Porto Vita celebrates Israel

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From left, AFMDA CEO Arnold Gerson, dinner honorees Oscar and Elaine Wasserman, dinner chairs Patricia and Barry Goldstein.

Porto Vita Friends of Magen David Adom hosted their annual Celebration of Life Dinner at the Villa Grande Club at Porto Vita in Aventura, Florida on February 4, 2014. Honorees Oscar and Elaine Wasserman were recognized for their outstanding to commitment to MDA and saving lives in Israel.

 

 

 

 

Floridians celebrate Israel at a beach house brunch

With a backdrop of blue skies and palm trees, not unlike the scenery in Israel, Florida supporters of Magen David Adom gathered to celebrate saving lives.

From left, Ruth and Richard Gottlieb; Dan Dobin, AFMDA national board member and vice chairman of marketing; and Shirley & Selig Golen.

From left, Ruth and Richard Gottlieb; Dan Dobin, AFMDA national board member and vice chairman of marketing; and Shirley & Selig Golen.

The brunch, hosted on January 19 by Annetta Epstein and Dr. Tszipi Arison at the Arisons’ Pompano Beach home, helped raise critical new funds for Magen David Adom’s (MDA) new national blood center. MDA is Israel’s national emergency medical response and blood services organization.

The guest speaker, Chaim Shacham, Israel’s consul general to Florida and Puerto Rico, spoke about current events in the Middle East and the challenges Israel faces. He also discussed the need for a new MDA national blood center. Israel’s current blood center, built in the 1980s, no longer accommodates the nation’s growing population and is vulnerable to terror and rocket attacks, as well as earthquakes. (Israel sits on two active fault lines).

Epstein, a national board member of American Friends of MDA, was the driving force behind the event, which included more than 65 guests, including Sy Brief and Dan Dobin, two other AFMDA national board members.

“This event was a huge success because it introduced MDA’s lifesaving work to new audiences in Broward County,” said AFMDA Southeast Region Director Mark Glickman. “The people of Israel need a new and modern blood center and, while we still have a long way to go, we’re thrilled that many of the guests agreed to help us by hosting future parlor meetings and events.”

Boca Pointe sends its fourth ambulance to Israel

Boca Pointe celebrates the ambulance they sponsored for Israel.

Boca Pointe celebrates the ambulance they sponsored for Israel.

The residents of Boca Pointe Country Club chipped in and sponsored their fourth ambulance for American Friends of Magen David Adom.  The ambulance dedication was held on January 14 at the club in Boca Raton, FL.  We were honored to have Congressman Ted Deutch and Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams as the guest speakers.

 

 

NextGen event brings new supporters for MDA’s heroes

Event co-chair Steven Herschenhorn, center, with other NextGen MDA supporters.

Event co-chair Steven Herschenhorn, center, with other NextGen MDA supporters.

NextGen MDA supporters gathered on Dec. 3 at the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Fl. to enjoy a night out and learn more about MDA’s lifesaving work. This was the first event in Florida for Heartbeat, AFMDA’s NextGen community. And there will be more to come!

 

Diamond Circle Gala Raises $840,000 for MDA

From left, AFMDA Humanitarian Award recipient Dr. Robert J. Entel, Elene Klein, Dr. Irwin and Syd Entel, and Rabbi Gary Klein of Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, FL.

From left, AFMDA Humanitarian Award recipient Dr. Robert J. Entel, Ilene Klein, Dr. Irwin and Syd Entel, and Rabbi Gary Klein of Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, FL.

Southeast Advisory Board Chairman Rabbi Larry Schuval presents the Handleman Leadership Award to Norman Levine.

Southeast Advisory Board Chairman Rabbi Larry Schuval presents the Handleman Leadership Award to Norman Levine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Friends of Magen David Adom’s (AFMDA) annual Diamond Circle Chanukah Gala raised $840,000 on Sunday, November 24 to support Magen David Adom (MDA). More than 150 guests attended at the Turnberry Jewish Center in Aventura.

This year’s gala welcomed new communities from emerging areas of Florida, while continuing Diamond Circle’s long and storied tradition of supporting MDA’s lifesaving work in Israel.

Incoming president of the Southeast Regional Advisory Board Neil Fox presents a gift to outgoing president Rabbi Larry Schuval.

Incoming president of the Southeast Regional Advisory Board Neil Fox presents a gift to outgoing president Rabbi Larry Schuval.

Dr. Robert J. Entel, a Clearwater, Fla. radiologist with connections to both Florida coasts, became the first west coast Floridian to receive AFMDA’s Humanitarian Award for his work bridging the worlds of medicine and charity. Entel’s longtime friend, Rabbi Gary Klein of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, presented him with the award. Entel’s remarks focused on MDA’s future and the need to support projects like its new National Blood Center and other emerging technologies designed to save lives in Israel and around the world.

