Former Hostage Alan Gross To Headline Jewish Federation Event


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Alan Gross following Cuban captivity.

 BOCA RATON, FL ( (Source: Jewish Federation)  — An elegant evening of inspiration is planned for hundreds of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s largest donors at this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. They’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at The Polo Club in Boca Raton for a cocktail reception and dinner with an exciting and enlightening program. 

 U.S. Humanitarian Aid Worker Alan Gross and Ambassador Dennis Ross will keynote this evening that celebrates the Federation’s Major Donors, and is named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family.

 “Having recently been to Cuba, we are looking forward to hearing from Alan Gross about his harrowing experience in a Cuban prison for five years,” said Neil Baritz, who is co-chairing the event with his wife Robin, and Linda and Don Brodie. “We are also very excited to hear from Dennis Ross, a leading diplomat and expert in Middle East and Soviet policy, who will share timely foreign policy insights with us and discuss his new book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama, which chronicles the intense relationship between our two countries.” 

 This year, the event will also introduce a new initiative called “L’Dor V’Dor,” an opportunity for adult children (ages 25 and older) of the Federation’s Major Donors to attend the dinner and contribute to the annual campaign.

 “We would be honored for our children and the next generation to experience the impact of this powerful, elegant evening and witness all that our donors do for the Jewish community,” said Linda Brodie. “For 36 years, our Federation has been feeding the hungry, caring for our elderly and disabled, educating the next generation, providing comfort and brightening the lives of those less fortunate, in our own community, in Israel and beyond. We couldn’t possibly do it without the overwhelming generosity and leadership of our major donors. Acting on their deeply held values, they are the pillars of our Annual Campaign and an inspiration to the next generation of givers.”

 Looking to the future while honoring the past, on proud display will be the Federation’s esteemed Ketubah Society Hall of Fame, whose members have contributed a cumulative $1 million dollars or more to our Federation’s Annual Campaigns throughout its history.

 “The more I see firsthand the power of our work in this community and overseas, the more I understand how absolutely essential our Federation is to our Jewish family,” said Larry Feldman, Campaign Chair. “This prestigious annual fundraising event once again pays tribute to our Major Donors, the stalwart champions of who we are, and what we are able to accomplish, as a people!”

 The evening’s $135 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is requested and dietary laws will be observed. A minimum $10,000 household gift to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s 2016 Annual Campaign is required to attend. For adult children participating in the L’Dor V’Dor initiative, only the couvert is required. For more information, please contact 561.852.6084 or

 The Sandler Family Major Gifts event is generously sponsored by Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Proskauer; and Steinberg Global Asset Management, LTD. The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor and Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. is the In-Kind Sponsor.

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