[Sarasota, FL – March 6, 2014] Brian Lipton, AJC’s (American Jewish Committee’s) Regional Director, West Coast Florida, is delighted to announce the election of three prominent community leaders to AJC’s Regional Board of Directors: Debbie Haspel, Jules Rose, and Matt Walsh. These new Board Members have demonstrated their commitment to AJC’s mission – to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values around the world. They have shown their dedication over the years by serving on event committees for AJC, and participating in last year’s AJC Global Forum in Washington, DC. They join a successful and distinguished Board, led by AJC Regional President Anne Virag, Vice Presidents Gerri Aaron, Ina Rae Levy, Flori Roberts, Stan Rutstein, and Stuart Siegel, and Secretary Fran Blum.
Debbie Haspel has had careers as both a nurse and an attorney, and was honored, along with her husband Larry, with AJC’s 2013 Human Relations Award. Mrs. Haspel has been on the board of the Sarasota Ballet and Friends of Kobernick/Anchin. She has volunteered for Susan G. Komen Suncoast, and has co-chaired events for the Perlman Music Program, Jewish Housing Council, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Debbie and Larry Haspel support many organizations, including AJC, the Jewish Housing Council, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, JFCS, The Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Sarasota Ballet, Perlman Music Program, and Embracing Our Differences.
Jules Rose retired from a successful career in the food industry in the New York area, having earned many professional awards and serving on many industry boards. Mr. Rose moved to Sarasota in 2000, when he married his current wife, Sheila. He was President of his condominium association and was Co-Chair of the Asolo travel group and Asolo Directors Society. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Perlman Music Program, and was its Chairman from 2009 to 2013, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Studio Theater and the Longboat Key Foundation. Jules Rose is a committed and engaged leader, involved in many causes, and loyal to AJC’s mission.
Rounding out the group is Matt Walsh. Mr. Walsh is Editor, CEO, and co-owner of The Observer Media Group, and has been a loyal supporter of AJC for many years. He and his wife Lisa are devoted to issues concerning Israel and the Jewish people, and were both honored with the AJC’s 2010 Civic Achievement Award. He is immediate past chair of the Florida Press Association and treasurer of the American Court and Commercial Newspapers. He is co-founder and a director of the Gulf Coast CEO Forum and director of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
These three new leaders will help AJC address its four major priorities: Prevent a nuclear Iran, Promote Israel’s place in the world, Combat global anti-Semitism, and Strengthen interfaith relations. For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions. AJC is the preeminent global Jewish advocate having an impact locally, nationally and globally. For more information about AJC, please visit www.ajc.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.