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Congratulations to Rav Daniel Rhein and Racheli Schmell (Rhein) upon receiving a well-deserved, Dor l'Dor Award, at the Etzion Foundation Annual Dinner 2017.
 
Congratulations to Rabbi Jeffrey and Michelle Greenberg Kobrin, Alumnus of the Year 2017
 
Congratulations to Simcha and Barbara Hochman, Parents of the Year - 2017
 
Congratulations to Rabbi Gidon Rothstein '82 and Elizabeth Holland, upon receiving a well-deserved, Dor l'Dor Award, at the Etzion Foundation Annual Dinner 2016.
 
Congratulations to Hillel '91 and Saritte Silvera, Alumnus of the Year 2016
 
Congratulations to Gary and Hildee Weiss, Parents of the Year - 2016
 
Congratulations to Mindy Kolatch and Diane Kolatch '04 MO, 2015 Honorees
 
Congratulations to Donny '02 and Arielle Rosenberg, 2015 Honorees
 
Congratulations to Rabbi Dr. Aaron '92 and Tzipora Ross, 2015 Honorees
 
Congratulations to Dor l’Dor 2014 award recipients, Dassie and David Schreiber’s inter-generational connection to Yeshivat Har Etzion dates back to their parents Aaron and Blanche Schreiber z”l and Nathan and Esther Maidenbaum z”l. The relationship began when David’s parents moved their family from New Jersey to Manhattan in 1952 to be closer to Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l. David later became a student at Yeshiva University and received semicha from the Rav zt”l. Dassie’s father, revering the Rav zt"l, was a supporter of Yeshiva University. Dassie graduated Stern College with a Teachers degree in English Literature.

David and Dassie balance their family life with community service and their professional careers. They have been an integral part of the Five Towns Jewish community, including David having served as Chairman of the Young Israel of Woodmere’s New Building Campaign, President of Hebrew Academy of Long Beach and President of Congregation Mikveh South Shore and many other worthy causes. David is a Vice President of A.H. Schreiber Co and Dassie is a professional writer. David, who serves on the Etzion Foundation Board, together with Dassie, have provided guidance and financial support for many years since their children’s attendance at Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Dassie and David are the proud parents of Doniel and Aviva Schreiber, Avie and Navi Schreiber and Blanche and Yedidiah Buchwald. Doniel and Avie both attended Yeshivat Har Etzion. Doniel is presently a Ram at the Yeshiva and the founding Dean of the Yeshiva’s Center for Torah Leadership (CTL). Avie teaches at the Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ. Their daughter, Blanche, is an occupational therapist at Kids Therapy in New Jersey. David and Dassie have been blessed b”H with many grandchildren. Continuing on to the next generation, three of David and Dassie’s granddaughters, Devorah, Chani and Rivky, are students at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz and the Herzog College.

This award is a tribute to the legacy of their parents, Aaron and Blanche Schreiber z”l, Nathan and Esther Maidenbaum z”l, and to their children and grandchildren, while expressing appreciation for the Yeshivat Har Etzion institutions.
 
Congratulations to Rella Feldman and her daughter, Mindy Hecht ’04 MO, are the recipients of the Gemilut Chasadim Award. Rella’s communal involvement in a variety of Jewish organizations reflects her deep commitment to Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. The child of Holocaust survivors Sally and Isak Levenstein z”l, Rella, together with her late husband, Dr. Charles Feldman z”l, focused their involvement on Jewish educational institutions, Holocaust education and philanthropy in the American Jewish community and in Israel. On the local front, they were founding members of Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, and served as presidents of the Frisch School and the Moriah School. Rella holds a Master’s degree in Jewish Education and has held leadership roles in the UJA Federation of Northern NJ, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Drisha Institute and many other organizations.

