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JNF to honor 7 at Tree of Life awards dinner

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tampa Bay Tree of Life™ Award Dinner Endowed by Harvey Hertz at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m., honoring Dr. Robert Entel, Betsy and Dr. Abe Marcadis, and Michele and Mark Miller with the Tree of Life™ Award.

JNF will also honor Lilly Salcman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Rabbi Ed Rosenthal with the Lawrence D. Wasser Humanitarian Award.

“We are thrilled to have such an amazing and charismatic group of honorees this year,” said Uri Smajovits, JNF director of Northern Florida. “All of our honorees have truly made a difference in the Tampa Bay community and in Israel for their many years of involvement.”

The Tree of Life Award is given in recognition of outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life.

Guest speakers at the event will be Julie Salamon and Dr. Suzanne Salamon, both daughters of Lilly Salcman. Julie Salamon is an award-winning author of Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give. Dr. Suzanne Salamon is associate chief for Clinical Geriatrics at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. They will talk about the importance of giving back and tzedakah.

The following are the honorees and their achievements:

Dr. Robert J. Entel is a radiologist at Morton Plant Mease hospitals in Clearwater and Clinical Affiliate Professor at USF College of Medicine. Past president of Florida Radiological Society and Pinellas County Medical Association, Entel has been recognized for his medical and humanitarian accomplishments. He received the Florida Radiological Society’s Gold Medal in 2010, was the recipient of the “Excellence in Medicine Award” from Morton Plant Mease Foundation, where he is a “lifetime benefactor” and serves on the board of directors and has been honored by Hadassah, Maimonides Society and Magen David Adom. He is on the National Council of AIPAC and has served on the boards of JNF, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Florida Holocaust Museum, and the JCC of Pinellas County.

Betsy and Dr. Abe Marcadis

Betsy and Dr. Abe Marcadis are strong supporters of JNF and the Tampa community. Betsy is the current JNF board co-chairman, served as co-president for many years, and is a member of the Sapphire Society. She and Abe are JNF Century Council members. A native of Tampa, Abe is a board member and Ritual Chairman of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa and a member of the Chevrah Kadisha Tampa. Abe is a board certified plastic surgeon and has served as past president of the Tampa Bay Society of Plastic Surgeons, and past chief of surgery at Memorial Hospital. The couple is currently sponsoring the writing of the first new Torah in 40 years at Rodeph Sholom.

Michele and Mark Miller

Michele and Mark Miller’s love for Israel and Jewish culture is exemplified by their commitment to JNF and multiple Tampa organizations. Michele is a past co-president of South Tampa JCC Preschool Parents Association, past co-chair of Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction program, and is a JNF Sapphire and Lion of Judah. Mark served as co-president of JNF for six years, and is now a board cochairman. They open their home for Jewish and secular charitable events and have shared their passion for Israel with their children, Melissa, Ross and Bryan. Michele practiced podiatry and Mark is a developer/investor in commercial real estate.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on an exceptional and senior community leader, who throughout their life has become a symbol of Jewish and non-Jewish philanthropy and tzedakah through giving back to their community.

Lilly Salcman

At 92, Lilly Salcman has lived an epic life. A survivor of Auschwitz, she married Alexander Salamon, a survivor of Dachau, in 1946 in Prague. They settled in rural Seaman,

OH, in 1953 where Salamon served as the town’s only doctor. Four years after Salamon’s 1971 death, Lilly married Arthur Salcman to whom she was married for 35 years. She is a world traveler, independent financial investor and philanthropist. Lilly is part of the Weizmann Institute for Science’s President’s Circle and supports many Jewish causes including Hadassah, Magen David Adin, and the Florida Holocaust Museum. Her story is recounted in Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Project, and a family memoir, The Net of Dreams.

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JNF has established the Lawrence D. Wasser Humanitarian Award to commemorate the extraordinary work of Lawrence “Larry” D. Wasser, an outstanding colleague who worked diligently and tirelessly in the community. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to a non-profit professional that has exhibited the superior traits and attributes of leadership excellence.

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, executive director and Campus Rabbi of Florida Suncoast Hillels, brings with him a passion for Jewish life and spirituality, Israel and the Jewish people. Rabbi Rosenthal is an avid scuba diver and is the catalyst for the unique group at Eckerd College, the ScubiJews. He and his wife, Mindy, have a son Jonah and daughter, Gabe. ***

The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is at 2900 Bayport Drive off the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at For more information, contact Uri Smajovits at (727) 536-5263 or email

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