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February 13, 2015  RSS feed
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Maimonides Society to honor two physicians on March 15

Dr. Kerry Kaplan of Palm Harbor and Dr. David Rosenbach of Tampa will be honored by the Maimonides Society at it annual dinner on Sunday, March 15.

The dinner and awards ceremony will be held at the Feather Sound Golf & Country Club in Clearwater.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation sponsors the Maimonides Society for healthcare professionals who make a minimum $1,000 gift to the Annual Campaign.

The program, including dinner, is free for all donors to either Federation’s Annual Campaign, thanks to the support of the Maimonides Society corporate sponsor, The Bank of Tampa. There is a charge of $25 for non-donors.

The dinner reception begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the program at 5:30 p.m.

Co-chairs of the event are Melissa and Dr. David Bernstein (Pinellas) and Dr. Arnie Tannenbaum (Tampa).

Yaron Svoray Yaron Svoray Speaker: Yaron Svoray

Special guest speaker for the Maimonides Society dinner and awards ceremony will be Yaron Svoray, who has dedicated his life to restoring to the world what was stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The History Channel made a documentary entitled Blood from a Stone, which tells the story of Yaron’s years of searching and digging for 40 uncut diamonds, buried on a French hilltop at the end of WWII.

Yaron and his team of international experts are currently trying to locate and retrieve several large wooden cases, hidden in Lake Stolpsee in Germany on the night of April 3, 1945. Many in the German media believe the trunks are full of gold. The expedition is being filmed by the National Geographic Channel.

In the early 1990s he discovered new and contemporary Nazis were alive and well. With the help of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Svoray went undercover inside a German neo-Nazi terrorist organization and successfully managed to convince them that he shared their ideals. The evidence he gathered led to the arrests of the movement’s leaders and this story was made into an HBO movie, The Infiltrator, starring Oliver Platt as Svoray.

Svoray, who likens his lectures to tales of a modern “Indiana Jones,” will share stories illustrating the importance of self-belief, flexibility under changing circumstances, and learning to do what is right regardless of the personal price and the overwhelming odds against you.

Dr. Kerry Kaplan

The Pinellas/Pasco Federation will present Dr. Ka- plan with the Alfred Schick, MD Memorial Leadership Award.

A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, Kaplan has been a leader in the field of cardiology and has been associated with Mease Hospital/ Morton Plant Mease Hospital since 1988. He served on the Mease Hospital Medical Executive Committee including as president and treasurer (1992-1994), Mease Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees (1994- 1995), Morton Plant Mease Hospital Board of Trustees (1995-1997), Morton Plant Mease Foundation Board of Trustees (1996-1997) and Bay Care Medical System Board of Trustees (1997-2003). He is a member of a number of professional groups including the American College of Physicians and American College of Cardiology. He has been published more than 30 times throughout his career in various professional journals and medical publications.

Kaplan has been equally committed to the Jewish community. At Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor he served on the board of directors from 1990-1995 and was president 1993-1994. He was on the Florida Holocaust Museum board of trustees from 2001-2002 and served as board member for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services in 2007.

Dr. David Rosenbach

The Tampa JCC & Federation will present its Maimonides Society Leadership Award to Dr. Rosenbach.

A radiologist with a private practice in South Tampa, Rosenbach received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and attained his medical degree from Rutgers University Medical School. He is a member of the American College of Radiology as well as the Radiology Society of North America, the Florida Medical Association and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He has written for many publications and has spoken both domestically and internationally at numerous academic symposia.

Rosenbach is a long-time member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and served as the Brotherhood president from 2009-2011. He has remained on the Brotherhood board and is credited for reviving the Brotherhood. Additionally, he is a synagogue trustee and a member of the executive committee.

He and his wife, Ann, are generous both financially and with their time and dedication to their synagogue and the Tampa Jewish Federation.

An RSVP is required for space and planning purposes. Registrations can be accepted at and (727) 530-3223 or and (813) 769-2802.

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