Mindy has followed in her parents’ footsteps, making communal involvement and social justice a priority in her life. Mindy is Program Manager at Hip Hop Public Health, a nonprofit organization committed to innovative public health education solutions for high-risk populations. Following her graduation from Frisch, Mindy spent a year of intense study at the Stella K. AbrahamBeit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz. During her time learning there, Mindy deepened her appreciation for serious Torah learning and was inspired by the passion and commitment of her esteemed teachers and fellow students. With a B.A. and Master’s in Public Health both from Columbia, Mindy is the Chief Compliance Officer for Uri L’Tzedek’s Tav HaYosher (ethical seal) program for kosher restaurants and also serves on the Young Professionals Committee at Darkhei Noam. Mindy stays connected to Migdal Oz through her participation in alumni programming, and together with her husband, Eric, helps support and further the mission of Migdal Oz.

The Feldman family was also among the initial sponsors of the Advanced Talmud & Halacha program at Migdal Oz, and through their support over a dozen women are participating in this intense leadership program of high level Gemara study and Halacha.

 
Congratulations to Rav Mordechai ’78 and Debby Friedman, recipients of the Keter Torah Award, have been fixtures at the Yeshiva for nearly 30 years. Rav Mordechai hails from Long Beach, NY, where his father, Rabbi Dr. Armin Friedman, of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, devoted his life to chinuch. Rav Mordechai spent three years at Gush learning under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein shlit”a before going to YU where he studied under Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l. He later earned semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Rav Mordechai and Debby made aliya to Alon Shevut in 1984 where they joined the Kollel at the Yeshiva. Rav Mordechai has been teaching at the Yeshiva since 1986, playing a profound and valuable role in the lives of young students coming to learn there as their rebbe, teacher, advisor and friend – as well as the local medic! Rav Mordechai enjoys meeting and teaching the next generation of students, sons of his fellow classmates from when he learned at Gush. Rav Mordechai also heads Yeshiva recruitment in England and Europe and is Halacha Coordinator for the Virtual Beit Midrash.

Debby, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, spent her college years at Stern College. Debby has been working for the Yeshiva for 25 years, primarily working with Dr. Brayer on the Yeshiva’s finances, keeping in touch with alumni, parents and donors and working on events in both Israel and abroad. In overseeing the administration of tuition and scholarships at the Yeshiva and Migdal Oz, Debby works with students and parents to provide a smooth and easy enrollment process for new Har Etzion families.

Rav Mordechai and Debby, parents of seven children including Yaakov who learned in Gush, frequently host students for Shabbat and yom tov meals, group gatherings and shiurim, providing a home-away-from home environment that is enjoyed and appreciated by all.
 
Congratulations to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the dinner Keynote Speaker, was installed as the Chief Rabbi of United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in September 2013, succeeding Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. He held prestigious Rabbinic positions such as Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Rabbi of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London and Senior Rabbi at Finchley United Synagogue, a position he held until becoming Chief Rabbi this past year.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion between 1976 and 1978. He received his rabbinic ordination from Machon Ariel in Jerusalem and gained a BA in Education and Classical Hebrew from the University of South Africa. He also studied at the Yaacov Herzog Teachers College of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Chief Rabbi Mirvis and his wife, Valerie, have four sons who studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion: Hillel, Daniel, Noam and Eitan.
 
yehuda-sarna2Rabbi Yehuda Sarna ‘95 was named 2013 Alumnus of the Year and honored together with his wife Dr. Michelle Sarna, for their tremendous contributions to the Jewish community at New York University and to klal Yisrael. 

Rabbi Sarna is the Executive Director of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University (NYU), the University Chaplain for NYU and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1995-1997 before earning his B.A. in English Literature and Judaic Studies from Yeshiva College. Rabbi Sarna is a 2003 graduate of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He came to NYU in 2002 and has expanded the Bronfman Center into one of the strongest Jewish institutions for college students. Since coming to NYU, he has founded the Jewish Learning Fellowship, which offers intensive courses of study for students without yeshiva backgrounds, has worked to strengthen interfaith relationships on the NYU campus and has worked to bridge the different sects of Judaism within NYU.
 
heshe and harriet seif22013 Guests of Honor Heshe and Harriet Seif.

