BOCA RATON, FL – The Business and Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will launch its third year of “Business Casual,” a series of innovative activity-based networking events designed exclusively for Jewish businesswomen and professionals looking to expand their alliances and entrepreneurial pursuits while socializing in a fun, informal setting. The opening event of the season is “In the Kitchen,” on Oct. 8, at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Starting at 6 p.m., the evening will feature Joanne Caras, creator of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook and Miracles and Meals, along with dinner and dessert (dietary laws observed). “Business Casual is a wonderful opportunity for dynamic Jewish women to create new relationships with other accomplished professionals across a range of industries, and engage on a personal level with like-minded women in the community,” said Sandy Gerstein, chair of the event. “I am thrilled to be part of this unique group and look forward to each enjoyable networking opportunity.” Business Casual encourages its members to leave the formalities of work back at the office and enjoy unique experiences, while connecting with new people and fostering new business relationships. It’s a natural extension of the Federation’s Business and Professional Division (B&P), which brings together entrepreneurs and professionals from a wide variety of fields for premium networking opportunities. “Our series opener with Joanne Caras is the first of several great events that are planned for this year, where women can forge new connections while enjoying a night out,” said event co-chair Jill Poser. “I’ve made new friends, done business with different women and helped them connect with one another, all while enjoying philanthropic activities together. I look forward to meeting many talented women at our upcoming events, which promise to be both entertaining and engaging, as we continue to expand our network.” The 2015-16 Business Casual series will continue with a business improv night at Center Stage on Jan. 13, a brewery tour and wine tasting at Barrel of Monks Brewing on March 15 and a spa night at Faces365 on May 3. Last season, dozens of busy professional women took the time to roll sushi at Asia, perfect their swings at Golf Academy, bake hamentashen and prepare Purim baskets and enjoy an evening of pampering at the spa. The cost is $25 per person, which includes dinner with dietary laws observed. A minimum gift of $180 to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County 2016 Annual Campaign is required when you attend a second Business Casual program in the series. To RSVP, visit www.jewishboca.org/businesscasual or contact Sonni Simon at 561-852-3128 or Sonnis@bocafed.org.