Enjoy Golf on a Challenging Course While Supporting

Levis JCC Programs and Services

BOCA RATON, FL (September 20, 2019) – The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center invites foursomes to participate in its annual Golf Classic. Players and sponsors are invited to participate in the event, to be held Thursday, October 24th at Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach. The event, generously sponsored by the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Family Foundation, continues a tradition of honoring longtime Levis JCC supporter and Board member Mel Gutmann’s memory and his legacy of service to the Jewish community. His children Eric Gutmann and Lori Fineman, current Levis JCC Officers, serve as Honorary Chairs. The Levis JCC Golf Classic features 18 holes of championship-like golf and a post-play reception honoring individuals and foursomes for their accomplishments on the golf course. The first-place foursome will be presented with the Mel Gutmann Award, while Boca Raton Regional Hospital will be honored for its continued generous support of the Levis JCC. 

Led by the Levis JCC Golf Classic Team and a strong committee, the day begins at Addison Reserve Country Club at 10:30 a.m. with registration, a light lunch, warm-up, and a putting contest, before a 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Scramble start. The day concludes with cocktails and dinner, an Awards Ceremony and the presentation of the Mel Guttman Award.

Fees to play in the Golf Classic are $425 for individual golfers, or $1,800 for “Elite Foursomes,” which includes a Tee Sponsorship. Additionally, players, participants, and the community at large are invited to enter a raffle drawing featuring these exciting prizes:

  • 2 tickets to Sara Bareilles Concert at BB&T Center on Saturday, November 23 and 5 hours of limo service for up to 10 people provided by Avanti Limo
  • Beautiful Jewelry donated by Zo Diamonds
  • Unisex Invicta Watch

·         $1,000 towards the Levis JCC program/service of winner’s choice or $1,000 cash.

Additional raffle prizes include restaurant gift cards, rounds of golf at prominent country clubs, and retail gift cards. Suggested minimum donations are $75 per raffle ticket or 4 tickets for $250.  No more than 300 tickets will be sold.  The raffle drawing will be held Thursday, October 24th during the Awards Ceremony. For more information please visit

All proceeds from the Golf Classic directly benefit programs of the Levis JCC, including:

  • Levis JCC Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center, where children ages five months to pre-kindergarten are enriched with Jewish life as they embark on a journey into a world of learning.
  • Levis JCC Helene and Roy Schwedelson Special Needs Department, where individuals with special needs and their families can experience a  variety of programs
  • specially designed to enhance the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities; volunteer opportunities as well as resource and referral services are also available.
  • Levis JCC Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, where adults of all ages connect with friends and others who share similar interests in educational programs, cultural experiences, travel, social events and more.

For more information on becoming a Golf Classic sponsor or player, please contact Lauren Koblick at (561) 852-3257 or [email protected]. To register online, please visit

New Executive Director at B'nai Israel

Congregation B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation in Boca Raton, has named Steve Allen as its new Executive Director/CEO.
CBI, which has many West Boca members, is located on Religion Row on the south side of Yamato Road between St. Andrews and Military Trail:

Allen joins Congregation B’nai Israel from Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, where he served as the Executive Director since 2013. He is on the National Executive Board of NATA (National Association of Temple Administration), has co-chaired three NATA conferences, and has also received his FTA (Fellowship in Temple Administration) status last year; a prestigious endeavor only three percent of Executive Directors have achieved.

I’m thrilled to accept this key role of Executive Director/CEO at Congregation B’nai Israel. With my 18 years of experience I see a great opportunity to reinforce and expand our Synagogue’s warm and welcoming feeling for its members, and to continue to utilize all our resources to emphasize the key Jewish practices needed to build a true Jewish community both inside and outside our walls.

In addition to appointing Mr. Allen, CBI has updated its entire technology infrastructure.
According to Richard Pollack, Executive Board member and VP of Communications & Technology,

This is an exciting time for CBI, as we incorporate innovative tools to better engage our members, preschool and religious school families, along with the community at large. Having just celebrated our thirty year anniversary, launching a new website, logo and tagline is a perfect way to take us into the next chapter of growth.

Jewish Congregation Announces Open House in West Boca

Congregation Beth Adam, the South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism, is holding an Open House on May 31st at the Jewish Federation Campus in West Boca. The Open House starts at 10 a.m. RSVP for the Open House at [email protected]. Membership for a family is $500 per year.
The Congregation offers a Sunday School program twice a month at the Jewish Federation in Boca. The Congregation also offers Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Post Mitzvah Confirmation  and a monthly Shabbat potluck dinner and service. Services are held at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach and other locations.
Humanistic Judaism was established in 1963 to provide a humanistic alternative to Jewish Life. Humanistic Jews identify with the history, culture and future of the Jewish People and believe Jewish identity is best preserved in a free, pluralistic environment. BJ Saul, Madrikha leads services. She completed the Leadership program from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Author of "A German Life" to Speak at Congregation B'nai Israel

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“A German Life” Author, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger,
To Speak About his Father’s Nazi Past, His Conversion to Judaism and
Move to Israel
Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, author of “A German Life,” will speak on March 24 at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) to discuss learning the truth about his German father’s life as a highly decorated German tank commander in WWII and his father’s role as a Nazi and lack of regret about the Holocaust. Wollschlaeger will also address his delving into Judaism, followed by his eventual conversion and move to Israel.  Dr. Wollschlaeger will sign books immediately after the talk. Tickets for the public event are available for $18 on CBI’s website or by phone at 561-241-8118.  Doors open at 6 p.m.
“Dr. Wollschlaeger’s story is historic and unique,” said Sharon Wagman, CBI’s executive director. “We are honored to host this fascinating individual and invite community to join us for an educational evening.”
This talk is the last of five in the highly acclaimed 2014-2015 “CBI Talks…Speaker Series” events. The series featured high profile figures, including Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of “Son of Hamas”, Deepak Chopra on “The Future of Well Being”, Bob Mankoff of the New Yorker speaking on “How About Never… Is Never Good for You,” and the documentary film, “No Place on Earth.”

Megillah around the Clock

happypurimCongregation B’nai Israel will present “Megillah Around the Clock, a Rock and Roll Purim Shpiel,” on March 6th at 7 p.m. The Synagogue is located at 2200 Yamato Road in Boca Raton. The evening will include favorite tunes from the 1950s and 60s. This year’s Shpiel marks the 25th year that the congregation has presented this exciting event in which the rabbis, cantors, president, choir members and staff perform a full scale show. More than 700 guests are expected to attend the event, which is free and open to the public.
The idea of a Purim Shpiel has been a tradition of the Jewish people for centuries. By the 18th century in eastern Romania and some other parts of Eastern Europe, Purim plays (called Purimshplin) had evolved into broad-ranging satires of the biblical story of Ester with music and dance; precursors to the Yiddish theater.
Congregation B’nai Israel is an inclusive Reform congregation that offers a nurturing home to all who seek a meaningful and enduring connection to Judaism. They strive to serve the needs of families and singles by embracing Jews from all backgrounds.