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22 honored at Sonya Miller Women of Distinction event


Jackie Wertel – honoree from Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood; Linda Zolinsky – honoree from Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay; Debbie Heilweil – honoree from the Florida Holocaust Museum; BJ Murphy - honoree from Philip Benjamin Tower Foundation. Jackie Wertel – honoree from Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood; Linda Zolinsky – honoree from Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay; Debbie Heilweil – honoree from the Florida Holocaust Museum; BJ Murphy - honoree from Philip Benjamin Tower Foundation. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties celebrated the dedication and leadership of 22 women in the local Jewish community when they honored women from nearly all of the Jewish organizations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties at the 16th annual Women of Distinction award ceremony.

The event included an afternoon reception on April 29 at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. This year it was renamed the Sonya Miller, z’l Women of Distinction award ceremony to honor the St. Petersburg native who spent her life building and strengthening the Jewish community.

One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of Sarah Feld as the winner of the Dawkins Young Woman of Distinction award. The award was created three years ago to honor a woman in her 30s who has become an example of leadership. The award celebrates the longevity of the Jewish Press and the significant vision that Karen and Jim Dawkins had in the creation of the Jewish Press in the Tampa Bay region.


2018 class photo. 2018 class photo. Feld is an active member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, where she sings in the synagogue’s choir and volunteers for various programs and events, and is a lifetime member of Hadassah. Feld is also a participant in the Yesod community leadership development program sponsored by the Federation. She does all this while balancing a full-time job as a pharmacy technician. She and her husband, Forrest Feld, live in Seminole.


Committee members, from left, Barbara Sterensis, Caren Evans and Harriet Stein. Committee members not shown are Barbara Baughman and Gayle Maller. Committee members, from left, Barbara Sterensis, Caren Evans and Harriet Stein. Committee members not shown are Barbara Baughman and Gayle Maller. Attendees were treated to an art exhibit on loan from the Israeli Consulate office in Miami. It featured Israeli artists’ depictions of Wonder Woman through the ages. As they viewed the artwork and socialized with friends, guests indulged in catered delicacies.

Elizabeth Gelman, executive director of the Florida Holocaust Museum, sang the National Anthem and Hatikvah. Rabbi Michael Torop of Beth-El welcomed all to the temple and spoke about Sonya Miller and her dedication to Beth-El. Jan Sher, daughter of Sonya Miller, and Barbara Sterensis, longtime family friend, relayed their thoughts and personal stories of Miller and her influence on them.

Barbara Jean Murphy, the honoree selected by Benjamin Tower Foundation, quipped after receiving her award, “It was such a wonderful experience and a day to remember. I will cherish this in my heart always.”


Sarah Feld, recipient of the Dawkins Young Woman of Distinction award. Sarah Feld, recipient of the Dawkins Young Woman of Distinction award. This year’s participating organizations and their honorees sent are: Benjamin Tower Foundation, Barbara Jean (B.J.) Murphy; Congregation Beth Shalom, Anne deMarlor; Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Esther Schwegman; Congregation B’nai Israel, Sandy Brasch; Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood, Jackie Wertel; Florida Holocaust Museum, Debbie Heilweil; Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Jan Sher; Hadassah - St. Petersburg Chapter, Laurie Slomka Reiskind; Hadassah - Lylah Pinellas Chapter, Terri Tankel; Hadassah - North Pinellas Chapter, Janice Caine and Betty Slavney; Israel Bonds, Dr. Leslie Weiss, z”l; Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Barbara Eisenman; Jewish Genealogical Society, Linda Zolinsky; Jewish Women’s International, Lynn Brodsky; Menorah Manor, Susan Berman; Tampa Bay Job Links, Starr Silver; Temple Ahavat Shalom, Paula Rosoff; Temple Ahavat Shalom Sisterhood, Marlene Wain; Temple Beth-El, Sonya Miller, z”l; Temple B’nai Israel, Barbara Goldberg and Temple B’nai Israel Sisterhood, Katie Blaxberg.


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