Mandel JCC cuts the ribbon at first phase of renovation
Federation’s local partner, Mandel JCC, has now completed the first phase of a major renovation in Boynton Beach.
Nearly 200 community members joined together at the Boynton Beach location of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches to celebrate the completion of the first phase of construction for the $11 million, multi-phase renovation of the community center.
The mutli-phase renovation project is part of Federation’s Tomorrow Today Campaign, an initiative to renovate, relocate and reimagine Federation and its agencies in the greater Palm Beaches. Other key Tomorrow Today projects include the construction of the new Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy in Palm Beach Gardens and Federation’s relocation, which is being finalized. Click here to learn more about the Tomorrow Today Campaign.
With the completion of this phase of the, approximately 2,500 square feet have been added to the Boynton Beach Mandel JCC’s entry to create a Great Hall, a spacious central meeting place for the entire community. Enhanced security, an additional preschool classroom, new flooring and more also have been added.
“The community response to this exciting renovation and expansion is even more than we imagined,” said said Mindy Hanken, President and CEO of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches. “Members and guests have been anticipating this opening for months and now it is finally here for all of Boynton Beach to enjoy.”
Plans for the next phase include a brand-new gymnasium, a new and larger fitness center, new social hall, extra programming space, and more administrative offices.
The ribbon cutting ceremony, along with the opening of the new art gallery, was held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 as part of the “Great Celebration,” a series of major events running through May 3 (click here for a full schedule). The Great Celebration was sponsored by Bethesda Memorial Hospital, NuVista Living, and Fisher Contracting Corp.
In addition to the ribbon cutting, guests also celebrated the new art gallery with an exhibit by abstract expressionist, Bev Myers, whose inspiration comes directly from the environment and the delightful gardens around her home in South Florida. Claire Levine hosted the art gallery opening.
Distinguished guests and speakers at the ceremony included Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County; David Merker, Boynton Beach Commissioner; representatives from the offices of Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch; as well as representatives from Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and its partner agencies.
Mandel JCC - Boynton Beach is located at 8500 Jog Road. Click here to visit Mandel JCC’s website.