About Us

Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center is a vibrant and diverse Conservative congregation in the heart of Aventura, Florida, an exciting multi-cultural and multi-generational community in North Miami Beach. We offer a wide range of spiritual, cultural, educational and social programming for members of all ages.

 

The highly active congregation, together with its inspiring clergy, values Jewish learning, spiritual worship, service to the community and support for the State of Israel. Our beautiful campus contains a magnificent sanctuary, chapel and multiple social halls; a unique Holocaust Memorial designed by Israeli artist Frank Meisler; and “The Tauber Academy,” a state-of-the-art Jewish Early Childhood Education Center.

 

We are a synagogue of strength, security, and stability. The congregation continues to grow and expand while the clergy, staff, and membership constantly strive for improvement and excellence. The mission to foster Jewish life within the City of Aventura is an ongoing challenge. Our synagogue strives to create an open, warm, inviting and inclusive community that gives Jews in Aventura a sense of rootedness and belonging.

 

In a modern era in which Jews often struggle to connect with Judaism and with the Jewish community, the mission of the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center is now more important than ever. All are welcome to attend our online meaningful prayer services, holiday special event, or adult education. Please like and follow us on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

OUR HISTORY

Our History in Words

The history of ATJC starts shortly after the Six Day War in 1967 when Turnberry Associates of Duquesne, Pennsylvania bought 785 acres of northeast Dade County swamp. The company was led by Don Soffer, who graduated Brandeis University in the 1950s and joined his father Harry in developing suburban shopping centers. By 1969, a $700 million development plan of 24,000 units with a mall and a resort had been drawn up by Soffer and Arlen Realty and Development.

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Our Leadership

ROSE RUBIN

Synagogue President

Rose Rubin has been a Vice President of the Executive Board of the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center for the last 15 years. She and her beloved late husband, Richard, have been major benefactors of our synagogue since they joined in 1999. Rose is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and has worked on all of our Holocaust memorial events, and co-chairs and conducts our annual Yom Hashoa service. Her children, Jason and Lindsey also participate in the service.

William W. Landa, Founding Chairman of the Board

Bill was born in Czechoslovakia, and came to the United States in 1951.  After having spent two years in the US Army, Bill settled in Spring Valley, New York and immediately got involved in the construction business.  As Founding Chairman, Bill led the congregation of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center from a small storefront space to our existing state-of-the-art facility.  He took his vision of a Center of Excellence in the fast-growing Jewish community of Aventura and, with the help of many other dedicated individuals, made that vision a reality.  His dedication and commitment to our Synagogue, School and community has resulted in ATJC achieving national as well as international recognition. Because of the exceptional services and programs that are offered by ATJC, our Center is often visited by world-renowned leaders, scholars, and artists.                              

 

Alix Wolf, Vice President, Education & Youth
Alix Wolf has been a member of ATJC for over 15 years. She and her husband, Jorge, live in Harbor Islands with their four children: Max, AJ, Benny, and Rebecca. All of her children attended religious school as well as celebrated their B'nai Mitzvots at ATJC. Alix is a strong supporter of BBYO at ATJC's campus, and Hillel International, which is even more meaningful as her son Max is a freshman at USC in Los Angeles. Alix practiced Real Estate law at Hyman & Kaplan, PA before having her children. In addition to her dedication to the Jewish community, Alix has served on the Headmaster's Advisory Board at NSU University School in Davie where her three younger children attend, supports Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, and is a member of various community organizations and advocacy groups.

 

Roni Fertig, VP, Membership Engagement
Roni Fertig has her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. She has owned and operated The Nanny Network since 1985, placing professional nannies and other household staff with families nationally. She is a founding member of the International Nanny Association and has served on its Board of Directors. She is the recipient of The Woman of Valor award for her commitment to her synagogue and the Jewish community. She has also served for many years on the Advisory Board for Central Agency for Jewish Education’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning of Miami.She currently sits on the committee of the North Dade Coalition of Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Ms. Fertig currently serves on the Women's Amutot Initiative of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation since 2005 and participated in a study trip to Israel. 

 

Steve Kessler, Vice President, Facilities

Steve is the synagogue’s Vice President of Facilities responsible for the maintenance and security of our congregational campus. He is a graduate of Penn State University and a veteran who served in Viet Nam. He is a licensed General Contractor who has been associated with Turnberry Associates since the 1970’s and has been responsible for many projects including Turnberry Isle Resort, Hotel and Country Club, Turnberry Isle Yacht Club and the Aventura Mall. He also led efforts for several Turnberry Associates projects in Las Vegas.

