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Gifts of the Heart


The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is dedicated to promoting synagogues as gateway institutions for the Jewish community. To this end, we collaborate with synagogues on programs that engage and stimulate Jewish life for the 21st century community.

So we were delighted to hear that Temple Beth Am, a Reform congregation in Jupiter under the leadership of Rabbi Alon Levkovitz, recently instituted a "Gifts of the Heart" pledge process that enables all who want to be a part of the synagogue community to participate. Temple Beth Am is the first in Palm Beach County to eliminate traditional temple dues, instead emphasizing voluntary pledges and contributions.

This new initiative removes the financial obstacles to engage in Jewish living. It's a wonderful representation of "Kulanu" (Hebrew for "all of us together"), showing support, caring, outreach and inclusion. It is also a prime example of how synagogues can preserve and nurture the Jewish values that bind us together.

Federation's Synagogue Institute encourages new ideas of synagogue life that will renew and sustain congregations for generations to come. Programs have included grants for innovative programming, capacity-building workshops and communal conversations, all of which were designed to address the evolving needs of the Jewish community. We applaud Temple Beth Am's efforts to explore new, innovative opportunities for creating a dynamic center of Jewish living and learning in the greater Palm Beaches.

Contact the temple at 561-747-1109 or visit the web site for more information about "Gifts of the Heart".

Call Ilan Hurvitz at 561-242-6606 or email for more information on the Synagogue Institute.

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