Emunah to recognize women who make a difference
By Kluger Kaplan February 2, 2016
The organization Emunah of America will recognize women who make a difference in an upcoming dinner.
The Emunah South Florida Circle of Life Benefit Dinner takes place on Feb. 3 at The Young Israel Congregation, 9580 Abbott Ave. in Surfside, and will recognize Deborah S. Chames of Hollywood, Gita Galbut of Miami Beach, Dana Tangir of Aventura and student leader Ella Herman of Bal Harbour. Rhoda Dermer, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will be the guest speaker.
Emunah is an organization that began through the efforts and vision of a few determined women in Israel in 1935. It has grown to a network of more than 250 programs that are there for Israel’s people each day. Each of the women being recognized in the upcoming dinner has accomplished acts of “chesed,”-Hebrew term demonstrating an act of loving and kindness – paralleling the type that the organization accomplishes daily in Israel.
Fran Hirmes, the organization’s past national president and current chairman of the board, said about the honorees: “They’re all exceptional women who have given their time and their energy to our organization and to many other organizations and we want to recognize them for that and for their leadership role they play in each of their respected communities.”
Chames, a partner at the law firm of Kluger, Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine, P.L. who heads up the Family Law Department at the firm, has been actively involved with local Torah institutions for more three decades. Through the foundation named in memory of her late husband and mentor in giving back, Dr. Abe Chames, she spearheads a project which provides Passover and various other needs for more than 50 South Florida Jewish educators and their families.
Chames, who said she was surprised when she heard she was honored, explained her reason for accepting this honor.
“I hope that I can help raise money for the organization which does so much good in Israel and helps children and other people with social services that are needed,” Chames explained.
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