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December 4, 2015  RSS feed

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Jewish Museum of Florida seeks Glass Ceiling Award nominees

The Jewish Museum of Florida- Florida International University is accepting nominations for its 20th annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards for women who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling in professional fields that are normally dominated by men.

Nominees are also judged based upon activities in the Jewish and civic communities and serving as role models for other women. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

“While there have been outstanding strides made by Jewish professional women throughout the state, it is important that we continue to recognize these women as an inspiration to others to aim for the stars,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, director of JMOF-FIU. “Each year, we receive a fascinating assortment of nominations of women from all over the state in diverse professions, from fire fighters to forensic artists.”

The Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award was established by the Museum in 1995. To date, more than 80 outstanding winners have been honored with this distinction, from a wide variety of fields such as medicine, banking, accounting, academia, politics, law, aviation, sports, journalism, arts, entertainment and more.

Recent winners from the Tampa Bay area include Charlene Wygodski, the first woman dentist in St. Petersburg; retired Clearwater surgeon Dr. Zena Lansky; Sherryl Susan Evans, a Hillsborough County woman who served the community with a 36-year career in law enforcement and Dr. Debbie A. Rinde-Hoffman, a cardiologist in Tampa.

The 2016 Breaking the Glass Ceiling awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, featuring the honorees discussing the obstacles they faced and how they broke through the glass ceiling.

To see the past winners or submit a nominee for the 2016 awards, visit and download the nomination form, or contact the JMOF-FIU Membership Department at (786) 972-3164 or

The Jewish Museum of Florida- FIU is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent, restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Ave. on South Beach.

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