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Annual Gala



On May 6, 2023 Temple Beth Emet and Beth Emet Schools (3 months – 8th grade) will join together to host our 43rd Annual Gala Fundraiser “Galapalooza Music Fest” and Silent Auction. Our 300+ guests will delight in a night of live music by Resonance, innovative food stations, dancing, open bar and so much more! We invite you to celebrate with us too.

47 years ago, 15 families came together to build the TBE community and since then we have grown to over 800 families. Our schools now accommodate 500 students on a daily basis, who participate in an engaging journey of exploration and discovery.

Sponsorships, donations and silent auction items are essential to the success of this important fundraiser. All proceeds directly benefit program expansion, elevating our academic curriculum and financial assistance for those in need.


Melissa Blum
Lauren Feibelman

Melissa Blum joined the Temple Beth Emet community in 2019, when her now 4 year old son began Tiny Tots. On her third day on campus a friendly face brought this scared mother to her first Early Childhood Center PTO meeting and the rest is history or rather beshert. Melissa quickly became room mom, joined the gala committee and soon after assumed the role of PTO Treasurer. She now serves as Co-President of The Parenthood and strives to make all families new and old feel welcome and a part of the TBE family. Melissa embraced Judaism from an early age. She grew up at the Michael Ann Russell JCC, enjoyed many summers at Camp Coleman, and served as President of her college campus’ Hillel chapter. For the past 17 years, Melissa has worked for Humana and currently leads health equity, community engagement and social impact for the State of Florida. She is thrilled to be a part of this years gala committee and to raise funds for Beth Emet Schools and our campus.

Lauren Feibelman has been a part of the TBE community since 2020. Her oldest son is in Nursery at our wonderful ECC and her youngest will soon be joining our mommy and me programming. Lauren has been involved in Jewish life since a young age, starting with becoming President of her youth group in high school, then taking on an active role in her Jewish sorority and finally, becoming a director at an Israel educational non-profit. She is currently a stay at home parent and is grateful for all of the opportunities she’s been given to get involved at TBE including being a room mom and joining our ECC Parenthood Board. Lauren is excited to use her knowledge and assets to give back to this beautiful community and expand our outreach. 



Thank you to the Gala Committee for the time, talent, and expertise you have given. You have made a difference through your dedication and continued support. Your ideas, input, and enthusiasm were most helpful.

Alie Brunchswig
Marissa Benjamin
Michelle Bernstein

Alona Cohen
Lisa Farkas
Jaime Gazes

Brina Goulder
Jessica Hampshire
Venessa Hampshire
Elizabeth Jacobs
Eden Katz
Ilana Kidwell
Nicole Marrache
Michal Mayara
Michelle Mazor
Candice Scholl
Julie Shedlaz

Robin Steinman
Laura Weinstein

Mon, December 11 2023 28 Kislev 5784