The Aleh Foundation 2012 Awards Dinner, celebrating 28 years of service to disabled children in Israel, is dedicated in loving memory of Moshe ben Michael of blessed memory. The event will be held on Wednesday evening, May 16 at 6:30 PM at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in lower Manhattan. To so many who knew him, as well as to the disabled children that Aleh Foundation helps, Mr. Moshe “ Mike” Silverstein is unforgettable, and has left his family and friends with warm and happy memories. Moshe “Mike” Silverstein was a legendary figure in the shoe industry as the co-founder of NINA Footwear. His charismatic personality will be dearly remembered as the Chairpersons, Honorees and the Raine & Stanley Silverstein Family Foundation join in the ALEH 28th Awards Dinner to “Fulfill a Child’s Dream”. Contributions to ALEH Foundation on behalf of Mr. Moshe “Mike” Silverstein will be a merit to his lofty soul.
At this year’s Gala we will recognize distinguished leaders and supporters of the Foundation, including the evening’s Keynote Speaker, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, a popular guest and commentator on local and national radio and television programs, in which he couples enthusiasm for social issues with the wise insights of the Jewish tradition. He carries these unique skills over to his work at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, NY; to his role as Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis; and to his chaplaincy of the New York City Fire Department.
The program will also feature New York State Senator and Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, who will be honored with the State Leadership Award. In November 2010, Senator Skelos was re-elected to his fourteenth term in the New York State Senate. He now serves as the chamber’s Majority Leader, making him the highest-ranking Republican official in State government.
Dr. Jeffrey Wisoff, M.D, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at NYU’s Langone Medical Center will receive the Medical Leadership award. Dr. Wisoff was one of the founding members of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Langone Medical Center in 1984. His major clinical interests are in pediatric brain tumors, Chiari malformations, craniofacial disorders, and hydrocephalus. He is an author or co-author of over 150 scientific papers or chapters.
In addition, this year, the Foundation will be recognizing the achievements of a Jack and Violet Harounian, Tribute Chairpersons. As honorary board members of the Aleh Foundation Jack and Violet are the two hardest working philanthropists in the Jewish Community.
Drs. Andrew & Galina Zaretsky will receive the distinguished Humanitarin Awards. They have excelled in their careers of healing and understand the disabled polulation.
Dinner Chairs are Dr. Howard Feldman, Randy & Shaine Settenbrino, Susan Dee Settenbrino, Naomi Klass Mauer, of the Jewish Press, Jay Arthur Goldberg, Ricki Kudowitz and Dr. Jeffrey Tenenbaum.
Aleh has long been one of Israel’s leading providers of services to severely disabled infants and children and their families. This year, the Aleh Foundation will celebrate 28 years in the service of special children and the needy. In Hebrew, the number 28 is expressed as “koach”, or strength. The strength of Aleh has always been its dedicated supporters, whom they have come to think of as family. They look forward to the next 28 years with anticipation and the confidence that, with the help of their ‘family’, they can exceed what has been accomplished in the first 28 years.
The staff of the Aleh Foundation has put together an exciting program of entertainment that will be sure to please. A private tour of the Museum will also be available for guests prior to the start of the event. There will also be a drawing at the close of the program for four round-trip tickets to Israel, donated by HAS. HAS has been a partner of the Aleh Foundation for many years. They issue low- interest credit cards, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to many worthwhile charitable organizations in Israel.
Send your reservations and journal ad blanks to the Aleh Foundation Headqurters at 5317 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219. For tickets to the Dinner, or to learn more about how you can help the Aleh Foundation help Israel’s most needy, please call their offices at 718-851-4596 or visit their website at www.alehfoundationusa.org.
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