New Directions Luncheon

Join us for the annual New Directions Luncheon benefiting National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Event proceeds will support research into the prevention of Pediatric Allergies and Asthma at National Jewish Health.

Featuring Guest Speaker Michelle Bernstein

Photo by Michael Pisarri

  • James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur
  • Guest Appearances on Food Network's "Iron Chef America" and Bravo's "Top Chef"
  • Host of "Check, Please! South Florida" and "SoFlo Taste"
Speaker Presented by Judy Levis Krug

Michelle is pleased to join us to speak about her career and life as we raise awareness and funds for research into the prevention of pediatric allergies and asthma. This is a cause close to her heart as she has asthma and her son suffers with reflux, both conditions are a part of the allergic march, a progressive condition in which National Jewish Health physician-scientists are experts. Read Michelle's full bio.


2022 Event Leadership

Three Generations of The Sandler Family Ladies

Phyllis Sandler
Amy Ross • Robin Rubin • Andrea Schnurmacher
Ali Benmen • Brittany Kohn

Full Luncheon Committee


For More Info

Contact Danielle Ross
561.477.5400 | 

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COVID-19 Precautions

National Jewish Health closely monitors the continuously changing situation with COVID-19 and will adjust our event protocols accordingly. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this challenging time with an abundance of caution for the protection and comfort of our guests and staff.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  1. New Directions Luncheon will be held outdoors in the Boca West Luxury Tent.

  2. Event will be limited to 250 attendees with eight guests per table

  3. Proof of vaccination will be required PRIOR to the event. (Please email a copy of your vaccination cards to Joanne Kabel at by March 1st)

  4. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid within 5 days of the event (either to someone in your household or close contact for more than 30 minutes unmasked), please stay home.

  5. If you are not feeling well and have any of the following symptoms: fever within 24 hours, body aches, stuffy or runny nose, unusual headache, or an unusual sore throat; we kindly ask you to stay home.

  6. For peace of mind of all participants, National Jewish Health recommends complimentary rapid testing on either March 3rd or the morning of the event for all guests who would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

COVID-19 testing will be provided by Clarity Lab Solutions. Testing must take place within 24 hours of the New Directions Luncheon.

Testing Options Are:

1. Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
          Drive up testing at Clarity Lab Solutions
          1060 Holland Drive, Suite A
          Boca Raton FL 33487

2. Friday, March 4, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
          Boca West Country Club
          Drive up testing prior to entering luncheon


2020 Luncheon Highlights


Lesly Deutch Suzanne Deutch Jill Deutch Frank Weinstock Saragale Wientock



 2020 Committee

Committee from 2020 Luncheon with Guest Speaker Dara Torres