Former Ambassador Michael
to Keynote Leadership Gifts Event for
Premier Donors of Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach
night of celebration, inspiration and illumination is in
store for premier donors of the Jewish Federation of South
Palm Beach County at a new event this season. They’ll gather
for the Leadership Gifts Event at 6:00 pm on Thursday,
December 4, 2014, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton.
Following a luxurious cocktail reception, they’ll enjoy an
elegant dinner and a keynote presentation by Michael Oren,
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States.
“With this most special of evenings, we’re thrilled to pay
highest tribute to three groups of our Federation’s most
distinguished local contributors to the well-being and
security of our Jewish family,” said Toby Cooperman, who is
co-chairing the night with her husband, Leon, and with Myrna
and Norman Ricken.
The Federation’s Ketubah Society Hall of Fame will be on
proud display at the event, celebrating donor families who
have contributed $1 million or more cumulatively to the
Federation’s 35 Annual Campaigns for Human Needs. Led by the
Sandler Family, the largest donors in the history of this
Federation’s Annual Campaigns, the 43 member families will
welcome two more this year: Freyda and Edward Burns, and
Eleanor and (of blessed memory) Irving Jaffe.
Also celebrated will be the generous members of the Prime
Minister’s Council, whose gift to this year’s Annual
Campaign is $100,000 or higher, and the King David Society,
whose members contribute $25,000 annually.
“We’re delighted to offer these champions of our community
such an exclusive opportunity to hear a pre-eminent speaker,
Michael Oren, on a topic most timely and closest to our
hearts: Israel and the Middle East,” said Norman Ricken.
“It is a privilege and a pleasure to give at this level,”
said Rani Garfinkle, Chair of Federation’s Prime Minister’s
Council. “And, as someone able to do so, it is also a
responsibility. If we are able to lead, it is up to us to
set an example for our peers and the next generation. While
my late husband, Sandy, came from a philanthropic family, my
family did not have such resources – but my mother was a
‘doer’ of good deeds; at the end of the day, we reached the
same conclusion: it’s essential for us to give back as we
“With recent Annual Campaigns increasing, more donors coming
forward, and endowments on the rise – as well as vital needs
– the generation that built this growing Jewish community
has given us a call to action to take our work to the next
level,” said Larry Feldman, Federation’s King David Society
Chair. “The possibilities are tremendous for us - all
together - to build an even stronger community that will
meet even more critical needs and build even more Jewish
knowledge, identity and pride among our neighbors and around
The evening’s $150 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail
attire is requested, and dietary laws will be observed. For
more information about the Leadership Gifts Event and other
Major Gifts opportunities at the Federation, please contact
Ida Novack at 561.852.3342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federation’s Major Gifts Program is generously sponsored
by Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Proskauer; and
Steinberg Global Asset Management, Ltd. The Boca Raton
Observer is the Leadership Gift Event’s Exclusive Magazine
ABOUT MICHAEL B. OREN
Michael B. Oren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United
States from 2009 to 2013. He currently holds the Abba Eban
Chair in International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary
Center in Herzliya, and is Ambassador-in-Residence at the
Educated at Princeton and Columbia, Ambassador Oren has been
a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, and Georgetown, and
was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in
Jerusalem. An expert in Middle East History, Ambassador
Oren’s last two books, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America
in the Middle East from 1776 to the Present and Six
Days of War, were New
York Times bestsellers.
Born in the United States, Ambassador Oren made Aliyah
(immigrated to Israel) and enlisted as a paratrooper in the
Israel Defense Forces, seeing action in the Lebanon War. As
an officer, Ambassador Oren served as a liaison to the U.S.
Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and was an IDF Spokesman
during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead.
Ambassador Oren and his wife, Sally, have three children.