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Democracy Thrives at JCC Preschool

November 4, 2014

If you were looking for evidence of enthusiasm for our democratic process, you didn't have to look any further than the polling place at the Brodzki Early Childhood Center.  Miss Leslie and Miss Michelle's class of 3 and 4 year olds turned out to vote for their favorite snack. Pretzels, Ritz Crackers and Cheez-Its were all on the ballot and the winning snack was Cheez-Its.  

Voter turnout was 100% which probably reflects the importance of snack to our preschool students.  Happy Election Day!


Down in Front Theater Returns to Soref Hall

October 2, 2014

The Down in Front Theater returns to the Soref JCC's Perlman Family Campus in Plantation with six fabulous shows beginning October 11th.  "Fox On The Fairway"  runs from October 11th thru October 26th, except October 12th.  Shows will change monthly and performances run Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday performances are 2pm and 8pm and Sundays at 4:30pm.

Tickets are two for $35 or $25 each. Visit www.downinfronttheater.com or call (954) 562-0759 for more information.


School Bells Toll For New Year 

August 18, 2014 

Over 1,200 children participated in Soref JCC preschool and afterschool programs today as the new school year got off to a fresh start. All three preschools began the year providing infant care at 3 months old.

The Soref JCC operates nine afterschool programs both within the Broward School District and onsite at each of our locations. The Soref JCC is the exclusive afterschool provider for Ben Gamla Charter School located on the JCC's Plantation campus and offers PAJE (Program for Advanced Jewish Education) as well as traditional afterschool programming. The Soref JCC wishes everyone a very safe and successful school year.


The Walmart Foundation Donates $35,000 To WECARE

June 2, 2014

At today's Annual Meeting, The Walmart Foundation presented a $35,000 check to the Soref JCC's WECARE food pantry.  Susan Baigelman, Director of WECARE, noted "this is the largest single donation ever received by WECARE and truly reflects the care that Walmart has for our local community.  It's wonderful to have such a premier organization support our efforts to help those in need throughout our community."  Donald Graw, Soref JCC's Executive Director, also noted how thankful the Soref JCC is for the fine efforts made by the Jewish Federation of Broward County to facilitate Walmart's donation.

WECARE provides non-perishable food to those in need throughout Broward County, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.  United Way, via its Project Lifeline, provides fresh produce to WECARE on a weekly basis.

Soref JCC Receives Grant to Help Seniors

May 22, 2014

The Soref JCC has been approved to receive a grant from the Lawrence Horowitz Family Charitable Endowment Fund that will enable its WECARE community outreach program to provide Kosher food for seniors in need.  The grant is administered through the Jewish Foundation of Broward County.


Free Community Event on May 18th to Celebrate Israeli Independence Day

May 9, 2014 

The Soref JCC, in partnership with the David Posnack JCC, Jewish Federation of Broward County, and the Jewish Community Foundation, will host an IID66 celebration event on Sunday May 18th.  The Festival will take place at the David Posnack JCC's campus located at 5850 S. Pine Island Rd. in Davie beginning at noon.  There will be many activities for children and exhibits for adults.  The Mama Doni Band, presented by the PJ Library, will perform a family concert at 3:00 p.m.

Soref JCC Receives Grant from Jewish Women's Foundation of Broward County

May 8, 2014 

The Soref JCC, in collaboration with JAFCO, was presented a grant today from JWF to help single mothers in need.  JAFCO will host a series of workshops providing financial literacy educational skills while the Soref JCC will develop a web application to provide key resource information available throughout our community. The $20,000 grant was awarded at PNC Bank in Davie, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Broward County.  


Soref JCC's Annual Meeting Set For June 2nd

May 2, 2014 

The Soref JCC will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting on June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place on the Perlman Family Campus in Plantation, upstairs in the Schmidt Administration Building.  The Honorable Ilene Lieberman will receive the Samuel M. & Helene Soref Community Service Award and Carolyn Shapir will receive the Alvin S. Gross Jewish Community Service Award.  A special Kehilla Award will be presented to the Walmart Foundation for its $35,000 contribution to the WECARE Community Outreach Program.  Anita & Louis Perlman Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented to numerous volunteers who greatly support the Soref JCC's programs.  Click here to view the Board slate and Award Honorees.  You may click here to register online.


