Nov 6, 2017

World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind to Headline Sandler Family Major Gifts Event in Boca

An elegant evening of inspiration is planned for hundreds of prominent Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County donors at this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. They’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at The Polo Club in Boca Raton for a cocktail reception, dinner and a moving keynote address from Daniel Libeskind, celebrated architect, artist, professor and set designer.

Event Co-Chairs (L-R): Rich & Naomi Steinberg and Elaine & Bernie Roberts

Celebrating major donors to the Federation’s 2018 Annual Campaign, the longstanding premier event in local Jewish philanthropy is named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family.

“We are honored to offer our vital major donors this opportunity to hear from a prestigious speaker with such a powerful story,” said Naomi Steinberg, who is co-chairing the event with her husband, Rich, and with Elaine and Bernie Roberts. “Daniel Libeskind’s groundbreaking international work has placed him in the forefront of contemporary architectural design.”

“We are also eager to learn about Daniel Libeskind’s inspiring personal journey,” added Bernie Roberts. “Born in Poland to Holocaust survivors, his family first resettled to a kibbutz in Israel and then to New York when Daniel was a teenager. He explored these influences in his autobiography, Breaking Ground: An Immigrant's Journey from Poland to Ground Zero.”

“Our Federation could not possibly accomplish what we do to meet the rising essential human needs in this community, in Israel and beyond without the overwhelming compassion, generosity and leadership of our stalwart champions – our major donors,” said Elaine Roberts.

The Sandler Family (L-R): Standing: Gary & Robin Rubin, Harvey Sandler, Amy & David Ross, Andrea & Larry Schnurmacher; Seated: Phyllis Sandler

“They understand that leaders must lead and draw others into our critical mission,” added Rich Steinberg. “We look forward to a wide audience with adults of all ages from throughout the community.”

The $150 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is requested and dietary laws will be observed. The Polo Club is located at 5400 Champion Blvd, Boca Raton.

A minimum $10,000 household gift to the 2018 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. For adult children and grandchildren of Federation’s major donors attending through the L’Dor V’Dor initiative, only the couvert is required. For more information, please contact Ida Novack at 561.852.3342 or

Wells Fargo Private Bank is the generous sponsor of the Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The Lion of Judah Luncheon is generously sponsored by Berger Singerman, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and Ivan & Co. Fine Jewelry. The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor, and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits and Atlas Party Rental are the In-Kind Sponsors.


Architect, Artist, Professor & Set Designer

Daniel Libeskind

An international figure in architecture and urban design, the architect Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings of equilibrium-defying contemporaneity. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable. Born in Lodz, Poland, in 1946, Mr. Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager.

Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers.

As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture. In addition to speaking about architecture and creativity, Mr. Libeskind shares his personal story in Breaking Ground: An Immigrant’s Journey from Poland to Ground Zero.

Mr. Libeskind lives in New York with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.