Jewish Federation Launches 2020 Campaign


BOCA RATON, FL ( (Source: Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) — The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is kicking off its 2020 Annual Campaign with an event like no other. Themed “Live Your Passion,” the event will bring together a vibrant, diverse group of adults of all ages who support the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Together, they’ll celebrate all the good they do and get even more inspired and motivated for the year ahead with two dynamic, engaging and entertaining headliners – friends Jesse Itzler and David Moore, who truly live their passion throughout their lives. More than 600 are expected at THE OPENING EVENT at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Last year’s event raised $1 million.

The festivities for this eighth annual season kickoff will start at 6:00 pm with cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and connections among friends and colleagues old and new. The program will begin at 7:00 pm, featuring Jesse Itzler, former rapper, extreme endurance athlete, best-selling author, wildly successful entrepreneur and Co-founder of Marquis Jet, as well as David Moore, Chairman and CEO of Moore Holdings, Chair of the Board of UJA Federation of New York, Atlanta Hawks Co-owner, and professional Stand-Up Comedian. Jennifer & Brad Berkowitz and Miriam & Dr. Aaron Klein are the evening’s co-chairs.

“This year’s speakers will inspire and motivate everybody in attendance,” said Jennifer Berkowitz. “I’m confident that Jesse and David’s stories, experiences, and journeys will entertain and invigorate all of our guests. I hope that all of us will be moved to be as generous and giving as our speakers.” 

Guests will also experience a moving, multimedia look at the powerful difference the Federation makes for those in need here in South Palm Beach County, in Israel and beyond.

“At our Opening Event each year, we ignite a passion for philanthropy that brings out the best in all of us, throughout our diverse community,” said Debra Halperin, Chair of the 2020 Campaign and who, with her husband, Dr. Larry Halperin, chaired the first Opening Event eight years ago. “This annual event celebrates the generosity of our community, and we are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming newcomers to join us in kicking-off a new season of giving with an evening of fabulous fun and high energy that will inspire us to continue to do good work together.”

“The important impact of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Annual Campaign spans the world, from our own community to Israel, and in over 70 other countries,” added Miriam Klein. “The Opening Event spotlights our vital efforts to provide lifesaving programs and services, and our work to ensure that the next generation keeps our mission, our values of compassion and generosity, and the light of Jewish life burning bright. We invite everyone to THE OPENING EVENT to experience firsthand the joy and strength of our community and make a difference for those in need with a contribution to our 2020 Annual Campaign.”  

THE OPENING EVENT will offer a night of great food (dietary laws observed), enlightening and enlivening programming, and terrific company for a couvert of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $500 to the 2020 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. B’nai Torah Congregation is located at 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433. Valet parking will be provided.

Early registration is recommended for this popular event! Online registration is available at For more information, call 561.852.3144 or email

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