Home / See, Read & Share / Federation News

27th Annual Judicial Reception Honorees

LANGER

PALERMO

ALVAREZ

The 27th Annual Judicial Reception, hosted by the Attorneys’ Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, will pay tribute to Judge Lester Langer, Judge Peter R. Palermo and attorney Cesar L. Alvarez, each of whom has guided the South Florida community in a unique and monumental way. Chaired this year by Jeffrey B. Kaplan, the popular event will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard.

Judge Lester Langer will receive the 2011 Community Service Award for his devotion to the community and his work to bring positive attention to the court systems through leadership, scholarship and public service. He has been committed to improving family dynamics and providing support for parents and youth in Florida through his work in the Family and Juvenile Divisions of the County Court. He continues to speak out against domestic violence through his involvement in the courtroom, in numerous social-service organizations, and by lecturing at various Miami-Dade institutions. Langer has served as a judge in the Florida legal system and has presided over the Domestic Violence, Civil, Family, and most recently, the Juvenile Division of the County Court.

Judge Peter R. Palermo will be honored with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional work as a public servant. A decorated war veteran, the first Mayor of West Miami and a Senior United States Magistrate Judge, Palermo has served our country with distinction, honor and civility. He has been instrumental in establishing and growing the Magistrate Judge system, and served as the first judge in the now-587-judge system. Palermo continues to guide the South Florida community and the country at large, presiding on the bench after more than 40 years. He is proud to be one of the longest-serving judges in the United States.

Cesar L. Alvarez, Esq. will receive the 2011 Theodore “Ted” Klein Special Recognition Award, which honors an individual who has had a profound impact on members of the judiciary. Alvarez has shown tireless commitment to community service, using his mastery of the law and dedication to philanthropy to improve the Jewish and overall communities of Miami-Dade County. He has enriched the quality of life for so many through his involvement in institutions serving multi-cultural and youth populations, including United Way, Florida International University, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and Our Kids, Inc. Alvarez has demonstrated a strong bond with Israel and the Jewish people through his efforts to forge an alliance between the Cuban and Jewish communities in Miami.

To make a reservation for the Judicial Reception, click here. For more information, contact Pam DiGiacomo, Director of the Attorneys’ Division, at Attorneys@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8627.

To see a list of past Judicial Reception honorees, click here.

Masa Israel Journey Offers Gap Year Options

Masa Israel Journey Offers Gap Year Options

Many American universities are planning to offer remote learning in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic and some students are feeling reticent about the transition to online learning. For those looking for an alternative, this year provides an opportunity to explore gap year options with Masa Israel Journey.

Read More

A Summer of Service for Jewish Young Adults

A Summer of Service for Jewish Young Adults

For Jewish young adults and college students, ages 18-29, the coronavirus pandemic is a moment to make a difference for those affected by COVID-19. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation Jewish Volunteer Center is launching Serve the Moment, a four-week summer fellowship of service from July 8-August 7.

Read More

Be a Part of the Florida Jewish COVID-19 Plasma Initiative

Be a Part of the Florida Jewish COVID-19 Plasma Initiative

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise throughout Florida, doctors are hoping the convalescent blood plasma of recovered patients can help fight the virus. If you are a COVID-19 survivor, you can join this effort by participating in the Florida Jewish COVID-19 Plasma Initiative to ensure the state has enough plasma on hand to treat those who may need it.

Read More

Jewish Community Update

Jewish Community Update

With the beginning of a new fiscal year, our newly-elected Greater Miami Jewish Federation leadership officially took office earlier this week on July 1st. We are grateful for the desire of so many individuals to serve our community during this time of great uncertainty, and we especially want to express our deepest gratitude to Jeffrey Scheck, who has completed his two-year term as Chair of the Board.

Read More

Stay In Touch

Receive news about Greater Miami Jewish Federation events and more.