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Myrna Skurnick tests out the Medicycle that she sponsored.

Norman Levine, a CPA and senior partner at Ribotsky Levine & Company, was honored with the Sally & Joseph Handelman Leadership Award. Levine, a 30-year member of AFMDA’s Southeast Region leadership, discussed the positive impact that the Diamond Circle Gala, one of south Florida’s longest-running charity events, has had in rallying the community to support Israel. Four new MDA ambulances were dedicated at the event. Sponsors included Bernard Kaplan and Natalie Buchbinder, Edward and Menucha Meinstein, and Gilbert and Minerva Rosenberg. A new Medicycle, MDA’s unique three-wheeled motorbike, was also dedicated as sponsor Myrna Skurnick proudly looked on. The Gala was chaired by Annetta and Dr. David Epstein.

The Epstein Family and dinner chairs.

The Epstein Family and dinner chairs.

Light Up the Night with Heartbeat in Florida

NextGen AFMDA supporters in Florida will be celebrating Chanukah and saving lives on December 3 at the Light Up the Night event. Presented by Heartbeat, AFMDA’s NextGen community, the event will take place at the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park. Admission includes a free drink and sufganiyot, and proceeds go to Magen David Adom. Check out the Facebook event for more information!

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Celebrating life in the Southeast

The end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 saw much support for MDA from the Southeast Region.

At the annual Diamond Circle Gala on December 9, 2012, attendees gathered to honor Margaret Morse Tours and salute the lifesaving work of MDA.

Co-Chair Annetta Epstein, Robin, Wendy, and Michael Morse, and Co- Chair Dr. David Epstein at the Diamond Circle Gala.

Co-Chair Annetta Epstein, Robin, Wendy, and Michael Morse, and Co- Chair Dr. David Epstein at the Diamond Circle Gala.

On February 5, 2013, Myron (Mike) and Phyllis Levin were honored at the Porto Vita Gala where the ambulance they sponsored was dedicated.

Myron (Mike) and Phyllis Levin dedicating their ambulance with co-chairs Barry and Patricia Goldstein at the Porto Vita Gala.

Myron (Mike) and Phyllis Levin dedicating their ambulance with co-chairs Barry and Patricia Goldstein at the Porto Vita Gala.

Stay tuned for more events in 2013!

Thanks to Florida, Israel has three more ambulances

It’s been a busy few months in the Southeast, with many Floridians showing their support for Magen David Adom.

Joel Silberman, Eillene Leistner,  Retired IDF General Nehemia Dagan, and AFMDA volunteers Burt Goodman and Elaine Rubinson at the Boca Pointe Country Club.

Joel Silberman, Eillene Leistner, Retired IDF General Nehemia Dagan, and AFMDA volunteers Burt Goodman and Elaine Rubinson at the Boca Pointe Country Club.

The Boca Pointe community came together to dedicate an ambulance on February 3. Community volunteers, including Burt Goodman and Elaine Rubinson, gathered for the ceremony before the lifesaving vehicle was shipped to Israel.

Joel Silberman, AFMDA chapter services director, with volunteer co-presidents Betty Remmlinger and Dr. Fritz Froehlich at Aston Gardens.

Joel Silberman, AFMDA chapter services director, with volunteer co-presidents Betty Remmlinger and Dr. Fritz Froehlich at Aston Gardens.

Supporters in Aston Gardens also worked as a community to raise funds for an ambulance and capped off their efforts with a dedication on February 25. Volunteer co-presidents Betty Remmlinger and Dr. Fritz Froehlich thanked all community members for their commitment to reaching their goal.

Volunteers Wendy Honigman and Joan Waitz with children from Jacksonville Jewish Center.

Volunteers Wendy Honigman and Joan Waitz with children from Jacksonville Jewish Center.

In Jacksonville, AFMDA’s Mitzvah Chapter dedicated an ambulance at Jacksonville Jewish Center on March 10. Dozens of children from the Hebrew school attended, smiling at the excitement of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Educating young students in the community about Israel is just as important to the chapter as their support for Israel.

Thanks to committed supporters in the Southeast, MDA can provide swift and skilled emergency medical care to Israel’s people.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Israel!

Larry and Susan Metsch hosted a birthday party and dessert reception in honor of Israel’s 64th birthday at their Williams Island home. The Consul General of Israel spoke to the crowd and presented the Guardian of Israel award to Edward and Menucha Meinstein for their dedication and commitment to Israel.