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Virtual Jewish film festival underway

Despite the pandemic, people can still be inspired and moved by good films. That’s what the organizers of the 2021 Virtual Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival are hoping. The festival from Levis JCC’s Sandler Center in Boca Raton presents more than 50…
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Despite the pandemic, people can still be inspired and moved by good films.

That’s what the organizers of the 2021 Virtual Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival are hoping. The festival from Levis JCC’s Sandler Center in Boca Raton presents more than 50 Jewish-themed films from around the world, ranging from historical dramas to documentaries.

“While we are still unable to host our community of film enthusiasts in local theaters, we now have the unique opportunity to present more films than ever, all while expanding our reach far beyond county lines,” said Wendy Honig BRJFF artistic director.

Now through May 26, film buffs can watch the films up to 72 hours after its scheduled time and also enjoy Q&A webinars with filmmakers, cast members, and community lecturers.

Some standouts include the following: Golden Voices (Jan. 17-23), a film that offers an intimate glimpse into the experience of Soviet Jews during the single largest wave of immigration in Israel’s history–all with the perfect mix of poignancy, levity and heart; Here We Are (Jan. 25-26), a soulful drama that touches on family ties, the rights of the differently abled, and the sadness of aging; Maverick Modigliani (Feb. 14-16), a documentary chronicling Modigliani’s short and tormented life and journey to later become one of the most highly rated and copied artists in the world; Asia (Feb. 23-25; pictured above), a film about motherhood, sacrifice, and love, stars Shira Haas, star of Netflix’s Unorthodox and winner of the Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2020.

“Our strong relationship with the film industry has allowed us to present our patrons with a high-quality line-up of films and speakers year after year, in turn, we are able to continue to inspire, educate and connect with our community year after year,” said Lesley Rich, BRJFF program and production director.

Individual tickets range from $4.99-$12 and film pass packages range from $59-$299 (prices are per household). Movie rentals can be enjoyed on various platforms by downloading the Eventive TV app. Click here to buy tickets and packages and view a full program.

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Despite the pandemic, people can still be inspired and moved by good films.

That’s what the organizers of the 2021 Virtual Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival are hoping. The festival from Levis JCC’s Sandler Center in Boca Raton presents more than 50 Jewish-themed films from around the world, ranging from historical dramas to documentaries.

“While we are still unable to host our community of film enthusiasts in local theaters, we now have the unique opportunity to present more films than ever, all while expanding our reach far beyond county lines,” said Wendy Honig BRJFF artistic director.

Now through May 26, film buffs can watch the films up to 72 hours after its scheduled time and also enjoy Q&A webinars with filmmakers, cast members, and community lecturers.

Some standouts include the following: Golden Voices (Jan. 17-23), a film that offers an intimate glimpse into the experience of Soviet Jews during the single largest wave of immigration in Israel’s history–all with the perfect mix of poignancy, levity and heart; Here We Are (Jan. 25-26), a soulful drama that touches on family ties, the rights of the differently abled, and the sadness of aging; Maverick Modigliani (Feb. 14-16), a documentary chronicling Modigliani’s short and tormented life and journey to later become one of the most highly rated and copied artists in the world; Asia (Feb. 23-25; pictured above), a film about motherhood, sacrifice, and love, stars Shira Haas, star of Netflix’s Unorthodox and winner of the Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2020.

“Our strong relationship with the film industry has allowed us to present our patrons with a high-quality line-up of films and speakers year after year, in turn, we are able to continue to inspire, educate and connect with our community year after year,” said Lesley Rich, BRJFF program and production director.

Individual tickets range from $4.99-$12 and film pass packages range from $59-$299 (prices are per household). Movie rentals can be enjoyed on various platforms by downloading the Eventive TV app. Click here to buy tickets and packages and view a full program.




Liquid Escape at Loews Hotels

If you’re not ready to jet off to a new destination just yet, take part in Loews Hotels’ Getaway in a Glass. The South Beach location–Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave.)–is serving up a limited-edition menu of cocktails featuring recipes that pay homage to…
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If you’re not ready to jet off to a new destination just yet, take part in Loews Hotels’ Getaway in a Glass. The South Beach location–Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave.)–is serving up a limited-edition menu of cocktails featuring recipes that pay homage to vacation spots from coast to coast.

