Rabbis Tour Jewish Federation Campus


BOCA RATON, FL – An esteemed group of rabbis from across the community enjoyed a VIP tour of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s campus in October. For many, the 100+-acre Richard & Carole Siemens Jewish Campus – the largest Jewish campus in the country – had been at least a partly hidden gem until their visit. The rabbis had the opportunity to hear from Federation and agency leaders about all the good being done every day and saw for themselves the wide range of agencies, schools and services that are vital to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life in our community. Participating rabbis included David Baum of Shaarei Kodesh, Zalman Bukiet of Chabad of West Boca Raton, Jack Engel of Anshei Emunah, Yaakov Gibber of Boca Jewish Center/Shaaray Tefilla, Menachem Jaroslawicz of Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Boruch Shmuel Liberow of Chabad of FAU, Robert Silvers of B’nai Israel, Greg Weisman of Temple Beth El and Benjamin Yasgur of Torah Ohr. Many were overwhelmed by how much the Federation does for the nearly 130,000 Jewish residents in the community, and were gratified to be able to see some of those programs in action. “Even the rabbis who frequent our Federation usually go to the same agencies and rarely get a chance to see all the special things that are taking place on the rest of the campus,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, the Federation’s director of Community Engagement. “It was great to be able to bring the rabbis of the community on a VIP tour to meet the professionals that are running their programs, and it was amazing to have them hear firsthand how they can enhance the relationships that have already been created.” The morning began in the Entin Holocaust Pavilion. Marla Egers, the Federation’s executive vice president, welcomed the guests with an overview of the Federation’s support for and work with agencies and organizations that provide housing, education, food and more. Cindy Orbach Nimhauser, senior vice president and chief development officer for Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services presented many of the JFS programs, including the Jacobson Family Food Pantry’s assistance to the hungry and homebound. The group then walked to the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center to hear Executive Director Randy Colman highlight the JCC’s vast array of programs and services for children, adults and those with special needs. At Donna Klein Jewish Academy, the rabbis heard from Head of School Helena Levine and Rabbi Baruch Plotkin, Rabbi in Residence, about the school and its educational goals. They then headed by bus to Hillel Day School, where Rabbi Adam Englander, head of school, gave a tour of the beautiful campus and spoke about the school’s academic programs. The final stop on the tour was the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC), where Fallon Gechter, director of Communications, described JARC’s services for adults with intellectual disabilities, including residential living and employment training. The group enjoyed a visit to JARC’s Café 95, as well as a tour of one of the residences, before settling down to lunch together.