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Main Event to feature panel on women as caretakers

Iris Pastor Iris Pastor The Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy will celebrate the strength of Jewish women as caretakers when the organization holds its Main Event on Wednesday evening, Dec. 7 in Clearwater.

The dinner program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Margarete Heye Great Room of Ruth Eckerd Hall. The cost to attend is $36 with a minimum gift of $118 to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Teens are invited to attend for $18.

Instead of featuring the typical perspective of one speaker, Main Event co-chairs Polly Kraus and Yali Maisel are trying something different this year, presenting the viewpoints of Jewish women across varied generations and lifestyles. The program is titled “A Collective Commentary: Caring for our families, our community and ourselves.”

A panel of local women – Jessica Ehrlich, Jessica Muroff, Dr. Bonnie Saks, Rabbi Leah Herz and Bella Pizzo – will discuss Jewish women as caretakers throughout their lives – as parents, friends, children, spouses, community members and as Jews. They will discuss issues such as privacy, boundaries and the importance of self-care. Iris Pastor will be the panel moderator.

Jessica Ehrlich Jessica Ehrlich “This is a really rich topic with so much to explore, I can’t wait to hear these dynamic women discuss their various perspectives,” said Becca Tieder the program chair within Women’s Philanthropy.

The discussion moderator, Iris Pastor of Tampa, describes herself as “an aging baby boomer, wife, mother and grandma.” She writes an occasional column, “Incidentally, Iris,” for the Jewish Press. She also blogs for the Huffington Post, puts out a weekly newsletter and does motivational speaking on all topics related to mid-life and baby boomers.

Jessica Muroff Jessica Muroff About the panelists

Jessica Ehrlich will offer her perspective as an attorney who handles family issues such as divorce and child custody, as well as legislative and regulatory compliance for Florida businesses. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Ehrlich was a 2012 Democratic congressional candidate in Pinellas County and is a television and radio commentator. She appears regularly on the FOX News and FOX Business Networks on shows such as The O’Reilly Factor, Cavuto and America’s Newsroom. She is nationally recognized for her insight and analysis on political, legal and business topics.

Jessica Muroff will speak as a mother and as the chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, which serves nearly 19,500 girls and nearly 8,500 adult members. Girl Scouts have had a lasting and life-changing impact on girls for more than 100 years, and it is Muroff’s vision to guide and inspire her staff to continue to be the high-impact, relevant and innovative organization dedicated to the advancement of girls. With a passion for writing, in her free time she runs a parenting blog called The Be Present Project.

Dr. Bonnie Saks Dr. Bonnie Saks Dr. Bonnie Saks is a Yaleeducated psychiatrist, clinical professor and sex therapist. Saks is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of South Florida in human sexuality. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a founding fellow of the American Board of Sexology. She has been president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and on the editorial board of the Archives of Women’s Mental Health. She has a psychiatric practice in Tampa.

Rabbi Leah Herz Rabbi Leah Herz Rabbi Leah Herz will provide her point-of-view as the director of spiritual care at Menorah Manor as well as Jewish community Hospice chaplain, funded by the Jewish Federation. Rabbi Herz recently won the Mentor of the Year Award from the National Association of Jewish Aging Services. She received her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, as well as certification in dance, drama and music therapy.

Bella Pizzo, a high school senior, will offer the outlook of the up and coming generation of young women. A student in the criminal justice program at Pinellas Park High School, she is the president of BIFTY at Temple B’nai Israel, the vice president of English Honors Society and the captain of the mock trial team at her school.

Bella Pizzo Bella Pizzo * * *

To RSVP or for more information, call the Federation at (727) 530-3223 or e-mail

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