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Southeast Regional Report Report Florida

Forecast for Southeast Florida: Major Events and Clear Skies for MDA in 2013–2014 AFMDA’s Southeast Region is gearing up for a series of major events that are sure to bring more awareness and support to MDA’s lifesaving work. And it’s never too soon to get involved. On Sunday, November 24, the annual Diamond Circle Chanukah Gala at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center Dr. Robert Entel (left) and Norman Levine will be honored at the will honor Dr. November 24 Diamond Circle Gala in Aventura. Robert Entel and Norman Levine. Four new ambulances and a new Medicycle will be dedicated that evening. Then, for a week starting December 2, AFMDA will embark on a one-of-a-kind concert series throughout Palm Beach with an ensemble of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) musicians. The tour will feature exclusive insights from one of Israel’s top emergency responders, MDA’s Yael Mandel, and IDF General (Res.) Nehemia Dagan. The Porto Vita Gala will follow on February 4.

The February 23 Celebration of Life Gala will honor longtime MDA supporter Lois Pope. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will be the keynote speaker.

On February 23, things heat up with the Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala, which this year will honor Lois Pope and feature special guest speaker

Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel. The Florida winter events season then wraps up on March 16 with the Boca-Delray Community Event, which last year celebrated its 100th communal ambulance sponsorship. And special thanks to Burt Goodman of Boca Pointe Country Club, who raised funds in his community for two new Mobile Intensive Care Units that will be dedicated at the club on January 12 and March 9, 2014. ■


Heartbeat Set to Launch in Boca Raton, Florida AFMDA’s new NextGen/Young Leadership initiative, Heartbeat, will have its Southeast Region kickoff event on December 3 in Boca Raton. The Vodka and Latkes event will raise funds for a new Red Bag of Courage, a medical equipment bag MDA uses to save lives. Jeremiah Cann and Steven Herschenhorn, both emergency preparedness and response professionals, will co-chair the event. “This is a really exciting time to get involved with MDA as young professionals in southeast Florida,” says Sylvie Feinsmith, AFMDA’s development assistant in Florida who leads the Heartbeat initiative in the region. “It’s like getting in on the ground floor of a new startup … the opportunities are endless.” To learn more about Heartbeat in south Florida and for event details, contact Sylvie Feinsmith at or call 800.626.0046. ■

AFMDA’s Southeast Office Moves to Boca Raton After 32 years in Hallandale, Fla., AFMDA’s Southeast Region office has a new home in Boca Raton. “Our new Boca Raton office gives us quick and easy access to the newer Jewish communities in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties while maintaining our connections to the well-established communities,” said AFMDA Southeast regional director Mark Glickman. “Now, we will be more accessible to our supporters and volunteers throughout the region.”

AFMDA Southeast Region President Rabbi Larry Schuval affixes a mezzuzah at the new Boca Raton offices as Southeast Region Director Mark Glickman looks on.

For the record, the new address is: AFMDA Southeast Region, 1900 NW Corporate Blvd., Suite W-310, Boca Raton, FL 33431. The telephone number is 954.457.9766 or toll-free at 800.626.0046. E-mail is Please note that our Palm Beach Gardens office will remain in its current location. ■

To learn more about AFMDA events in south Florida, call toll-free 800.626.0046 or e-mail

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