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From Movie-Watchers to Benefactors


Mirasol residents Beryl and Bob Schneider are making a powerful local impact!

While the couple was enjoying the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival at the Cobb Theater, they stopped by the JCC's information table, where they were delighted to hear about the new Mandel JCC, a 56,000-square-foot building under construction on Hood Road in Palm Beach Gardens. Purchased by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the site will also house the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy.

The Schneiders were excited to learn about the programs and services that the Mandel JCC will provide, and inspired by the idea of a robust center for Jewish life and learning for the entire community.

"We have always been involved in Jewish life, and it is important for us to contribute to the community where we live," said Bob Schneider.

After further discussions with JCC leadership and tour of the construction site, the Schneiders made a $2 million donation, funding a double gymnasium that will bear their name in honor of their great generosity. At more than 10,000-square-feet in dimension, the Beryl and Bob Schneider Gymnasium is a focal point of the Mandel JCC. The facility will feature two regulation basketball courts, a volleyball court and plenty of space for indoor kickball, gaga and soccer.

Construction of the Mandel JCC is one of several projects currently underway in our Jewish community in conjunction with the "Tomorrow Today: A Community Partnership Project" initiative that is funding the relocation, building, renovation, expansion and improved infrastructure of Jewish Palm Beach. The JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service, Friedman Commission for Jewish Education and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County are working together, having entered into a coordinated effort, to expand and improve our community's facilities, reach and services.

"We know the JCC will use the funds wisely. It's also incredibly rewarding to see our contribution go directly to a project we see being built."

Recreationally, Coach Steve and Coach Yale are planning sports leagues, classes and programs for children, as well as sports leagues and pick-up games for adults. High-quality camps and preschools, as well as adult education and cultural art programs, and a focus on health and wellness in the community are part of the "mix" available to community members.

There's something for everyone at the Mandel JCC!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming JCC Founders Gala, chaired by the Schneiders, to be held in November 2013 as part of the JCC's weeklong grand opening celebration. (You may also want to congratulate Bob on his recent election to the JCC Board of Directors.)

With the "Tomorrow Today" Campaign, Federation is leading the endeavor to serve the future educational, recreational and social service needs of the Jewish community of the greater Palm Beaches, from Boynton Beach north to Martin County. In addition to the JCC's remarkable progress, early financial commitments to the campaign have made it possible for construction to officially begin on the new Meyer Academy. The overarching objective of the effort is to ensure that Palm Beach County remains a vibrant, vital center of Jewish life -- today and for future generations.

Visit the Mandel JCC website or phone 561-689-7700 for information.

Email or phone 561-242-6665 to learn more about "Tomorrow Today: A Community Partnership Project".

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