Hal Hershkowitz to Receive Montefiore Society’s Leadership Award

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Cardozo and Montefiore Societies of Tampa Bay will host their first collaborative program on April 4 at the Bank of Tampa in downtown St. Petersburg.

The community will gather to honor the Cardozo Society’s Leadership

Award recipient, Gary Teblum of Tampa, and Hal Hershkowitz of St. Petersburg, the Montefiore Society’s Leadership Award recipient.

The two will be recognized for their steadfast commitment to the legal, accounting, finance/investment and insurance communities and to the Tampa Bay Jewish community throughout their careers.

The Cardozo Society aims to recognize the legal profession’s commitment to the principles of the Federation. The newly formed Montefiore Society serves a similar purpose for Jewish financial service professionals.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation are jointly presenting the program with the sponsorship of Bank of Tampa.

Les Barnett, David Abelson and Adam Abelson are chairing the event. It will kickoff with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a prompt start to the program at 7:15 p.m. The evening will include a guest speaker, which is to be announced, in addition to the presentation of awards.

It is open to the entire community and free for all Federation donors; $25 per person for all non-donors. The bank is located at 200 Central Ave.

For more information about the Cardozo or Montefiore Societies or to RSVP, go to jewishtampa.com/cardozo or jewishpinellas.org or call either federation.

About the honorees

Gary Teblum is shareholder and attorney with Trenam Law. His litigation experience includes the areas of business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, limited liability company law, commercial law, executive compensation, asset-based lending. Teblum’s practice also includes the financing of business entities.

In his legal career, Teblum has been named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law in 2015, Lawyer of the Year for Tampa Securities and Capital Markets Law and one of Best Lawyers in America. In 2016, he was recognized as a Florida Trend Legal Elite and was named a Ranked Lawyer in USA Chambers and Partners.

In the Jewish community, Teblum has held and continues to hold many leadership roles. He is a past president of Congregation Kol Ami in Tampaand continues as a board member, and is a former president of its Men’s Club. He is also a past vice president of the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation, and board member of the Tampa JCCs and Federations.

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Hal Hershkowitz is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and New York. He has also earned the designation of Certified Florida Sales and Use Tax Auditor for the Florida Department of Revenue. Hershkowitz is the president and managing partner of the public accounting firm of Hershkowitz & Kunitzer.

He currently serves as the treasurer on the board of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and chairman of the Budget and Allocations Committee. He also is treasurer of Vincent House of Pinellas Park/ Van Gogh’s Palette, Inc. – a nonprofit social and vocational recovery program for adults living with mental illness.

In the past, Hershkowitz has served as president and treasurer of Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg and as treasurer of the now defunct Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County. He is also a former board member of Palms of Pasadena Hospital and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

About the Montefiore Society

The Montefiore Society was created this year to augment the reach of the existing professional societies to provide an opportunity for community members to foster and grow professional relationships within the financial industry.

“Lawyers (Cardozo Society) and healthcare professionals (Maimonides Society) have benefited from comparable community offerings for some time now,” said Emilie Socash, executive director of Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. “Gary Gould (CEO of the Tampa JCC & Federations) and I found that there is a growing need to serve those outside of the legal and medical industries and by starting a Montefiore Society, we will create an opportunity for industry-wide professional synergy.”

Montefiore Society membership is open to all Jewish accountants, stock brokers, bankers, financial planners and advisors, insurance brokers, investment consultants, wealth management advisors and others in financial services in the Tampa Bay area who contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Campaign. Financial service representatives age 35 and under must contribute a minimum of $360 to the Annual Campaign. Events sponsored by the Montefiore Society are open to all members and their guests.

The objective of this society is to support the activities of the federations, assisting to maximize federation gifts to preserve and enhance Jewish life in Tampa Bay, the U.S. and worldwide.

In addition, this society will serve as a forum for financial issues from a Jewish perspective and further strengthen our commitment to Jewish values, traditions and our professions through educational and cultural programs and activities.