Gala Purim Ball 2015
Vision 20/20: Looking Back/Looking Forward
JMOF-FIU 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Honorary Chairs Jessica & Nathan Lieberman and Alan & Diane Lieberman with Executive Director Jo Ann Arnowitz

Kenneth Bloom, JMOF-FIU Advisory Board Chair and Steven Goldman, Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Queen Esther’s Court Sponsor Shirlee Segall Schiller (center), Marita Srebnick (L), Sharon Srebnick (R)

In honor of its 20th Anniversary, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) hosted a special gala, chaired by Diane & Alan and Jessica & Nathan Lieberman, with the theme: Vision 20/20: Looking Back/Looking Forward. The evening also celebrated Miami Beach’s Centennial and the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Florida International University.

Guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail reception on the terrace of Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom, hosted by Greenberg Traurig, P.A., as they viewed an unique display of original masks, decorated and donated by artists and celebrities for a silent auction. Event Chairs Ronalee & Russell Galbut helped plan the elegant evening of stunning décor, delectable dinner, and music that brought guests on their feet dancing to the tunes of Steve Chase and His Orchestra. Honors were presented to a Queen Esther’s Court of multi-generations of seven prominent Florida Jewish families for their contributions to Jewish life throughout the state and beyond, sponsored by the Robert Arthur Segall Foundation. A video paying tribute to the first 20 years of the Museum was screened, ending with a look toward the future, and the next generations to carry on the Museum’s mission in the decades ahead. View the video here.

Guests departed with a commemorative 20th Anniversary Gala Album with family photographs and Purim party favors as keepsakes, including feathered masks, festive grogger noisemakers, and boxes filled with traditional hamentaschen cookies, nuts and sweets.

Next year’s event will be an intimate evening at the Museum, held in March 2016. For 2016 sponsorship and planning opportunities, please contact or 786-972-3162.

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees
Michael & Judy Adler and Family, Miami; Dzialynski, Coleman and Abramovitz Families, Jacksonville & Tampa; Rebecca Fischer and Danielle, Joshua and Aaron Traub, Hollywood; Debbie Friedman Gober & Frank Gober and Family, Broward County; Judy Gilbert-Gould and Family, Miami; Doris and Frank Rosenblatt and Family, Tampa; Joseph Shraga & Hinda Reiza Safer Family, Jacksonville & Orlando.

THANK YOU to our generous Sponsors for making this fabulous event possible!
Honorary Chairs: Diane & Alan Lieberman, Jessica & Nathan Lieberman, Haley & Jason Binn
Event Chairs: Ronalee & Russell Galbut
Queen Esther's Court Sponsor: Robert Arthur Segall Foundation
Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Silver Sponsors: Barbara & Kenneth Bloom
Bronze Sponsors: Ellie & Harold Aibel; Murray & Helene Dubbin and Family; Florida International University and the FIU Foundation, Inc.; Judy Gilbert-Gould, Robert (Bobby) & Nancy Gilbert, Carolyn Epstein and Mark & Belinda Gilbert; Honey & Ira Giller/Barbara & Leonard Wien; Marcia Simon Kaplan, Gary & Julie Simon and Family; Sylvia & Norman Levine; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLC; Dr. Stephen & Georgia Nimer; Joseph W. Pallot; Gary Appel, Paradigm Tax Group; Quality Meats Miami Beach; Bonnie Sockel-Stone & Elliot Stone; Gouraige/Kaplan/Ravinet Team at UBS Financial Services; Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz

In-Kind Supporters: Over the Top Rental Party Linens; Southern Wine & Spirits; Executive Caterers

Event Chair Ronalee Galbut, Jo Ann Arnowitz

Elliott Zerivitz and JMOF-FIU Founding Executive Director Marcia Jo Zerivitz

FIU’s Howard Lipman, Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, Prof. John Stack

Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, Elaine Bloom, Kenneth Bloom

Betsy Kaplan, Senator Gwen Margolis

City of Miami Beach Manager Jimmy Morales, Howard Lipman, Jonathan Macy, Candice Gidney

City of Miami Beach Vice Mayor and Commissioners presenting the Museum with a Proclamation for its 20th Anniversary

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees: Michael & Judy Adler and Family, Miami

Queen Esther’s Court Honoree Family Rebecca Fischer & Danielle Traub, Hollywood

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees Judy Gilbert-Gould and Family, Miami

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees Doris Rosenblatt and Family, Tampa

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees: Friedman & Gober Families, Broward County

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees Shraga & Safer Family, Jacksonville & Orlando

Queen Esther’s Court Honorees Dzialynski, Coleman & Abramowitz Families, Jacksonville & Tampa

Jonathan Symons, Linda Serbin, FIU Prof. Tudor Parfitt

Ann Bussel, Michael & Norma Orovitz

Murray & Helene Dubbin and Family

Norman & Sylvia Levine & Guests

Georgia & Dr. Stephen Nimer and Guests

Ira & Honey Giller and Leonard & Barbara Wien and Guests

Standing: Fran Gaynor, Cornelia Philipson, Esther & Larry Apple, Fran & Leslie Gross; seated: Linda Widrich Weitz, Judy & Frank Kreutzer

Paul Drucker & Ellie Ganz

UBS Financial Services

Isabel Anderson, Dorothy Cohn

Dr. Robin Straus-Furlong, Elliot Stone, Frost Art Museum Director Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Bonnie Sockel-Stone, Beverly & Nathaniel (Buddy) Stone