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Jill Rosenhaus
Jewish Star Times

The Latin Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens puts the "Spotlight on Achievers" at its Annual Gala

The Latin Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens recently held its Annual "Lluvia de Estrellas - Spotlight on Achievers" Dinner Dance Gala. About 250 guests arrived at Temple Beth Shmuel - Cuban-Hebrew Congregation, to honor four of South Florida's most talented and recognizable residents. The 2002 honorees were Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer, Bernard Nusbaum, M.D., the world renowned Dermatologist famous for hair transplants, Hollywood Film Director Brett Ratner and Henry Wodnicki, M.D.. Each delivered poignant remarks after being presented with their award.

The Latin Auxiliary Gala also put the spotlight on three outstanding youth achievers: Joshua Fieldstone, Ilana Papir and Lauren Zimmerman. Each of these talented high school students has made significant contributions to the community by becoming dedicated volunteers and role models.

Latin Auxiliary President Rebecca Zeligman-Salti introduced the Gala co-chairmen Anita Petluck and Anita Stone. Emcee Ben Horenstein was joined during the program by Professor Ysrael A. Seinuk, who introduced each honoree. Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Menorah, led the group in an inspiring spiritual message and Ha-Motzi. The weekend's festivities began with a Shabbat Dinner held at the lovely Miami Beach home of Mariita Srebnick and George Feldenkreis.

The Latin Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens underwrites the Music Therapy Program at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged at Douglas Gardens.


At this year's Miami Art Museum annual Ball kickoff reception, Ball co-chairs Larry and Deborah Hoffman and Adolfo and Liz Henriques, and Late Night Party chair Pablo L. Cejas, announced a fund-raising goal of $600,000 and this year's theme - Celebration of Art. Held May 7, 2002, at the Coconut Grove home of Jorge M. Pérez, MAM trustee and president of The Related Group in Miami, and his wife Darlene, the reception entertained more than 150 guests, including museum trustees, patrons and community leaders. The reception was held in support of the annual Museum Ball and Late Night Party, which will take place on December 7, 2002.

Held annually since 1983, the black-tie Miami Art Museum Ball is the museum's premier fund-raiser, and is considered one of the top-10 fundraising events among art museums nationwide. The Ball will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2002, at the Renaissance Miami, in Miami. The silent auction, co-chaired by Marijean Miyar and Terry Schechter, begins at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing.

The Late Night Party, which is black-tie optional broadens community participation in the Museum Ball. The Late Night Party features desserts, an open bar and dancing to live music.

4th Annual JAFCO Luncheon & Fashion Show
…because every child deserves a safe and loving home

The beautiful Boca Raton Resort & Club was the site for JAFCO's 4th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show, held on May 3, 2002. Over 450 women attended this year's event, drawn together from Palm Beach to Miami Beach in support of the abused, neglected and at-risk children served by Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO). Event chairs Mara Gober, Lola Rubman and Dorinne Gerstin and luncheon committee members Mickey Bluerock, Rona Brofermaker, Lilly Cortes, Joyce Escott, Diane Feingold, Maddy Goldner, Wendy Greenberg, Ellen Greenspoon, Francine Higer, Lila Kirshman, Jacquie Lederman, Claire Manowitz, Susan Rose, Doris Schelin, Jamie Wainland, Helene Weicholz, Diane Weissman, Roberta Williky and Annette Youngentob planned a truly spectacular day.

The event began with a boutique featuring jewelry, gifts, handbags and more - giving guests a little shopping time and an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on the fantastic silent auction items. Luncheon guest speaker Laurie Dworkin Bellan touched everyone with her personal experiences as a JAFCO foster and adoptive parent and was followed with a spring fashion show featuring a wide range of clothing for women all ages. "This annual event continues to grow in size every year", stated JAFCO's Executive Director Sarah Franco, "and with the opening of our new Children's Village JAFCO will need the support of our community more than ever" .

Proceeds and pledges totaling almost $100,000 resulted from the annual luncheon and will support existing JAFCO programs


The Greater Miami Region of Hadassah developed a Professional Women's Networking Council which continues to grow. From the over 40 women attending the 2nd Professional Council meeting," we see there is definitely a need for the busy professional who has many demands on her time," said Lori Heiken, Director of Services for Hadassah's Greater Miami Region and creator of this idea. "This Council provides the opportunity to network with other professional women while learning and discussing issues which are uniquely Jewish and female."

At the first meeting, Meg Green, certified financial planner spoke about the professional woman's needs to understand their finances. The 2nd meeting was. Speaker, Trina Pulliam, President of Trainnovations who shared her expertise on "How to Network YOU and Your Business. The meetings took place at the Bankers Club, downtown and will continue again in September

Hadassah, founded in 1912 is the largest women's and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States


On Monday, May 13th veteran journalist, commentator and eyewitness to all
of the world-shaking events in the Middle East, Jay Bushinsky, spoke at Beth Torah .
Adath Yeshurun at a Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal
Center. Mr. Bushinsky gave a very comprehensive overview of the current situation
in Israel and the Middle East. His 35 year history of living and working in the area
allowed him the opportunity to add a strong historical perspective. Many
controversial issues, including the recent Likud Party Convention and and the
possibility of Palestinian statehood, were discussed.

And so my dear friends, until next week, may the Chai Life be yours!

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