ABOUT / Prepare To Be Transformed

With great pleasure we invite you to join us Shalva’s 27th Anniversary Dinner
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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


Ruthy and Aaron Jungreis


Marilyn and Greg Adler


Yossi Ghinsberg

Dinner Co-Chairs:

Jane and Norm Alpert
Chavie Kahn and Heshy Kofman
Jamie and Yoni Leifer

Campaign Co-Chairs:

Caron and Steve Gelles
Carol and Jerry Levin
Leesa and Leon Wagner

Journal Co-Chairs:

Arlene and Michael Kleinberg
Tamar and Yitzchok Rosenthal
Leslie Westreich

HIGHLIGHTS / Shalva proudly welcomes

Guest of Honor Ruthy and Aaron Jungreis

Aaron and Ruth Jungreis live in Lawrence, New York and are the proud parents of four daughters: Esti (married to Avi Goodstein), Avigail, Michal and Yael.

Aaron and Ruthy are deeply committed to many causes, mostly surrounding special needs children and adults. Aaron is on the Board of Ohel Children’s Home and the Jewish National Fund, while Ruthy is a board member of Kulanu and Etta Ohel.

Ruthy hails from Los Angeles where she grew up as one of 6 children. Her youngest brother, Vidal, had Down Syndrome and passed away 5 years ago at a young age. Ruthy is the daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Samuel Ohana of Valley Village California. Her father was the Rabbi of Beth Midrash Mishkan Israel and both he and her mother are extremely dedicated to their community. Ruthy graduated from Brooklyn College and is a licensed CPA.

Aaron was raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. His father, a Rabbi, and his mother, a pre-school teacher, were pillars of their community and recently moved to Flatbush. Both Aaron’s mother’s and father’s parents were Holocaust survivors. Tales of barely surviving the labor camps, Bergen Belsen, displaced persons camps and the weight of passing on their rich heritage is what Aaron and his 4 siblings were raised on. Aaron graduated from Touro College and entered the real estate industry at a young age, quickly defining himself as one of New York City’s top brokers. In 2007 Aaron founded Rosewood Realty Group which has consistently been recognized as the top multifamily brokerage firm in New York City. Rosewood’s areas of expertise are multi-family and retail buildings with activity focused in New York and New Jersey.

Aaron and Ruthy’s deep commitment to family and Jewish causes is what fuels their busy lives.

Community Service Honorees Marilyn and Greg Adler

Ever since their first visit to Shalva in 2005, Marilyn and Greg Adler and their children have been moved and touched by Shalva’s warmth and energy, and have been actively involved in Shalva ever since. The Adlers make it a point to include a visit to Shalva during their frequent trips to Israel, and have served proudly on the Tribute Committee for Shalva’s annual dinner and Mommy & Me luncheon for many years.

The Adlers are avid supporters of many Jewish charities and ardent supporters of the State of Israel. They regularly attend the AIPAC Policy Conference and are active members of several synagogues.

Marilyn is a Managing Director at Medley Management Inc., a credit platform that has provided in excess of $6 billion of debt financing to over 300 companies across 35 industries. Marilyn is on the SBIA Board of Governors and Chair of the BDC Committee for SBIA; on the boards of UJA’s Private Equity division, Banking & Finance division and Women of Wall Street division, as well as ACG’s Women of Leadership division. She is also treasurer of her NYC co-op board and prior Finance Chair of the board of Cornell University Hillel. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with distinction from Cornell University.

Greg Adler is Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sher Plastics, LLC, a leading supplier of trim items to the fashion industry. Greg earned a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the Columbia University School of Law. Greg has for 19 years served as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of Congregation Orach Chaim.

Greg and Marilyn are past recipients of Congregation Orach Chaim’s Young Leadership Award and honorees at the annual dinner of Heritage House. Marilyn is a past honoree at Hineni’s annual women’s luncheon.

Marilyn and Greg live in New York City. Their daughter Samantha is a sophomore at New York University. Their daughter Melissa and son Mark attend the Ramaz School.

