6668.




Susan & Richard A. Friedman

Lisa & Steven Tananbaum
Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch


Christine Hikawa & David Windreich


Diane & Neil Exter

Allison & Warren Kanders

Judy & Ronald Baron
Herbert Bearman Foundation
Gifts in Honor of Connie Blue’s Birthday
Penny & Harold Blumenstein
Rita & Charles Bronfman

Lori & Bruce Gendelman
George and Martha Rich Foundation

Marina & Andrew Jacobson
Sondra & David Mack
Phyllis & William Mack
Hilarie & Mitchell Morgan
Myrna & Spencer Partrich
Lynn & Frank Peseckis

Diane & Marc Spilker
A. Alfred Taubman Foundation
Simone & Kerry Vickar
Beth & Leonard Wilf and Jane & Mark Wilf


Roberta & Stanley Bogen
Kristen & Jason Brauth

Sara & Charles Fabrikant
Elizabeth & Matthew Feuer
Audrey & James Foster
Ann & Robert Fromer

Fran & Jack Levy
Nicola & Jeffrey Marcus

Barbara & Richard Rothschild
Susan & Benjamin Winter

The list of Palm Beach Center Founders is in formation. We will continue to recognize our generous donors by giving level.

Our Network of Partners

The Combat Antisemitism Movement [CAM]
Community Security Service [CSS]
Foundation to Combat Antisemitism [The Blue Square’s Stand Up to Jewish Hate Campaign]
Hillel International [Campus Climate Initiative]
J-Secure Community Security Program, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County [J-Secure]
Jewish Federations of North America [LiveSecure]
Secure Community Network [SCN]
The Jewish Agency for Israel [JReady & ShinShinim]
The School District of Palm Beach County [SDPBC]

Our network of partners includes members of the Jewish Community Relations Council Assembly, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County [JCRC], listed below:
Anti-Defamation League, Florida Region (ADL)
American Jewish Committee, Palm Beach
Alums for Campus Fairness
AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
CAMERA Florida (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America)
Hadassah Florida & Florida Atlantic
Herizon (formerly, Jewish Women’s Foundation)
Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach
Insight Through Education
Alpert JFS (Jewish Family Service)
JCC (Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches)
Dorothy & Sidney Kohl Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC)

Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory
MorseLife Health System
NCJW Palm Beach (National Council for Jewish Women)
Na’amat Southeastern Area
Rabbi’s Representative and Rabbis of Community Synagogues & Chabads
Teach Florida
Stand with Us Southeast
Students Supporting Israel (SSI)

South Florida Zioness

To learn more, please get in touch with us at pbc@jewishpalmbeach.org.