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BOCA RATON – July 21, 2011 – Twenty members of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Jewish Community Foundation of South Palm Beach County recently returned from an eight day mission to Israel dedicated to helping those in need. Chaired by Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC (MBAF)’s Marjorie A. Horwin and PAC members David Pratt and David Katzman, the team witnessed firsthand the impact the Foundation makes through its funded programs.

Among the many projects made possible by local dollars (directly or through overseas agency partners), the PAC members visited the site of the South Palm Beach County’s sister city Kiryat Bialik, including bomb shelters, playgrounds, and senior employment centers. The mission also included meetings with the Mayor of Jerusalem and other government, military and social service officials. Mission participants included PAC members who help build and sustain the Jewish community and the Jewish people by encouraging charitable giving through endowment funds, trusts, bequests, life insurance policies and IRAs. PAC members were joined by five others from the Palm Beach and Greater Miami Jewish Federations.

“The firsthand account of the difference the work and dollars from the Jewish Community Foundation make truly inspires our commitment to the helping the people of Israel and those who are still struggling throughout the world,” said Marjorie Horwin, CPA and principal-in-charge of MBAF’s Boca Raton office. “With more than 83 percent of all donations going directly to recipients, seeing our contributions support a full range of critical and life-enhancing programs and services is truly fulfilling both personally and professionally.”

Horwin and MBAF are active supporters of South Florida’s Jewish community. Horwin is a board member, PAC Chair and a member of the Mitzvah Society at the Jewish Community Foundation. She is also a finance committee member and audit committee member of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Most recently, MBAF provided its Boca Raton office space and telephones for the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation’s Boca West Phone-a-thon where more than $80,000 were raised for the charitable organization.

“MBAF is honored to have one of its principals involved in a vital organization that provides support that will benefit many in our community and abroad,” said Tony Argiz, chairman and CEO of MBAF. “Marjorie’s philanthropic endeavors speak to her commitment to supporting the community and using valuable professional skills to help achieve her goals as well as the organizations.”

The mission of PAC is to educate professionals from a variety of disciplines about planned giving opportunities and to provide a networking forum, promote the concept of planned giving and to educate potential donors about the high rate of return to the community and the individual, as well as help advisors enhance skills through seminars featuring giving, estate planning and financial experts. The Jewish Community Foundation is part of the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation.

About MBAF Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC (MBAF) is one of the nation’s Top 40 certified public accounting and advisory firms and the largest Florida-based accounting firm in the state.

for the last 15 years as one of the top 25 performing firms in the country on INSIDE Public Accounting’s “Best of the Best” list, MBAF provides value-added assurance, domestic and international tax services and management advisory services such as litigation support, business consulting and technology solutions to entrepreneurs, privately-held businesses, wealthy individuals, family groups, private and public corporations, exempt organizations and legal practitioners across a broad range of industries. More than 400 highly-qualified principals and employees serve domestic and international clients in more than 45 states and 44 countries from offices in Miami, New York, Baltimore, Boca Raton, Boulder, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Valhalla and India.


About the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Since 1979, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has been one of the most trusted names in local philanthropy, raising funds to further the welfare of Jews here, in Israel and in more than 60 countries around the world. The Jewish Federation is the central address for the Jewish community in south Palm Beach County and also the primary fund-raising, planning and allocating agency for one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in North America. The Jewish Federation works with a variety of affiliated-member and beneficiary-member agencies and organizations, together creating "partners in a caring community."


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