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January 26, 2018  RSS feed

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Dr. Robert Entel to receive PRIMER award for Israel advocacy at awards brunch on Feb. 18

Dr. Robert Entel Dr. Robert Entel Dr. Robert Entel will be recognized for his Israel advocacy efforts at the ninth annual PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting) Advocacy Award brunch on Sunday, Feb. 18.

The award and brunch is sponsored by the Greater Tampa Bay B’nai B’rith Unit 2603, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

In addition to the award presentation, the brunch will feature past PRIMER award winner Dr. Eric Steckler, who will speak on the history, modern-day controversy and Jewish perspective of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Entel, director of radiology at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, has been a visiting professor of medicine in many countries abroad, including Israel, where he has taught at Hadassah Hospital, Hadassah College and Al Quds medical school in the West Bank. For 10 years, he served on the special projects team of Hadassah International, for which he received the Myrtle Wreath Award.

Currently on AIPAC’s National Council, Entel also serves on the board of the Jewish National Fund of Tampa Bay. He previously served as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the Jewish Community Centers of Pinellas. In addition, Entel has been on the boards of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation and Pinellas Community Foundation. He is a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom.

Entel has been the recipient of the Dr. Alfred Schick Award from the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, the Humanitarian award from the American Friends of Magen David Adom, the Tree of Life Award from JNF and was recognized by State of Israel Bonds.

PRIMER was established in 1992 by Dr. Norman Gross , z”l, and others, to counter anti-Jewish and anti-Israel messages in the media. In August of 2009, PRIMER became inactive, but created the Dr. Norman Gross “PRIMER” Advocacy Award through the TOP Jewish Foundation to recognize individuals in Tampa Bay who best embody the PRIMER motto that “silence is not golden” when dealing with Israel and anti-Jewish bias.

Gross was the first recipient, followed by Herb Swarzman, Dr. Eric Steckler, Steve Schwersky, Hillel of the University of South Florida, Stuart Berger and last year’s honoree, Jonathan Ellis.

The event will be held at The Preserve (formerly the Inn on the Pond), 2010 Greenbriar Blvd. in Clearwater, beginning at 10 a.m. Cost of the brunch is $15, payable at the door. RSVP to Maxine Kaufman at (727) 333-3106 or email her at no later than Wednesday, Feb. 14.

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