2019 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Event Celebrates and Inspires

More than 900 women from across Miami’s Jewish community gathered for a morning of inspiration and empowerment on Thursday, November 14 at The Women’s Event of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, which took place at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Chaired by Elise Udelson, this signature event raised nearly $2 million dollars for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Annual Campaign. Tammy Woldenberg, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair, highlighted the many ways these funds are used to care for those in need, support more than 160 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 actress Lisa Edelstein, of “House,” “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” and “The Kominsky Method,” who recalled her Jewish journey and what that has meant for her life both on and off screen in a speech she titled “To Be a Jew.”

The Women’s Event Chair Elise Udelson, Women’s Philanthropy President Ilene Kossman and Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair Tammy Woldenberg
Norma Kipnis-Wilson, Valerie Dillon and Colleen Fain
Orah Nissim, Karine Nissim-Hirschhorn, Gabriela Weinstein, Amanda Adler, Michelle Ben-Aviv and Tiffany Heckler
Jessica Cook, Jerri Bassuk, Lindsay Schneider and Alana Oxfeld
Jamie Seidner, Jocelyn Feinstein and Nicole Gorin
Adrienne and Jeffrey Scheck, Federation Chair of the Board, and Elise Scheck Bonwitt
Naomie Slater-Cohen, Carmel Shami, Hadas Ben-Amram, Shoshana Yudovich, Dana Schrager, Loren Yudovich, Eti Mitelman, Orly Gueron and Dana Nuchamovitz

Ilene Kossman, Women’s Philanthropy President, shared how efforts are being made to raise awareness about The Dignity Project, an effort to end “period poverty” for low-income women and girls. Participants brought hundreds of sanitary products to donate to Federation partner agency Jewish Community Services of South Florida Kosher Food Bank and other local women’s shelters for those in need.

A surprise interactive percussion activity brought the entire room together to experience the power of what can be accomplished when we work together. It illustrated how Federation unites our people to do good as one community.

Danielle Williamson, Staci Kurnit, Ashley Tables and Carly Miller
Nicky Goldner, Leslie Saiontz and Katie Nullman
Mojdeh Khaghan Danial, Belinda Gilbert, Tracey Spiegelman, Mytyl Simancas-Bister, Ilene Kossman, Elise Udelson, Wendy Gordon and Laura Koffsky
Monica Kaplan and Chantal Ruschin
Netta Shaked, Caroline Bidermann, Leslie Benitah and Agnes Cohen

Federation gratefully acknowledges its 2019-2020 Proud Business Partners for their generous support. Platinum Sponsors are Bilzin Sumberg, Attorneys at Law; The Collection; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; LSN Partners Llorente and Heckler and Miami Herald. Gold Sponsors are Addison House; Akerman; City National Bank; GL Homes; Kaufman Rossin; Kent Security Services and Sapoznik Insurance & Associates. Silver Sponsors are Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. and NFP, The Meltzer Group. Bronze Sponsors are Aetna; Carlton Fields; Haber Law; Houlihan Lokey; Iberia Bank; MBAF CPAs and Advisors; Omnia Family Wealth; Singer Wealth Management and Wells Fargo. Pearl Sponsors are Apollo Bank; Dacra; H & Co.; Holland & Knight; Northern Trust Bank; Perry Ellis International; Podhurst Orseck, P.A. and Siegfried Rivera.

For more information about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation or to get involved with Women’s Philanthropy, please visit JewishMiami.org or call 305.576.4000.

Heather Rosen, Mishelle Singer, Lisa Edelstein and Lauren Wieder
Shelly Brodie, Nadine Pertnoy, Edith Osman and Lisa Goldberg
Sara Bejar, Tobi Ash, Sheree Savar and Silvia Assor
Rosy Levy, Tammy Aronson and Alison Mars
Community Clergy
Esther Peart, Meredith Foster and Sandra Levy
Tati Katz, Carolynn Friedman and Ruth Shere
Jassi Antebi, Shuli Bossewitch, Nicole Kavana, Robin Jacobs, Nili Galbut, Deputy Consul General Kasa Bainesay-Harbor, Lindsay Schottenstein, Gita Galbut, Helene Berkowitz, Bernice Schwartz, Michelle Saka and Eda Schottenstein
Rosa Rok, Becky Delaster, Rebeca Kravitz and Dr. Rachel Lapidot
Elise van der Reis, Jamie Richman, Elaine Richman and Cathy Alcalay
Mikki Futernick, Hagit Fefferman and Miriam Zadok
Beth Achenbaum, Ilene Kossman and Carol Achenbaum
Mindy Cassel, Fern Samek-Rosen and Lainey Nacron
Amira Simkins, Marie-France Bloch and Caroline Bidermann
Sofia Ackermann, Michele Scheck, Lauren Iaslovitz, Lili Eidelstein and Hellen Weissman
Gail Harris, Sara Somberg, Mikki Futernick and Sandra Lansing
Priscilla Miodownik, Susan Cogan, Noemi Grobman, Anabelle Cohen and Lili Eidelstein
Keila Stiberman, Amy Shoshani, Olga Dorra and Mirit Hirsch
Elaine Feldman, Martine Stern, Mimi Levine, Jill Schwartz, Susan Meister, Stella Lurie and Rabbi Jaime Aklepi
Lori Novick, Roberta Segal and Gina Russ
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