Israel Sands has a Bachelor's in Psychology (1974), a J.D. (1978) and an L.L.M. (2011) from the University of Miami. He passed the Florida Bar in 1979. While in school he interned with Jerry Chasen, one of Miami's best estate planning attorneys. As an estate planning and probate attorney he brings real life business experience and an appreciation for personal entanglements to his sunny office at Historic City Hall in South Beach.
Israel spent 11 years importing shoes from the Far East and exporting to the Caribbean Islands, living half of each year in Paris. In 1990 he was a South Beach pioneer. His store, Flowers & Flowers, was featured in every lifestyle magazine and had many celebrity clients through 2001. In 2001 Israel became a television personality. He did 78 half hour shows about flowers and entertaining for MGM Latin America Networks. Israel speaks English, Spanish and French. He is on the board of directors of the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy and formerly served on the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. He likes to kayak and follows the international art and antiques market. Although he cannot read music, Israel is a longtime supporter of the arts in Miami.