South Florida Jewry: A success story | Opinion

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By: Alan Goch

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Richard & Carole Siemens Jewish Campus in Boca Raton.

I remember its opening well: I had recently been hired at the Jewish Journal, and this was the first major local story we covered after I came onboard.

Today, the massive campus is home to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its agencies, schools, housing and more.

That story only scratches the surface of a much bigger one:

During my recent appearance as a guest on the “A La Vie at the Vi” talk show broadcasted at the Vi in Aventura, co-hosts Susan Shovers and Sherry Schaeffer asked me what I considered the most important news event we have reported on over the years.

“The growth and success of the South Florida Jewish community,” I answered without hesitation.

“It’s a never-ending story that we continue to write every day.”

As an advocate of Holocaust awareness, I truly believe we owe a debt of gratitude to the survivors who live among us. Out of the ashes of the Shoah not only grew the great nation of Israel but our community.

The demographics tell the true story with over 600,000 Jewish people living in South Florida today, with an influx that began just after World War II.

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