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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.”

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