Parents of Rabbi Yehuda Seif '95, Heshe and Harriet are both long-time Etzion Foundation board members and supporters of the Yeshiva and Migdal Oz.

They were instrumental in the establishment of the Migdal Oz Advanced Scholars Program in Talmud and Halacha. “The participants are chosen for their leadership potential and the program is providing them with advanced Talmudic and halachic skills so that in the future, when they go out to teach and take leading roles in their communities, they will be ready and able to take full part in the Torah discourse of our generation.”
 
adler ben and aviva22012 Guests of Honor Ben and Aviva Adler live in Raanana, Israel. They made aliya in the summer of 2009 from Teaneck, New Jersey with their eight children - Yoni, Elisheva, Atara, Ari, Gilad, Eitan, Rami and Meital. Their oldest son,Yoni, joined the Hesder program at Yeshivat Har Etzion and is currently serving in the infantry unit Nachal. Their oldest daughter, Elisheva, is learning at Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz.

Ben is a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is the co-General Counsel for the Merchant Banking Division. Prior to joining Goldman, Ben was a corporate partner at Fried Frank. Aviva taught at Yeshiva University High School for Girls for 9 years and at The Moriah School of Englewood for 2 years. She is currently retired.

For over a decade, long before their children began their learning at Gush and Migdal Oz, Ben and Aviva have supported the important work of theHar Etzion Institutions with their generosity and time. Aviva and Ben were the Etzion Annual Dinner Chairmen in 2007 and have served on numerous dinner committees. Ben and Aviva take great pride in their move to Israel and are honored to be associated with Yeshivat Har Etzion.
 
nasanayl-braun2Rabbi Nasanayl '92 & Tamar Braun - 2012 Rabbinic Leadership Award! Rabbi Nasanayl and Tamar Braun live in Long Branch, New Jersey with their six children, twins Avi and Tova (12), Ariel (10), Eitan (6), and twins Talia and Shai (3). Rabbi Braun studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1992 to 1994. He then attended Yeshiva University, earning a BA in Economics in 1996, Rabbinic Ordination in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education in 2003. After completing Semicha, Rabbi Braun served as a Torah Mitzion scholar, assistant Rabbi and then senior Rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan. He also served as Program Director at the Council of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, and taught Jewish Studies to Junior high school students. In addition, he spent time as an adult education teacher in Capetown, South Africa.

Since August 2005 Rabbi Braun has served as the senior Rabbi at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Long Branch, New Jersey. He is also a member of the area Va’ad HaKashrut – the Jersey Shore Orthodox Rabbinate (JSOR). Rabbi Braun is a founding board member of the Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore, and currently holds the positions of first vice president, Posek and major fundraiser. Rabbi Braun is married to Tamar, née Wadler. Tamar studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum before and after college and graduated from Stern College. She taught Judaic Studies at SAR Academy in Riverdale, and taught Tanach and Jewish History at Hillel High School while also giving classes at Congregation Brothers of Israel.
 
andrew_borodach2012-webMazal tov to Andrew Borodach '87, 2012's Alumnus of the Year. Andrew Borodach lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Andrew attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1987-1988 and from 1990-1991. Since 2011, he has been Managing Director - Global Treasury and Capital Markets at AIG, a leading international insurance organization serving customers in more than 130 countries. Prior to that, Andrew practiced as an international mergers and acquisitions attorney for more than 13 years, first at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (including a three-year stint in London) and then at AIG (with a recent focus on its restructuring and the divestiture of its Far East Asian operations). Andrew graduated from Brown University with a BA in History and Medieval Studies and a JD from Harvard University Law School.

