Chabad of South Broward Celebrates 25 Years of Jewish Community Service


February 23, 2005

On Sunday, March 27th, at 5:00 PM, the Jewish community of South Broward will celebrate its 24th Annual Dinner at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

This year’s event celebrates the 25th year of Chabad–Lubavitch in Broward County, home to the third largest Jewish Community in the U.S.A.

The Honorable Cathy Anderson, Hollywood Commissioner will receive the Community Leadership Award, Robin and Steve Kerzer, the Jewish Education Award, Paul Sussman, the Rebbe’s Ambassador Award and Yaakov Kronfeld, Community Pioneer Award.

The first woman to serve on the Hollywood City Commission, Commissioner Anderson was originally appointed in June of 1975 to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Wohl. She is currently serving her 30th year of uninterrupted service on the Commission and holds the record as the longest serving member in the history of Hollywood.

Commissioner Anderson’s innovative spirit and dedicated approach to public service has benefited many in all walks of life and has resulted in her being recognized and honored by a number of organizations.

Her long standing special relationship with Chabad began when in December 1980, she participated in the welcoming party for Rabbi and Mrs. Raphael Tennenhaus and the founding of Chabad in Broward County.

Since Chabad’s establishment in Broward County in 1980, Chabad of South Broward has opened nine centers and 25 agencies in 10 Broward cities. Over a dozen agencies are based at Chabad’s Headquarters in Hallandale Beach.

This year, Chabad of South Broward once again sponsored North America’s largest Chanukah Festival, and will be sponsoring North America’s largest Purim Festival.

Chabad of South Broward also runs a network of Talmud Torahs, a non-sectarian county-wide highly successful drug prevention and education program, a food and clothing distribution program for the poor, and a vast array of Jewish educational, outreach and social service projects.

Perhaps the crowning achievement of Chabad of South Broward is the Chaya Aydel Seminary, Florida’s first College for Jewish Women, currently in its 3rd successful year.

The Dinner Chairman is Bernie Friedman, partner in the Becker and Poliakoff Law Firm; Co-Chairs are Dr. Barry Alter, past President of the Jewish Federation, Roberto Szerer, of Alon International, Nicki Grossman, director of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Eleanor Lerner, past recipient of Chabad’s Eishes Chayil Award.

“Today, someone in your family is directly being affected, for the good, at a Chabad educational program or center, either locally or around the world,” says Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Executive Vice President of Chabad of South Broward.

To participate at the Dinner call 954/458-1877 or 305/931-2938,email, or log on to

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