Giving

74th Anniversary Dinner

Honorees & Educator Awards Video

Community Service Award Video

LEADER
Lizzy & Josh Trump
 
FOUNDER
Ellen & David Goldschmidt
Aleandxra & David Kahn
 
PACESETTER
Staci & Jack Bodner
Rebecca & Yossi Haroush
Michelle & Michael Nachmani
 
PILLAR
Anonymous
Shani & Adam Bensley
Jill & David Blumenthal
Jessica & Jonathan Katz
Pamela & Aaron Lauchheimer 
The Propp Family

Adeena & David Rosen 
Stephanie & Jules Trump
 
CORNERSTONE
Anonymous

Russie & Jeffrey Berger
The Doppelt Family
Cheryl & Daniel Gold
Arlene & Michael Kleinberg
Susie & Jeff Meyers 
Barbara & Barry Novick 
Sheira & Steven Schacter
Yitzchok & Barbara Lehmann Siegel 
Joan & David Solomont
 
GUARDIAN
Michelle & Gerald Cohen
Gloria & Mark Levenfus 
Georgie & Rabbi Joshua Lookstein 
Sarah & Quinlan Murphy 
Susan, Charlie, Ezzy, Adara & Meir Wachsstock 
 
BENEFACTOR
Vivian & Stanley Bernstein
Ilana Ressler & Jared Dinkes
   Karen & Daniel Kosowsky 
Miriam & Ari Loren
Linda Mirels
Cindy & Bruce Miller

Daniela & Michael Rader 
Nicola & Jordan ('85) Rosenstock 

Danielle & Daniel Shamah 
Robyn & Roni Shapiro 
   Haley & Joseph Toledano
  
MASTER BUILDER
Anonymous
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Michelle & Justin Goldberg
Rachel & Samuel Groner 
Malka & Steven Helft
Nu-Clear Swimming Pool Services, LLC
Serena & Jon Peiper 
Yael Schulman & Shlomi Peretz
Rachel & Paul Rappaport
Dena Rabinowitz & Jon Rosner 
Irit & Jonathan Tratt
 
BUILDER
Felicia & David Bieber
Ducky Busing, LLC

Michelle & Daniel Gewanter
Rachel & Israel Goldman
HUB International Northeast - Eli Blisko, Senior VP

Nelly Kahn 
Drs. Ellen & Loren Roth
 
PATRON
Anonymous
Sandy & Robert April
Leah & Daniel Bendavid
Debbie Briks & Family
C2 Security Inc

Rebecca & Joshua Chubak
Stephanie & Eric Cohen

Riikka & Joel Davidkin
Claudia & Marcos Douer
Hinda & Eugene Farber
Danielle & Ben Friedman
Caron & Steven Gelles 
Farrah & Jon Gutwein
Yael & Jeffrey Halaas

Ilisa & Elliot Klapper
Margot & Josh Marans
Risk Strategies Company

Gabrielle & Daniel Rosen
Jamie & David Ruah 
Dani & Jeremy Salzberg
Diana & Dan Schwartz 
Jodi Schwartz
Dara & Matthew Shatzkes

Bruria & Jackie Siegel 
Tali & Adam ('89) Tantleff 
 
SPONSOR
Adrienne & Michael Alexander
Magda & Frank Berger
Sima & Robert Friedman
Ariella & Brian (‘85) Kleinhaus
Jordana & Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Sirena Silber & Family
Tannen Contracting Company

 
FRIEND
Anonymous (2)
Nicole & Raanan Agus
Sara & Danny Berger
Naomi & Jared Bernheim
Anate & Jeremy Brauer

Susan & Robert Chasan
Jessica & Michael Chorzewski
Cooper Family

Amy & Myron Eagle
Robin & Jonathan Eiseman
Rachel & David Fischer
Sharon & Michael Freudenstein

