ABOUT / Seeing is Believing

With great pleasure we invite you to join us Shalva’s 26th Anniversary Dinner
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reception 5:30 PM
Seated Dinner 6:30PM
Gustavino’s, New York City

GUESTS OF HONOR:

Myra and Harry Wagner

COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOREES:

Meredith and Eliot Rubenzahl

THE SPIRIT OF HOPE AWARD:

Shai Gross

Dinner Chairs:

Esther and Nelson Goodman
Carol and Jerry Levin
Leesa and Leon Wagner

Campaign Chairs:

Jane and Norm Alpert
Ariel and Baruch Glaubach
Shira and David Sandel

Journal Chairs:

Lauren and Mitchell Presser
Sandy and Jerry Seligsohn

HIGHLIGHTS / Shalva proudly welcomes

Guest of Honor Myra and Harry Wagner

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.

Community Service Honorees Meredith and Eliot Rubenzahl

Meredith and Eliot Rubenzahl joined the Shalva cause years ago after hearing a presentation given by Kalman Samuels. Inspired by the founder’s work and dedication, they have since become increasingly committed to the organization.

Eliot graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Quantitative Economics and started his career in finance working in asset management. In 1999, Eliot joined Citigroup where he is currently a Managing Director in the Institutional Clients Group.

Meredith previously worked with a Fortune 500 company in Fuzhou, China and, upon her return to the States, taught High School World History in Gloucester, Massachusetts. With a diploma from Phillips Academy Andover, a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, a J.D. and M.A. in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, she is always at the forefront of current political discourse with an eye on global improvement for the next generation.

Along with their work for Shalva, Meredith and Eliot are active in pro-Israel politics and they are on the New York Regional Council for the Birthright Israel Foundation. In addition, they are actively involved in the UJA-Federation of New York, and they are on the Parent Development Council at Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Meredith and Eliot live in New York City with their three children, Josh, Rachel, and Zachary.

The Spirit of Hope Award Shai Gross

Shai has been a volunteer with Shalva for many years but he is best known in Israel for something that took place almost forty years ago.

On June 27, 1976, Shai who was just six years old at the time was on Air France flight 139 that took off from Tel Aviv bound for Athens, Greece and eventually Paris. Not long after the plane left Athens, four terrorists–two German nationals and two Palestinians–hijacked Flight 139. They were armed with pistols as well as a grenade with the pin removed, which one of the terrorists held onto as insurance against being attacked or overwhelmed by the passengers. The flight was diverted to Entebbe, near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The non-Jewish passengers were released and more than 100 people were held hostage.

On July 4th, the Israel Defense Forces carried out a hostage-rescue mission, in which five Israeli commandos were wounded and one was killed. Three hostages, 45 Ugandan soldiers and all of the hijackers were killed. Operation Thunderbolt was the most daring military rescue attempt in Israel’s history and is considered by many to be the most daring counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission of all time. Shai is the youngest survivor of the Entebbe operation.

“My experience as a hostage is a scar that I have carried with me my entire life, being slapped across the face by one of the German terrorists was an event I will never forget. “

Shai is a father of four children and named his youngest son Yoni, after Yoni Netanyahu, the rescue team’s commander and the older brother of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was killed in the raid.

Master Mentalist Lior Suchard

You might not have heard of Lior Suchard yet, but some of your favorite celebrities certainly have. The young Israeli mentalist has worked his magic on stars like Jerry Seinfeld, Kim Kardashian, Zac Efron and Arnold Schwarzenegger. His TV credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Today Show. Suchard made headlines in May when he performed for Barbra Streisand at her exclusive birthday bash. He’s also impressed another public figure: world-renowned mentalist Uri Gellar. Suchard won Gellar’s reality show, The Successor, aimed at finding the next big mentalist.

Suchard was born in Tel Aviv and was the youngest of three sons. At seven years old, he first realized he had an extraordinary mental power. His two older brothers served as testers as he explored his abilities. In high school, a math teacher, aware of what Suchard could do, made a deal with him, giving him five minutes at the end of every class to demonstrate his skill set. Suchard graduated from high school and completed the mandatory three years in the Israeli army, where they made good use of his skills. Now 27, Suchard is a world renowned supernatural entertainer and mentalist with an extraordinary talent for mind reading, thought influencing and telekinesis.

“BELIEVE THE UNBELIEVABLE!”
- Bill Gates

“INCREDIBLE!”
- Alicia Keys

“AWESOME!”
- Leonardo DiCaprio

“BEST IN THE WORLD”
- Larry King

ABOUT SHALVA / Providing quality care for children with special needs

Shalva, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, is dedicated to providing quality care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families, and promoting social inclusion. Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva's programs range from infancy to adulthood and include family support components that enable parents to raise their child with special needs within the family framework.

