Greater Miami Jewish Federation 2018 Main Event

Main Event Chairs Steve and Nadine Foldes, US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Federation Board Chair Amy N. Dean, Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Benny Gantz and Federation General Campaign Chair Jeffrey Scheck

More than 1,000 members of Miami's Jewish community gathered for a powerful program on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Main Event at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Chaired by Nadine and Steve Foldes, the event raised funds for the Federation/UJA Campaign in order to care for people in need, support vital programs and strengthen Jewish life in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world.

The evening featured remarks from community leaders, including Federation Board Chair Amy N. Dean and Federation General Campaign Chair Jeffrey Scheck.

A highlight of the evening was when US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen received Federation's 2018 Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award. She closed her speech with a powerful reminder: "None of us are truly free from the indignity and the disgrace and the threat of racism, discrimination, and terrorism, until all of us are free from these indignities and threats."

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Amy N. Dean and Federation President and CEO Jacob Solomon present US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen with Federation’s 2018 Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award

Irma and Norman Braman, a Federation Past President

George Feldenkreis, Hedy and Daniel Whitebook
and Maria Srebnick

Jason Haim and Brian Bilzin, a Federation Past Board Chair

Federation Past President Ezra Katz and daughter Jessica Katz

Isaac K. Fisher and Federation Immediate Past
Board Chair Robert G. Berrin

Ilene Kossman with Denise and Ofer Tamir

Danny and Elise van der Reis, Cathy and Max Alcalay, Elaine and Dr. Paul Richman and Jamie Richman

Daphna and Ariel Bentata

Elaine Cohen, Marcia Frantz, Adriana Halac and Phyllis Sheinman

Sitting: Mel Mann, Richard and Barbara Bernstein, and Linda and Michael Bittel. Standing: Jodi Orshan with Nadine and Sidney Pertnoy

Mytyl Simancas-Bister, Daniel Whitebook and
Mojdeh Khaghan Danial

Alexandra Lehson, Adam Lustig and Michael Wagner

Steven Gretenstein and Barbara Shrut

Dr. Larry and Tracey Spiegelman

Howard and Amy Chafetz

Joe and Yael Ackerman

Paul and Terri Bachow

Ronny and Elise Udelson

Clarita Kassin, Marcos and Linda Ackerman, Noemi Grupenmager and Harry Braun

Chira Cassel and Mindy Cassel

Howard and Pam Wolofsky

Keynote speaker Lt.-Gen. (Res.) Benny Gantz, former Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, also shared insights from his distinguished career.

Federation gratefully acknowledges its 2018 Proud Business Partners for their generous support of The Main Event. Platinum Sponsors are Bilzin Sumberg, Attorneys at Law; The Collection; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; The Laquer Foundation; The Miami Herald and Wells Fargo. Gold Sponsors are Akerman, City National Bank, Crystal & Company, GL Homes, Kaufman Rossin, Kent Security Services, Sapoznik Insurance & Associates and South Florida Legal Guide. Silver Sponsors are Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. and The Meltzer Group. Bronze Sponsors are Carlton Fields, Houlihan Lokey, Iberia Bank and J.P. Morgan. Pearl Sponsors are Apollo Bank; BDO; Dacra; Element Pointe Advisors; H & CO.; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, Certified Public Accountants; Northern Trust; Omnia Family Wealth; Perry Ellis International and Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

For more information about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, please visit or call 305.576.4000.