Sabrina & Asher Gaffney
Erin & Josh Gelfand
Abby & Ari Glass
Labrini & Jeffrey Goldgrab 
Dr. Annie & Mr. Sam Grauer
Lindsay & Ari Hakimi
Amy & Paul Heller
Marcia & Elias Herschmann

Mari & Arthur Hourwitz
Malky & Bezalel Jacobs
Ariella & Philip (‘98) Knoll
Jamie & Yuval Krongrad
AnneBeth & Mark Levenson
Michelle & David Levine
Suzie & Rabbi Chaim Marder
Jilly & Daniel Miller

Sharon & Solomon Packer
Batya & George Puro 
Stacey & David Rivkin

Jana & Gadi Romm 
Galia & Josh Rosenbaum 
Meri & Jesse Rosenblatt
Nancy & Stanley Rosenfeld
Roslyn & David Savitsky
Jill & Bruce Schanzer
Audi Abraham & Ben Schub 
Ruthie & David Schwartz
Elana & Simeon Siegel
Suburban Carting Co. 

Lindsey & Robby Tennenbaum
Deborah & Jay Weinberger
Shayna & Jake Weissman
Denise & Alan Wildes
Susan & Arnie Wilson
Elyse & Eric Winchel
Shira & Andrew Wurzburger
Michelle & Robbie Zellner
 
PARTICIPANT
Anonymous (2)
Michal & Moshe Abehsera
Sara & Robert Aeder 
Dr. Tali & Mr. Alex Aronoff
Sharon & Harold Aspis
Yael & Cory Baker

Gila & Rabbi Jeffrey Beer
Suzanne & Stuart Beretz

Lisa & Joey Bernstein
Sara & Elisha Blechner
Laurie & Matthew Block
Caroline & Jordan Bryk
Tamar & Yehudah Buchweitz 
Nathalie & Laurent Chorna
Tamar & Jonathan Croog 
Talia & Matt Crystal
Avigail & Rich Ehrenhaus

Ilana & Joseph Englander
Nily & Danny Essner
Shari & Andrew Fein
Debbie & Serge Fein
Taryn & Daniel Fiskus
Shari & Phil Friedman 
Esti Winkler & Yisroel Friedman
Lori & Alon Gitig
Jill & Ami Goldfein
Ilana Rosenberg & Michah Gottlieb
Mindy Krotick & Edward Herman
Dena & Jason Ingerman
Yael & Evan Jerome
Rinat & Rafi Kalman

Carla & Joshua Klapper
Ayala & David Lallouz 
Debbie & Dan Lehman
Ariel & Matt Levitan
Sari & Steven Linder
Eileen & Hugh Lippman  

Rachel & Matthew Luxenberg
Gail & Barry Mahler
Lisi & Michael Mandel
Aviva & David Mann
Garry, Lili, & Emet Mirsky

Ellen & Michael Muss 
Tally & Jake Palefski
Rankin Family

Jessica & Shlomo Ressler
Natalie & Simmy Richton
Karen & Seth Rosenfield
Jessica & Gary Rozenshteyn
Blair & Marc Samuel
Debbie & Bill Schrag 
Debra & Howard Schub
Melissa & Evan Schwechter
Lisa & Michael (‘98) Shapiro

Sheva & Kenny Smigel 
Laurie & Rafi Tare
Erit & Elisha Tropper
Drs. Elizabeth Roman & Aaron Turkish
Ellen & Dean Ungar
Merav & Michael Veetal
Yehudit Sarah & Gary Waller

Nancy & Ari Weinberger
Mia ('04) & Sam Weiss 
Baila & Stan Weiss
Meira & David Werblowsky
Judith West 
Jordana & Ian White
Tamar & David Wise  

Arielle ('00) & Leor Wolf
Faigy & Yonah Wolf 
Beverly Fainer & David Zimbalist

Ruth Tessler & Stuart Zisholtz
Linda & Jay Zucker
 
GUEST
Amy Ament
Sharon & Benjy Berger

Aviva & Michael Berkowitz
Ezra Berry
Computer Directions Inc., Michael Klein
Bree Schonbrun & Ian Dumain
Jill & Yoni Ellman
Epstein Family
Linda & Allen Essner
Fine Family
Jennifer & Avery Fischer
Robin & Steven Fried