“At Loews Hotels & Co., our food and beverage is seamlessly and deeply intertwined in the destinations that we call home,” says Mark Weiss, senior vice president of food and beverage. “In sharing our Getaways in a Glass cocktails, we hope to give guests a chance to have a taste of the incredible cities that our hotels are located in, while still delivering that locally handcrafted hospitality that Loews is known for.”

The Miami Beach hotel’s Aperol Fresca boasts a taste of South Florida’s famed beaches. Better still, the Loews team shared the recipe with Lifestyle.

Aperol Fresca

1.5 ounces Aperol

1 ounce fresh local guava puree

1 ounce fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Prosecco splash

Edible orchid and orange peel

Directions: Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker, except for the Prosecco. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Fill dante glass with crushed ice and strain cocktail into it. Add splash of Prosecco for a floater. Garnish with edible orchid and Florida orange peel.

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If you’re not ready to jet off to a new destination just yet, take part in Loews Hotels’ Getaway in a Glass. The South Beach location–Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave.)–is serving up a limited-edition menu of cocktails featuring recipes that pay homage to vacation spots from coast to coast.

“At Loews Hotels & Co., our food and beverage is seamlessly and deeply intertwined in the destinations that we call home,” says Mark Weiss, senior vice president of food and beverage. “In sharing our Getaways in a Glass cocktails, we hope to give guests a chance to have a taste of the incredible cities that our hotels are located in, while still delivering that locally handcrafted hospitality that Loews is known for.”

The Miami Beach hotel’s Aperol Fresca boasts a taste of South Florida’s famed beaches. Better still, the Loews team shared the recipe with Lifestyle.

Aperol Fresca

1.5 ounces Aperol

1 ounce fresh local guava puree

1 ounce fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Prosecco splash

Edible orchid and orange peel

Directions: Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker, except for the Prosecco. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Fill dante glass with crushed ice and strain cocktail into it. Add splash of Prosecco for a floater. Garnish with edible orchid and Florida orange peel.




Breakthrough Miami supported by NFL

Capping its 30th anniversary this year, Breakthrough Miami was selected as one of 13 nonprofit organizations that received the NFL’s Inspire Change Social Justice Grant. Breakthrough was the only nonprofit organization in Florida to receive funds as part of the NFL’s initiative Inspire Change, part…
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Capping its 30th anniversary this year, Breakthrough Miami was selected as one of 13 nonprofit organizations that received the NFL’s Inspire Change Social Justice Grant.

Breakthrough was the only nonprofit organization in Florida to receive funds as part of the NFL’s initiative Inspire Change, part of its 10-year $250 million commitment to social justice.

Breakthrough’s students-teaching-students model has been helping students become leaders since 1991 and serves 1,300 fifth to 12th grade students in an academic and social enrichment program. The students are mentored by 130 Teaching Fellows (17-24-year-olds) and over 400 volunteers. Breakthrough will use the money to advance a Changemaker Leadership Track for Breakthrough Scholars and recent alumni. Closing the opportunity gap, this work builds students’ capacities to challenge the digital divide, gain early intensive work experience, college advising, financial literacy, and leadership development, impacting not only their personal development and growth trajectories but the efficacy of academic and social enrichment they lead with 900 middle school Scholars.

“As an Opportunity Generator in our community for 30 years, Breakthrough Miami is committed to level the playing field. Aligned with the social justice goals of the NFL, our work is focused on closing the opportunity gap, generating social mobility, nurturing self-actualization, and promoting an inclusive and engaged community,” said Lori-Ann M. Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Breakthrough Miami. “We are honored to be awarded an NFL Inspire Change grant to advance our Changemaker Leadership Track. Together we are forging new pathways to inclusive, just, and equitable economic advancement.”

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Capping its 30th anniversary this year, Breakthrough Miami was selected as one of 13 nonprofit organizations that received the NFL’s Inspire Change Social Justice Grant.

Breakthrough was the only nonprofit organization in Florida to receive funds as part of the NFL’s initiative Inspire Change, part of its 10-year $250 million commitment to social justice.

Breakthrough’s students-teaching-students model has been helping students become leaders since 1991 and serves 1,300 fifth to 12th grade students in an academic and social enrichment program. The students are mentored by 130 Teaching Fellows (17-24-year-olds) and over 400 volunteers. Breakthrough will use the money to advance a Changemaker Leadership Track for Breakthrough Scholars and recent alumni. Closing the opportunity gap, this work builds students’ capacities to challenge the digital divide, gain early intensive work experience, college advising, financial literacy, and leadership development, impacting not only their personal development and growth trajectories but the efficacy of academic and social enrichment they lead with 900 middle school Scholars.

