Instead of a dinner-dance, this year’s festivities included a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, casino games and a cocktail lounge. The roulette table and the room were spinning with people of all ages, from young professionals to Holocaust survivors, who were all there to support ATJC’s spiritual, educational, and cultural programming.
Led by Honorary Chairs Carole and William Landa, and Co-Chairs Dr. Julie Schwartzbard and Neil Bernstein, Mark Kravitz and Jonathan Morse, Jodi and Dr. Paul Tartell, Lisa and Jason Perlman, Erin and Michael Yavner, over $100,000 was raised. These funds will enable ATJC to provide tuition assistance for Tauber Academy, underwrite costs for Jewish holiday celebrations, and discreetly assist the underprivileged as well as many other services.
Ahost committee of over 100 people raised the bar for ATJC’s fundraising programming by succeeding in acquiring sponsorships and over 100 prizes and auction items from local businesses. At the end of the evening, high rollers and smiling faces departed with prizes including Neal Sklar, winner of the poker tournament and a vacation to Manhattan donated by Protravel International. It was a glamorous evening of gaming which brought good fortune and good times to many of Aventura’s community members.
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center is a vibrant and diverse conservative congregation in the heart of Aventura. Under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Jonathan Berkun and Cantor David Muchnick, ATJC provides a stimulating environment for long standing members as well as newcomers to the area.
For more information about ATJC, call 305-937-1880 or visit www.atjc.org
Photography by Andrew Goldstein