Thank you to everyone who participated in the

2023 Women of Distinction Event
we look forward to seeing you next year!


Tampa JCCs & Federation

invites you to celebrate and honor the dedicated women of our Jewish community organizations at


The Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program


Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023


Keynote presentation by

Lydia Denworth

The neuroscience of how our bodies and minds are designed for friendship across life stages.


The Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program, an annual event, honors women who represent over twenty Jewish organizations and congregations in the area.


The women being honored have worked diligently in creating a long list of accomplishments. They give of their time, their enthusiasm, and their dollars to help make our community and our world a better place. In addition to being dedicated Jewish leaders, these women are also wives, mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, business owners, professionals, and even volunteers for other organizations. They have a vision for their organizations and kehillah (our community) and work hard to turn these visions into realities.


The annual Women of Distinction Program bears Bobbe’s name to honor and inspire women of the Jewish community to see the simple elements of the community and make life distinctively better. Bobbe Karpay (z”l), an artist by nature, saw seemingly simple elements and turned them into things of beauty. This artistic vision for making things better was evident in her love and commitment to her family and community. She led quietly, yet distinctively with her time, her talent, and her resources.


Bobbe was born in Chicago, grew up in New York, and made Tampa her home for 50 years. In that time she raised four children, supported her husband, George, in his business, and actively engaged in numerous community causes.


Faith Alexander

Congregation Schaarai Zedek


Dalia Behr

Beth Israel of Sun City Center


Olayemi "Yemi" Claridge

Israel Bonds


Sue Ellen Corning

Congregation Beth Am


Lea Merrill Davidson-Bern

Tampa Jewish Family Services


Carolyn Fink

Congregation Kol Ami

Sherry Verkauf Friedlander

Congregation Rodeph Sholom


Carol Anne Friedman

Congregation Beth Shalom Brandon


Jeannette Hirschkowitz

Tampa Ameet Chapter of Hadassah


Dana Justus

The Florida Holocaust Museum


Alex Pinta

Hillel Academy of Tampa


Honor Rodgers

Jewish National Fund

Melinda Sheer

Tampa Jewish Federation


Ellen Kaslow Shulman

Congregation Mekor Shalom


Hannah Simon

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast


Cindy Spahn

TOP Jewish Foundation


Leah Spero

Jewish Community Centers


Karen Waksman

Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences

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