The Spirit of Hope Award Yossi Ghinsberg

Yossi Ghinsberg is the international bestselling author of Jungle, a true story of survival against all odds in the Amazon rainforest that has sold over one million copies and is the subject of an episode of the Discovery Channel's I Shouldn't Be Alive series. The Los Angeles Times called the book, "a powerful story" and The Washington Post described it as a, "thrilling book." It is also now a feature film in production.

A natural storyteller, Yossi is an accomplished motivational speaker who has been hired to address audiences at organizations such as BP, Citibank, Qantas, IBM, Hilton, BMW, Proctor & Gamble, Fuji, Xerox, Telstra and Bayer. He skillfully captures the imagination of his listeners as he brings his message of triumph over adversity from the wilds of the Amazon to the corporate environment.

Yossi grew up in Tel Aviv. He served his mandatory three years of military service in the Israeli navy, during which he lived with tribal Bedouins in the Sinai Desert. He later studied business and philosophy. Ten years after almost losing his life during his trip to the Amazon, Yossi returned to the Amazon River valley that was the site of his remarkable adventure and made it his home. He was instrumental in the creation of Chalalan Ecolodge, a model eco-tourism village which inspires the Amazon basin and the world to this day.

During this time Yossi organized two national reunions of all indigenous groups to inform them on issues of intellectual property and their rights and roles in the fight over resources in the Amazon. His efforts and work contributed to the creation of the Madidi National Park, the largest biosphere conservation belt in Bolivia. The next phase of his life was spent in what Yossi aptly terms the 'field of agony,' in which he dedicated seven years to the treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of opiate addicts throughout the world.

In addition to publishing his books Jungle and Laws of the Jungle, Yossi has initiated various business ventures and been involved in grassroots efforts for reconciliation and healing in the Middle East. In recent years Yossi operated an interior and landscape design label called collecteco to represent his commitment to ecology, connection to nature and respect for indigenous cultures.

Yossi is currently co-founder and CEO at Blinq.me, a Silicon Valley based start-up. Blinq is an innovative mobile solution that brings its clients social updates from any contact across all social media platforms, with only one touch, so that you can enter every dialogue with confidence.

Yossi is married to Belinda and father to four children: Mia, Cayam, Nissim and Shalem. They live in Israel, Australia and the USA.

Entertainment Alex Clare

In 2010 British musician Alex Clare signed a major label deal with Island Records, released a single and an album which did not live up to the record companies expectations and subsequently, he was unceremoniously dropped.  With his promising music career up in the air Alex boarded a plane to Israel.  

In 2012, he received an email from Microsoft, who wanted to use his song “Too Close” for an Internet Explorer 9 advertisement. The video went viral, thus prompting millions of sales and, lo and behold, he was re-signed to Island Records. Eighteen months later he made a new album that the label failed to support and, as you might expect, it sold, in his own words, “nothing.” He got married, toured the US, Russia and Europe and started a family.   

For Alex, ‘Too Close’ took him to another level, it paid for his family home, elevated the attendance at his shows and increased his fan base. “It was an amazing thing to have happen,” he says, “and I still reap the benefits now.”   

His new album, ‘Tail of Lions,’ debuting in the USA on January 20th, is a very different record. Alex’s perspective on life and love has changed so much - he has two young children and much of his time is devoted to them. “I’ve had to step up” he says. “So many big things are happening in Europe and in the US and, of course, just over the border from where we are in Syria.” The title comes from a Jewish expression - as Alex explains. “It’s better to be the tail of a lion than the head of a fox,” he says. “We live in a society where the focus on success and celebrity seem too far outweigh the focus on ability and effort - all the money, limited talent.”   

Alex now revels in the complete creative control that he’s never had before. He shares, “I’m trying to get my craziest ideas out there and that’s not always easy.”   

Of course, the interplay between commerce and art can produce the most amazing things. “The Renaissance happened because of private sponsorship,” Alex smiles, “but I like having creative freedom. I want to make music that people dance to. I want to build up that energy so people can really let go and that’s my whole focus.”

