During the 2011-2012 “Vision for the Future” annual campaign kick-off reception at Temple Emanu-El on Palm Beach, the JCC of the Palm Beaches announced that its new facility in Palm Beach Gardens will be named the Mandel JCC. The name is in honor of the Mandel Foundation, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel which provided a $5 million grant to construct the new building, which is scheduled to break ground in the Spring of 2012 on Hood Road just west of Central Boulevard.

Two hundred supporters at the event saw the first images of the building and recognized local leaders who have contributed an additional $5 million to establish the beginning of  a new $20 million capital campaign to build the JCC. Those honored were Connie & David Blacher, Peggy S. Brown, Janice and Michael Falk, Seymour “Zoom” Fleischer, Linda and Ray Golden, Gayle and Paul Gross, Helen and Arnold Hoffman, Barbara and Jack Kay, The Levy Family, Vicki and Arthur Loring, Bente Lyons, The Mandel Foundation, Zelda and Allen Mason, Paula Sidman and Carolyn and Richard Sloane. The event was sponsored by John J. Raymond, Esq. of AkermanSenterfitt.

“We are so grateful to Jack, Joe, and Mort along with the entire Mandel Foundation for their foresight and leadership, recognizing how valuable a JCC will be to this fast-growing Jewish community,” said Suzanne Holmes, event chair. “The JCC is also immensely appreciative of all of our initial donors who contributed without even seeing a rendering. They know how powerful a JCC can be to connect individuals and families of all ages to Jewish life.”

The new Mandel JCC will house a preschool, summer day camp, adult programming, a pool and aquatics center, sports fields, full-size gymnasium and ropes course.  There also will be expanded space for lectures, wellness and fitness classes, recreation and children’s programming, including those with special needs.

The mission of the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches is to help create a strong Jewish community by providing high quality programs close to where people live that connect people to Jewish Life.