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Holy Cross, P.A.N.D.O.R.A., and the members of the CFS/FMS Empowerment Group at Temple Sholom, dedicate the entire program to Rabbi Dr. Ivan Wachmann.

As Temple Sholom’s Spiritual Leader, he has more than 50 years of experience serving and ministering as a rabbi and teacher in congregations in Ireland, Britain, Scotland, and the United States. He has extensive experience as a biblical scholar, lecturer, counselor, and trainer as well as a lecturer in Kabbalistic studies. He was appointed in 2001 to Holy Cross Hospital’s Board of Trustees, Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 2004, he received the “Ambassador of Peace Award,” honoring his work on promoting peace among ethnic and religious groups. In May 2006, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at the prestigious University of Wales, United Kingdom.


Rabbi Dr. Wachmann has appeared in the South Florida media, addressing issues affecting the Jewish community. He has been featured in the Pompano Pelican, the Jewish-Journal, the Pompano Forum, the Sun-Sentinel, and the Miami-Herald. His wife Cindy has been a strong voice for Jewish women in organizations such as Hadassah and Brandeis Women, and she has served as President of Temple Sholom Sisterhood for several terms during Rabbi’s tenure at Temple Sholom.

We will miss you both!  

  We gratefully acknowledge the Jewish Center at Temple Sholom for hosting this special event. We are grateful to  P.A.N.D.O.R.A.’S Volunteers Extraordinaire©, Sisterhood and Men’s  Club members, Temple Sholom’s Board of Directors and staff, and to Holy Cross Hospital, a superb health facility serving our community, for co-sponsoring this event.







Our Distinguished Speakers

Sister Rita Levasseur is a Sister of Mercy and has been at Holy Cross Hospital since February 2000. She initially served as chaplain, then Director of Spirituality, and is presently the Vice President of Mission Integration and Sponsorship.  Sister Rita has a BS degree in education and Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. She also holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction/Leadership.  

Mr. John C. Johnson is Holy Cross Hospital’s CEO.  With a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University, Mr. Johnson has served as an executive in healthcare facilities in Washington, DC; Maine; Massachusetts; New York; and Florida. His honors include the Valor Award, American Diabetes Association, 2004 and Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Community Service Award, 2005.

Alan Niederman, MD, is Medical Director of the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute, where he oversees clinical trials. Throughout his career he has been principal investigator of nearly 200 research projects and has published extensively in the field of cardiology and stem cells research. Dr. Niederman has been in private practice since 1987 with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Heart Group. He was Director and Principal Investigator for their Research Team for 18 years.

Dr. Kenneth Friedman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is also on the Executive Board of P.A.N.D.O.R.A., serving as Secretary and Public Policy Chair. Dr. Friedman is a former member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) and has written several physician manuals and articles on how to address, diagnose, and treat neuroendocrineimmune disorders.

CRISTINA MATA, MD, is the Director of Women’s Health and Metabolic Services at Holy Cross Hospital. Since 2001, she has served on the Board of Trustees at Holy Cross and has served on the Holy Cross Medical Group’s Executive Committee.

Her honors include The American Diabetes Association Valor Award (2001) and Miami Metro Magazine – The Best Doctors in South Florida (1999, 2000, 2001). Dr. Mata is dedicated to educating women about their health and well-being and is an avid speaker on the topic.



11:00 – Registration. If you have pre-registered (R.S.V.P.), you will receive a lunch box. Please proceed to the Social Hall of Temple Sholom.


11:10 – 11:15 –  Invocation by Rabbi Ivan Wachmann

11:15 11:30 – Mingle and network with light lunch provided. You will be able to eat while the presentations are being made. However, once the presentation begins, we kindly ask you to refrain from unnecessary conversation.

Program moderator: Marly C. Silverman

11:30 11:35 – Welcome: David Greenblatt, President, Jewish Center at Temple Sholom. Acknowledgement of Sisterhood President Jeanne Arnold and Men’s Club President Marty Cohen and any other Temple board members present.

11:35 11:40 am – General Invocation:  Sister Rita Levasseur, Vice President of Mission Integration and Sponsorship

11:40 12:00 pm – Guest Speaker: John Johnson, CEO, Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL

12:00 12: 45 pmDr. Alan Niederman, Cardiologist, Holy Cross Medical Group

Topic: Stem Cell Therapy at Holy Cross Hospital

12:45 1:00 pm – Break & Raffle Prizes

1:00 1:45 pm – Guest Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Friedman, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Topic: Breaking the Silence and the Myths About Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders

1:45 2:30 pmDr. Cristina Mata, Endocrinologist, Holy Cross Medical Group

Topic: Steps to Improve Your Health

2:30 3:30 pm – Meeting of the CFS/FM Empowerment Group at Temple Sholom

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Friedman, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Topic: Chat with an expert on CFS/FM issues
















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