“As an Opportunity Generator in our community for 30 years, Breakthrough Miami is committed to level the playing field. Aligned with the social justice goals of the NFL, our work is focused on closing the opportunity gap, generating social mobility, nurturing self-actualization, and promoting an inclusive and engaged community,” said Lori-Ann M. Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Breakthrough Miami. “We are honored to be awarded an NFL Inspire Change grant to advance our Changemaker Leadership Track. Together we are forging new pathways to inclusive, just, and equitable economic advancement.”




Brew Review – Streamline by Beat Culture

There’s the crazy stuff, and then every so often you just get back to basics. And much like the classic, beautifully styled, sweeping lines of the vehicle gracing the can, Streamline (Amber Ale, 5% ABV) is just beauty in simplicity, a beer that is perfectly aligned to everything a beer needs to be. And I … Continue reading Brew Review – Streamline by Beat CultureFlorida Beer Blog Read More




Billionaire MacKenzie Scott donates to South Florida organizations

South Florida organizations with a mission to serve the community are grateful for the generosity of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Last year, the writer committed to the Giving Pledge, an initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates that encourages the world’s richest people to donate their money to charitable causes. As part of her pledge, Scott donated $4.2 billion to 384 organizations across the country.

One recipient was United Way of Broward County. The organization calls the gift “transformational,” saying it is the single largest donation it has received. The donation will support United Way’s mission to “fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Broward County.”

“We are beyond grateful for this most generous investment in our work and in our community.  Her donation will amplify our existing work and we will strive to make Ms. Scott extremely proud of how we utilize her gift to create and sustain long-standing change,” said Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County. The organization plans to disclose the amount later this month along with a plan of how the funds will be used. “A total of 6,490 organizations were vetted and her strong belief in our work is truly humbling. It is our hope that Ms. Scott’s belief in our mission will inspire even more people to join our effort.”

Another organization benefiting from Scott’s generosity is YWCA South Florida, which received $2 million. The gift comes at a time when the 100-year-old organization has expanded its programs and services to cover Broward County as well as Miami-Dade. The organization says it will use the money to “fuel the necessary growth to meet increased demand and operational support in accelerating its social impact” as it continues its mission to “eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

The gift also contributes to the organization’s growth capital campaign to raise $11 million that will be invested in human capital, program and service expansion, research, financial security, racial justice work and the redevelopment of the organization’s footprint in Overtown.

“What an amazing act! MacKenzie Scott’s gift is a vote of her confidence in the nonprofit sector, YWCA South Florida’s work and the strategic use of the resources to propel sustained change,’’ said Kerry-Ann Royes, CEO and President at YWCA South Florida. “We are proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s organizations demonstrating high potential for impact and hope that her generosity inspires others to join in this expansive, critical work.”

Easter Seals of South Florida, Meals on Wheels of South Florida and United Way of Miami-Dade County also received funds from Scott.

Pictured above: United Way of Broward County President/CEO Kathleen Cannon with Leslie Dixon at a Thanksgiving food distribution event.

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Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum undergoes renovation

With the new year, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is going through a makeover.

During the past few months, the BRHS&M went through a $3.9-million reimagination, redesign and renovation in preparation for a soon-to-be-announced reopening to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 20222.

Executive director Mary Csar said the museum worked with Creative Art Unlimited of Pinellas Park to design the space layout and create new interactive exhibits for the museum that will “incorporate many more artifacts and memorabilia, plus other valuable information.”

‘The historic Town Hall has been our home since the mid-1980s,” says Csar. “But, due to space limitations, our exhibitions have been temporary and largely two-dimensional. Not any longer. The dynamic redesign of the new Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will allow for both permanent and changing exhibitions that will appeal to families, students and research buffs of all ages—all under the concept of History Alive!

