AFMDA Lights Up Palm Beach Chanukah Event
American Friends of Magen David Adom was shinning bright at the Light Up Palm Beach Chanukah celebration on December 22, 2014 at Bradley Park. Hundreds of people ate latkes while enjoying the winter wonderland carnival and lighting of the Ice Menorah by Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio. Among all the excitement, AFMDA made a huge impact spreading awareness for Magen David Adom’s lifesaving work in Israel.
AFMDA brought two ambulances, a mobile intensive care unit and a standard ambulance, to Light Up the 7th Night of Chanukah in Palm Beach.
Volunteers donned t-shirts reading “Save a life in Israel…ask me how!” as they welcomed people over to the AFMDA booth. Everyone had the opportunity to explore the Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Lifesaving ambulance that were both open for the public. Children eagerly climbed inside to take a look around before decorating ambulance tzedakah boxes of their own. Volunteer EMTs and Paramedics were also standing by to answer questions and share stories of their lifesaving experiences.
Jeremiah Cann and AFMDA National Board Member Jacqueline Goldman are helping spread the word about AFMDA.
The night was a huge success spreading awareness for Magen David Adom among the Palm Beach Community. We hope everyone that came out had as much fun as we did! Happy Chanukah!
Porto Vita celebrates Israel
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.
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.
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.
It’s time to celebrate in Palm Beach
The Palm Beach community has done so much for Magen David Adom and Israel, and in the coming months they’ll be celebrating that humanitarian work and honoring the philanthropists who have gone above and beyond for the cause.
At the Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala on Sunday, February 23, Lois Pope will receive the Humanitarian of the Year award, recognizing her generosity and commitment to saving lives in Israel. The event, held at Mar-a-Lago, will also feature guest speaker Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel.
Eileen and Michael Goldman
Less than a month later on Sunday, March 16, AFMDA will honor Eileen and Michael Goldman at the Cocktails, Dinner & Entertainment Boca-Delray Community Event. They will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award for their philanthropic work and dedication to Magen David Adom. Guests at the Boca-Delray event will hear from speaker John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (2005 – 2006).
Both are sure to be elegant and inspiring evenings. For more information please call AFMDA’s Palm Beach office at 561.835.0510.
NextGen event brings new supporters for MDA’s heroes
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A new motorbike for Israel
Samantha Slavin, granddaughter of AFMDA supporter Lorrilyn Saex poses with the motorbike her family sponsored. Thanks to their generosity, MDA paramedics are better equipped to save lives.
Palm Beach Happenings
MDA supporters in Palm Beach had a non-stop winter of events and activities benefiting Israel’s lifesavers. Take a look at the photo gallery below for a taste of the festivities.
2013 Celebration of Life Gala Chairs Dianne and Abe Bernstein with gala speaker Bob Woodward in Palm Beach.
From left, Susan Shulman-Pertnoy, Jacqueline Goldman, Nina Saslove, and honoree Barbara Kay at the Celebration of Life Gala in Palm Beach.
Barbara and Jack (z”l) Kay, 2013 Celebration of Life Gala honorees and founding donors to the campaign for the new MDA National Blood Services Center, at the Celebration of Life Gala in Palm Beach.
Dore Gold (center) with Sandy and Bruce Hammonds, hosts of the Major Donor Reception for the Celebration of Life Gala, at the Hammonds’ home in Palm Beach.
Dore Gold (center) with Ruth and Bernard Mintz at the Mintz’s Ambulance Dedication at Addison Reserve in Boca Raton.
Boca Raton/Delray Beach Community Event honorees Ina Rae and Neil Fox with Yoni Yagodovsky (center) at St. Andrew’s Country Club in Boca Raton.
Lorrilyn Saex at the Boca Raton/Delray Beach Community Event with the motorbike she
donated in memory of her beloved husband.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A gift of life
Judy and Paul Markhoff and the Adolf and Rose Levis Foundation donated their second ambulance, which will soon be saving lives on the streets of Israel. It will join MDA’s fleet of 800 ambulances, most of which were donated by Americans.
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.