Kabinoff to serve as next Federation president; 3 new Board members named

December 12, 2023

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is pleased to announce that Deb Kabinoff has been elected to succeed Bruce Udell as its next President, effective April 1.

As President of the Board since January 2022, Bruce has inspired and presided over comprehensive organizational progress. He helped recruit Shepard Englander as the Federation’s new CEO and partnered with him as the organization to finalize and execute plans for the complete repurposing of the Jewish Federation’s campus to meet the needs of our fast-growing Jewish community. At the same time, Bruce has partnered with Shep and his team to increase the funds secured for the new campus from $18M to over $27M.

Bruce’s presidency has seen the Federation transformation into a uniquely innovative organization that is ready to launch and operate three new enterprises in 2024 – The Ora/Morganroth Event Center, a premier event center; Camp Yonnie, a Jewish day camp; and the Chaifetz Holocaust Memorial & Education Center.

“What a perfect match to have a strategic genius and entrepreneur as our Board President, just as our Federation had to balance risks and priorities to push through the biggest transformation in the organization’s history” said Shep Englander, CEO.

Deb Kabinoff, a successful entrepreneur and longtime resident of Sarasota, is eager to take the reins. She joined the Federation Board in 2023 and is an active member of our campus renovation team. Deb is founder and CEO of GulfStar Homes, a real estate development, construction and management company. Deb is currently completing her tenure as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. As a seasoned leader, Deb will continue to lead Federation into its next phase with a focus on strategic community partnerships.

In keeping with our goal to elevate the Federation’s strategic and entrepreneurial position, we are honored to welcome three new members to our 2024 Board of Directors:

Karen Adler is from the New York area and has lived in Sarasota for approximately three years. She spent her career in corporate lending and real estate finance with several major New York City area financial institutions. She is currently a partner in Adler Hotel Advisors LLC, a hospitality real estate consulting and brokerage firm. She is an active supporter of academic institutions and Jewish charitable institutions, including the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University. Locally, Karen has served as screener and sponsor of the Mort Skirboll Jewish Film Festival for the past two years.

Jeff Davidson retired in 2021 after 33 years with Deloitte as a senior tax partner and 17 years running the family office for an ultra-high net worth family. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors and other leadership positions for Jewish Federations in Tampa, Florida, Stamford, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Ohio and Metropolitan Detroit; he continues to serve on the investment committee for the Jewish Foundation of Detroit. He and wife Beth decided to spend half the year in Sarasota to avoid the harsh winters in Michigan.  They happily reside in Lakewood Ranch with their two dogs, Connor and Bentley.

Marcy Klein and her husband, Michael, moved to Florida in 2010. Marcy directs her energy, with her family, through non-profit organizations focused on medical research, education, feeding the hungry, and the environment. She is passionate about nature, golf, crafting, and photography. Before moving to Florida, Marcy owned and operated a small business for 17 years.

We are grateful to the following Board members whose terms ended in 2023: Randon Carvel, Stacy Hanan, Bob Israeloff, Michael Ritter, Aaron Ruben, Anne Spindel and Julie Wright Halbert. We appreciate their ongoing dedication and look forward to their continued involvement in our Federation.

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