Friedman Commission for Jewish Education (CJE) Celebrates 25th Year
For 25 years, the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education (CJE) has strengthened Jewish life and education throughout the Greater Palm Beaches. The agency hosted a “Rockin Concert Event for Families,” to wrap up a year of celebrating its silver anniversary in our community on April 3rd.
More than one hundred people turned out for an afternoon of celebration at Benvenuto in Boynton Beach, which featured a concert by PJ Library® recording artists Mama Doni & Eric performing their well-known funky music with a Jewish twist, make-and-take art projects for children, balloon twisting, a PJ Library reading corner, and a CJE family photo station to document the afternoon.
“It was so heartwarming to see all the local families and our community partners who came out to celebrate and ‘rock out’ with us,” says CJE Director of Jewish Family Life, Amy Bergman.
The event was also the backdrop for a special announcement by CJE: Its local implementation of the internationally-known PJ Library is now expanding to include children through age 8. Currently,1,200 children aged 6 months to 6 years old in the Greater Palm Beaches receive free Jewish-themed books and music each month through CJE’s implementation of PJ Library.
Thanks to the generosity of CJE donors, the additional funding means hundreds more children will now enjoy PJ Library materials each month – including many children who had aged out of the program. Families of those children can now re-enroll as long as the child has not yet reached their 9th birthday.
Last fall, the CJE produced a video documenting several of its donors making the delivery of its 100,000th book in the Greater Palm Beaches.
Dorothy Adler, Sheila Engelstein, and Marilyn and Michael Winer were all featured in the video and, were also the honorees at the CJE’s 25th Anniversary gala held on February 25th.
“We are so fortunate that our donors invest their time and their passion, and not simply their financial resources. Their involvement in the ‘CJE family’ has allowed us to be that much more impactful,” says CJE executive director, Charles Cohen.
The February gala, the April family event, and a Melton Seminar trip to Israel – also in April – round out a season of events and programs commemorating a quarter of a century CJE’s impact on Jewish life and education throughout the Greater Palm Beaches.