Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s PACESETTER Event

Nearly 500 of Miami’s leading Jewish philanthropists gathered for an inspiring program on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, during the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Pacesetter Event at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Chaired by Wendy S. Gordon and Clarita Kassin, the event raised more than $4.5 million for the 2020 Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Campaign to care for those in need, support vital social service and education programs and strengthen Jewish life in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world. Colleen and Richard Fain helped spark the spirit of giving by establishing a challenge fund that matched part of the evening’s donations.

General Campaign Chair Isaac K. "Ike" Fisher, Major General (Ret.) Amos Yadlin, Pacesetter Event Co-Chair Clarita Kassin, Pacesetter Event Co-Chair Wendy Gordon and Chair of the Board Jeffrey Scheck
Dr. Salo Schapiro, Jessica and Ezra Kassin, Clarita Kassin
Adrienne and Jeffrey Scheck
Patti Ann Gordon and Wendy Gordon

The event featured comments from a number of community leaders, including Federation Board Chair Jeffrey Scheck and Federation General Campaign Chair Isaac K. “Ike” Fisher. Major General (Ret.) Amos Yadlin, a former Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force, a past Director of the Israeli Security Agency Shin Bet, and the current Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, delivered the keynote address, speaking about major geopolitical, military and societal challenges facing Israel. Attendees also enjoyed a musical performance by an ensemble of teens from Guitars Over Guns, a Miami organization that offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music education and mentorship.

Richard and Colleen Fain, Major General (Ret.) Amos Yadlin, Kandy Kramer and Richard Yulman
Steven and Darlene Wagner, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Michael Wagner

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

Matthew and Amanda Adler with Michelle and Matan Ben-Aviv
Federation Past President Aaron Podhurst and Federation President and CEO Jacob Solomon
Todd and Kelly Fodiman
Katrina Milgram, Isaac K. "Ike" Fisher, Edie Laquer, Lourdes Gabriela Suarez, Elise and Ronny Udelson, Cobi Fisher
Howard and Jill Schwartz with Ilene and Murray Kossman
Dan and April Stuzin
Keith and Mishelle Singer
Gil and Elise Bonwitt
Paul and Terri Bachow
Dr. Jeffrey Solomon and Dr. Audrey Weiner
Jay Koenigsberg and Missy Salzman
Ken and Adrian Dubow with Howard Wolofsky
Cathy and Max Alcalay with Lisa Pasalodos-Haber and David Haber
Jill Hertzberg and Hannah Shear
Howard and Pamela Wolfson
Lauren and Brad Sokol with Federation Past President Norman Lipoff and Nancy Lipoff
George Feldenkreis and Fanny Hanono
Ariel and Lilliam Furst
Dr. Chava Lustig, Matthew Adler and Adam Lustig
Ann Deshe, Marla Melamud and Celia Mussman
Patty Breakstone and Josh Breakstone
Alan Kluger and Immediate Past Chair of the Board Amy Dean
Gabriela Gut, Rosy Shwedel, Ariel Bentata and Yosef Shwedel
Colleen Fain, Past Federation Board Chair Barbara Black Goldfarb and Fran Berrin
Steven Wagner, Dr. Barry Baumel and Fred Hirt
Lisa Pasalodos-Haber, Laurel Schwartz, Ilana Levitt and Linda Schechter

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

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