Dr. Joshua Lenchus Honored as 2014 Humanitarian of the Year

April 27, 2014 

Over 200 people attended the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Dinner today at the Signature Grand to honor Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus.  The Honorable Ilene Lieberman presented Dr. Lenchus with the Bill Keith Humanitarian of the Year Award.  Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul both presented proclamations to Dr. Lenchus and recognized his accomplishments by announcing "Dr. Lenchus Appreciation Day".  The Broward Sheriff's Honor Guard opened the ceremony in dramatic fashion, as it has done so marvelously for many years.

Proceeds from the event support both our WECARE food pantry and scholarship program for special needs children who attend the JCC's preschool, after school, and summer camp programs. These programs provide assistance to all regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.


Good Deeds By Israeli Scouts Do Good For Our Community

March 9, 2014 

If you saw the large Budget Rental truck pull into the JCC's Perlman Campus today, you probably had no idea it was carrying thousands of macaroni and cheese packages. Thanks to the many Israeli Scouts of South Florida who volunteered their services, the WECARE Food Pantry received the donated food to help those less fortunate throughout our community.  The Scouts hosted an Outreach Meal Packaging Event which is a program provided by Outreach, an Iowa based nonprofit organization.  This type of program enables food banks to receive nutritious food that isn't typically found on their shelves. Certainly the Scouts' marvelous efforts will help make a difference in our community!

JCCAD Celebrates 35th Year Anniversary

March 2, 2014 

The Jewish Community Center Association of the Deaf (JCCAD) celebrated its 35th anniversary today at the Carolina Country Club in Margate.  Over 70 people enjoyed a fabulous dinner and dessert.  Norman Finkelstein, JCCAD's President, sang a marvelous rendition of Shalom after receiving an award for 17 years of service. Donald Graw, Executive Director of the Soref JCC,

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welcomed all of the attendees and noted how proud the Soref JCC is to have partnered with JCCAD for over the past 30 years. JCCAD meets every Wednesday at the Soref JCC and provides social programming for the deaf and hearing impaired. 


Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus to be Honored as 2014 Humanitarian of the Year

February 10, 2014

On Sunday April 27, 2014  the Soref Jewish Community Center  will honor Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus at its18th annual Humanitarian of the Year event to be held at the Signature Grand in Davie. Proceeds from the event support both our WECARE food pantry and scholarship program for special needs children who attend the JCC's preschool, after school, and summer camp programs. These programs provide assistance to all regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.

We are privileged to honor Dr. Lenchus for his exemplary leadership in the field of medicine.  Dr. Lenchus serves as President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System and is currently an attending physician at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, and holds privileges at the University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.  In addition to holding a number of key leadership positions in local, state, and national medical organizations, Dr. Lenchus serves on key public health and policy committees of numerous professional organizations, including the UM Health Care Policy Committee and Health Law Pathway Advisory Committee, as chairman of the Council on Healthy Floridians for the Florida Medical Association, is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and is a past member of the Medical Practice and Quality Control for the American College of Physicians.  He has provided testimony during multiple state legislative sessions as he advocates for public policy affecting the availability of high quality and affordable health care in our community.  


Train Pulls into New Playground at the Brodzki Early Childhood Center

December 23, 2013

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Thanks to a major grant from the Perlman Family Foundation, the children at the Brodzki Early Childhood Center are enjoying a new state-of-the-art playground including artificial turf.  A huge 40 foot train with multiple slides and climbers promises to provide lots of fun to children for many years to come.  One of the children summed up the new project noting enthusiastically "this is the best playground I've ever been on".  All of us at the Soref JCC are extremely grateful to the Perlman Family Foundation for their ongoing generous support.



Soref JCC Mourns the Passing of a Dear Family Member

November 22, 2013

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All of us at the Soref JCC are extremely saddened by the passing of Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante and Marisa Catronio.   Kaitlyn and Marisa died from a crash this past Sunday morning on the Sawgrass Expressway.  

The girls were heading home to Coral Springs after a Saturday night out when Kaitlyn’s car was struck by a wrong-way driver.

Kaitlyn, 21 years old, worked at our Heron Lakes Family Center from August 2009 through October 2012 as a junior aftercare counselor and a summer camp counselor.  She was endeared by her fellow staff members and parents. 

