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May 18, 2018  RSS feed

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Dr. Ron Pross receives Maimonides Society Leadership Award

(L-R) Dr. Stephen Kreitzer, Dr. Ron Pross and guest speaker Dr. Charles Lockwood. (L-R) Dr. Stephen Kreitzer, Dr. Ron Pross and guest speaker Dr. Charles Lockwood. The Tampa JCCs and Federation honored Dr. Ron Pross for his extensive involvements within the Jewish and medical communities at this year’s Maimonides Society program on Tuesday, May 1, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

The event was chaired by Dr. Stephen Kreitzer who welcomed guests in attendance and presented Pross, whom he considers a friend and fellow lay leader, with the Maimonides Society Leadership Award.

“Having my name associated with this society is something that I don’t take lightly” said Pross in his acceptance remarks.

He also quoted Maimonides: “We each decide whether to make ourselves learned or ignorant, compassionate or cruel, generous or miserly. No one forces us. No one decides for us, no one drags us along one path or the other. We are responsible for what we are.” This is the mantra Pross puts in to practice in his many volunteer capacities.

Following the award ceremony, Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president of USF and the dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine gave an insightful presentation on how the Water Street Project in Channelside will revolutionize the medical field locally. He said that USF’s presence in the health care district will be “more than just a building, we are building a healthier future economy in Tampa Bay.” With medical knowledge doubling every 73 days, he added that USF plans to create a flexible facility that can adapt to unforeseen advances in medical education.

This year’s Maimonides program brought in over 100 community members in attendance, including Joe Probasco, president of the Tampa JCCs and Federation, who introduced the speaker. For more information about the Maimonides Society, visit

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