Karen & Edward Friedman
Gemini Venetian Blinds, Inc.
Sarah & Josh Glatt

Rifkie & Alex Goldberger
Jane & Joshua Grauer

Jerusha Coltof & Doug Hirshon 
Dina & Daniel E. Katz
David Landau

Laser Frame & Body Repair Co.
Rebecca & Jonas Leibowitz & Family
Michaela & Nathaniel Muller 
Kara & Jess Olson
Robyn & Ari Raskas
Dr. Sarah Rubin & Family  
Elise & Howard Rubin
Aliza & Joshua Schwalbe 

Atara Miller & Benjamin Shiller
Elana & Avi Spira
Sarene Shanus & Harold Treiber
The Ufberg Family
Anya (‘94) & Chaim Wiebke 
Lynne & Michael Wolitzer 
 
WELL WISHER
Answering, Shipping, & Postal Etc. Inc.
Toby & Dana Ascherman
Corinne & Jeffrey Ascherman
 Milka Beck
Tamar Benjamin 
Debbie & Stan Berger
Pamela Berger
Miriam & Reuben ('01) Berman
Daniel Brothman
Jennifer & Nicholas Brown

Hana Gruenberg & Rabbi Aaron Brusso
The Charitons
Barbara & Ken Chorzewski
Carole Daman
Shira & Hayyim Danzig  
Deborah & Jonathan David
Atara & Jeff Douglas

Jennifer & Jason Eichenholz
Lauren & Barry Feuer
Jennifer & Avery Fischer
Miri & Mattis Fischer

Jennifer & Tzvi Fisher
Paul & Leah Fix

Chaya Friedman 
Steve Furer

Linda & Bruce Gold
Ellie & Elly Goldenberg
Alice & Michael Gorelick

 Jordana & Noah Gorsky
Laura & Eric Green 
Linda & Marc Harary
Zachary Hepner
Dr. Judith Hochman

Katie & Eitan Hoffman
The Itskowitch Family 
 Shalhevet & Andre Jacobovitz
Lynn & Bill Jungreis 
Sheera Hopkins & Michael Kalnicki
Phyllis & David Katzin

David Kessler
Sharmilla & David Klestzick
Dina & Andrew Kramer

Beth & Adam Lane
Debra & Daniel Levy 
Elizabeth & Dan Levy 
Hilary & Harrison Linsky
Jenn & Mark Lorber
Dina Gielchinsky & Adam Loskove
Marisa & Josh Mahler
Esther & Jack Miles

Russell Keith Miller
Janice & Moshe Mirsky 

Kayla & Jon Moerdler 
Ayelet & Jacob Monaker
Phyllis & Louis Morris

Jayne & Darren Peister
Rabbi Yossi & Ms. Brooke Pollak 
Elena Resnick
Shani Hashaviah & Jason Richter
Greta & Jay Ringel
Rita Roffe 

Nina & Moishe Roisman
Rhonda & Gerard Rose
Yael & Sandy Rosenberg
Anita Rosenstock
Beth Silverberg & Dr. Jonathan Roth
Julie & Adam Schair 
Judith & Brad Scher
Jessie & Scott Schreiber

Simone Rudoff Semer & Mark Semer
Liat & Paul Siegel

 Aaron Simon
Rena & Bruce Spinowitz

Erica L Strongin
The Toths
Susan Cohen & Igor Vayshenker

Ellen & Stanley Wasserman 
The Wesley Hills Gang
Pam & Bruce Wexler
Marilyn Laves & Bill Wiesman
Alisa & Ben Winchel

