Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Event Celebrates and Inspires
Federation Board Chair Amy N. Dean, Women’s Philanthropy President Sheree Savar, Women’s Event Chair Corey Feinsilver and Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair Sara Bejar

Helene Berger (center) receives the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award from Sheree Savar and Norma Kipnis Wilson

Nearly 1,000 women from across Miami’s Jewish community gathered for a day of inspiration and empowerment at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Event at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Chaired by Corey Feinsilver, the event raised $1.5 million dollars for the Annual 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. Headlining The Women’s Event was Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing, of Will & Grace fame, who wowed the crowd with stories of her Jewish journey and provided thoughtful answers during a Q&A session. As a member of the only Jewish family in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood, Messing grew up surrounded by a great deal of anti-Semitism. Nonetheless, her family raised her with strong Jewish traditions and values, which she maintains in Hollywood and shares with her son.

A highlight of the program was the presentation of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award to Helene Berger by Lion of Judah Co-founder Norma Kipnis Wilson and Women's Philanthropy President Sheree Savar, in recognition of Berger’s lifelong efforts in philanthropy and volunteerism. Berger is a member of the Federation Board of Directors, serves on its Executive Committee, is a Past President of Women’s Philanthropy, and is a highly involved Jewish leader locally, nationally and internationally. Sara Bejar is Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair.

Federation gratefully acknowledges its 2017 Proud Business Partners for their generous support of The Women’s 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 BDO, Carlton Fields and Sabadell United Bank. Pearl Sponsors were 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.

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

Paul Feinsilver, Corey Feinsilver and Zack Feinsilver

Moj Khaghan Danial, Mojgan Khaghan and Deborah Motulsky

Cathy Alcalay and Elise van der Reis

Olga Blavatnik, Fatima Delokarova, Ximena Vigdor and Svetlana Valk

Becky Delaster and Irene Weisburd

Terry Jove, Lori Novick, Elise Udelson, Ann Deshe and Kathie Einstein

Daphna Bentata and Laura Sion

Ilana Snider, Rachel Schapiro, Michelle Ben-Aviv and Amanda Adler

Shoshanna Suzy Wagner, Nicole Kavana and Bella T. Krieger

Diane Lieberman and Jessica Lieberman

Irma Goldstein, Debra Leibowitz, Sara Moriber, Moni Cohen, Adrienne Pardo and Alice Miller

Bianca Gabay and Michele Baena

Dana March, Laura Kaplan and Hilary Gershman

Pam Wolofsky, Suzanne Legon, Mimi Levine and Jill Schwartz

Miriam Hinds, Lexie Franklin and Julie Franklin

Patricia Stauber, Brenda Nullman, Jacci Seskin and Ena Teichner

Meredith Gussin, Kelly Fodiman and Allison Weiss Brady

Sarah Lacharlotte, Caroline Bidermann, Netta Shaked, Leslie Benitah, Marie-France Bloch, Elizabeth Resnick, Lori Zerbib and Lois Levinson

Tammy Aronson and Alison Mars

Patricia Nahmad, Carolyn Baumel and Terri Kransnoff

(Standing) Sharon Redensky, Karen Klein, Ronit Behar, Vivian Landman, Ruthy Benoliel, Anita Murciano, Keila Stiberman, Lillian Tabacinic and Estrella Mitrani. (Seated) Sara Bejar, Evelyn Faigenblat, Maria Teresa Vaisberg and Sharona Abadi

Standing: Suzanne Glasser, Karen Sepsenwol, Holly Levy, Katherine Crespin, Linda Ben-Avner and Rachel Roszler. (Seated) Tara Ehrenkranz, Caryn Frishman, Mytyl Simancas-Bister, Laurie Mitrani and Janice Roszler

Dara Gross Ogulnick and Michelle Ohev Zion

Nadine Pertnoy, Linda Bittel and Noreen Sablotsky

Janet Kelfer and Susan Lampen

Alisa Oppenheim, Tracey Spiegelman and Elise Scheck Bonwitt

Allison Rosenfeld and Erica Groussman

Nancy Kaplan, Wendi Gittler and Jodie Rozencwaig

Jennifer Jackson, Jessica Dornbusch, Caryn Ellman and Daryl Szapiro

Marissa Amuial and Lourdes Suarez

Robin Gale and Barbara Amoils