Alpert JFS hosts virtual event to benefit Holocaust survivors

A West Palm Beach-based organization is making sure that Holocaust survivors’ needs continue to be met with its annual gala.

At the second annual Never Again Holocaust Survivors Benefit on Dec. 3, 7 p.m., the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service will honor community members and welcome a special guest. John C. “Skip” Randolph and Maggie Zeidman, chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews, will be honored in recognition of their work in providing guidance felt throughout the community by promoting—and living—the concepts of respectful dialogue and civil interaction among people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, who want to make a community a better place.

The featured guest speaker is Matthew Orton (pictured above), the writer and co-producer of “Operation Finale,” a thriller that recounts the story of a group of Israeli secret agents who tracked down notorious SS Officer Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, and his subsequent trial in Israel.

The free virtual event seeks to raise $360,000 in connection with Alpert JFS’s upcoming virtual events—“Never Again” and, on February 16, 2021, the 17th Annual “No Excuse for Abuse” event, showcasing abduction survivor, advocate, and author Elizabeth Smart—to provide much-needed assistance for the most vulnerable residents of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties during the pandemic.

Event sponsors include Gayle & Paul Gross, Sheila Engelstein, Amicable Home Health Care, and Plastridge Insurance. Members of the Host Committee include Socki and Bruce Berg, Judy Bergman, Traci and Keith Braun, Vivienne Ivry, Jenifer and Gary Lesser, Diann and Tom Mann, Zelda Mason, and Joan and Jerry Serchuck.

Register for the event by clicking here or contact Maxine Sonnenschein at 561-252-8825 or Maxine.Sonnenschein@AlpertJFS.org.

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Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.