Greater Miami Jewish Federation 2013 Main Event
Celebrates Israel, Celebrates Community
Keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Gordis
and Event Chairs Moj and Robert Danial

Marsha and Brian L. Bilzin, Chair of the Board

General Campaign Chair Robert G. Berrin delivers an impassioned speech about the needs of the Jewish community

A crowd of nearly 1,500 people made the Greater Miami Jewish Federation 2013 Main Event a true celebration of community, with the annual event’s largest attendance in nearly a decade.

Chaired this year by Moj and Robert Danial, The Main Event brought together people of all ages and backgrounds for a gala evening that commemorated the 65th anniversary of the modern State of Israel and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Attendees pledged support for the 2013 Federation/UJA Campaign to provide funding for vital programs and services in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world.

One highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Dr. Daniel Gordis, a National Book Award-winning author who is also a columnist for The Jerusalem Post and a contributor to The New York Times. Gordis shared his views on a number of topics of concern to the Jewish community.

Following Gordis’ presentation, The Main Event stage was transformed into a dazzling party for Israel, with an enormous cake, fireworks and an electrifying musical performance by Israeli singer Einat Sarouf. Attendees jumped to their feet, dancing and singing in celebration until the end of the evening.

Brian L. Bilzin is Chair of the Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Robert G. Berrin is the General Campaign Chair. Main Event Vice Chairs were Gabriela and Joel Birnbaum, Robert Kopf, Sandy Liebowitz, Kimberly Mendelson, Josh Migdal and Linda Schechter.

The Federation gratefully acknowledges its Corporate Sponsors for their generous support of The Main Event.

Platinum Sponsors were: Bilzin Sumberg Attorneys at Law; The Collection; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; and Wells Fargo.

Gold Sponsors were: Akerman Senterfitt; Berkowitz Pollack Brant; City National Bank; Kent Security Services, Inc.; The Miami Herald; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLP; Sabadell United Bank; Sapoznik Insurance & Associates Inc.; and Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

The Silver Sponsor was: Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.

Bronze Sponsors were: Carlton Fields; Higer Lichter & Givner; and Kaufman Rossin & Company, P.A. CPAs.

Pearl Sponsors were: Action Video Productions; Atlantic Hosiery Outlet; Goldstein Schechter Koch: Northern Trust; Perry Ellis International; and Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

For more information about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, visit or call 305-576-4000.

Immediate Past Board Chair Barbara Black Goldfarb,
Hedy Whitebook, Ilene Weinkle and Robert Goldfarb

President and Chief Executive Officer Jacob Solomon
and Loly and Isaac Zelcer, a Federation Past President

Jaime Ghitelman, Stephanie Sultan-Ghitelman,
Gabriela and Joel Birnbaum, Silvia Apeloig and
Rossana and Alberto Franco

Richard Yulman

Raquel and Michael Scheck, a Federation Past President

Shana Lewinger Russo, Jacob Russo and Sara Futerman

Wendy and Steven J. Kravitz, a Federation Past President

Michael Adler, a Federation Past President,
and Geoffrey Aaronson

Robin and Baruch Jacobs

Sidney and Nadine Pertnoy

Michael Rosenburg and Lisa Kudish Rosenburg

Florence and Robert Werner

Tati and Ezra Katz, a Federation Past President

William Lehman, a Federation Past President;
Shirley Lehman, and Adele and Joel Sandberg

Sarah and Michael Sokol, and Allison and Jerry Sokol

Lily Serviansky, Colleen Fain and Fran Berrin

Leslie and Ian Kaplan

Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, a Federation Past President

Mytyl Simancas-Bister (center) with sons Ari and Danny

Dror Zadok and Israel’s Consul General to Florida and
Puerto Rico Chaim Shacham

Miami-area clergy start off the evening’s program by leading the singing of the Star Spangled Banner

Israeli entertainer Einat Sarouf (far right) had Main Event attendees singing and dancing along with her

The Main Event festivities culminated in a festive celebration of the modern State of Israel’s 65th birthday