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Community ‘stars’ shine at awards ceremony


Tampa JCC & Federation immediate Past President Sue Schoenbaum, left, received the Leo Levinson Award for Leadership from JCC & Federation Copresident Jonathan Ellis. Tampa JCC & Federation immediate Past President Sue Schoenbaum, left, received the Leo Levinson Award for Leadership from JCC & Federation Copresident Jonathan Ellis. Twenty “stars” of the local Jewish community were honored recently by the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation during its annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony.

In welcoming the crowd of more than 120, Leah Spero, a member of the Leadership Council, quoted management guru Warren Bennis, saying “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” She said the winners “have all been agents of positive change and are helping to make our dreams for Jewish Tampa become realities. We have an exciting future ahead of us, and these individuals are the reason.”

The Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence was presented to Sue Schoenbaum, who served as president of the JCC & Federation for three years. The presenter was Jonathan Ellis, who served a year as co-president with Schoenbaum and now is co-president with Shelly Walk.


The Todah Rabah Award recipients who were present at the ceremony with Co-president Jonathan Ellis and Maril Jacobs for whom the award was named (L-R) David Scher, Bryan Glazer, Ellis, Jeffrey Berger and Jacobs. The Todah Rabah Award recipients who were present at the ceremony with Co-president Jonathan Ellis and Maril Jacobs for whom the award was named (L-R) David Scher, Bryan Glazer, Ellis, Jeffrey Berger and Jacobs. “The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize a leader in our community who has brought energy, leadership, and resources to our organization in a way that is transformative,” Ellis said, noting the many achievements during her presidency.

“The board and staff of the Tampa JCC & Federation would not have gone forward with the new JCC project – one of our community’s biggest projects of all time – if Sue weren’t sitting at the head of the table, offering her wisdom and inspiring confidence,” Ellis said.


Nancy Linsky, left, was presented the Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership Award by her mother, Doris Rosenblatt. Nancy Linsky, left, was presented the Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership Award by her mother, Doris Rosenblatt. The Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence went to Amy Binder, who was praised for her “tenacious, patient, and consistent can-do attitude,” by Debbie Doliner, who presented the award. “Amy’s volunteer work with the JCC has really stood out in her role in the Book Festival celebration over the past few years,” Doliner said.

Two awards were presented to outstanding young leaders.

Hope Cohen Barnett presented her namesake Young Leadership Award to Suzanne Bern. Barnett praised Bern’s personal and professional achievements. “But the side of her life that’s even more noteworthy is her work in the Jewish community,” Barnett said. Bern is chair of the Young Adult Division and has helped launch new programs for YAD.


Amy Binder, left, received the Bob Jacobson Award for Excellence from Debbie Doliner. Amy Binder, left, received the Bob Jacobson Award for Excellence from Debbie Doliner. Amanda Fleischbein received the Charles Adler Young Leadership Award for her involvement in YAD, as well as her involvement in education and the entire Jewish community. Presenter Cindy Spahn noted that Fleischbein’s focus has been on increasing philanthropic giving in among young adults.

The Leonore Kessler Women’s Division Leadership Excellence Award went to Nancy Linsky by her mother, Doris Rosenblatt, a longtime community leader.

“Nancy is a rare breed of individual: she is a fourth-generation Tampa resident, and I’m so proud she’s my daughter,” Rosenblatt said. She noted that Linsky has immersed herself in volunteer work “with everything from Hadassah to NCJW, from Sisterhood to AIPAC, as well as JNF, Bonds, the Jewish Museum of Florida, Menorah Manor, Inn on the Pond, Chabad, and now our new JCC” as well as arts programs.


Bob Kokol, left, was presented the TOP Jewish Foundation Trustee of Distinction award by Shelly Walk. Bob Kokol, left, was presented the TOP Jewish Foundation Trustee of Distinction award by Shelly Walk. The Alice Rosenthal “It’s More than Just a Job” award went to Ralph Pacheco, presented by Alice Rosenthal. Pacheco is a longtime member of the maintenance staff at the JCC & Federation campus and took a leadership role in converting the campus from a former drug treatment facility into the vibrant multi-generational Community Campus that it is now, she said.

Eight community members received the Maril Jacobs Todah Rabah Awards as a thank you for their work as volunteers. The honorees were: Jeffrey Berger, Ellis, Bryan Glazer, Jonathan Levy, Sam Linsky, David Scher, Michael Sevi and Jim Shimberg Jr.

Four agencies also presented awards as part of the ceremonies:


Suzette Milana- Feinstein, recipient of the Tampa Jewish Family Services Volunteer Leadership Award, with TJFS President Jeffrey Berger. Suzette Milana- Feinstein, recipient of the Tampa Jewish Family Services Volunteer Leadership Award, with TJFS President Jeffrey Berger. • The Hillels of the Florida Suncoast Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Danielle Haberer and Danielle Halevi.

• The Tampa Jewish Family Services Volunteer Leadership Award went to Suzette Milana-Feinstein.

• The TOP Jewish Foundation Trustee of Distinction Award went to Bob Kokol.

• The Weinberg Village Volunteer Service Award went to Lita Berlin and Jeanne Masurek.



Hope Barnett, left, presented the Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award to Suzanne Bern. Hope Barnett, left, presented the Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award to Suzanne Bern.

(L-R) Amanda Fleischbein, recipient of the Charles Adler Young Leadership Award, with presenter Cindy Spahn and Shelly Walk, copresident of the Tampa JCC & Federation. (L-R) Amanda Fleischbein, recipient of the Charles Adler Young Leadership Award, with presenter Cindy Spahn and Shelly Walk, copresident of the Tampa JCC & Federation.

Alice Rosenthal, left, presented the “It’s More than a Job Award” to Ralph Pacheco. Alice Rosenthal, left, presented the “It’s More than a Job Award” to Ralph Pacheco.

Dan Sultan, executive director of Weinberg Village, presented the assisted living facilities’ Volunteer Service Award to (L-R) Jeanne Mazurek and Lita Berlin. Dan Sultan, executive director of Weinberg Village, presented the assisted living facilities’ Volunteer Service Award to (L-R) Jeanne Mazurek and Lita Berlin.

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, director of the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, presented the organization’s volunteer service award to Danielle Halevi and Danielle Haberer. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, director of the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, presented the organization’s volunteer service award to Danielle Halevi and Danielle Haberer.

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