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$20,000 RAISED AT “GIVE WITH YOUR HEART” COMMUNITY RECEPTION FOR MANDEL JCC SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (April 6, 2015) – Nearly 100 guests attended the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches’ “Give With Your Heart” community reception for the Connie and David Blacher Special Needs Program on March 31, 2015, which raised $20,000. The special needs program, widely recognized among the top in Palm Beach County, is offered at the JCC’s Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens locations. Helene and Bill Pittler hosted the reception.
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 MANDEL JCC CELERATES COMPLETION OF FIRST PHASE OF $11 MILLION RENOVATION WITH COMMUNITY RIBBON CUTTING

 PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (April 28, 2015) – Almost 200 guests recently joined together at the Boynton Beach location of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches to celebrate the completion of the first phase of construction for the $11 million, multi-phase renovation of the community center. The ribbon cutting ceremony, along with the opening of the new art gallery, was held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 as part of the “Great Celebration,” a series of big events from April 21, 2015 through May 3, 2015, including the JCC’s annual Health and Wellness Expo and a Lag B’Omer family holiday celebration. The Great Celebration was sponsored by Bethesda Memorial Hospital, NuVista Living, and Fisher Contracting Corp.
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DAUGHTER OF IRAQI IMMIGRANT PRESENTS DEBUT NOVEL IN LAKE WORTH AND PALM BEACH GARDENS

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (February, 2015) – The 2014-2015 Mandel JCC Annual Book Festival will host author Jessica Soffer, the daughter of an Iraqi immigrant, on March 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club in Lake Worth, chaired by Carole Geller and on March 4, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Frenchman’s Creek in Palm Beach Gardens, chaired by Tootsie Eisenberg and Beryl Schneider. Soffer will present her first novel Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots.

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots is about a young girl who spends her life studying cookbooks to earn the love her mother, a chef, who is sending her off to boarding school. When she signs up for cooking lessons to learn how to make her mother’s favorite dish, she meets an Iraqi-Jewish immigrant widow who is yearning for the love of a family as well. Soon, the two suspect they are connected by more than just the love of food.
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BEST-SELLING AUTHORS ALYSON RICHMAN AND PAM JENOFF TO HEADLINE MANDEL JCC BOYNTON BEACH LUNCHEON

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (January 6, 2015) – The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will host its 20th Annual Boynton Beach Book Luncheon featuring best-selling authors Pam Jenoff and Alyson Richman on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Indian Springs Country Club in Boynton Beach.

The luncheon will not only include a discussion of the authors’ individual new releases, but also the anthology for which they both wrote stories, Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion. The book brings together the stories of 10 best-selling female historical fiction authors – each of which pass through Grand Central Terminal on the same day in August 1945.
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MANDEL JCC OF THE PALM BEACHES, BOYNTON BEACH KICKS OFF WINTER SEASON OF ACADEMY OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (December 22, 2014) – The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) at the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches Boynton Beach location, is kicking off its Winter 2015 season with a free Open House on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. The popular adult education program, which features hundreds of classes and seminars, is sponsored by Allegro Senior Living and Solkoff Legal.

At the open house, guests will have the opportunity to meet instructors and other ACE members while learning about the upcoming courses and special events. The event features guest speaker, author Iris Krasnow, who will present her novel, Sex After: Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes.
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MANDEL JCC TO HOST TWO COMMUNITY WIDE HANUKKAH CELEBRATIONS

JUPITER AND BOYNTON BEACH, FL. (December 8, 2014) – The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will host two Hanukkah celebrations, with candle lighting ceremonies in both Boynton Beach and Jupiter on Sunday, December 21, 2014. The events, which are free and open to the public, welcome hundreds each year and are in partnership with a dozen local organizations.

Boynton Beach Hanukkah celebration at Canyon Town Center from 2 p.m. to 4 pm.
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THE MANDEL JCC OF BONYTON BEACH ANNOUNCES THE CHILDREN’S WINTER CLASS SCHEDULE

Boynton Beach, FL (December 19, 2014) – The Mandel JCC of Boynton Beach is pleased to announce the children’s winter class schedule, featuring dozens of classes including sports, dance, science, art, and more. Classes are separated by age group, and are offered for children ages four months and up.  The current schedule runs from January 2015 through early March 2015.
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MANDEL JCC HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL GALA TO RECOGNIZE FOUR DISTINGUISHED HONOREES ON NOVEMBER 15, 2014
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (September 30, 2014) – More than 400 guests are anticipated to celebrate the Second Annual Gala of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at its Palm Beach Gardens location, located at 5221 Hood Road. The festive and elegant evening will feature cocktails, dinner and a live performance by The Motowners.
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NATION’S LARGEST FILM FESTIVAL ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAS ITS FLORIDA DEBUT WITH REELABILITIES PALM BEACH, NOVEMBER 2-5.
Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach, FL-- ReelAbilities, the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to sharing the stories of people with  disabilities, makes its Palm Beach debut from November 2 to 5, 2014, presented by The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and its parent organization, the Mandel JCC Palm Beaches, in association with Alpert Jewish family & Children’s Services.
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MANDEL JCC BOYNTON BEACH KICKS OFF NEW SEASON FOR POPULAR ACADEMY OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
Allegro announced as new ACE sponsor
BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. (September 30, 2014)The Mandel JCC Boynton Beach’s Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) is kicking off its Fall 2014 season with a free Open House featuring a full-length class on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The popular adult education program is now sponsored by Allegro, senior living communities with a new community opening in Boynton Beach in early 2015. ACE also welcomes back its longtime sponsor, Solkoff Legal.
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CARON SHUTAN NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT FOR MANDEL JCC OF THE PALM BEACHES
BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. (September 22, 2014) – The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches recently named Caron Shutan its new Chief Development Officer (CDO). Shutan brings more than a decade of experience in development and donor relations. As CDO, Shutan will be responsible for growing the Mandel JCC’s individual major gifts program, as well as creating and implementing strategic annual solicitation plans, including the Capital Campaign, Annual Campaign and Corporate Sponsorships, among others.
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