The Palm Beach Center to Combat Antisemitism & Hatred, a pioneering new entity at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, is committed to finding practical solutions to antisemitism confronting Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach Center targets critical priorities, brings together diverse stakeholders with the authority and resources to act, and offers strategic, monetary, and advisory support to grantees and partner organizations. The Palm Beach Center’s initial efforts focus on two proven priorities: strengthening community security and building relationships.

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.

 Click here for resources available to the community to REPORT and STAND UP to acts of hatred.


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Building on the longstanding leadership of Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council and the J-Secure community security program, the Palm Beach Center, launched in May 2023, leverages and unifies Federation’s strengths. It serves as the Jewish community’s convener, enabling direct collaboration with partners – nonprofit organizations, government entities, businesses, and communities, alongside Federation programs and Jewish partner organizations – to develop and execute strategies that directly confront local antisemitism and hatred.

The Palm Beach Center is made possible due to the foresight and generosity of donors committed to the following objectives:

Inspiring and Supporting
sustainable and practical solutions that address the escalating local hatred toward the Jewish community.

Accelerating Progress
by focusing on substantial improvements with immediate- and long-term impact.

Collaborating with Partner Organizations
and programs already working in this area while encouraging new partners to join the cause.

Ensuring Initiatives
born from the Palm Beach Center positively impact the world by sharing them with other Jewish communities.

By doing this, the Palm Beach Center is working towards creating a safer, more tolerant future for all.

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
Executive Director, Palm Beach Center to Combat Antisemitism & Hatred and Public Affairs



Advisory Committee, 2023-2024

The Advisory Committee comprises leaders in the Palm Beaches who bring to bear their best judgment and deep commitment to the Palm Beach Center. Advisory Committee members provide strategic counsel to professional leadership on matters related to the Palm Beach Center’s priorities and promote its mission within Palm Beach County and beyond.

Neil Exter
James Foster
Jason T. Kalisman

Allison Kanders
Terry Kassel

William Mack
Lynn Peseckis
Linda A. Teitelbaum

Kerry Vickar
Jane Wilf
David Windreich
Peter May, Ex officio
Jonathan Tisch, Ex officio

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 annual commitment to the Palm Beach Center.

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



Cornerstone Founders contribute $25,000 or more annually for five years, receiving recognition for their total multi-year contribution, which exceeds their support for the Federation Annual Campaign.


$1 million+
Susan & Richard A. Friedman
Lisa & Steven Tananbaum
Linda & Myron z”l Teitelbaum
Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch

Christine Hikawa & David Windreich

Mickey & Lawrence Beyer
Diane & Neil Exter
Allison & Warren Kanders
A. Alfred Taubman Foundation

Judy & Ronald Baron
Kay & Peter Bernon
Vanessa & Anthony Beyer
Kristin & Jason Brauth

Marjorie & Stephen Fiverson and Kathy & Mitchell Jacobson
Audrey & James Foster
Alice & Nathan Gantcher
Anne E. Koons
Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser
Phyllis & William Mack
Leni & Peter May
Ellen & Richard Richman
Cindy Levine & Marc Solomon
A. Alfred Taubman Foundation
Simone & Kerry Vickar
Beth & Leonard Wilf and Jane & Mark Wilf

Judy & Howard Bernick
Sara & Charles Fabrikant
Elizabeth & Matthew Feuer
Ellen S. & Robert Jaffe
Fran & Jack Levy
Nicola & Jeffrey Marcus
Susan & Darrell Ross
Barbara & Richard Rothschild
Heidi & Scott Schuster
Sydelle B. Sonkin


Our Annual Founders significantly impact our mission through their annual commitment of $25,000 or more, surpassing their support for the Federation Annual Campaign

David & Nicole Tepper and The Tepper Foundation

Sara & Charles Fabrikant
Florida Department of Education
JFNA LiveSecure Match

J. Ira z”l & Nicki Harris Family Foundation
The Paul E. Singer Foundation


Dorothy & Martin Bandier
Penny & Harold Blumenstein
Rita & Charles Bronfman
Phylis Fogelson
Lori & Bruce Gendelman
Marina & Andrew Jacobson
Simone & David Levinson
Sondra & David Mack
Susan & Morris Mark
Hilarie & Mitchell Morgan

Pamela & Edward S. Pantzer
Myrna & Spencer Partrich
Lynn & Frank Peseckis
John Raggio & Dr. Donna Kesselman Raggio
George and Martha Rich Foundation
Debbie & Cliff Robbins
Liz Lange & David Shapiro
Barbara & Randall Smith
Diane & Marc Spilker
Robbi & Bruce Toll


Roberta & Stanley Bogen
Gail & Alfred Engelberg
Judi & Steven B. Fader Family Foundation
Beverly & Dan Floersheimer and Family
Susan & Alan Fuirst
Mindy & Andrew Heyer
Sheila & Robert Josephberg
Karen & Jay Kasner


Wendy & Larry Levy
Vicki & Arthur Loring
Lisa & Michael Rome
Harriet & Eric Rothfeld
Ryan & John Serhant
Joan Serchuck
Marsha & Jerry Seslowe
Lynne Tarnopol

We are currently compiling our roster of Palm Beach Center Founders, and recognition will be based on the giving levels of Cornerstone Founders and Annual Founders within the Palm Beach Center. We proudly recognize all donors in the Federation Honor Roll.

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.