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November 2, 2018  RSS feed
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Tampa JCCs and Federation, agencies present Community Leadership Awards


Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence recipient Liam Brien with presenter Sharon Feen Wallace. Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence recipient Liam Brien with presenter Sharon Feen Wallace. Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence: RABBI RICHARD BIRNHOLZ

Rabbi Richard Birnholz, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, is a genius of words, wisdom and insight. He has a genuine love for all people: family, friends, congregants and non-congregants. Since joining the Schaarai Zedek clergy 31 years ago, his leadership has been vital to the Tampa Jewish community. He grew congregant family units from 450 to 1,160, has served on the Tampa JCCs and Federation’s Leadership Council, as well as the Tampa Rabbinical Association, often serving as chair of the organization. He is and has always been, a steadfast supporter and fervent promoter of the Federation and seizes every opportunity to speak openly about the importance of its work.

Bob Jacobson Memorial Award For Excellence:
LIAM BRIEN


(L-R) Ashley Silberman, last year’s Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award recipient with this year’s honoree, Luy Teitelroit (L-R) Ashley Silberman, last year’s Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award recipient with this year’s honoree, Luy Teitelroit Brien volunteers his time to help teach the Plugged-In program at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. This brings Active Adults together with IT professionals to help educate them on the latest and most relevant topics in technology including creating a website, managing mobile devices and personal security online. To enhance this program offering, he facilitated a donation of 10 laptops from the company where works, Cardinal Solutions. Brien is also involved with the Florida- Israel Business Accelerator and participates in Meeting of the Minds, a gathering that fosters new ideas and relationships.

Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award:
LUY TEITELROIT


(L-R) Joe Probasco, president of the Tampa JCCs and Federation; Maril Jacobs, namesake of the Maril Jacobs Todah Rabah Award, and those receiving the award attending the ceremony: Michael Bloom, David Goodman, Vanessa Cohn, Jack Ross and Ella Shenhav. (L-R) Joe Probasco, president of the Tampa JCCs and Federation; Maril Jacobs, namesake of the Maril Jacobs Todah Rabah Award, and those receiving the award attending the ceremony: Michael Bloom, David Goodman, Vanessa Cohn, Jack Ross and Ella Shenhav. Teitelroit is a graduate of Jewish Leadership Training Institute and assists in running the JCC Plugged-In program in partnership with Liam Brien. Teitelroit also represented Tampa this summer on the National Young Leadership mission to Israel. After seeing the Federation’s dollars at work overseas, Teitelroit was inspired to invigorate the Ben Gurion Society, a giving society for young adults ages 21-45 who donate a minimum $1,000 to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Teitelroit is chairing this society, which offers leadership development, networking opportunities, and special events.

Charles Adler Young Leadership Award:
JASON KISLAK


Jason Kislak, recipient of the Charles Adler Young Leadership Award, and Samantha Cully, Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award winner. Jason Kislak, recipient of the Charles Adler Young Leadership Award, and Samantha Cully, Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award winner. Kislak currently serves as president of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences and is committed to ensuring that Weinberg Village remains a jewel among local assisted living facilities. He also served as the chair of the cemetery committee for Rodeph Sholom for several years and worked to make sure that there is a proper site for Jewish burials to take place and the grounds are well maintained. Kislak is known for his can-do attitude, kindness and his ability to build bridges.

Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership
Excellence Award: Deborah Rosenthal

Rosenthal is actively involved within her synagogue, Congregation Schaarai Zedek, where she’s a past president. She also previously served on the Tampa JCCs and Federation board, is a Lion of Judah, a past Women of Distinction for the Tampa Jewish Federation, a longstanding member of the Annual President’s Dinner committee and three-time co-chair of the Annual President’s Dinner. A volunteer extraordinaire who puts all of her energy into any role that she takes on, Rosenthal also supports many other agencies and organizations across Tampa Bay.


Shayna Cohen and Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, both of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, with Merrill Marx, center, who presented the Steve Marx Innovation Award to the Suncoast Hillels for its Reverse Tashlich Program. Shayna Cohen and Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, both of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, with Merrill Marx, center, who presented the Steve Marx Innovation Award to the Suncoast Hillels for its Reverse Tashlich Program. Maril Jacobs Todah Rabah Award:
MORRIS BEHAR, MICHAEL BLOOM,
VANESSA COHN, DAVID GOODMAN,
ELLIS NORSOPH, LAUREN PRAGER,
SUSIE RICE, JACK ROSS, DAVID SCHER,
ELLA SHENHAV, KIM STEBBINGS,
ALLISON STINSON, VICKY TULLMAN


Alice Rosenthal “It’s More Than Just a Job” Award recipient Loni Lindsay, right, with Alice Rosenthal. Alice Rosenthal “It’s More Than Just a Job” Award recipient Loni Lindsay, right, with Alice Rosenthal. The Maril Jacobs Todah Rabah Award recipients are dedicated, committed, talented and generous lay leadership that were, and continue to be, actively involved with the development of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. Each award recipient has played a pivotal role in FIBA’s overall growth and offers thought-provoking strategies and insight to help the organization and their Israeli cohorts enter the US market.

Steve Marx Innovation Award:
HILLELS OF THE FLORIDA SUNCOAST’S
REVERSE TASHLICH PROGRAM

The Reverse Tashlich coastal cleanup program is the brainchild of the scuba diving enthusiasts’ Scubi Jew Club at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Tashlich means “casting off” in Hebrew and on Rosh HaShanah it is customary for Jews to go to a body of water and symbolically cast away our sins. During the first Tampa Bay Jewish Community Reverse Tashlich on Sunday, Sept. 16, 300 volunteers from nine Hillsborough and Pinellas congregations literally removed sins from the water by cleaning up local waterfronts. The lead sponsor the Reverse Tashlich program was Hillels of the Florida Suncoast.


(L-R) Allison Oakes, Hillel Academy head, and Carolyn Fink, Hillel Academy Outstanding Service Award winner. (L-R) Allison Oakes, Hillel Academy head, and Carolyn Fink, Hillel Academy Outstanding Service Award winner. Alice Rosenthal “It’s More Than Just a Job” Award:
LONI LINDSAY

In 2001, Lindsay dropped her daughter Rose off at the JCC Preschool and never left. Her involvement within the Tampa JCCs and Federation began as a volunteer playground mom. She evolved to a substitute assistant teacher, then a full-time assistant teacher and ultimately a full-time lead teacher. As much as Lindsay loved teaching, another passion – computers – made her a natural fit to become part-time assistant internet administrator, and in 2012 she transitioned over to the Federation to be the development associate and part-time web designer. Lindsay is one of the JCCs and Federation most dedicated employees, working until the job gets done.


Beth Gemunder, president of Tampa Jewish Family Services, with Seth Dugan, recipient of the TJFS Sofia Maisler Leadership Award. Beth Gemunder, president of Tampa Jewish Family Services, with Seth Dugan, recipient of the TJFS Sofia Maisler Leadership Award. Other community honors announced at the
awards ceremony:

Hillel Academy Outstanding Service Award:
CAROLYN FINK

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast Appreciation
Award: ARNIE ROSS

Tampa Jewish Family Services’ Sofia Maisler
Leadership Award: SETH DUGAN

TOP Jewish Foundation Distinguished Trustee
Award: LES BARNETT

Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award:
SAMANTHA CULLY


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