Bob and Beryl Schneider were enjoying the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival when they stopped by the Mandel Jewish Community Center booth and learned about the new building going up on a parcel of Palm Beach Gardens land and the programs and services it will provide.
The Schneiders, who live in Mirasol, not far from the site of the new facility, started a dialogue with the representatives from the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, took a tour of the construction site and decided to become benefactors of the cause. One day later, they donated $2 million to the center, which is scheduled to open this August.
The gymnasium will bear their name in honor of the donation.
Beryl Schneider said the Mandel JCC is “the best place” for her and her husband’s resources. Bob Schneider agreed.
“We have always been involved in Jewish life, and it is important for us to contribute to the community where we live,” he said. “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. We are counting down the days until the gymnasium can be filled with smiling little faces….”
The Schneiders, who have lived in one of the beautiful homes in Palm Beach Gardens for nearly a decade, will serve as co-chairs of the upcoming JCC Founders Gala, an event to be held in November 2013 as part of the JCC’s week-long grand opening celebration. Additionally, Bob was recently elected to the JCC Board of Directors.
For more information about the Mandel JCC, call 561-689-7700 or visit www.jcconline.com/mandel.