There is nothing more important at the Soref JCC than employing warm, caring, and passionate individuals to supervise the children in its various preschool, afterschool, and summer camp programs.  Kaitlyn reflected the essence of those qualities and warmly touched all of us who were fortunate to come into her life.  She will always be a family member of our JCC and live forever in our hearts.

The Soref JCC sends its deepest condolences to the Ferrante and Catronio families.


Preschoolers Get Busy For Turkey Day

November 19, 2013

Seems like everywhere you go in one of the Soref JCC's preschools, you're bound to run into a turkey.  The children have been preparing their very own turkeys, made from scratch and never frozen. The many colorful turkeys line the preschool hallways and the classrooms and some even make sounds.

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All of us at the Soref JCC wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.  





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Soref JCC Celebrates Jewish Book Month with a Bad Hair Day

November 14, 2013

Author Nancy J. Cohen provided an entertaining synopsis of her humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series, featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, to over 60 participants at today's Charlotte Baker Memorial Jewish Book Month luncheon.  Several of Nancy's titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list.Shear Murder, discussed by Nancy, is her tenth and most recent book in the series.  

https://asoft9192.accrisoft.com/sorefjcc/clientuploads/JBM/jbm luncheon.jpgThose in attendance enjoyed plenty of delicious food, including a cookie platter donated by Aroma, and great conversation with new and old friends. Thanks to Debbie Gober, all attendees went home with an attractive cosmetic package that symbolized the caring contributions of Charlotte Baker when she would distribute free toiletry items to those in need throughout our community. There were also numerous raffle prizes that helped raise funds to support the Soref JCC's Children's Scholarship Program and WECARE food pantry. 



Heron Lakes Preschoolers Study to Become Literary Geniuses

November 13, 2013

The Heron Lakes Family Center preschoolers recently enjoyed "Read toYour Child Day"  Over 70 proud parents and grandparents attended.  

The Soref JCC's very own Asst. Executive Director Rochelle Zenchyk was excited about reading to her grandchild Makayla and her friends. 

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Rochelle noted "a good time was had by all and the kids really loved reading books with their families".   The hallways were lined with colorful book displays from Scholastic Books and the kids marveled at Curious George, Dora, Dr. Seuss and many other literary works.  




Ironman.......oops, Ironwoman!

November 13, 2013

The Soref JCC is very fortunate to have Samantha Sweeney as a staff member.  Samantha can always be seen in the front office and lobby area at the Heron Lakes Family Center wearing a big smile. She was certainly smiling this past Sunday when she completed the 10th annual Miami Man Half-Ironman Triathlon.  The race consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike course, and finished with a 13.1 mile run.  The total distance of the half-ironman triathlon is 70.3 miles. 


This was Samantha's first 70.3 mile race and she had two goals 1) finish the race and 2) finish in less than 7 hours.  Her many months of hard work and training paid off as she finished the race in 6 hours and 58 minutes! Samantha enthusiastically noted "The 70.3 is a big milestone for triathletes and I am very proud to have finished my race and to have met my goals".  

Way to go Samantha....all of us at the Soref JCC are proud of you.



 Down in Front Theater Stars at Soref Hall

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The Down in Front Theater is now playing regularly at Soref Hall on the Soref JCC's Perlman Family Campus in Plantation.  Shows will change monthly and performances run Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  All performances begin at 8pm except for Sunday matinees that begin at 4pm.  "Social Security", a comedy by Andrew Bergman, kicks off the fall season on October 3rd and is followed by "Norman Is That You" beginning November 2nd.  December will have various talent shows for adults, teens, and kids so if you're looking to be the JCC idol, here's your opportunity!  NUTS is scheduled for January and a children's musical is on tap for February.  

Tickets are two for $30 or $20 each.  Click here to purchase your tickets online.


New Toddler Playground Coming to the Brodzki Preschool

September 17, 2013

Thanks to a generous grant from the Perlman Family Foundation, the Brodzki Early Childhood Center will soon have a new toddler playground.  A 36 foot long train will be the centerpiece of the new playground which is directly adjacent to the existing playground.  Judy Kissel, Preschool Director, enthusiastically noted "the playground will provide a great outdoor play space to meet the needs of our new and growing infant care program".  The play area will have a green synthetic turf for the kids to enjoy.  The entire project should be completed before Chanukah making it a great holiday gift for the Brodzki youngsters.