Published On: Sun, Feb 16th, 2020

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You Last Week?

Simone and Rabbi Josh Broide

Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach celebrated its I Am Hillel event on Tuesday evening.

Hillel is the focal point for Jewish life on the campuses of Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, and Broward College.

The Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach was officially incorporated in 2001.

Robert Primeau and Jan Savarick

Originally operating out of temporary locations, it wasn’t until Mildred and Abby Levine and Ruth and Saul Weinberger, along with many other generous donors, provided funding that the Levine Weinberger Center for Jewish Life was opened on the Boca Raton campus of FAU in 2006.

Hillel has continued to broaden its reach with an additional location on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.

The mission of Hillel is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Robert Weinroth, Emily Grabelsky, Danielle Hartman and Stephen Grablesky

With nearly 8,000 Jewish students on the campuses they serve, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach offers a pluralistic and inclusive community offering social and networking events, community service projects, travel experiences to Israel and beyond, Jewish learning opportunities, free Shabbat dinners, a place to celebrate and observe holidays, and mentoring programs that integrate our Hillel with the community.

The overriding message of the evening, there is something for everyone at Hillel!

On Wednesday we attended the Annual Florida Luncheon of the American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where we heard about the research being done on autonomous technology and drones.

The talk by Dr Jessica Cauchard, “Game of Drones: Diving into Future Human-Drone Technologies,” presented an interesting perspective on how drones are anthropomorphized by people their interactions with drones (treating them more like pets than technology).

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields.

It has around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members. More than 100,000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel on its three main campuses:

More than 800 senior and 1,100 junior faculty members work together with their graduate students in advanced laboratories, in the framework of more than 60 inter-disciplinary research centers.

In addition to pure research, Ben-Gurion University is also focused on applied research.

Robert Weinroth, Lorrie and Lloyd Berkowitz

Through its technology transfer company, BGN Technologies, which is also responsible for the University’s patent portfolio, the University initiates, leads and implements projects with institutions, companies and foundations world-wide, and attracts strategic partners and investors in the fields of science, technology and industry, including homeland security; bioinformatics; robotics, energy and fuels; ergonomics; cyber security; nanotechnology; water resources; ecology and environment, human genetics; epidemiology; stem cells; diabetes; cancer; advanced drugs; biotechnology and agricultural technology; information technology and communications; environmental water treatment; and alternative energy sources.

Aimee Levin, Emily Grabelsky, Karen Dern and Vicki Katz

Emmy Award-winning news anchor Elizabeth Vargas was the keynote speaker for Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services’ annual Reflections of Hope Luncheon on Thursday at Boca West Country Club.

During the event, which raises awareness of mental illness, Vargas shared how alcoholism and depression affected her life and why she publicly discusses her struggle with the disease and ongoing recovery.

The luncheon’s proceeds will benefit Rales JFS’ counseling and mental health services, including the Welcome Home Program.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services offers help, hope and humanity through its comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs.

With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities.

Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who support their mission and bring hope to thousands in need.

Lois Weisman and Jeffrey Bovarnick

We joined Vicki Katz and the supporters of the Faulk Center for Counseling at Clive Daniel|Home on Thursday for a mix & mingle.

The mission of the Faulk Center for Counseling is to promote emotional well-being through a variety of free and low-cost programs for counseling, therapy, and support.

At the Faulk Center, they provide a warm, accepting and confidential environment where people who are dealing with life’s problems are helped to make changes or to cope more effectively with things that they cannot change.

Laurie Dubow and Pamela Polani

Since 1973 the Center has provided a variety of counseling services to people of all ages at its facility on Boca Rio Road and at outreach locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Mental health services are provided by graduate students pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral degrees in psychology, social work or mental health counseling, as well as clinical volunteers who hold advanced degrees in a mental health field.

All graduate students and volunteers are trained and supervised by the Center’s staff of licensed psychologists.

To learn more, visit

Faulk Center for Counseling 22455 Boca Rio Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: 561-483-5300
Email: [email protected]

Fiorella Brumley, Kelly Smallridge and Karen Granger

On Friday 4KIDS of South Florida held its second annual Galentine’s Day Brunch.

Every year, women across 6 counties come together to support the girls and young women in the care of 4KIDS. They enjoyed a beautiful brunch alongside like-minded women who desire to make a difference in the lives of every girl 4KIDS serves.

From teens in foster care, to the young mothers at His Caring Place, 4KIDS believes it is their job to come alongside them.

When women support each other, incredible things can happen!

Laurie Dubow and Pamela Weinroth

4KIDS is propelled by the vision of a home for every child. Whether that is a child removed from their home for the first time, siblings who need to stay together, a young mom in a unplanned pregnancy who needs a refuge, or a young adult who needs a place to belong, 4KIDS is there with hope and homes.

See the Impact from Last Year

1,240 Children received love, care, & protection;

546 Children went to loving 4KIDS foster homes;

122 Moms & babies equipped through His Caring Place;

263 Young men & women impacted through Independent Living; and

522 Children & families received resources through EPIC Therapeutic Approach

Star Planning:

Spring Fling Luncheon – February 20th 10:30AM – 2PM

Join the South Florida Chapter for a day of fashion and beauty. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, mimosas and champagne while browsing the spectacular items included in the Luxury Drawing.

Followed by a 4-star and Spring fashion show from The Colonnade Shops at Sawgrass Mills.

Hats off to Spring!

Boca Bacchanal Bubbles and Burgers – February 20th 6 – 8:30PM ($100)

Please join us for Bubbles & Burgers at this spectacular beachside setting at the Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This informal get together provides guests with the opportunity to meet the featured chefs for the 2020 Boca Bacchanal.  Guests will be able to enjoy an enticing array of specialty burgers and a variety of Champagne and sparkling wines at this beautiful location on the Atlantic Ocean.

CAST Party – Arts and Letters Fundraiser – February 20th 6 – 10PM

Join the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Advisory Board for the first annual CAST Party on Feb. 20, 2020. All proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

The evening will feature live entertainment and dinner by the bite. To purchase tickets, visit fauf.fau.edu/2020cast. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact [email protected] or561-297-2584.

City’s New Waterfront Park Opening Celebration! February 22th at 10AM

On February 22, 2020, the City’s newest waterfront park, Hillsboro El Rio South, will officially open for the community to gather to play, recreate, and enjoy nature!

From 10am-2pm, friends and neighbors can explore and enjoy the brand new 10,000+ square foot playground, join in on a pick-up basketball, pickleball, or volleyball game, launch their kayak or paddleboard, or wander the pristine grounds of the park. The celebration will also include FREE face painting and bounce houses, food trucks, music, and more!

A ribbon cutting ceremony will precede the celebration at 9:30am. The ceremony will feature remarks by City of Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Recreation Services Director Michael J. Kalvort, and the Boca Raton Parks & Recreation Board Chair. A corresponding ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling for the Joe Good Playground will take place after the official park ribbon cutting.

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

For information on these or other events, visit: www.BocaCal.com

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