Posted by: Sergio Carmona, South Florida Sun Sentinel
December 18, 2020
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S. Florida Sun Sentinel: ZOA’s Virtual Superstar Gala With Jon Voight, Ice Cube, Dershowitz, Amb. Friedman, Adelson, Honors Florida Board Members

Board members of the Zionist Organization of America’s Florida Region based in Hollywood will be honored at an upcoming national virtual event.

Dr. Craig Deligdish and Gila Bronner, and Dr. Daniel and Staci Layish will be recognized as Zionists in the Spotlight honorees at ZOA’s Virtual Superstar Gala at 7 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Deligdish, who lives in Melbourne, became the founding board member of ZOA Florida as the organization was re-establishing its office in the state after more than 35 years.

“It is a tremendous source of pride to have been the first ZOA Florida board member in the newly re-established region,” Deligdish said of his role in a news release.

At the beginning of 2018, as the Orlando based pro-Israel group Zionistas was looking to ZOA as a gateway to national Zionist involvement for its supporters and a new lay leader to cultivate this development, Daniel Layish was highly recommended for the role.

“I’m proud of what my wife, Staci, and I have achieved to help expand ZOA’s crucial work and voice,” Layish, who lives in Orlando, said in the news release. “We hope that being recognized as Zionists in the Spotlight will inspire others to get involved and support ZOA.”

Sharona Whisler, ZOA Florida’s executive director, said in the news release, “For two of our instrumental board members to be featured as Zionists in the Spotlight honorees on ZOA’s national stage, which is a proud first, is well-deserved recognition for both of these honorees and a tribute to ZOA Florida’s incredibly dedicated board and accomplishments.”

The gala will feature a line-up including rapper/actor Ice Cube, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israel’s new Ambassador to the U.S. and U.N. Gilad Erdan, philanthropist Dr. Miriam Adelson, actor Jon Voight and more.

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The original article was published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel and can be viewed here.