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February 8, 2019  RSS feed
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3 honored with coveted Tikkun Olam Award


Nat and Debbie Doliner, left, and Lili Kaufmann, above, are Tikkun Olam Award honorees. Nat and Debbie Doliner, left, and Lili Kaufmann, above, are Tikkun Olam Award honorees. Most years only one person is singled out to receive the most prestigious award the Tampa JCCs and Federation presents – the Tikkun Olam Award – but this year it went to three: Lili Kaufmann and Nat and Debbie Doliner.

As is custom, the award was announced at the Federation’s annual

President’s Dinner, held this year on Sunday, Jan. 27. None of the recipients were present and will receive their awards at a later date.

“We are fortunate to honor both a super star couple and another amazing member of our community,” Tampa JCCs and Federation President Joe Probasco told the audience. “Our community has been blessed with tremendous leaders who have carried this torch and led us in a Jewish way, according to Jewish ethics and values. Like our past award winners, this year’s recipients are no different.”

Probasco said the Doliners both have rich volunteer and philanthropic histories, providing service and leadership to the Federation, Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS), Hillels of the Suncoast, Israel Bonds and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

“They have been referred to as the ‘power couple of leadership and volunteerism’ in our Tampa Jewish community and I know you will agree that this remarkable pair has dedicated their lives to tikkun olam (repairing the world),” Probasco said.

Debbie and Nat Doliner

Debbie Doliner has previously served as president of Hillels of the Suncoast, president of the TJFS board and the Hillel Academy advisory board where she received Volunteer of the Year honors. She has been longtime co-chair of Tampa’s annual book festival. She also received the Federation’s Bob Jacobson Memorial Award of Excellence for her volunteer work.

Nat Doliner, an attorney, has served as chair of the Cardozo Society and received that organization’s annual award. He was also chairman of the board for the Florida Holocaust Museum for two years and a former board chair at Hillel Academy. He is the Tampa office managing shareholder of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., where he has practiced for more than 35 years. He was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Law and was selected as Tampa “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America (for Corporate Law, in 2011, for Mergers & Acquisitions, in 2013, and for Corporate Governance Law, in 2014).

The couple are members of Congregation Kol Ami. They have received awards from Israel Bonds and have been honored at Hillel Academy’s Gift of Gold fundraiser.

The Doliners will receive their award at the Federation’s Professional Societies inaugural dinner on Feb. 28.

Lili Kaufmann

The other recipient, Lili Kaufmann, “was part of a small group of people across the country who asked us to change the way we look at women’s roles in philanthropy, and made it her mission to persuade women that they can, and most importantly, should be benefactors in their own name,” Probasco said. To accomplish her mission, Kaufmann helped to initiate and develop the national Lion of Judah Endowment. Started in 1984, today 3,600 women have created endowments in their own names totaling $590 million.

Probasco called Kaufmann a “very passionate and persistent person” who “embodies our tradition – Kol yisrael arevim zeh ba zeh – all of Israel is responsible for each other.” He told of how Kaufmann chaired the local Jewish community’s efforts in Operation Exodus, a joint effort between the North American Jewish community and the Jewish Agency for Israel to raise funds to help nearly 1 million “refusnik” Jews escape persecution in the former Soviet Union and resettle safely in the U.S and Israel.

“Her work in this respect has continued to this day through her current role with the Jewish Agency for Israel, where she continues to work tirelessly as an international board member to strengthen the ties between Israel and the worldwide Jewish community to ensure Israel remains a safe haven for Jews worldwide,” Probasco said.

Kaufmann received the highest award that can be presented by the International Lion of Judah organization, the Kipnis-Wilson Award for her philanthropy. Lions of Judah are women who make significant monetary donations to their Federation. She also went on a Solidarity Mission to Israel sponsored by Tampa Bay area Federations in 1991, where the group faced the threat of Scud missiles from Iran during the Gulf War.

Other accomplishments by Kaufmann, include:

• She served as president of the Tampa Federation for four years;

• She and her husband, Barry, are founding members of Congregation Beth Am and she served as temple president;

• She served on the National Women’s Board of the United Jewish Communities;

• She has been trustee of the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation; and

• She is a founding member of TampaBayJob Links.

Probasco said Kaufmann was ill and could not make it to the dinner, but will receive her award soon.

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