World-renowned Holocaust survivor David Schaecter and his wife Sydney Schaecter are the synagogue’s 2019 Pillars of Judah Honorees. The Pillars of Judah Award honors individuals who are extraordinary volunteers with the ability to engage the hearts and minds of others. Pillars galvanize and educate community and are dedicated to making Temple Judea – and the world – a better place. These unique individuals continually inspire, lead by example and take personal responsibility for ensuring the well-being of others.
The Saturday April 13 Gala, considered Temple Judea’s premier fundraising event, is appropriately entitled, L’Chaim, To Life! celebrating the lives of the Schaecters.
Co-Chairs, Linda & Michael Bittel and Bella & Jay Newmark, along with a dedicated volunteer leadership committee, are planning a meaningful evening which will highlight the individual and combined accomplishments of the Schaecters through their decades of unwavering devotion to the local and global needs of the Jewish people.
David, a Miami resident and a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, speaks globally recounting his ‘Choose Life’ story. Schaecter is the subject of the 2017 documentary, ‘A Call to Remember,’ by Holocaust scholar, Michael Berenbaum.
Born in a small village in Czechoslovakia, Schaecter was a young boy when the Nazis rose to power in Germany and is the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust.
Sydney Schaecter’s contributions to the South Florida Jewish community have been recognized for more than 40 years dating back to her board leadership positions at the south Dade area office of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Alper JCC.
Her more recent contributions came notably as Associate Director of Major Gifts for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Employment & Business Development Specialist for ParnossahWorks Miami.
“We are so moved to have been chosen by Temple Judea as the 2019 Pillars of Judah Award Honorees,” said Sydney Schaecter.
“Temple Judea is our spiritual home. The clergy and professional staff have created a community that welcomes and values each and every congregant. There is a warmth, appreciation and respect that David and I feel at Judea that is like no other. David and I have been embraced by our synagogue and we are continually fulfilled to pray and play with as many as four generations – including our children and grandchildren. Having both served the Jewish community (and beyond) for decades: I, as a volunteer and then a Federation professional, and David as an inspirational hero, leader and educator for the Holocaust Community; this beautiful tribute means so very much to us both. Our hearts are full as we look forward to celebrating at the L’Chaim, To Life! Gala with our loving friends and family this spring.”
The Temple Judea L’Chaim, To Life! Gala Tickets are $180 / $250 per person. For more information on our Schaecter Tribute Book and Gala Sponsorships please contact Temple Judea at email@example.com or at 305-667-5657, ext. 2119.