 

Richard Kronrad, Vice President, Development 

Richard is currently a member of the Florida International University Vice Provost Executive Council. This council raises scholarship monies for first generation students wishing to attend FIU. Sometimes these monies mean the difference as to whether a student gets to stay in college or is forced into the work force directly out of high school. Richard has been a resident of the City of Aventura for the past 23 years. Married with two children and six grandchildren.

 

Matthew Adler, Treasurer

Matthew L. Adler is President and Chief Executive Officer of Adler Kawa Real Estate Advisors where he is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the business. Matthew founded Adler Kawa in 2012 as an evolution of his family's real estate businesses, the Adler Group which has been investing and operating commercial real estate for over 50 years. Matthew graduated with a bachelor of arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Since 2010, Matthew has served on the Board of Directors and Loan Committee for Miami based Apollo Bank. Matthew serves on numerous community and business based organizations, including: officer of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, treasurer of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, board of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Supporting Foundation and is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). In 2010, Matthew was appointed by the President of the Unites States to serve as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council the board of the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

 

Sara Schermer, Board Secretary 

Sara Schermer was born and raised in Puerto Rico in a conservative Jewish family and grew up involved in Young Judaea and later in Haddassah. She owns a marketing and advertising consulting business with clients ranging from advertising agencies to hospital systems and non-profits. She is also a voice over actor. Sara has lived in Miami for 34 years and has been married to Rick for the past 29. Together they have three children: Mitchell (26), Jeffrey (23) and Jared (20). The family have been members at ATJC since 2008 where Sara participates yearly in the Purim Schpiel and is also active in the Yaya Sisterhood.

Board of Directors

Ronald Bakalarz
Neil M. Bernstein
Audrey Bornstein
Eme Chaikin
Wendy Ellison
Lauren Geduld
Jerome Hollo
Michael Landa
Alan Lips
Adam Lubkin
Roni Mauer

 

 

Richard & Margo* Absher

Dr. Gil & Tammy Aronson

Edward & Tania Bakalarz

Ronald & Minna Bakalarz

Dr. Charles & Sara Bedzow

Rhoda & Wendy Bernstein

Kenneth Bernstein

Clement & April Beyda

Florence Cohn

Celia Cynamon

Ari & Ann Deshe

Mala Dorfman

Dr. Malcolm Dorman

Joseph & Beverlee Edell

Susie Edelsburg

Victor Farkas

Dr. Allan* & Esther Feingold

Mark* & Ana Maria Gordon

Charles & Joyce Haime

Mel & Francine Harris

Laurence* & Becky Herrup

Hon. Billy & Sandra Joel

Joseph & Dr. Sara Kavana

Eugene & Lois Kessler

Gisella Kinast

 

(*PAST PRESIDENT)

Board of Trustees

Jeffrey Oshinsky
Esther Peart
Marcy Resnik
Dr. Beny Rub
Rick Schermer
Gail Sonnenschein
Craig Storch
Stacy Studnik
Jodi Tartell
Amy Wildstein

 

 

Dan & Sheila Kleiman

Richard & Amelia Kronrad

William & Carole Landa

Michael & Amy Landa

Hal & Rita Leeds

Shirlee Levin

Dr. Barry & Marcy * Resnik

Eva Rubach

Rose Rubin

Neil Bernstein & Dr. Julie Schwartzbard

Dr. Barry* & Judith Silverman

Richard & Michelle Simon

Donald Soffer

Carol Soffer

Senator Paul & Sandra Steinberg

Andrew & Dr. Silvia Stern

Susan Strauss

Stacy Studnik

Dr. Paul & Jodi Tartell

Irwin & Laura Tauber

Leon & Leesa Wagner

Oscar & Elaine Wasserman

Jorge & Alix Wolf

Haim & Aviva Yehezkel

 

Executive Committee

Joseph Braun

Noah Breakstone

Elliot Dornbusch

Bob Kopf

Fernando Levy-Hara

Oscar Wasserman

20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura, FL 33180

Synagogue office number: (350) 937-1880

School office number: (305) 931-0010

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