L’Chaim, To Life! Gala

Hear Our Prayers of Love
Performed by: Cantorial Soloist and Musical Director Jodi Rozental, Jenny Snyder, and the Kol Malachim Choir Lyrics by Michael Bittel, Music by pianist, Jenny Snyder. Click here to view.

L’CHAIM to Life! Gala Tribute Book
Browse the Tribute Book, filled with heartwarming messages for our 2019 Pillars of Judah, Sydney & David Schaecter. Click here to browse.
Thank you to our Sponsors
Platinum Heart Sponsors
Irma & Norman Braman
Golden Heart Sponsors
Chanin & Adam Carlin
Mary & Howard S. Frank
Jessie Wolfson, In Loving Memory of Bernard Wolfson
Sterling Heart Sponsors
Joan & Irvin Bolotin
Susana & Michael Gold and Kerrin & Peter Bermont
Stuart & Karyn Grossman
Judy & Donald Lefton
Sunset Corners Wine & Spirits, Michael & Linda Bittel, Larry Solomon & Sally Hanna
Bronze Heart Sponsors
Ellen & Jim Barocas
Ben Baum & Carol Powell
Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management
Gabriel & Stephen Felsen
Betty & Joe Fleming
Stuart Gitlitz
Claudia & Joe Greenberg
Amy & Richard Kohan
Barbara & David Lipman
Gail Meyers & Andrew Hall
Bella & Jay Newmark
Louise Ross & Bruce Wolf
Barbara Silverman & John Kozyak
L’CHAIM to Life! Gala Ambassadors
Gala Co-Chairs: Linda & Michael Bittel and Bella & Jay Newmark
Bonnie Aibel, Jeanne Becker, Susan & Irwin Becker, Bonnie Blank, Marsha & Leon Botkin, Alexis & Bradley Brodie, Shirley & Bo Crane, Dyan Dannheisser & Laurence Dorman, Melissa Davis & Brian Willner, Emily & Steve Demar, Karla Ebenbach & Edward Gross, Jaime & Todd Ehrenreich, Michelle & Jeffrey Eisenberg, Marilyn & Kevin Emas, Abby & Rabbi Jonathan Fisch, Mary & Howard S. Frank, Sheila Freed, Hilary & David Gershman, Rita & Edward Ginsburg, Stuart Gitlitz, Susana & Michael Gold, Sharon Goldman, Cheryl & Adam Goldstein, Karyn & Stuart Grossman, Ossie & Harry Hanauer, Irene & Morrie Hollander, Laura & Jeff Kaplan, Donna & Mark Kass, Katie & Mark Kessler, Christine & Josh Kotler, Julie & Lawrence Lambert, Beth & Scott Lazar, Rebecca & Brian Levin, Judi & Gary Lubel, Veronica & Gary Matzner, Gail Meyers & Andy Hall, Marilyn Mittentag & David Magidson, Shira Newmark, Jen Posner & Josh Gelfman, Lisa & Dan Rogers, Cantorial Soloist Jodi & Ruben Rozental, Leanne Rutter-Arnold & Jon Arnold, Amy & Neal Schaecter, Lois & Larry Schimmel, Lisa Sharf, Bobbie & Don Siegal, Rabbi Judith and Brian Siegal, Debbie & Jim Siegel, Susan Silver, Barbara Silverman & John Kozyak, Julie & Gary Simon, Jill & David Smith, Heather & Neil Sosler, Carrie Steinbaum & Jonathan Awner, Amy & Michael Thorpe, Amanda & Michael Tillman, Tracey & Stuart Waldman, Jessie Wolfson
In-Kind Donors
AVER Productions • Becker Public Relations • Brelex Rentals • Bloomingmore Your Online Flower Marketplace • Shay Cohen Photography • Bo Crane, Pandisc Music Corp. • Chase Music LLC • Melissa Davis Designs Wedding & Event Planners, Design Consultants • Eventology Conceptual Designs • George Lima Moving INC. • Luis Feliz Photography • Gables Linen • Sharon Goldman Events Creative, Precise, Stunning… • Imagine That Graphic Design Miami • Ivents by Isis Event Planning & Design • Kitanim Floral Designs & Events • MAC Parking • Miami Party Rentals & Decor • Nu Designs Decor Production and Staging • Rays of Light Event Decor Lighting • Service Keepers Maintenance, INC • Claudia Storper Photography
Luxury Auction Donors
Art Basel • Bagel Emporium • Bellezza Salon & Spa • Linda & Michael Bittel • Bloomingdale’s at The Falls • Books & Books • Caffe Abracci • Claudia Storper Photography Coach • Cunard • Equinox at Merrick Park • Farinelli 1937 • Fiola Miami • Rabbi Jonathan Fisch The Forge • Fratellino Ristorante • Hilary & Dave Gershman • Gold N Things • Sharon Goldman • Greenstreet Café • H & H Jewels Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown • House Kitchen & Bar • Jaguar Hospitality Group • Joanna’s Marketplace • Joe’s Stone Crab Barbara Kaufman/CKE • Lee Kraftchick • La Rue Bistronomie • Lamborghini Winery/Ron Goldberg • Lesley Clothing Inc. • Louis At Home by Cynthia Varat • Lulu in the Grove • Maurice’s Jewelers • Kate Meyers & Jonathan Etra • Miami Heat • Miami Open Tennis • Mira Jewelers • Neiman Marcus • Royal Caribbean International • Cantorial Soloist Jodi Rozental • Ruben Rozental • Lisa Saul • Brian Siegal • Rabbi Judith Siegal • Debbie & Jim Siegel • Jenny Snyder • Tracey Spiegelman • Strada in the Grove • Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sydney & David, our Clergy, Gala Chairs / Ambassadors, a loved one or Temple Judea, please click here.


