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Southern U.S. Region

Representing the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Florida and other southern states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

To get involved, or support our important work, please contact:

Rabbi Meyer H. May

SWC Executive Director

310.553.9036 / 800.900.9036

Click here for a list of Simon Wiesenthal Center Southern Region past honorees...  





•April 2012

SWC Southern US 2012 “Spirit Of Courage” Benefit
Highlighted by Panel Discussion “Arab Spring Or Arab Winter?”


The Southern Region 2012 “Spirit of Courage” Benefit featured a blue-ribbon panel of political and security experts who debated, Arab Spring or Arab Winter: Is there a possibility for peace in the Middle East. The event was moderated by Miami’s own Michael Putney of WPLG Local 10. Participants included Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Elliott Abrams and former deputy National Security Adviser to two U.S. Presidents; Princeton University professor Daniel Kurtzer, U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2001-2005 and then Egypt from 1997-2001; and Wall Street Journal editor and principal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens. Hosting the event was Mariita and George Feldenkreis; Ronalee and Russell Galbut; and Tati and Ezra Katz.

“With the dramatic recent events in the Middle East, a looming and critical presidential election in the U.S. just months away, and serious concern over the safety and security of Israel, we felt it was more important to make the event an opportunity for learning and dialogue, said co-chair Ezra Katz.”

“We could not have picked a better or more balanced group of analysts, observers, and experts to lend their insight to our organization,” said Rabbi Meyer H. May, executive director of the SWC. “Messrs. Abrams, Kurtzer, and Stephens delivered strong, passionate, and intelligent viewpoints, representing a diversity of attitudes across the political spectrum.”


L-R: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Elliott Abrams, George Feldenkreis, Bret Stephens, Russell Galbut, Rabbi Meyer H. May, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Ezra Katz, Tamar Kohn Marks

2012 "Digital Terrorism and Hate Report"
L-R: Tamar Kohn Marks, SWC; Breezye Telfair, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office; Robert LeFiles, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Rick Eaton, SWC; Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC; Major Glenn Stolzenberg, Southeast Florida Fusion Center; Asst. Special Agent Scott Friedman, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Sgt. Ray Beahn, Miami-Dade Police Department; and Major Alfredo Escanio, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

•January 2012
South Florida Premiere of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “It Is No Dream: The Life Of Theodor Herzl”
Fanny Hanono Chairs Special Presentation from SWC’s Academy Award™-Winning Moriah Films Division

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•April 2011
South Florida Tribute Dinner Honoring Bonnie Schaefer
Simon Wiesenthal Center’s South Florida Tribute Dinner, chaired by Judy and Michael Adler welcomed guests, highlighted by keynote addresses from Representative Debbie Wassermann-Schultz (D-FL) and Honoree Bonnie Schaefer.


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L-R: Michael and Judy Adler; Representative Debbie Wassermann-Schultz; Jamie and Bonnie Schaefer; Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Meyer May 

•"2011 Digital Terrorism and Hate" Report Released to South Florida homeland security and law enforcement officials
Rabbi Abraham Cooper L-R: Chief James Skinner, Tamar Kohn Marks, Margo Mankes Goldstein, Chief Fred Maas, Richard Wierzbicki, David Lewis, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Leo Goodman, Glenn Stolzenberg and Lt. Maggie Varela
Leo Goodman, David Lewis, Margo Mankes Goldstein Chief Fred Maas, Lt. Maggie Varela, Glen Stolzenberg
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Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading expert on online hate, released the Center's 2011 "Digital Terrorism and Hate Report" to South Florida homeland security and law enforcement officials on Monday, April 11, 2011 at the Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center.

Law enforcement officials were presented with a PowerPoint presentation of the highlights of the more than 14,000 (up from 11,500 last year) problematic websites, forums, blogs and social network pages that are used by extremists to recruit young people, promote “lone wolf’” terrorists and denigrate their “enemies.” Included were the spike in online attacks and threats against religious minorities, as well as the evolving online strategies of al-Qaeda and other terror groups.

Major Glenn Stolzenberg, head of the Miami-Dade Police Department's Homeland Security Bureau and Detective David Lewis, president of the South Florida Shomrim Society (Jewish law enforcement officers) were among the attendees.

•January 2011
Forum Series
More than 70 people attended the South Florida Forum Series at Beth Torah in North Miami Beach, featuring SWC Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper and NGO Monitor President and Professor of Political Science, Bar Ilan University, Gerald Steinberg. Rabbi Cooper started the evening with an overview of the Theological Campaign to Destroy Israel. He presented the facts to understanding the new campaign to use theology to delegitimize Israel and the implications for Jewish-Christian relations. Professor Steinberg discussed the academic attacks on Israel from both the inside and outside.

After the presentation, Rabbi Cooper and Professor Steinberg, took questions from the audience who were eager to dialogue about this compelling topic.
John Stembridge and Ann Rosenheck

Harriet Lynn

Mark Tanenbaum and Tamar Kohn Marks

•December 2010
Hundreds Attend Reception and Screening for Newest SWC Moriah Films Documentary

South Floridians celebrated the re-opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Southern Region with a reception and screening of the Center’s newest documentary Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny. Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, the film recounts Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime.

Over 15,000 people have seen Walking With Destiny, in theaters across the United States. The film is the 11th production of the Center’s two-time Academy Award™-winning Moriah Films Division and is written and produced by Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank, who also directed.
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Boca Raton
William Lehman Jr. and Shirley Lehman
L-R: Marc Hurwitz, Naimi Wilzig and Russell Galbut Rabbi Solomon Schiff (L) and Rabbi May
Rosi and Saby Behar Tamar Kohn Marks, Rabbi May and Deborah Kaye