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January 25, 2019  RSS feed
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Federation’s Professional Societies to honor leaders from diverse industries

The Professional Societies of the Tampa Jewish Federation, a new professional giving group, will hold its inaugural dinner, honoring six individuals who are standouts in their chosen profession and leaders in the Jewish community.

The honorees are: Mark Jaffe, MD; Leon Mezrah, David Osterweil, Mitchell and Susie Rice and Harvey Schonbrun.

The idea behind the new Professional Societies is to bring together members of the previously existing Cardozo (legal) Society, Montefiore (financial services) Society and the Maimonides (medical) Society with the addition of professionals from the entrepreneurial and real estate communities.

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and include a buffet dinner, followed by the awards ceremony and presentation by guest speaker Micah Halpern on the topic of “Humor in the Middle East: Better to Laugh Than Cry.”


Dinner guest speaker Micah Halpern’s topic will be “Humor in the Middle East: Better to Laugh Than Cry.” He is a syndicated columnist and terror expert . Dinner guest speaker Micah Halpern’s topic will be “Humor in the Middle East: Better to Laugh Than Cry.” He is a syndicated columnist and terror expert . Halpern is a frequent analyst on network television and radio in the areas of terror, the Middle East and Muslim Fundamentalism. As a syndicated columnist, he is also a well-known social and political commentator, educator, and historian. Halpern lectures frequently, both in the United States and Israel, on issues relating to terror, foreign affairs, Israel and the Middle East, as well as wine history, and popular culture.

As an expert on terrorism, Halpern has been invited for consultations in the White House and addressed Justice Department sponsored conferences. His expertise as a historian was called on by PBS for their four-part series on Herod and by The History Channel for the documentary film, “Masada” in which he also appears.

The program and dinner are open to the community and free to all Federation donors. Cost is $25 for non-donors. Reservations are required for catering purposes and can be made by visiting www.jewishtampa.com/ societies or calling (813) 769-2802. The Glazer JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave.

The evening is sponsored by The Bank of Tampa.

Mark Jaffe, MD Maimonides Society: Jaffe has been a practicing radiologist for more than 40 years. He received his B.A. from Yale University and medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Following his training at Yale-New Haven Hospitals, Jaffe was on the faculty of University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Georgetown University before joining a private practice in Tampa almost 30 years ago.

He has been an active member of Congregation Kol Ami, having served as president of the congregation as well as a member of the board of trustees, Ritual Committee and Rabbi Search Committee. He and his wife, Carol, have been honored twice by Israel Bonds, receiving the Star of David Award in Tampa in 2009 and the Israel67 Award at the International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner in 2015. They are also supporters of the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

Leon Mezrah Montefiore Society: Mezrah has been in the financial services business for more than 53 years. He established his firm, Mezrah Financial, specializing in financial coaching and asset protection, in 1966 and has distinguished himself as an industry leader. Mezrah has been a member of many industry organizations including the International Association for Financial Planning, the National Association for Advanced Life Underwriting and the National Association of Estate Planning Councils.

Both Mezrah and his family are proponents of ensuring the vitality and growth of the Tampa Jewish and greater community. To that end they sponsored the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center at the Glazer JCC.

David Osterweil Entrepreneur Society: Osterweil is the founder and CEO of Fitlife Foods, the largest fresh-prepared meals omnichannel retailer in the Southeast. He founded Fitlife in 2011 in Tampa to help people who value their health, their time and great flavor, find fresh, chef-prepared meals.

Osterweil volunteers throughout the Tampa Bay community and currently serves as a board member of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, is a member of the Florida chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization, is a former mentor with the Take Stock in Children program and is the former chair of the Straz Center’s Producer’s Group. He and his wife, Laura, are also supporters of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Susie and Mitchell RiceReal Estate Society: Susie Rice is president of RMC Property Group and oversees all corporate and real estate operations. She was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal when RMC was ranked first among Florida’s shopping center leasing and management companies for her involvement in the growth and development of the infrastructure of RMC into a premier full-service real estate company in Florida.

Mitchell Rice, CEO of RMC Property Group, has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for more than 25 years, representing hundreds of clients in brokerage, retail and commercial development. To date, he has developed more than 100 Walgreens drugstores throughout the Southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The couple were co-honorees of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services. They also are committed to making Tampa a better place to live with their contributions to the Corporation to Develop Communities in East Tampa, the Tampa Jewish Federation and through their commitment to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Capital Campaign. Susie Rice also currently serves as a trustee at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, sits on the board of Shoe Giver of Tampa and is a former co-chair of the Lion of Judahs.

Harvey Schonbrun Cardozo Society: Schonbrun has been an attorney for 46 years and his practice primarily focuses on estate planning and administration law matters, including trust and probate litigation. He is board certified by the Florida Bar in the area of wills, trusts and estates, and is a member of the Tampa Bay Real Estate Planning Council; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and American Bar Association.

He is involved in many philanthropic endeavors including Tampa JCCs and Federation, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, TOP Jewish Foundation, Florida Holocaust Museum, The Crisis Center, Jesuit High School, Hands Across the Bay.


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