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2 will be honored for contributions to legal, Jewish community

The Cardozo Society of Tampa Bay will honor local lawyers Bruce Bokor and William Kalish for their contributions to the legal community and to the Jewish community over the course of their careers.

The men will receive the society’s Leadership Award during a gathering on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Bank of Tampa, 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The event begins with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by the program. Middle East expert Jonathan Schanzer will speak on “The Iran Deal and the Future of the Middle East.”

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation are jointly presenting the event, which is sponsored by the Bank of Tampa. It is open to the entire community and free for all Federation donors and $25 per person for all non-donors. For more information or to RSVP, visit or

Jonathan Schanzer Jonathan Schanzer The Cardozo Society is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys in the Tampa Bay area that aims to celebrate the legal profession’s commitment to the principles of the Federation.

Bruce Bokor

Bruce Bokor of Clearwater is a partner in Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns. A firm member since 1977, Bokor has extensive experience in planning for the sale and purchase of businesses, and he also developed a special expertise in complex estate planning and tax controversy matters. His clientele include businesspersons, professionals, closely–held businesses, charitable groups and other individuals with special tax planning or estate planning needs.

Bokor received his law degree from the University of Florida, where he was an honors graduate, and earned an LL.M. in taxation from New York University. He has served as the chair of numerous boards including the Pinellas County trustees of the Tampa- Orlando-Pinellas Jewish Foundation, Morton Plant Mease Hospitals and the Morton Plant Hospital Foundation. He has also previously chaired the University of Florida Levin College of Law board of trustees, the Florida Bar tax section and the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council.

Bokor is a past chair of the Pinellas/Pasco division of the Cardozo Society. He and his wife, Joanne, have been members of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater since 1980 and he has served in an advisory capacity when the temple needed legal accounting guidance.

William Kalish

William Kalish of Tampa leads the Tax Group of the Tampa office of Akerman LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate and tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, health care and tax controversies. He received his law degree with honors from George Washington University and is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia bars.

He is a former member of the Florida Bar board of governors and is emeritus member and former chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. He is also chair of the Hillsborough County Bar peer review committee and current member and former chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation. He is also a former member and chair of the board of trustees of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and current member of St. Joseph’s Hospital finance committee.

Kalish is a frequent lecturer on law related subjects as well as Bible classes on Old and New Testament. Since 1964, he has taught children and adults in classes at synagogues and churches including for the past 20 years presenting an annual three-evening lecture series at Congregation Schaarai Zedek.

Kalish was a founder of Congregation Kol Ami in 1977. He is currently an active member of three synagogues. He has been involved in the Tampa Jewish Federation for nearly 50 years including serving as a board member. He is a past winner of the JCC & Federation’s Hope Barnett Young Leadership Award, and was a member of the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet for six years. He is also a former board member of the Hillel Academy. He is currently president of the TOP Jewish Foundation, a position he previously served in during the mid-1980s.

About the speaker

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is vice president for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He previously served as a counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he took part in the designation of numerous terrorism financiers. Schanzer has studied Middle East history in four countries, speaks Arabic and Hebrew and is the author of five critically acclaimed books. He has also written more than 400 articles on Middle East affairs, and provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, and the Arabic language channels Al-Arabiyya and Al-Jazeera. He has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories.

Schanzer holds a BA from Emory University, a master’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a doctorate from Kings College London. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.

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