May, 2012 – Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting



WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – Nearly 300 people attended the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. featuring a keynote address by Federation CEO David Phillips at Lands of the President, 2300 Presidential Way in West Palm Beach . 

“This is a time of hope, dreams and aspirations for our Jewish community,” said David Phillips.” It is time to look ahead to our next half-century of impact. Federation is prepared to be the catalyst for thoughtful, dynamic and well-managed change that will make us a stronger, more vital Jewish community.”

Echoing Phillips’ sentiments, 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting Chair Zelda Mason added, “Over the course of our history, we have learned that when we work together we work better, we work stronger and we work smarter. Communal synergy will give us the future we all hope and dream of.”

In addition to Phillips’ keynote – “Toward Tomorrow” –  event highlights included:

·         The Installation of the 2013 Officers and Board of Directors

·         Presentation of the annual Robert S. and Ceil N. Levy Young Leadership Awards to Shaina Rappoport and Andrew R. Comiter, made possible through the generosity of its namesakes – members of Federation’s  Pillars Society – through their Philanthropic Fund

·         The Emerging Leadership Project (ELP) Class of 2012 graduation, following two years of participation in sessions featuring scholars, philanthropists, volunteer and professional leadership in the Jewish community on a variety of topics covering the themes of leadership, Jewish peoplehood, and advocacy and social action;

·         A video celebrating 50 years of Jewish community.

IberiaBank was the lead event sponsor, with additional support provided by MBAF, Argonaut Productions, Blue Sky Productions and Preferred Printing.

Recognition was given to Federation’s local and international partner agencies, including the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service; the Lorraine & Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches; the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches; the Lola and Saul Kramer Senior Services Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of MorseLife; the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy; the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and the Ethiopian National Project, as well as a number of people completing their terms of service in significant leadership roles, chairs of community-wide campaign events and 2012 corporate sponsors.

The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County serves residents from Boynton Beach to Jupiter and west to Wellington as the central Jewish community-building organization of the greater Palm Beaches. Federation strengthens Jewish identity, energizes the community’s relationship with Israel , and meets the human needs of the Jewish community in Palm Beach County , Israel and 70 countries around the world.