Myra and Harry Wagner have been committed to volunteering and donating to Jewish
causes and charities for many years. Their journeys and backgrounds are different, but they are both dedicated not only to giving tzedakah but also to actively working to help Jewish people in need around the world. Myra was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. Harry was born in a displaced persons camp in post war, Heidenheim, Germany. His parents, Ruby and Sima, were Polish born Holocaust survivors who came to America when Harry was 2 ½ years old. They started out in
Brooklyn and later moved to Long Island where Ruby left his family profession as a barber to build homes in Suffolk County. Myra is the daughter of an attorney, so naturally, she married one.
On a local level, Myra served two years as the Director of the Half Hollow Hills School district’s Saturday morning Enrichment Program for elementary schoolchildren and was active in the PTA during her children’s school years. Their synagogue, the Dix Hills Jewish Center, has been a focal point of their efforts for many years. Myra has served in numerous capacities within Sisterhood including, Sisterhood Chair of Programming and Sisterhood President. Harry served as President of Men’s Club, as a synagogue trustee for approximately 12 years, as First Vice President and President of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, and also served on both the Cantorial and Rabbinic search committees. They are the only husband and wife in the synagogue’s 48-year history to have served as Presidents of all three major arms of the synagogue; Presidents of Sisterhood and Men’s Club and President of the congregation.
Harry served for four years on the Rabbinic Advisory Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the center of Conservative Judaism in the USA. The Advisory Board interacted with rabbinical students at JTS and mentored them in preparation for congregational, educational and non-profit employment after ordination. As a result of this involvement, Myra and Harry were both honored by the Seminary and received their Community Service Award.
In 2010, in memory of and in honor of his late parents Harry received the “Vilna” (Poland) Award from YIVO, the preeminent organization perpetuating Eastern European Jewish history and culture and which is also a member organization of the Center for Jewish History in the City of New York. Harry also served for several years on the committee for UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign at Cold Spring Country Club, where they are longtime members and golfers. He also served on the Board of Governors and was chair of the Law Committee at the golf club. Myra is now involved in the Long Island UJA Women’s Philanthropy Committee. She was recently honored and received the UJA Community Service Award at the Long Island UJA Legislative Luncheon for her long-time work with JASA, an organization under the auspices of UJA, which provides services and support for the elderly. She was instrumental in starting the JASA program at the Dix Hills Jewish Center in the 1980’s and the program continues to flourish today.
Myra and Harry are thrilled to share this evening with their dear family and wonderful friends. As proud parents and grandparents, they are pleased to celebrate this event with their son Elliot, a partner at an international private equity firm; his wife, Dr. Lauren Yeager, a pediatric ophthalmologist; and their daughter Lauren Boyman, a managing director of marketing at a world-wide investment bank. And the best for last!!...with their 6-year old grandson, Joshua Rubin Boyman, an up-and-coming person of importance and intellect!
Myra and Harry consider it an honor to help advance the cause of Shalva and be a part of the wonderful work Shalva does for the disadvantaged and special needs children in Israel.