The Council Chamber will feature display areas and cabinetry for changing exhibits and will also function as the museum’s lecture hall. The redesigned Research Library will house the Society’s extensive archival collections and provide workstations for research patrons. At the new permanent galleries, visitors can explore the following:

  • Historic Timeline starting with the earliest Pre-Columbian inhabitants up to the 21st Century.
  • Pioneer Days focused on the local heritage of a small farming community.
  • Addison Mizner, featuring the museum’s important collection of Mizner Industries and architectural drawings and images of the great architect’s plans, which put the tiny town of Boca Raton on the map in the 1920s.
  • World War II, when the Boca Raton Army Airfield served as the Air Corps’ top secret radar training facility.
  • IBM, featuring an extraordinary collection of functioning vintage IBM PCs.

The Boca Historical Society & Museum is still raising funds for this ambitious renovation, and naming opportunities are still available. To learn more, call 561.395.6766 or email director@bocahistory.org.

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Feels like Ferrari

As COVID-19 has inspired South Floridians to reimagine and reshuffle their homes, some have expanded their offices, turned their outdoor spaces into mini-resorts or built wine rooms and screening rooms. These are all worthy and homey upgrades, sure to elevate a home’s financial and personal value and outlast the pandemic era. But a niche selection of homeowners will want to add one more enhancement to the list, but it’s not exactly homey; it’s screamingly speedy—a state-of-the-art racing simulator.





Miami-based Allinsports, which can build and customize a simulator to whatever a client has in mind, carries an unimpeachable pedigree. The company manufactures some of the most high-end racing simulator systems used by leading race teams globally, and in 2018 launched the eRacer esports simulator rigs, which immediately became the official simulators of the “World’s Fastest Gamer” competition. The brand’s history stretches back more than a decade: Since 2009, AIS has been a technical partner of the Ferrari Driver Academy in simulator development and has run advanced training simulator programs for the majority of racing formulas. 

That’s what separates AIS from its competitors: It derives from the racing world, not the gaming world. AIS was founded by an ex-Formula 1 engineer, CEO Anton Stipinovich, while the company’s technical director, Giacomo Debbia, is a 25-year veteran of the Ferrari F1 team. Debbia, who is based in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, leads the design team for all AIS simulators.





AIS simulators are the rigs of choice for Formula 1 stars Kimi Raikkonen, Charles LeClerc, Sebastian Vettel and Nicholas Latifi, plus racing legends Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Kanaan, Adrian Fernandez, Rubens Barrichello and Emerson Fittipaldi. Because the technologies were developed for the most illustrious names in the sport rather than for leisure, the experience of the simulators more closely recreates the exhilaration of driving on the track, as well as offering an effective way for users to improve their lap times and driving habits.

With price points (starting from $24,000) that closely mimic the cost of an actual car, an AIS simulator can take the form of a high-tech arcade model, a colorful open buggy, a realistic racing vehicle, or even the client’s own car. At the entry level, the Monza eRacer collection products are fabricated with carbon fiber body work, a high-quality 4k display, fully adjustable driving positions, configurable electronic display on AIS wheel options, custom user interface, and exclusive selection of high-quality tracks—plus an option of high-performance computer real-time telemetry. (Stipinovich recommends the advanced telemetry analysis tool because it can improve lap times and driving habits.)

At the very highest end ($230,000-$350,000), we’re talking about a range of full-sized pro simulators used by racing teams, private individuals and companies that require top-level equipment and services.





The CEO and founder explains that AIS helped pioneer the use of vehicle physics simulation tools and has demonstrated accurate simulator tire model data. “Blending luxury with racing and military-grade technologies, AIS strives to give clients the best racing simulation experience,” he says. “The company is devoted to research and development, design and engineer quality, using industry-leading computer-aided design software to develop ergonomically and structurally sound upgrades and technologies.” If all that R&D does one thing, it will make wherever the simulator lands the most popular room in the house.

Featured image: Miami-based Allinsports (AIS) carries racing simulators in a range of price points, from $24,000 to more than $300,000 for a pro model.

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Broward Center presents Backlot Live

Broward Center for the Performing Arts is taking its stage outside.

The performing arts center is launching Backlot Live, a newly converted seated event space at the Lillian S. Wells Backstage Parking Lot, an area usually reserved for the stars and their crews.

For additional safety, seating allows for 6 feet of physical distance, while tickets are available only in pods of two, four or six. Personal chairs, coolers and outside food and beverages are prohibited. Ticket sales benefit the Broward Center’s Road to Recovery Fund to support operations as the Center prepares for the day when the doors reopen, the curtain rises and the lights return to the Broward Center Stages.

Patrons can start enjoying the new space this month as comedian Rob Schneider is the first of several upcoming acts. See more information on the acts below.

