We invite you to the Kesher

Chai Society Journal Dinner

We Honor

Alison & Howard Cohen

We Recognize

Patricia Goldsmith

Recipient of the 2020 Service Award

We Remember

Coach Lee Dresbach Z”L

We Honor

Alison & Howard Cohen

We Honor

Howard D. Cohen leads as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic | Pacific Companies and has served in this position for nearly 20 years. Mr. Cohen’s role includes the oversight of all affiliated companies, managing the company’s investments and creating strategic partnerships that further enhance the firm’s systematic and intelligent approach to delivering better results and a richer experience. Mr. Cohen has more than 25 years of real estate investment, real estate law and management experience.

Mr. Cohen, a Miami Beach native, graduated from Miami Beach Senior High in 1985, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1989, and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami in 1993 with Magna Cum Laude distinction. Mr. Cohen currently serves on the board of directors of Cornell University’s Center for Real Estate Finance, and on the Advisory Board of Temple Emanuel.

Alison Rosenberg Cohen was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She relocated to Florida to attend the University of Miami and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing in 1988. From 1988-1991, Alison held multiple positions, including CEO with a restaurant company, Seashells, Inc., and was thereafter, a Director of a publicly traded company from 1991-1995, where she also held positions of President and Vice President of Marketing. Alison, along with her cousin, then opened and operated a children’s emporium called Twinkles.

Alison and Howard have lived in Miami since 1993, and are the proud parents of their children Matthew, Sam and Ellie, who all attended Miami Country Day School. Alison took a very active role sitting on the board there, as well as at other various organizations. Alison is currently on the Executive Committee of Kesher’s Board of Directors, where she has held many positions for nearly a decade. Alison and Howie have become an integral part of the Kesher family

We Recognize

Patricia Goldsmith

Recipient of the 2020 Service Award

We Recognize

Patricia Goldsmith is Vice President of Operations for the flagship offices of Dr. G’s Weight Loss and Wellness, founded by her husband, Charles L. Goldsmith, MD. Dr. G’s has several offices, and is also a franchise company both nationally and internationally. Patricia is a Registered Nurse, who received her BSN degree from Miami Dade College School of Nursing. She received her surgical training at Jackson Memorial Hospital-Miami. Her professional experience in nursing has been both in the operating room, as well as in nursing administration since 1979. In 1994, Patricia began managing several offices of Dr. G’s Weight Loss and Wellness, alongside her husband, Dr. G. In addition to her career, Patricia’s commitment to her community continues on a daily basis, as she is involved in multiple organizations.

Kesher: Patricia is presently Chair of the Board of Directors, and has be an active board member for more than 20 years. Kesher is a school for children with learning disabilities, located on the campus of Scheck Hillel Community School.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation: She is an endowed Lion of Judah, as well as an active member of The Israel Oversees Committee, which allocates funds to programs in Israel that provide support for impoverished families and immigrants.

Women of Tomorrow Mentorship Program: Patricia continues to support this organization that mentors at risk high school young women. WOT provides guidance and support to continue education beyond graduation (i.e. scholarship
funding etc.).

As a Friend of Sylvester, Patricia supports Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center-University of Miami.

Additionally, Patricia is currently President of the Board of Directors of Turnberry Ocean Colony, South Tower, in Sunny Isles Beach.

Patricia has been a resident of Miami since 3 years of age, and has lived with her family in Sunny Isles Beach since 2008. Patricia is a proud mother of twin boys, Kesher Alumni, Jonathan and David. Her step son, Jason and daughter in-law, Sasha have given her twin grandchildren, Jade and Jake, whom she adores.

We Remember

Coach Lee Dresbach Z”L

We Remember

Our beloved Coach Lee dedicated his life to helping others. Lee Dresbach z”l began his lifelong love of service to others in 1970 when he proudly served as a medic in Vietnam, in the U.S. Air Force, earning two air evacuation medals for the hundreds of lives he saved, and the dignity he gave to those in their final moments. He returned to the States to pursue his dream to teach tennis, and was an early innovator of wheelchair tennis for the disabled through the United States Professional Tennis Registry.

Nothing made him more proud than his family. He was a beloved father to Lauren, Lindsey and Casey Dresbach, and grandfather to Emma and Vivienne.

The former Head Tennis Pro of the Doral Hotel in Miami, who worked under the auspices of the great Arthur Ashe, Lee later moved to New York City in 1984 and was the Tennis Professional of many stars and corporate leaders at the Vertical Club in New York, including Sumner Redstone, Harrison Ford and Dustin Hoffman, before returning to Florida in 1996.

Since that time, Coach Lee had immersed himself in the North Miami Beach Jewish community as a tennis professional at the JCC, and the sports instructor for Kesher. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and developed close relationships with not only his students and clients, but their families as well. At the JCC, he was known for his costumes and creativity during carpool. He always welcomed campers and their families with a smile on his face, and a smile on his racket. He made everyone within Kesher feel at home with his warmth, compassion, and thoughtfulness. He would text families on special
occasions, holidays, birthdays, or simply send a reminder to have a great day. You could always count on Coach Lee for his jokes and sharing a laugh.

Coach Lee left an indelible mark on countless children and families in our community, and his presence will be sorely missed.

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Kesher provides the Best quality Judaic and secular education within a Jewish day school environment for students with a wide array of learning differences and special needs, Meeting individual educational goals and nurturing self-esteem based on genuine accomplishment and success. Kesher seeks out the most highly trained faculty in order to assure that our students receive the best possible education.

Many of our students receive essential scholarships thanks to the support of generous individuals, foundations and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. At Kesher, we remain steadfast in our commitment to seek out philanthropic support in order to provide a quality special education for the students in our community.

Unique in the southeastern United States, and the largest program of its kind in America, Kesher is located at the Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach.