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December 13, 2013  RSS feed

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Museum seeks nominees for Glass Ceiling Award

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach is seeking nominations for its Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards, an annual award presented to women who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling in professional fields that are normally dominated by men.

Nominees are also judged based upon activities in the Jewish and civic communities and serving as role models for other women. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.

“While there have been outstanding strides made by Jewish professional women throughout the state, it is important that we continue to recognize these women as an inspiration to others to aim for the stars,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, director of Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. “We encourage the Florida community to nominate women who they feel are worthy of this honor. Each year, we receive a fascinating assortment of nominations of women from all over the state in diverse professions, from fire fighters to forensic artists.”

The award was established by the museum in 1995. To date, more than 75 outstanding winners have been honored with this distinction, from a wide variety of fields such as medicine, banking, accounting, academia, politics, law, aviation, journalism, sports and entertainment.

Recent winners from the Tampa Bay area include Sherryl Susan Evans, who spent a lifetime in law enforcement; Tampa cardiologist Dr. Debbie Rinde- Hoffman, USF President Judy Genshaft and Tampa Bay harbor pilot Capt. Carolyn Kurtz.

The 2014 awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, featuring the honorees discussing the obstacles they faced and how they broke through the glass ceiling.

“The event is always an uplifting experience,” said Tamra Sheffman, who has been a chair of the committee almost since its inception. “We especially encourage students to attend this program, as it is such an inspiration to hear these women’s personal stories of their often rocky paths to success.”

To submit a nominee for the award, visit and download the nomination form, or contact membership director Nancy Cohen at (786) 972-3164 or The museum is dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture.

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