A long-time supporter of the Yeshiva and its programs, Andrew has served on the Board of Directors of the Etzion Foundation since 2009. Andrew has also been actively involved with The Jewish Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years, where he serves as gabbai, its Secretary and a member of its Administrative Committee. Andrew recently became engaged to Rachel Wolf, who is the Chief Operating Officer at the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
 
mort-esther-fridman2011-webMazal tov to Drs. Mort '75 and Esther Fridman, 2011's honorees at the Annual Har Etzion dinner. Drs. Fridman live in Teaneck, New Jersey and are the proud parents of Ari, Daniel, Michael and Elisheva. Mort, Ari and Daniel attended Yeshivat Har Etzion  and Michael is currently learning at the Yeshiva.
Esther and Mort practice child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Englewood, New Jersey. Esther is a member of the Yavneh Academy Board of Education and Board of Directors. Mort is a member of the Frisch School Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Frisch Strategic Planning Committee, a former Board and Rabbinic Search Committee Member at Congregation Keter Torah, AIPAC National Council Member, Vice-President of NORPAC and a Berrie Fellow.
Ari is Counsel to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.  Daniel is in his fourth year of Smicha at Yeshiva University, and a resident scholar at the Jewish Center on the West Side of Manhattan.  Michael, a graduate of the Frisch School, is currently a talmid at Yeshivat Har Etzion and will attend Yeshiva University next year.  Elisheva is an eighth grade student at Yavneh Academy.
The Fridmans are very grateful to Yeshivat Har Etzion for its profound influence on their family and Klal Yisrael.
 
jay-rachel-jubas2011-webMazal tov to Jay and Rachel Jubas, 2011's honorees at the Annual Har Etzion dinner. Jay and Rachel live in Stamford Connecticut. Jay attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1980 to 1982. He is a Senior Partner at Mckinsey & Company, the international consulting firm where he specializes in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Rachel studied in Israel at Midreshet Lindenbaum She is a psychiatrist specializing in mood and anxiety disorders and women’s’ reproductive psychiatry. Both Rachel and Jay are involved with Jewish communal institutions in Stamford. Currently, Jay is a member of the Board of Directors of Bi Cultural Day School in Stamford and is chair of its development committee. He is also a member of the strategic planning committee for Jewish Family Services of Stamford. Rachel is chairperson of the Congregation Agudath Sholom mikvah committee, on the board of directors of the UJF of Greater Stamford and a member of the SAR High School parent liaison committee.
Jay and Rachel have four children. Ben attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 2008 – 2010 and is currently a freshman at Princeton University. Talia, a senior at SAR High School, plans on studying at the Stella K Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz in the fall. Daniel and Maya are students at BiCultural Day School.
 
NY_Dinner_Rabbi_Seth_and_Leba_Grauer-webMazal tov to Rabbi Seth and Leba Grauer, honorees at the 2010 Har Etzion dinner. Rabbi Seth Grauer attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1996 to 1998, received his Semicha from RIETS, has a JD from Fordham Law School and is currently working on his dissertation towards the completion of his doctorate in education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Rabbi Grauer has devoted countless hours to Yeshivat Har Etzion originally serving as their director of alumni affairs and now as a member of the board of the Etzion Foundation. Rabbi Grauer works as the Assistant Rabbi at the 5th Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan and is a veteran faculty member of the Ramaz Upper School.
Leba learned in Israel at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim, graduated from the Sy Syms School of Business at Stern College and is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. In addition to caring for their children, Leba works part time at the Hunter College Hillel. Rabbi Seth and Leba Grauer live in Manhattan with their three children, Yonina (6) Yosef (4) and Gila (2).
 
NY_Dinner_David_and_Faye_Landes-webMazal tov to David '73 and Faye Landes, honorees at the 2010 Har Etzion dinner. David and Faye live in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.  David attended Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1973-74 and 1977-78, and served as Chairman of the Board of the Etzion Foundation from 2001 through 2007.  David is a private investor and recently received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University. Faye is a securities analyst and a managing director at Consumer Edge Research, an independent equity research firm.
Faye and David have four children.  Chana, an editor at Random House, was among the first American students to attend the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz in 2001-2002.  Yitz is presently learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion.  Previously, he was a student at the hesder yeshiva in Otniel, and served as a tank commander in the IDF.  Matanya is a student at SAR High School, and Adir is a student at SAR Academy.