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ABOUT SHALVA / Providing quality care for children with special needs

Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva’s programs provide an all-encompassing range of services for hundreds of individuals from infancy to adulthood. Additionally, Shalva supports and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework. Through nearly three decades of award-winning programs, Shalva partners with government, academic and philanthropic institutions in advocacy efforts to create a more inclusive society.  

The Shalva National Center, which opened in September 2016, has enabled Shalva to broaden its scope of services to provide care for thousands more children with disabilities and their families. The eleven story, 200,000 square foot building, surrounded by seven acres of inclusion parks, will offer a variety of leading-edge facilities and unprecedented opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Israel. The Shalva National Center is positioned to be Israel’s home base for inclusion and an international leader in program development for individuals with disabilities.

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LEADERSHIP / Thank you for making this happen



Chairs of the Board


Vice President:



Chairman of the Board Emeritus:

Development Executive

SHALVA Founder & Director

Executive Director

Director of West Coast

Executive Committee:

Tribute Committee
Nicole and Raanan Agus
Suzy and Michael Appelbaum
Dawn Arnall
Joyce and Eric Austein
Giti and Jack Bendheim
Nava and Dan  Bettinger
Lynda and Ben Brafman
Lotte and Ludwig Bravmann
Viviane and Arnold Breitbart
Judy Schwartz and Michael Brizel
Marjorie and Alan Brown
Tamar and Yehudah Buchweitz
Jennifer Gross and Saul Burian
Sandra and Stewart Cahn
Vanessa and Raymond Chalme
Ilana and Adam Chill
Sherry and Neil Cohen
Shelley and Steven Einhorn
Judy and Yehuda Eliezri
Pamela Nadler and Adam Emmerich
Carol and John Engelman
Yael and Ben Englander
Marcy and Jonathan Farrell

Linda and Milton Frank
Janet and J. Michael Fried
Amy and Ron Friedman
Cheryl and Burt Gelberg
Adina Geller and Joshua Geller
Ariel and Baruch Glaubach
Jane and Ishaia Gol
Naomi and Gerald Goldstein
Alissa and Steven Grill
Stacy and Jason Helfstein
Rivkie and Lance Hirt
Julie and Brian Jedwab
Sandra and Jeffrey Justin
Sandy and Nathan Kahn
Ann and Albert Kahn
Karin and Joel Katz
Judy and Uri Kaufthal
Linda and Ilan Kaufthal
Sherry and Jaime Kelstein
Chani and Shimie Klein
Seryl and Charles Kushner
Renee Landau
Bryna and Joshua H. Landes

Susannah Malen and Noah Leibowitz
Sara and Murray Leifer
Leora and Richard Linhart
Yocheved and Donald Liss
Rachel and David Lyons
Lynn and Joel Mael
Bonnie and Russell Mannis
Gladys and Matthew Maryles
Andrea and Robert Meislin
Ruth and Theodore Mirvis
Yocheved and Alexander Mitchell
Debbie and Samuel Moed
Ava and Elliot Moskowitz
Alisa and Ari Oliner
Deena and Gilad Ottensoser
Careena and Drew Parker
Lauren and Mitchell Presser
Karen and Michael Raskas
Judy and Tommy Rosenthal
Golda and Henry Rothman
Meredith and Eliot Rubenzahl
Elinor and Avi Sandler
Melodie and Martin Scharf

Dasi and Jeremy Schwalbe
Debbie and Daniel Schwartz
Sandy and Jerry Seligsohn
Rama and Reuben Seltzer
Jacques Semmelman
Deborah and Steven Shapiro
Jessica and Steven Spector
Janet and Saul Spitz
Helene and Norman Stark
Richard Stone
Jody and Ari Storch
Frumee and Raphael Taubenfeld
Merryl and James Tisch
Julie and Eli Verschleiser
Jill and Harold Verschleiser
Myra and Harry Wagner
Ellen and Stanley Wasserman
Elaine and Hillel Weinberger
Esther and Baruch Weinstein
Andrea and Loren Weiss
Dayna and Adam Westreich
Judy and Philip Wilner
Esther and Daniel Zeidman
Wendy Belzberg and Strauss Zelnick
Rebecca and David Zwillinger

Event Location

409 E 59th St.
New York, NY 10022


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