The organization's advocacy initiatives, community events, and disability research continue to inspire a more inclusive Israeli society.

Building the Future The new Shalva National Center in Jerusalem will allow for an organization-wide program expansion and a 400% increase in beneficiaries. The 200,000 sq ft campus includes the Center’s main building as well as several inclusive facilities and outdoor play areas. The Shalva National Center is positioned to be an international leader in innovative program development and optimal care for individuals with disabilities.

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LEADERSHIP / Thank you for making this happen

Co-Presidents:

NORMAN ALPERT
CAROL LEVIN

Chairs of the Board

NATHAN LOW
LEON WAGNER

Vice President:
ADAM CHILL

Treasurer:
YONI LEIFER

Secretary:
JACQUES SEMMELMAN

Chairman of the Board Emeritus:
HILLEL WEINBERGER

Development Executive
ALEXIS SCHWARTZ
ALIVIA SAHL

SHALVA Founder & Director
KALMAN SAMUELS

Executive Director
LEO KLEIN

Director of West Coast
ALLISON KRUMHOLZ

Executive Committee:
RAANAN AGUS
MITCHELL PRESSER
DANIEL SCHWARTZ
ARI STORCH
DOV WIENER



Tribute Committee
MARILYN & GREG ADLER
NICOLE & RAANAN AGUS
DAWN ARNALL
JOYCE & ERIC AUSTEIN
GITI & JACK BENDHEIM
LAUREN WAGNER BOYMAN
ARIELLE & ADAM BRENNER


MARJORIE & ALAN BROWN
TAMAR & YEHUDAH BUCHWEITZ
JENNIFER GROSS & SAUL BURIAN
SANDRA & STEWART CAHN
VANESSA & RAYMOND CHALME
ILANA & ADAM CHILL
SHERRY & NEIL COHEN

AMY & MYRON EAGLE
SHELLEY & STEVEN EINHORN
JUDY & YEHUDA ELIEZRI
CAROL & JOHN ENGELMAN
JANIE & ROBERT FISHER
CHARLOTTE FRANK
LINDA & MILTON FRANK

CHERYL & BURT GELBERG
ADINA & JOSHUA GELLER
GAIL KREISMAN & ELLIOT GLADOWSKY
JANE & ISHAIA GOL
NAOMI & GERALD GOLDSTEIN
DEBBIE & MATT GREENBERG

NANCY & RONALD GURMAN
AMY & JAMES HABER
STACY & JASON HELFSTEIN
RIVKIE & LANCE HIRT
SANDRA & JEFFREY JUSTIN
SANDY & NATHAN KAHN
ANN & ALBERT KAHN

JUDY & URI KAUFTHAL
LINDA & ILAN KAUFTHAL
JOIA & JOSHUA KAZAM
CHANI & SHIMIE KLEIN
ARLENE & MICHAEL KLEINBERG
IRENE & MARTIN KOFMAN
CHAVIE KAHN & HESHY KOFMAN

SERYL & CHARLES KUSHNER
BRYNA SHUCHAL & JOSHUA LANDES
SUSANNAH MALEN & NOAH LEIBOWITZ
JAMIE & YONI LEIFER
MARLA & MICAH LEMONIK

MILLIE & LAWRENCE MAGID
YAEL & AMNON MANDELBAUM
BETSY & JONATHAN MARGOLIS
GLADYS & MATTHEW MARYLES
ASHER DAVID MILSTEIN
RUTH & THEODORE MIRVIS
YOCHI & ALEXANDER MITCHELL

DEBBIE & SAMUEL MOED
DEENA & GILAD OTTENSOSER
GABY PROPP
KAREN & MICHAEL RASKAS
GAIL & BINYAMIN RIEDER
MALKI & PHILIP ROSEN
TAMAR & YITZCHOK ROSENTHAL

JUDY & TOMMY ROSENTHAL
GOLDA & HENRY ROTHMAN
BONNIE & HAROLD SCHERTZ
DASI & JEREMY SCHWALBE
DEBBIE & DANIEL SCHWARTZ
JACQUES SEMMELMAN
DEBRA & EDWARD SMOLKA

BONNIE & STEVEN STERN
RICHARD STONE
WENDY BELZBERG & STRAUSS ZELNICK
REBECCA & EDWARD SUGAR
LAUREN YEAGER & ELLIOT J WAGNER

ELAINE & HILLEL WEINBERGER
ESTHER & BARUCH WEINSTEIN
ANDREA & LOREN WEISS
DAYNA & ADAM WESTREICH
LESLIE WESTREICH
MERRYL & JAMES TISCH
JUDY & PHILIP WILNER

ALISSA & STEVEN GRILL
LEORA & RICHARD LINHART
REBECCA & DAVID ZWILLINGER
LISA & NATHAN LOW
ELLEN & STANLEY WASSERMAN

Event Location

Gustavino’s
409 E 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

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