Even at 4 years old, Maurice Plough Jr. was able to recognize his intrinsic drive to help others. He began to share his allowance with those in need, and Plough’s generous spirit led him to bring food to people in his neighborhood who were struggling to survive on the streets. With an early start in the world of volunteerism, Plough is now actively involved with the Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton.
Two people—his father and his wife. Plough’s father instilled him with his values, and his wife taught him to be a Jewish leader and how to give back to their community.
Plough has always cared deeply about his neighbors, youth and seniors—but when he witnessed the JCC staff giving so much of themselves—he was instantaneously motivated to volunteer himself.
An Event To Remember
In 2007, Plough had the opportunity of watching 100 talented teens come together from Palm County, South America, Canada and Israel for the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest, which proved to be a life-transforming week of celebrating passion for art—dance, theatre, vocal, and fine arts. Plough also had the opportunity to sponsor several Ethiopian Israelis so that they could participate in ArtsFest. For Plough, being a witness to the future generation of the Jewish family performing together on stage at Florida Atlantic University was a moment he will never forget.
Every time Plough visits the Adolph & Rose Levis Alzheimer and Adult Day Care Center, he is reminded that the Levis JCC ensures the dignity of the frail elderly. Every time Plough enjoys a Shabbat service with the Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center, he is reminded that Levis JCC honors tradition. Every time Plough learns of special needs children who were provided the opportunity to become a bar/bat mitzvah, he is reminded that Levis JCC embraces needs.
“The Levis JCC is our Jewish Community Center for everyone—the affiliated and the non-affiliated. It is the Center of Jewish life and is the backbone of our community.”