The yeshiva family here in Israel and abroad
congratulate this year's dinner honorees:
Ben & Aviva Adler
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.
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.
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.