Greater Miami Jewish Federation 2017 Pacesetter Event
Pacesetter Event Co-Chairs Max and Cathy Alcalay and Nikki and Michael Simkins

Alan J. Kluger and Federation Chair of the Board Amy N. Dean

Nearly 500 of Miami’s most generous Jewish philanthropists gathered recently for a powerful program at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Pacesetter Event at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Chaired by Cathy and Max Alcalay and Nikki and Michael Simkins, the event raised more than $1.5 million for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Campaign to care for those 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 included remarks from a number of community leaders, including Federation Board Chair Amy N. Dean and Federation General Campaign Chair Jeffrey Scheck. Both leaders discussed the rising tide of anti-Semitism both within the United States and around the world, and the numerous ways Federation works to combat these specific issues and help those directly affected.

Award-winning architect Daniel Libeskind gave the keynote address. Discussing his Jewish story, he explained how his parents’ survival through the Holocaust helped him understand the importance of cultural memories and how to successfully evoke these feelings within four walls. He is known for a number of influential buildings all over the world, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Federation gratefully acknowledges its 2017 Proud Business Partners for their generous support of The Pacesetter Event. Platinum Sponsors were Bilzin Sumberg, Attorneys at Law; The Collection; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; The Miami Herald and Wells Fargo. Gold Sponsors were Akerman, City National Bank, Crystal & Company, Kaufman Rossin, Kent Security Services, Sapoznik Insurance & Associates and South Florida Legal Guide. Silver Sponsors were Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. and NFP-The Meltzer Group. Bronze Sponsors were Carlton Fields; J.P. Morgan; and Sabadell United Bank. Pearl Sponsors were BDO; Dacra; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, Certified Public Accountants; Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A.; Omnia Family Wealth; Perry Ellis International and Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

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Stephanie Bruder, Genia Bruder and Harry Bruder

Richard Fain, George Feldenkreis and Fanny Hanono

Federation President and CEO Jacob Solomon, Edie Laquer and Director of Philanthropic Initiatives Simon Kaminetsky

Federation Immediate Past Board Chair Robert Berrin, Federation Past Board Chair Barbara Black Goldfarb and Steven Scheck

Michael Scheck, a Federation Past President, and Raquel Scheck, Daniel Libeskind, and Adrienne and Jeffrey Scheck, Federation General Campaign Chair

Robin Jacobs and Judith Milstein

Mojdeh and Robert Danial, Sandra Lapciuc, Lisa Pasalodos and David B. Haber

Elisheva and Seth Heller

William Lehman, a Federation Past Board Chair, Daniel Libeskind and Shirley Lehman

Elizabeth Green and Hugh Bernstein with Nancy Green and Ray Ellen Yarkin

Andrew and Cheryl Wolf with Michael Wagner

Shari Gurkin, Patty and Louis Gurkin and Brittany Gurkin

Dorothy Podhurst, Daniel Libeskind and Aaron Podhurst, a Federation Past President

Robert Zarco, Marissa Zarco, Rachel Furst and Joe Furst

Helene Berger, Andrew Hall, Dr. Melvin Drucker, Gail Meyers, Terry Drucker and Charles Stuzin

Ariel and Daphna Bentata with Ray Ellen Yarkin

Jill Gaffin, Barbara Bermann, Harold Gaffin and Pedro Bermann

Tati Katz and Ezra Katz, a Federation Past President

Ryan Bailine, Robert Danial and Michael Tabacinic

Isaac K. Fisher, Laura Koffsky, Gisela Lowenstein and Lourdes G. Suarez

Jonathan Awner and Carrie Steinbaum with Daniel Libeskind

Brian Bilzin, a Federation Past Board Chair, Michael Kapiloff and Judy Rosenzweig Kapiloff

Michael and Carolynn Friedman, David and Cindy Berger, Jill and Robert Hertzberg, and Patrice and Edward Barrocas

Steven J. Brodie and Robert Gilbert

Lauren and Adam Weider, Hedy and Danny Whitebook and Jeffrey Scheck

Adrian and Kenneth Dubow with Joe Jacoby

Sandy and Jay Halpern with Mark and Belinda Gilbert

Saby Behar, a Federation Past President, and Rosi Behar with Daniel Libeskind

Dr. Joel and Adele Sandberg

David and Lily Serviansky, Federation Foundation Chair, with Paul Kruss

Alex and Monique Halberstein

Federation Past President Norman Lipoff, Daniel and Nina Libeskind, and Nancy Lipoff

Joe Furst, Arnaud Karsenti and Sean Posner

Sidney Pertnoy, Walter and Linda Lieber and Nadine Pertnoy