Annual President's Dinner

We have had such a terrific response to our Annual President’s Dinner and we are currently filled to capacity. We encourage you to fill out our waiting list form as people periodically cancel their reservations due to unforeseen circumstances. Being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee admission to the event. If space becomes available, we will contact you for your credit card to complete your registration. 


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The Tampa JCCs and Federation’s 16th Annual President’s Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.  Co-chairs Deborah Rosenthal and Cherie Silberman have announced Alan Dershowitz as the evening’s guest speaker. 


Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” and “the top lawyer of last resort.”  He has been named America’s most “public Jewish Defender,” and “the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School.  Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 – the youngest in the school’s history – and became an Emeritus professor after 50 years of teaching and 10,000 students.


Dershowitz has also published more than 1,000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs.  These include the New York Times, for which he has written numerous op-eds, book reviews and articles for the Week in Review, as well as for the Magazine and entertainment sections.  He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Huffington Post, Gatestone, Newsmax, Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, and Algemeiner.  Professor Dershowitz is the author of 35 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah and five other national bestsellers. In his latest book, The Case Against BDS, Dershowitz reinforces his long standing record of presenting the issues of the day with "trenchant legal analysis" and "Using the scalpel of scholarship."


Early Bird reservations are now available for $180 per person until December 31, with general tickets priced at $218 beginning January 1.  Additionally, Patron tickets will be $300 per person and tickets for young adults ages 35 and under are $90.

Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

Sue Schoenbaum and Joe Probasco

The Annual President’s Dinner is an opportunity to get together to celebrate our Jewish community, its growth and successes. This event is evidence of our community’s shared commitment to carrying our community forward. This is an event with a tradition of bringing world leaders and national recognized speakers to address our community.


Past distinguished speakers include: Frank Luntz, Ph.D.; Ambassor Ron Prosor; U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross; Former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak; Cokie Roberts; General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of State; Former Senator Bill Bradley; Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer-prize winning syndicated columnist and commentator; The Honorable Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State & Distinguished American Diplomat; The Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and TIME Magazine’s 2001 Person of the Year; Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist; David Brooks, commentator and author; and U.S. Special Operations Commander Admiral Eric T. Olson (retired, 2011).


During the Annual President’s Dinner, one outstanding lay leader in our community is honored with the prestigious Tikkun Olam Award. Tikkun Olam means “repairing the world” and recipients are given the award based on their demonstrated commitment and leadership to making our community and our world a better place.

For more information about our Annual President's Dinner:

To purchase tickets, contact Loni Lindsay 813.769.2802 or

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For other questions contact Allisa Fischel, Chief Development Officer 813.769.4726 or