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December 18, 2015  RSS feed
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Maimonides dinner: Cuba, 2016 mission

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties annual Maimonides Society dinner on Sunday, Jan. 10 will feature a salute to past award winners and a presentation on a new mission to Cuba.

All community members are welcome to attend the event, which will mark the 20th year the Alfred Schick Memorial Award has been awarded to outstanding medical professionals in the Pinellas Pasco Jewish community.

The past award recipients will be honored in a special commemoration. They are: Dr. Mark Benjamin, Dr. David A. Bernstein, Dr. Robert Entel, Dr. Bruce A. Epstein, Dr. Gordon Goodman, Dr. Sidney Grau (z”l), Dr. Kerry Kaplan, Dr. Morris LeVine, Dr. Bruce Levine, Mrs. Karen Reich, Dr. John Rinde, Dr. Sheldon Scheinert, Dr. Mandel Sher, Dr. Michael Slomka, Dr. Eric Steckler, Dr. Bernardo Stein, Dr. Steven Warren, Dr. Steven Weiss, Dr. David Wolstein, and Dr. Charlene Wygodski.

Members of the Maimonides Society are comprised of doctors and other medical professionals who contribute $1,000 or more to the Federation’s annual campaign.

The topic of the event will be “Cuba’s Jewish Community: Then and Now,” and will feature a presentation by Diana Fiedotin, director of Strategic Relations for the American Joint Distribution Committee. The Joint, as it is known, is the Federation system’s partner agency that renders aid to Jewish communities around the world.

Craig and Jan Sher will also offer personal remarks, giving an on-the-ground perspective of the state of the Jewish community in Cuba based on their recent trip there.

The topic is particularly relevant, as the Federation will announce at the Maimonides dinner the details of the community’s humanitarian mission to Cuba, slated for fall 2016.

“The Maimonides Society has always been made up of a group of passionate, caring professionals who believe in bettering our Jewish community. It’s a great way for those in the field to reconnect throughout the year, and we’re looking forward to bringing together the group more often,” said David Bernstein, co-chair of the Maimonides Society. He chairs the division together with his wife, Melissa.

The event will feature a light supper and will be held at the Safety Harbor Spa and Resort.

Individual event tickets are $36. Patron tickets are $54 and include recognition at the event. RSVPs are required to (727) 333-3103 or Guests are asked to respond by Jan 4.

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