Maimonides Society annual event March 5
The cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 and dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. The venue for the dinner had not been finalized as of press time.
The event will feature Nir Lahav, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Director of Social Activism. Lahav will speak on “The Jewish Collective on the Global Stage.”
“We have the opportunity to hear from one of the most well-rounded, on-the-ground personnel on the importance of being a part of the collective Jewish community, and particularly how we can engage young adults of all professions in the important work of supporting our global Jewish community,” said Emilie Socash, Federation executive director.
The evening will also feature the presentation of the Dr. Alfred Schick Memorial Award, marking the first year it will be given to a student as a scholarship. In the past, the Schick Award recognized an established medical professional.
Lahav is responsible for the development of programs in Israel that provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for young Jews. Those experiences are intended to enhance Jewish identity and a sense of collective belonging among the volunteers themselves. The programs Lahav works with such as Net@, Youth Futures and Youth Villages, post-high school service learning academies (Mechinot) and Project TEN (Global Tikkun Olam) all target vulnerable populations.
Formerly a successful businessman and attorney, Lahav decided to leave the private sector and turn his efforts toward nonprofit work in Israel. He has academic degrees from Tel Aviv University Law School and Pomona College in California. He studied at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership in Jerusalem, focusing on the area of unemployment and youth.
Lahav worked with youth rehabilitation after the second Lebanon War, and together with his wife, Dr. Dalit Lahav, ran the Agahozo- Shalom Youth Village for orphans of Rwandan genocide.
Established in 1929, the Jewish Agency was instrumental in founding and building the state of Israel and continues to serve as the official link between the Jewish state and Jewish communities everywhere.
All medical professionals are encouraged to attend the Maimonides Society dinner. The organization, an affinity group of the Jewish Federation, recognizes medical professionals who give an annual gift of $1,000 or greater.
Event registration and full details can be found on the Federation’s website, www.jewishpinellas.org.