Jews for Judaism Gala

Wednesday, December 13, 2017



David Rifkind

Jews for Judaism’s 2017 Gala commemorates the life of David Rifkind, who for more than 13 years was an integral part of our organization.

At his core, David was extremely passionate about Jewish identity, helping individuals in crisis, and keeping Jews Jewish.

As chair of the Jews for Judaism board, David spearheaded multiple strategic planning processes, and challenged Jews for Judaism’s leadership to think bigger and broader.

He headed the Aleph Club strategic funding initiative, which strives to develop a core group of 365 advocates – one for each day of the year – who commit a minimum gift of $1,000 to our annual campaign.

A loving husband and father, David was an optimistic and loyal friend and mentor to countless individuals.

He was a proud alumnus of the Wexner Heritage Program and past president of Heschel West Day School.

We will pay tribute to David’s passion at our 2017 Gala and launch The David Rifkind Legacy Fund to support Jews for Judaism’s vital programs and services. Please join David’s friends, family, and colleagues in supporting this year’s Gala. Together we can honor David’s vision and legacy.


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Dinner Reservations:  Dec. 4th
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Garden of Palms Assisted Living Community
Yaacov and Rayme Isaacs

Yaacov and Rayme Isaacs are a shining example of a couple who cherish Judaism, family, and community.

They quietly work behind the scenes to help others, from delivering Shabbat food to the needy to their involvement in Torah institutions.

The Isaacs are the owners of Garden of Palms, a boutique upscale assisted living community.  More than a business, it is their passion to provide much needed comfort, compassion, and care for the elderly.

Unwavering in their commitment to Jewish values, the Isaacs go the extra mile and provide delectable kosher food and religious services to the elderly they care for.

Strongly dedicated to keeping Jews Jewish, Yaacov and Rayme are faithful supporters of Jews for Judaism.


Steve and Julie Bram  ~
  Alan and Dorit Teichman

Gala Co-Chairs

Dan Shainberg

Board Chair

Alan Abramson
Ronald E. Altman
Todd and Mila August
Ron & Susan Holley Ben-Yehuda
Adrian Berger
Bryan Berkett
Stanley Black
Sara Cannon*
Isaac Chernotsky
Yossi and Gilat Englanoff
David and Bryna Fiedler
Larry Field
Steve Fishman
Bruce and Michelle Friedman
Bruce M. Friedman, Esq.*
Max Friedman

Shaun Gabbay
Steven and Stacy Geller
Selwyn and Glynis Gerber
Bernard and Melanie Gero
Joey Goldstein*
Alan and Sharon Gomperts
Dr. Emanuel Gottlieb*
Jacob and Pnina Graff
Brian and Suzanne Greenberg
Chuck and Hella Hershson
Darren and Lori Hirt
Yonatan Isaacs
Omer Ivanir
Matthew and Jacqueline Kest
Joe Kornwasser
Mark and Ellie Lainer

Marvin Markowitz
Gary Mozer
David Nagel
Reuben and Miri Robin
Arnold Schlesinger
Bennet Simon*
Michael Sorochinsky
Gary Tenzer
Ken and Ava Ungar
Rhoda Weisman
Rick and Jean Wentz
Adlai and Janet Wertman
Bruce Whizin
Shahin Yazdi
Aric Zamel*
Marilyn Ziering
*board member