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Mandel JCC Construction is Underway!

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Morton and Barbara Mandel

The official ground-breaking ceremony for the Mandel JCC, scheduled to open in Summer 2013, recently took place on the Hood Road site of the new center and featured remarks from Federation CEO David Phillips, President & CEO of the JCC Association in New York City Alan Finkelstein, Mayor of the City of Palm Beach Gardens David Levy, and Morton & Barbara Mandel of the Mandel Foundation, who made the lead gift and for whom the center will be named.

Other event attendees included JCC Executive Director Michelle Wasch Lobovits, JCC President Paul Gross and Rabbi Anthony Fratello of Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach, along with JCC board members and capital campaign donors to the new 56,000-square-foot facility.

The Mandel JCC is poised to become a vibrant, welcoming center for Jewish life and engagement by featuring a state-of-the-art early childhood learning center, summer camp, gymnasium, aquatics center, sports fields, adult education, social hall for lectures and events, fitness studio, health and wellness classes, art gallery and programs for those with special needs. A celebratory brunch at Frenchman’s Creek Country Club followed the ceremony.


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L to R - David Phillips, Michael Falk, David Blacher, Irwin Levy, Morton Mandel, Barbara Mandel, Paul Gross, Peggy Brown, Ronnie Pertnoy, Bente Lyons, Michelle Wasch Lobovits

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Rabbi Anthony Fratello, Rabbi Joel Levine, Rabbi Howard Shapiro, Rabbi Yaron Kapitulnik


Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming community events in honor of the new Mandel JCC:

  • On Saturday, November 3, 2013, join your friends and neighbors at 8:00 p.m. for live music, cocktails, a dessert bar and presentation about the new JCC facility. Tickets are $50 per person. Many Downtown at the Gardens restaurants are offering event guests discounts on dinner, including Cabo Flats, Grimaldi’s, Paris in Town Le Bistro, Red Tapas, and TooJay’s. The event is co-chaired by Danielle and Craig Storch. An after party, hosted by Next Gen Jewish Palm Beach, will be held at Dirty Martini, featuring complimentary cover (for those who attended the evening reception) and a cocktail, plus small bites. The Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy will also have a strong presence at the event to discuss the school’s plans to create a shared campus of Jewish life and learning with the Mandel JCC in 2014.
  • On Sunday, Nov. 4, the JCC will host a Family Fun Day at Downtown at the Gardens from noon to 4:00 p.m. Guests can meet the Mandel JCC staff and learn about the facility’s amenities and services, take a ride on the Downtown at the Gardens carousel (with token sales benefiting the JCC), and train and gather information about the JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center and Camp Shalom. Programming information for adults and families will also be on-hand. The Meyer Academy will be on hand to meet with prospective parents and students about the schools new relocation to the Hood Road campus.
  • On Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach, Ronnie P. Pertnoy will be honored at the JCC’s Vision for the Future Cocktail Reception and receive the first-ever Bonei Kehilah (Community Builder) Award for his vision, leadership and commitment to the future of the JCC. Event chairs are Barbara & Jack Kay, Stacey K. & Mark F. Levy, and Susan Shulman. $50 per person couvert. A $500 minimum contribution per couple to the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches is required to attend

For information and reservations for all these events visit or call 561-740-9000.


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