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November 3, 2017  RSS feed
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‘Builders, doers and mensches’ honored


Rochelle Walk, recipient of the Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence with Tampa JCCs and Federation President Joe Probasco. Rochelle Walk, recipient of the Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence with Tampa JCCs and Federation President Joe Probasco. The Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation held its annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus honoring men and women “who give their time and expertise to further the mission of various Jewish agencies and create a vibrant Jewish community across Tampa Bay,” said Joe Probasco, president of the JCCs and Federation.

He described the honorees as “the builders, the doers and the mensches” of the community.

Rochelle Walk was the recipient of the highly coveted Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence, which was presented by Tampa JCCs and Federation CEO Gary Gould. He said he knew immediately after meeting Walk that she “gets it” – explaining that Walk understands what it means to be a star volunteer and continues to rise to the occasion to take on any challenge she faces in her various lay leadership capacities.


Judy Balber, winner of the Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence, with presenter Steve Specter. Judy Balber, winner of the Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence, with presenter Steve Specter. Walk has a longtime law career culminating in her own practice and a history of serving her community through volunteerism, pro bono and not-for-profit work. Since coming to Tampa 12 years ago, she has served on the boards of Weinberg Village and the TOP Jewish Foundation and just completed her term as president of the Tampa JCCs & Federation. Her efforts and expertise in helping get the Bryan Glazer Family JCC open were of particular note.

She also volunteers for SCORE by teaching and counseling people interested in going into business. In addition, Walk has mentored students interested in business and served many other non-profit organizations as a volunteer leader.


(L-R) Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award recipient Ashley Simon with presenter Lisa Robbins (L-R) Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award recipient Ashley Simon with presenter Lisa Robbins Leo Levinson, of blessed memory, is the namesake of this award for his volunteer accomplishments and significant generosity. The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize an exceptional leader in the community who has brought energy, leadership and resources to the Tampa JCCs & Federation in a way that is transformative.

Other notable awards presented that evening were:

• The Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence went to Judy Balber for her commitment and pivotal roles within programming at the JCC on the Cohn Campus. She leads a crochet class at the Cohn Campus and is an active Tampa Jewish Family Services volunteer.

• The Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award was presented to Ashley Simon. She is a community-minded woman who practices law and is committed to serving the Tampa Bay community through her volunteer service with Weinberg Village and the Tampa JCCs & Federation, among other organizations. Simon co-chaired the Stephen Weinberg 8 Over 80 Awards, was a past Women of Distinction for Weinberg Village and is a past JLTI graduate.


Charles Adler Young Leadership Award recipient Kip Goulder with presenter Leah Whitmill Charles Adler Young Leadership Award recipient Kip Goulder with presenter Leah Whitmill • The Charles Adler Young Leadership Award went to Kip Goulder, a JCCs & Federation board member and the vice president of Brotherhood at Congregation Schaarai Zedek.

• Betty Shalett received the Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership Excellence Award. Betty has served in countless leadership positions for Jewish and non- Jewish organizations alike, helping local Jewish agencies take meaningful strides to best serve their mission. Among positions she has held are: president of Hadassah Tampa Ameet Group, president of Florida Central Region of Hadassah, president of Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood, officer of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, JNF Board member, Tampa Jewish Federation’s Women’s Division chair and Hillel Academy School board member, to name a few.


(L-R) Presenter Ann Rosenbach with Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership Excellence Award recipient Betty Shalett (L-R) Presenter Ann Rosenbach with Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership Excellence Award recipient Betty Shalett • The Hillel Academy MakerLab was the recipient of the Steve Marx Innovation Award. The MakerLab provides students with tools, guidance and encouragement to experiment and create whatever they can imagine. This program challenges kids to find answers and solutions on their own.

• Pam Levenstone, accounting manager of the Tampa JCCs & Federation and controller for the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences, was recognized with the “Alice Rosenthal It’s More than Just a Job” Award for her dedication, hard work and impact within the organization over the last 17 years.

(L-R) Michael Gamson, representing the Hillel Academy, which received the Steve Marx Innovation Award, with presenter Nat Doliner(L-R) Michael Gamson, representing the Hillel Academy, which received the Steve Marx Innovation Award, with presenter Nat Doliner
• The Maril Jacobs Todah Rabah Award was presented to Det. Charlie George for assisting the Tampa JCCs & Federation maintain a safe and secure Jewish community.

In addition to the awards presented to Tampa JCCs & Federation volunteers, community members were honored for their involvement within various local Jewish agencies.

• The Hillel Academy Outstanding Service Award went to the Hatfield Family

• The Hillels of the Florida Suncoast Appreciation Award recipient was Jim Annarelli.

• Debbie Doliner was named the Tampa Jewish Family Services Sofia Maisler Leadership Award recipient.


(L-R) Alice Rosenthal was presenter for her namesake “Alice Rosenthal It’s More than Just a Job” Award,” which went to Pam Levenstone (L-R) Alice Rosenthal was presenter for her namesake “Alice Rosenthal It’s More than Just a Job” Award,” which went to Pam Levenstone • Dr. Abe Marcadis was the recipient of the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation Distinguished Trustee Award.

• The Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award was given to Jerome Messerman.



(L-R) Maril Jacobs, for whom the award is named, with Todah Rabah Award recipient Tampa Police Det. Charlie George and presenter Shawn Stroud (L-R) Maril Jacobs, for whom the award is named, with Todah Rabah Award recipient Tampa Police Det. Charlie George and presenter Shawn Stroud

(L-R) Tampa Jewish Family Services Sofia Maisler Leadership Award recipient Debbie Doliner with presenter Beth Gemunder (L-R) Tampa Jewish Family Services Sofia Maisler Leadership Award recipient Debbie Doliner with presenter Beth Gemunder

(L-R) Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award recipient Jerome Messerman with presenter Jason Kislak (L-R) Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award recipient Jerome Messerman with presenter Jason Kislak

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