Janet & Harvey Winter
Judy & Elon Zapinsky
 
OTHER
Anonymous
Howard Altschul
Arborn Printing & Graphics

Vicki & Richard Bienefeld
The Brody/Peyser Family
Chanie & Howie Bryks

Marilyn & Bob Damast
Shana Wertheimer & Quentin Dunn
Maria Filardo
The Goldman Family

Soo & Paul Greenfield
Steven Halpern
Joan & Harvey Harris
Luisa & Glenn Kamelhar
Diane & Sam Katz
Rena Seplowitz & Steve Keller
Joyce Kinches
Myles & Eve Kleeger 
Edna & Thomas Krausz
Sophie & Michael Longwill 
Janet & Jared Mann 
Rebecca & Itzhak Nidam
Caryn Silverman & Steve Pitchon

Barbra Rosen
Beverly Shor & Family
Sam Simon
Arlene & Steve Smith
Ilene & Richard Stellar 
Diane & Bill Stern
Michael Taubenfeld
The Toporovsky Family

Aliza & Jeremy Weitzman
Becky & Rich Whitehill
Nora Klion Wolloch
Dorothy & Les Yeamans
Ellen & Robert Zirin
The Zohar Family


Russie and Jeffrey Berger

Russie and Jeffrey Berger are proud parents of Ella ('25) and Orly ('29) and have been active members of the WDS community since they moved to Westchester in 2016. Jeffrey enjoys coming into the school to talk about science and the medical profession and get the children excited about opportunities that await them. When not volunteering on the WDS and WSD medical committee, Jeffrey directs the NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Together with other members of the medical committee, he works on strategies & school safety protocols to maximize in-person learning and safety. Jeffrey is excited to begin serving as a newly elected Board member for the Young Israel of Scarsdale. Russie serves as a substitute teacher and as a member of the Teacher Appreciation & Strategic Initiatives Committees. In 2019, Russie joined the WDS Board of Trustees and in 2021, the Executive Committee and enjoys working with the wonderful group of lay leaders on the Board to strengthen and improve the already incredible learning experience at WDS.  Drawing on her 10+ years as a Social-Organizational Psychologist and her 5+years in development and marketing for nonprofits, Russie volunteers at WDS to build deeper connections within the WDS community, across the larger Jewish community and to help all of the WDS kids impact the world at large.

Michelle and Gerald Cohen

Michelle and Gerald Cohen are the proud parents of Sophie (’21), Ethan (’24) and Zachary.  Michelle is the Chief People, Diversity and Professional Development Officer at Patterson Belknap. Gerald is a partner at Cohen & Fitch.  Michelle and Gerald have been active members of the WDS community for almost a decade.  Michelle has served on several committees, including the Liaison Committee, the Recruiting Committee, and the Strategic Initiatives Committee. She helped to develop the COVID arrival and dismissal procedures, and serves as the Secretary for the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.  Michelle and Gerald have also been involved in many PTA and school-wide events.  They are also active in the Young Israel of New Rochelle.  Gerald is currently on the Board and helped spearhead the creation of the Sephardic Minyan; Michelle served as a co-chair of the Women’s League New Mother’s Committee.  They are incredibly grateful to the Westchester Day School administration and faculty for always meeting each of their children exactly where they are educationally and emotionally.

Alexandra and David Kahn

Alex and David Kahn are the extremely proud of parents of Eli (’21), Joey (’22) and Tzipi (’26) Kahn.  They fell in love with Westchester Day School when Eli began in Ganon, quickly followed by Joey and Tzipi.  Recognizing the pivotal role that the school played in the life of their family, they quickly got involved themselves.  Alex serves as a Trustee on the Board and is a member of the Fundraising, Recruitment, and Strategic Initiatives Committees. David can be spotted at sports games, numerous events, and occasionally on the carpool line. Alex and David are both active at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains where David served as president and currently chairs the fundraising committee.  Alex and David are grateful to the teachers and administrators at WDS who have all nurtured and championed their children.  Professionally, Alex serves as the Managing Director of the Caring Department at UJA-Federation of NY and David is a Vice President at SAP.

