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December 14, 2018  RSS feed
Senior Living

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Weinberg Village sponsors 8 Over 80 award ceremony

(L-R) 8 Over 80 honorees, Paul Lewis, Carole Cherry, Dennis Field, Marilyn Wittner, Elaine Shimberg, David Zohar, Jack Rudowsky, Gerry Lawrence Photos by Amy Chirinos Photography (L-R) 8 Over 80 honorees, Paul Lewis, Carole Cherry, Dennis Field, Marilyn Wittner, Elaine Shimberg, David Zohar, Jack Rudowsky, Gerry Lawrence Photos by Amy Chirinos Photography Eight well respected seniors in the local Jewish community were honored last month at the seventh annual Stephen Weinberg 8 Over 80 Awards ceremony at an event sponsored by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences.

The eight honorees recognized for their distinguished endeavors and contributions to the well-being of the Tampa Bay Jewish community are Carole Cherry, Dennis Field, Irving Lawrence, Paul Lewis, Jack Rudowsky, Elaine Shimberg, Marilyn Wittner and David Zohar.

The ceremony was held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek on Nov. 18.

Co-chairs of the awards event - Abigail Altman, Lois Older and Andi Parker – led the program alongside Jason Kislak, President of the Weinberg Village board of managers.

(L-R) Jason Kislak (President of the Board of Managers), Andi Parker (Co-Chair), Lois Older (Co-Chair), Abigail Altman (Co-Chair) (L-R) Jason Kislak (President of the Board of Managers), Andi Parker (Co-Chair), Lois Older (Co-Chair), Abigail Altman (Co-Chair) Parker toasted the achievements of this year’s honorees in her introductory remarks by saying, “Their contributions have created a ripple effect, inspiring others to join them in service – they have collaborated with other lay leaders and worked tirelessly to elevate the mission of countless Jewish agencies.”

Older remarked, “With a shared passion for Jewish values and the principles of tzedakah and tikkun olam, each honoree has set out on their own journey to repair our world and we are forever grateful for their service.”

The annual program also is a successful fundraiser benefiting the Weinberg Village Facility Enhancement Fund, which serves to enhance the Weinberg Village facility and provides much needed subsidies and supportive services to our seniors.

An abbreviated biography of each honoree is provided here as a snapshot of their extensive involvement in Jewish and non-Jewish causes alike. For their full biography, contact Dan Sultan, executive director of Weinberg Village for a program book at or (813) 969-1818.

Carole Cherry

Cherry cares deeply about the Tampa community and gives back not only because it is our shared responsibility to take care of one another, but also as a token of her appreciation for the warm, embracing and robust Jewish community and friendships that surrounds her today. surrounds her today. She is a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, and has been a Torah Circle donor for a number of years as well as a member of the Sisterhood. Cherry is also an advocate of the work of the Tampa Jewish Federation and a proud Lion of Judah for over 20 years.

Dennis Field

Dennis Field has been an active member at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. He is most known for his dedicated involvement on the cemetery committee and daily attendance and participation in morning minyan. Due to health issues, Field no longer tends to the cemetery but remains passionate about our Jewish burial grounds and the importance of having a well taken care of resting place for our loved ones. Over the years he has been a go-to person that the synagogue could depend on – for his time and talents. He is respected for his compassionate and generous nature.

Irving ‘Gerry’ Lawrence

Lawrence is known for his willingness to give back. He was the president and a director of the Ybor City Lions Club, receiving the coveted “Lion of the Year” award and ran the Greater Tampa Lions Eyesight Fund for the biggest fundraiser to date. He has served as a probono counsel for the both Police Athletic League and the Hillsborough County Volunteer Firefighters Association. He is an active life member of Post 44 of AMVETS and participates in a variety of activities to honor the service given by veterans. He is an active participant in Beth Shalom’s annual fundraisers, garnering sponsors and making contributions.

Paul Lewis

Lewis believes that it is important to give back to the community. Lewis and his wife, Gloria (of blessed memory) have been involved in various Congregation Beth Am activities. Over the years, he has served as membership chair, treasurer and has taken part in a variety of community engagement, social action and fundraising activities. One of his greatest fundraising successes was as a volunteer for Beth Am’s annual New Year’s Day event selling programs at the Outback Bowl. His most prized memory was his trip to Lakewood, NJ, to purchase and transport Beth Am’s new Torah back to Tampa.

Jack Rudowsky

Rudowsky fully embraced his Jewish faith as a mature adult after joining Congregation Kol Ami. Both he and his wife, Rochelle, belong to a havarah and Rudowsky volunteers his time as a security guard at services, while often ushering and assisting with synagogue mailings. In addition to his active involvement with Kol Ami, he also joined the Jewish War Veterans Post 373 and served as commander in recent years. The post helps patients in the SCI Unit at the Veterans Hospital and funds vet visits to baseball and hockey games and museums and meets a variety of other needs.

Elaine Shimberg

Shimberg has been an active member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek since 1959. She was on the board of both the Sisterhood and the Temple, was a member of the Second Century Campaign Leadership committee and an original member of Sisterhood’s “Service to the Blind” program. She and husband Mandell “Hinks” Shimberg have been long-time financial supporters of Schaarai Zedek, the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. The couple received countless accolades for their profound involvement and influence within the community. She is an advocate of many causes and has served in a variety of leadership capacities within Jewish and non-Jewish agencies and organizations.

Marilyn Wittner

Wittner converted to Judaism at Congregation Rodeph Sholom after marrying Harvey Wittner and has been an active member ever since. She has served in various leadership capacities at Rodeph Sholom. Wittner has volunteered as music teacher at the religious school, co-chaired the synagogue’s Passover Seder, participated as a Caring Committee member and has served in many roles on the synagogue’s board of directors including president and past president. Wittner has supported Hillel Academy and Tampa Jewish Family Services, serving on both boards of directors. She has been United Way Campaign coordinator for the Hillsborough County School District and assisted University Community Hospital as a patient survey manager.

David Zohar

Zohar is a founding member of Congregation Kol Ami, heading its building committee. He helped acquire the property and secure financing for the project. He has participated in myriad capacities for Kol Ami and has also been a leader in Zionist organizations. He is a past member of Tampa Jewish Family Services’ board of directors, the Tampa Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council and AIPAC. Zohar believes the only way Jewish people can survive is through organization and feels every Jew should belong to and support synagogues, Federations and other organizations concerned with the present and future welfare of our people.

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