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, 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.
Brandeis National Committee
Congregation Beth Am
Sue Ellen Corning
TOP Jewish Foundation
State of Israel Bonds
Denise P. Federer
Hillel Academy of Tampa
Young Israel of Tampa
Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Tampa Jewish Family Services
Tampa Jewish Community Center
Tampa Jewish Federation
Congregation Beth Shalom
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Sylvia Wien Richman
Florida Holocaust Museum
Jewish National Fund
Weinberg Village Assisted Living
Hillels of the Florida Suncoast
Tampa Ameet Chapter of Hadassah
Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center
Congregation Kol Ami