Mike Colodny and the Meyerhoff Center Board of Directors Recognize Executive Director Beth Allen’s Community Partnership with Jewish Federation’s Young Leaders

Jul 14, 2010

Above:  Meyerhoff Center Executive Director Beth Allen was a guest speaker at the recent Jewish Federation of Broward County’s Young Leadership Division’s Horizon Program graduation ceremony.


Chairman Mike Colodny and the Meyerhoff Center Board of Directors congratulate the senior center’s Executive Director Beth Allen for her recognition by the Jewish Federation of Broward County’s Young Leadership Division at the recent Horizon Program graduation ceremony.

As reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on July 14, 2010, Ms. Allen spoke at the graduation and thanked the class for assisting the Meyerhoff Center this year with a gardening project.  The Horizon participants in the community project also had provided advice on how to make the Center more environmentally friendly. 

The article is reprinted below.


South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Jewish Federation Broward celebrates Horizons Leadership graduation

July 14, 2010

The inaugural class of the Horizons Leadership Program graduated 16 students at a recent reception and ceremony at the Riverside Hotel.

The program, which began in the fall of 2009 from the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, brings education, enlightenment and experiential learning to young professionals in a 10-month program.

“Our goal was to create an organized way to engage young professionals and to integrate them into the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the Jewish community at large,” said Scott Backman, who co-chaired the program along with Keven Milgram. “We were thrilled with the results.”

“Jews have long been associated with a dedication to leadership and training, and the Horizons Leadership Program can really make an impact in the future of Jewish leaders,” Milgram said.

The program evolved from a series of events begun by former chairmen of the Young Leadership Division, Seth Yeslow and Bradley Deckelbaum. A donation from the Shirley Gleich Fund of the federation’s Jewish Community Foundation allowed them to run with the concept.

“This graduation is not only a special occasion, but is also a great demonstration by our young professionals who believe in taking action and making a positive impact in our community,” said Eric B. Stillman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. “… These graduates have set an example and encouraged others to follow in their footsteps and become an important part of the community. I am certain they will be the leaders of our federation, agencies, synagogues and organizations in years to come.”

Also speaking at the graduation was Beth Allen, executive director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Senior Center, who thanked the graduating class for helping out with a gardening project and provided advice on how to make the center more environmentally friendly.

Throughout the year, participants attended classes and seminars in various locations and were paired with mentors to provide advice on ways to become involved in the Jewish community.

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