Mrs. Debbie Briks

I grew up in Queens, one of two children, in a traditional, Jewish home. After spending a summer living next door to a religious family, my brother decided to attend yeshiva, thus changing mine and my family’s level of observance and life, and which in turn, raised my awareness and love of being Jewish and my love for the land of Israel. From there my family’s involvement in all things Jewish expanded and landed me in camp Betar, a zionist organization, where I met my husband. It would have been our 50th anniversary this past August. Tzvi and I have 4 beautiful children; Michelle, married to Tim, Jessica, married to Michael, Jonathan, married to Shira and my nicU nurse, Rachel. I am blessed with four grandchildren; Ma’ayan, Kayla, Jace and Malka. I attended Queens College and received my BS in psychology and completed my Masters in Special education at Lehman College. I taught in the NYC schools, Israel and finally found my home at Westchester Day School, where I taught in the Learning Center before moving to first grade. It was one of my greatest pleasures to have taught the adorable children of first grade for 12 years. I relished every moment. I began teaching third grade reading and math and eventually joined the fabulous third grade team. I feel privileged to have been surrounded by my talented colleagues throughout the years, from whom I have learned so much, professionally and personally, as well as from my students, from the administration and my YIS community. I deeply believe in the importance of a Jewish education as a strong foundation by which children can build upon. I strongly believe this education needs to leave each student with having had a positive connection to Yahadut. I have enjoyed watching my students learn and grow in education, Torah and middot. I am so thankful that WDS has helped me turn my beliefs into reality. Thank you for this honor and thank you to my WDS family.

Morah Debby Epstein

I am a first generation American, the daughter of two physicians who escaped Europe through the DORSA program, as they were recruited to be the doctors for the Jewish settlement project in the Dominican Republic. They came to America after WWII, and eventually settled in Albany, NY. I was born and raised there, and also had my three beautiful children there- David- who is pursuing his PhD, Rachel- recently married to her wonderful husband, Steve, and Avi, who has 
given us our red-headed joy, our granddaughter, Rowen. My family and my teaching are my pride and joy- and I know that it can be confusing for outsiders, as I often call both my children and my students “my kids.” My husband, Henry, and I both went to Boston University for our undergraduate degrees, but we actually met on our junior year abroad program at Hebrew U. I also received a Masters from Tufts- with a thesis on Israel, of course!- and a dual Masters in education/ special ed from the College of New Rochelle. I have worked in many grades here at WDS, from Kindergarten , 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th, and have loved every moment! A special thank you goes out to each and every teacher I was privileged to work with! My students are my inspiration and my colleagues, the staff, parents and administration have provided me with support, guidance, and opportunities to grow, learn and expand in ways that I never dreamed possible. Thank you all for this honor, and for just being part of what makes this place not just a day school, but a community, a second home, the WDS family.

Mr. Jason Cury

Mr. Cury is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Life Monument Funds, Inc., and the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE). The Gruss Life Monument Funds provides annual funding of $15.0 million to more than 400 hundred educational and philanthropic institutions. In addition, Gruss Life Monument funds has made more than 14,000 interest free mortgages to Former Soviet Olim in Israel, and over 150 interest free loans of $500,000 each to Jewish Education Institutions throughout the world. CIJE programs are in 170 schools across fourteen states. CIJE programs aim to maximize the teaching and learning of general and Judaic studies in Jewish school curriculum.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Cury was the Controller of UJA-Federation of New York.

Mr. Cury is a CPA who received an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Hofstra University. Mr. Cury’s wife, Hannah, is a social worker.  Jason and Hannah live in Scarsdale, New York. They have two children. Their daughter Jennifer, is an early childhood teacher at Westchester Day School. Their son Brian, is a vice president at Barclay’s Bank.

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Westchester Day School is a Modern Orthodox, co-educational, dual-curriculum, toddler to 8th grade Jewish school that inspires and educates our students in their own way to value menschlichkeit, mitzvot, and lifelong learning.