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PALM BEACH GARDENS (May 6, 2013) – United Jewish Families, a nonprofit serving families in central Palm Beach County, announced it will become a committee of the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches. The organization was formed approximately three years ago to better meet the needs of Jewish families in the central corridor, which encompasses the greater West Palm Beach area, following the JCC relocating to Palm Beach Gardens as it planned for the Mandel JCC, opening 2013.

This new committee will collaborate with the JCC to plan two to three family programs throughout the year in the central corridor. Founder Amy Dow noticed the opportunity to collaborate with the JCC after a successful co-hosted event in 2012 called Picnic in the Park, which attracted more than 150 guests.

“We have reconnected with our friends at the JCC and look forward to working together to create fantastic programs that meet the needs of families throughout the central corridor,” said Dow. “With the JCC’s support we recognized, why do this separately when we can do this together? Mission accomplished.”

The committee will be co-chaired by Amy’s husband, Randy Dow, as well as Ruthie Friedman, one of the organization’s first volunteers. Both are committed to continuing the mission of the UJF with highly effective family events that range from pool parties to Shabbat dinners.

“I attended the first event nearly three years ago and it’s grown to now 100 to 150 guests at each event, so it’s really important to continue. We are appreciative of the JCC’s support and resources in order to stay connected with the vibrant group of families located in this part of the county,” shared Friedman, who has children ages nine, seven and five years old.

The committee is currently planning events for Summer 2013 through the end of the year.     
Members of the new committee are also now getting more involved in volunteer opportunities focused on the Mandel JCC, located on 16 acres at 5221 Hood Road.
The 56,000-sq.-ft. facility will serve as a robust center for Jewish life and learning for the entire community.   The Mandel JCC campus includes the award-winning Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center, distinguished as one of six “School of Excellence” by the national JCC Association.  The center also features a summer day camp as well as a full-size gymnasium, a pool and aquatics center, sports fields, reception hall, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, community garden, and space for fitness, health and wellness classes. The JCC will offer adult programming, bridge, lectures, health and wellness programs, fitness classes, and children’s programming, including for those with special needs. The building is named in honor of The Jack and Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.
The JCC currently operates temporary facilities in Midtown Plaza on PGA Boulevard, its Leonard and Sophie Davis Camp Shalom at Duncan Middle School, and its Early Childhood Learning Center at the Arthur I. Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach (which has plans to locate adjacent to the JCC in 2014). All three programs will remain open until the Mandel JCC opening. The JCC of the Palm Beaches also operates Ross JCC in Boynton Beach.

For more information about the Mandel JCC, please call the JCC at 561.689.7700 or visit

The mission of the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches is to help create a strong Jewish community by providing high quality programs close to where people live that connect people to Jewish Life. The JCC is a partner agency of The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.  Visit the JCC online at

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