This year we were privileged to honor Mrs. Abby Lerner, Rabbi Mark and Jill Wildes, Rafael and Shifra Yehoshua, and Ms. Megan HLZacks. View photos from the event.
Mrs. Abby Lerner
Mrs. Abby Lerner (YUHSG '70) has served as Central's Director of Admissions and teaches the senior course, Women in Jewish Law, along with wearing the hats of spiritual leader for her students, close friends, confidant for her colleagues, and role model for the entire Central family. Mrs. Lerner's love for Central dates back to her days as a student herself in Central Brooklyn, along with her Sisters Miriam (YUHSG '64) and Ethel (YUHSG '57). Commitment to the greater Modern Orthodox community has been at the forefront of Mrs. Lerner's pursuits, along with her husband Rabbi Yaacov Lerner, as they have been the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Young Israel of Great Neck since the mid '70s.
Mrs. Lerner's most prized students are her daughters, Shayna (YUHSG '97) Yehudit (YUHSG'99) Zahava (YUHSG '01) and Yosefa (YUHSG '04)- all accomplished Central graduates, many of whom continued their education at Stern College for Women and other Yeshiva University Graduate programs. Mrs. Lerner looks forward to enjoying time spent with her grandchildren, as she plans her retirement in Israel.
This honor celebrates Mrs. Lerner's 28 years of dedication to the Central community.
Rabbi Mark and Jill Wildes
Rabbi Mark (YUHSB '85) and Jill Wildes are the founders of the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), a highly successful Jewish outreach and educational program that engages and reconnects unaffiliated Jewish men and women in their 20's/30's with Judaism and the Jewish community. Rabbi Mark earned a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Law Degree from Cardozo School of Law, a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and ordination from RIETS, Yeshiva University's rabbinical school. Jill earned a BA in International Affairs from University of Wisconsin and an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
After serving in Rabbinic and outreach positions at Congregation Ohab Zedek and Kehilath Jeshurun and teaching at Ramaz and Stern College, Rabbi Mark and Jill went on to establish MJE. Rabbi Wildes also teaches an outreach seminar at RIETS. Mark and Jill have 4 children; Yosef (YUHSB '15) Ezra (YUHSB '17) Yehuda 13, and Avigayil 11.
They are huge fans of MTA and live on the Upper West Side where they maintain an open home for newcomers and friends alike.
Rafael and Shifra YehoshuaRafael and Shifra Yehoshua are humbled to be presented with this years YUHSG "Parents of the Year" award. The Yehoshua's have served as proud, active Central Parents, who truly embody the pillars of our school. In addition to cheerleading Central at every opportunity, Rafi and SHifi have graciously opened their home to our school on many occasions. Rafi and Shifi are deeply committed to Torah values and Jewish life. They support Jewish tradition through their dedication to various institutions, their own community of Great Neck, and initiatives such as the Shabbat Project Challah Bake that brings the community together.
The Yehoshua's cherish family above all. Their roots run generations deep in Eretz Yisrael, and the message“אהבת ארץ ישראל“ is the forefront for their children Ben, Yitzchak, Keren (YUHSG '14), Yael (YUHSG '16), Doron-Yosef, Shira, and Yasmin-Tikka.
Rafi and Shifi look forward to continuing to celebrate the Central community and to partnering with YUHSG in years to come
Ms. Megan HLZacks
Ms. Megan HLZacks chairs the Science department, where she has helped implement the
Scientific Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs, teaches
engineering, computer programming and biology and oversees the science
laboratory program. Additionally, she leads the New Teacher Induction Mentoring
Program, meeting weekly with newer faculty members to discuss matters relating
to best practices in teaching. Prior to working at YUHSB, she taught Biology at
Ramaz, and Math and Biology at The Rashi School in Boston.
Ms. HLZacks received her Bachelor of Science Biology and Jewish Studies from
the University of Michigan and her Masters of Arts in Education from Brandeis
University. She is currently working towards her Doctoral degree at YU’s
Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration. She was also chosen to
participate in the DeLeT Fellowship (Day School Leadership through Teaching)
through which she earned her teaching certification. During the summers, Ms.
Harris-Linton continues to challenge herself to learn new things by taking
science courses at NYU and City College. Recently, she participated in the ELAI
(Education Leadership Advancement Institute) program, allowing her to take on
greater roles of leadership. Ms HLZacks lives with her husband in Greenwich Village Manhattan.
For reservations or for more information about the dinner, please contact Elissa Schertz at 212.960.5223 or email@example.com.
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Dr. Scott and Rahel Goldberg
Richard and Lena Harris
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Dr. David and Lani Pelcovitz
Jon and Firouzeh Rahimzada
Jeremy and Meryl Strauss
Yudi and Shira Teichman
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Young Leadership Dinner Chair
Dov Quint ’04
Leah Moskovich ’07
Young Leadership Committee
Lauren Biller ’08
Yaakov Burack ’11
Ariella Freedman ’13
Sarah (Auerbach) Heller ’07
Zehava Moskowitz ’12
Jamie Sobin ’14
Elliot Teichman ’08
Danny Turkel ’06
Aharon Watson ’10
Yosef Weinberger ’07
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