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New Israel Bonds event to honor Dr. Leslie Weiss, z”l

A new annual Israel Bonds Tampa Bay Women’s Division Premier event has been named in memory of Dr. Leslie Weiss, z”l, for her support of “everything Jewish, especially Israel Bonds.”

Leslie, along with husband, Dr. Mitchell Weiss, and their two children, Hannah and Ari, were killed in a small plane crash in Costa Rica on Dec. 31.

The April 23 dinner will be held at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg beginning at 6:30 p.m. and feature speaker Benjamin Anthony, founder of the non-profit group, Our Soldiers Speak.

Michelle Klahr, National Women’s Division director, will provide a national overview of the organization, which underwrites securities for the state of Israel. Worldwide sales have surpassed $41 billion since the first bonds were issued in 1951.

Leslie and Mitch Weiss were committed to Israel Bonds and had set a portfolio goal for their Bonds investments. In early December, shortly before the tragic accident, “Leslie came to the Israel Bonds local office to proudly purchase the final piece to reach their portfolio goal,” recalled Monica DiGiovanni of Israel Bonds Tampa Bay.

Benjamin Anthony, founder of Our Soldiers Speak, will be the guest speaker Benjamin Anthony, founder of Our Soldiers Speak, will be the guest speaker “Her memory and dedication to everything Jewish lives on in our community through her friends, family and work – we all miss her bright smile,” DiGiovanni said.

Two of Leslie’s close friends, Louisa Benjamin and Debbie Berner, are chairing the event. Leslie’s family has given their blessing to the event and family members from all over the country are expected to be there to help launch this annual dinner named for her.

Guest speaker Benjamin Anthony’s not-for-profit non-governmental organization provides briefings and analysis on the realities and challenges faced by the Israel Defense Forces.Anthony is the lead lecturer for the organization, which has reached diverse audiences at more than 380 college campuses across several continents, as well as leading think tanks in various countries.

He also speaks annually on Capitol Hill and arranges briefings by senior IDF officers for members of the US Congress and their staffers. Anthony continues to serve on an annual basis as a combat reservist in the IDF.

Both women and men are welcome. The event venue is located 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg.

For more information including ticket prices and to make reservations, contact or call (727) 282.1124.

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