Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program


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.


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.

The Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program

The Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program, an annual event, honors more than two dozen deserving 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.

A special keynote speaker is featured during this wonderful event which is followed by a dessert reception.

Congratulations to the 2016 Women of Distinction

Annice Burak

Brandeis National Committee


Victoria Cain-Stull

Congregation Beth Am


Sue Ellen Corning

TOP Jewish Foundation


Yvette Eichberg

State of Israel Bonds


Denise P. Federer


Carolyn Fink

Hillel Academy of Tampa


Miriam Frankel

Young Israel of Tampa


Gayle Geagan

Congregation Schaarai Zedek


Beth Gemunder

Tampa Jewish Family Services


Amy Lee

Tampa Jewish Community Center

Lois Older

Tampa Jewish Federation


Mags Oldman

Congregation Beth Shalom


Rochelle Pozin

Congregation Rodeph Sholom


Sylvia Wien Richman

Florida Holocaust Museum


Laura Salzer

Jewish National Fund

Ashley Simon

Weinberg Village Assisted Living


Lauryn Solomon

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast


Jane Strom

Tampa Ameet Chapter of Hadassah


Joanne Sudman

Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center


Coren Weiss

Congregation Kol Ami