Rob Schneider
Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40
One of the most popular touring acts in comedy known for blending of character and comedic acting become popular on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, winning three Emmy Awards as part of its writing staff. Most recently, he created and stars in the Netflix docu-series Real Rob, which focuses on the day-to-day hijinks of his life. This event contains adult language or content.

 

In the Light of Led Zeppelin
Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $25
Going beyond a traditional tribute act, this group of classically trained musicians presents a journey through the best of Zeppelin classics as well as the symphonic orchestrations of Jimmy Page & Robert Plant and some of the greatest solo work of both men.

 

The Best of The Eagles
Feb. 27, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$40
Presented by Sun Concerts, this performance has been called the most exact interpretation of the music of the Eagles. Each member plays the instrument and sings the vocals of his counterpart in the Eagles, authentically recreating the songs and magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands.

 

Well-Strung
March 13, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $40
The string quartet—made up of Edmund Bagnell (violin), Christopher Marchant (violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (violin)—performs universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and other pop stars for a uniquely engaging experience. Their recent third album entitled Under The Covers debuted on Billboard’s Classical Chart at No. 3 and the Classical Crossover Chart at No. 4. Tickets start at $40.

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Joining the Ranks

From cardiology to HIV treatment, and from oncology to orthopedics, Broward Health, one of the nation’s largest public health care systems, continues to expand the Broward Health Physician Group, a network of more than 200 employed physicians. 

“With the addition of these highly regarded medical experts, Broward Health has further augmented the high-quality care it provides to the South Florida community,” says physician Andrew Ta, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Broward Health. “We are thrilled to welcome these professionals, some of whom lead clinical trials, to our family.”

The announcement of more than a dozen key hires comes on the heels of a major departure at the top: Gino Santorio, president and CEO at Broward Health, is stepping down after a successful two-year tenure to join Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami, the largest independent nonprofit teaching hospital in South Florida. In February, he will succeed Steven Sonenreich, who is leaving the position after 19 years but will remain at Mount Sinai in a consultative capacity.

Santorio widely was credited with providing stability and direction to Broward Health at a fraught time in its history, and Santorio nods to the fact that he is leaving the hospital system in a strong place. “Broward Health is well positioned with experienced leaders and dedicated caregivers who will continue the success of the system,” he says. “I will forever be in awe of the passion displayed by the Broward Health team and applaud the system’s achievements as we all champion the health of the South Florida community.”

In his resignation letter, Santorio wrote: “Against an arduous backdrop of challenges inclusive of a global pandemic, a corporate integrity agreement and historical organizational instability, we have prevailed and remain poised for continued success.”

Santorio explained that he wanted to be closer to family in Miami-Dade, while North Broward Hospital District Commissioner Ray Berry conceded that compensation likely played a role: “A public health system can never pay what a private system can. We knew he would eventually leave.” Berry has suggested that a nationwide search to replace Santorio is likely.

Whoever steps into Santorio’s shoes would be assuming the leadership of a major health system that has been providing service for more than 80 years. The Broward Health system includes the statutory teaching hospital Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health Urgent Care, Broward Health International and Broward Health Foundation. 

The Broward Health Physician Group, which has treated more than 230,000 patients in the last fiscal year, boasts more than 1,600 affiliated community physicians. Now it has 19 more pairs of healing hands.

Pictured: The 250-bed Broward Health Coral Springs, part of the Broward Health system



NEW FACES

This year Broward Health Physician Group welcomed the following physicians: 

Aza Abdalla, Broward Health International 

Mohamed Behairy, cardiology

Michael Chizner, cardiology 

David Droller, infectious diseases

Nemer Dabage Forzoli, internal medicine

Jason Gould, orthopedic trauma 

Kenneth Jeffers, pediatric orthopedic 

Scott Jordan, gynecology oncology

Emily Keener, orthopedic trauma

Nonglin Mel, family practice; HIV specialist 

William Neway, orthopedic spine 

Mohamed Osman, interventional cardiology

Janina Rojas, pediatrics

Yordanka Reyna, cardiology; heart failure specialist

Joshua Shaw, general and transplant surgery

Brian Slomovitz, gynecology oncology

Stephen Swirsky, orthopedic; sports medicine

Ricardo Vicuna, interventional cardiology

Pilar Ortegon-Zambrano, endocrinology

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