Liz Brauser grew up in Savannah, Georgia, spent a gap year in Israel, and “became a New Yorker” when she moved to Manhattan to attend NYU and earn a B.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. For the next ten years, she worked as an Executive Recruiter, later becoming the Assistant Director of Personnel at Mt Sinai Hospital. Liz made her first foray into the world of fundraising during her time at the Manhattan Israel Bonds office, where she ran a professional two million dollar campaign in the Real Estate/Plumbing Division.
During the Gulf War, when tourism to Israel was markedly low, Liz led a synagogue young leadership mission to Israel with a focus on visiting Yehuda and Shomron – notably Hebron – in a show of support and in an effort to spend tourism dollars.
Since “retiring” to Florida two days after her marriage to Joel Brauser, she has been devoted to the growth of the Hollywood and South Florida Jewish community. In particular, she has been instrumental in the growth of Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood. In BMA’s early days, as a fledgling school of 125 children, Liz worked on fundraising, land purchase, staff recruitment, and building design. She is proud of what BMA has become, with its beautiful campus, nearly 500 students, and national recognition for academic high standards and innovation in education.
Liz has lent her support in board membership roles and chaired fundraising events for Congregation Ohav Zedek in Manhattan, South Florida Central Agency for Jewish Education, the National Conference of Synagogue Youth Southern Region, among other chesed organizations.
Today, alongside her volunteer and fundraising work, Liz owns Liz Brauser Design Services, an interior design consulting firm and has over twenty years of extensive remodeling and design experience, having worked with clients both locally and in Israel.
Although Liz has dedicated considerable energy to Jewish causes, she is most proud of her children who have chosen helping professions and have advanced degrees in Jewish Studies.