Temple Judea, is pleased to announce that world-renowned Holocaust survivor David Schaecter, and his wife Sydney Schaecter, are the synagogue’s 2019 Pillars of Judah Honorees. The Pillars of Judah Award honors individuals who are extraordinary volunteers with the ability to engage the hearts and minds of others. Pillars galvanize and educate community and are dedicated to making Temple Judea – and the world – a better place. These unique individuals continually inspire, lead by example and take personal responsibility for ensuring the well-being of others.

The Saturday, April 13, 2019 Gala, considered Temple Judea’s premier fundraising event, is appropriately entitled, L’Chaim, To Life! celebrating the lives of Holocaust survivor, David Schaecter and his wife, community activist, Sydney Schaecter.

Co-Chairs, Linda & Michael Bittel and Bella & Jay Newmark, along with a dedicated volunteer leadership committee, are planning a meaningful evening which will highlight the individual and combined accomplishments of the Schaecters through their decades of unwavering devotion to the local and global needs of the Jewish people.

“As the L’Chaim, To Life! Gala Co-Chairs we feel honored to have the privilege of spearheading this distinguished tribute event for Sydney and David. Their collective contributions have literally shaped the infrastructure of the Jewish community worldwide. The Schaecters live a life focused on hope, perseverance, and strengthening the Jewish people.”

David, a Miami resident and a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, speaks globally recounting his ‘Choose Life’ story. Schaecter is the subject of the 2017 documentary, ‘A Call to Remember’, by Holocaust scholar, Michael Berenbaum. Born in a small village in Czechoslovakia, Schaecter was a young boy when the Nazis rose to power in Germany and is the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. The film recounts his struggle for survival in Auschwitz, his escape, and how Schaecter pieces his life back together following the war; – determined to recount the stories of all those who were lost by ensuring that we never forget about the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Sydney Schaecter’s contributions to the South Florida Jewish community have been recognized for more than 40 years dating back to her board leadership positions at the south Dade area office of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Alper JCC. Her more recent contributions came notably through her roles as Associate Director of Major Gifts for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation as well as the Employment & Business Development Specialist for ParnossahWorks Miami (now known as J-Works Miami). One of Schaecter’s most successful programs for J-Works was the outreach she spearhead during a time when unemployment was exceedingly high in South Florida. Schaecter built partnerships with local employers by identifying their hiring needs in order to create synergies to find employment for Jewish members of the community so they could return to the work force.

“We are so moved to have been chosen by Temple Judea as the 2019 Pillars of Judah Award Honorees. Temple Judea is our spiritual home. The clergy and professional staff have created a community that welcomes and values each and every congregant. There is a warmth, appreciation and respect that David and I feel at Judea that is like no other. David and I have been embraced by our synagogue and we are continually fulfilled to pray and play with as many as four generations – including our children and grandchildren. Having both served the Jewish community (and beyond) for decades: I, as a volunteer and then a Federation professional, and David as an inspirational hero, leader and educator for the Holocaust Community; this beautiful tribute means so very much to us both. We have dedicated our lives to service and pledge to continue to do so as Pillars of Judah. Our hearts are full as we look forward to celebrating at the L’Chaim, To Life! Gala with our loving friends and family this spring.”