Gala Co-Chairs are Anny Dobrejcer and Rabbi Michael Paley and Sarah and David Schwarz. Rabbi Paley and David Schwarz serve on the Friends of Yemin Orde Board of Directors.
Friends of Yemin Orde’s national campaign chair, Robert Arogeti, is pleased to announce that Anny Dobrejcer and Rabbi Michael Paley and Sarah and David Schwarz will serve as Co-Chairs of its 2019 Tikkun Ha’Lev Award gala, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at The Pierre New York. Kate Bolduan, CNN news anchor, will serve as the gala’s emcee and Chaim Peri will present the award. Click here for gala information.
The gala will honor Anne Heyman z”l and Seth Merrin, Founder and CEO of Liquidnet. Anne Heyman was inspired by Yemin Orde’s Village Way educational model when she created the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Through the legacy of Anne’s global commitment to social justice and repairing the world, Seth remains engaged and dedicated to inspire and improve the lives of others, domestically and globally, through innovation, volunteerism, hard work and kindness. Click here for more information on our honorees.
Gala Co-Chairs: Anny Dobrejcer and Rabbi Michael Paley
Rabbi Michael Paley first met Anne and Seth when he served as a faculty member for the Young Judaea Year Course, a pre-college gap year program in Israel. Rabbi Paley currently serves as board member of Friends of Yemin Orde. He works for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest.
“There are some people in life who sing your song and who, from the start, you know you will be united by the good. I met Seth and Anne as teenagers at Young Judea Year Course and have traveled with them through the Heschel School, the JDC and Yemin Orde. I have watched our world benefit and improve by their vision and dedication,” Rabbi Paley said.
Anny Dobrejcer added, “Michael and I are honored to help lead the celebration of Anne Heyman’s enduring legacy and the ongoing impactful work of Seth Merrin. As a mother of three children, I became part of the Heschel School community in New York City and, as a fashion consultant with a mission to help women to look their best, I enjoyed the privilege of working with the beautiful Anne Heyman. The Heyman-Merrin family is comprised of extraordinary compassionate souls and they are to be admired greatly.”
Gala Co-Chairs: Sarah and David Schwarz
Sarah and David Schwarz have been involved in Friends of Yemin Orde for many years. David currently is a member of the Board of Directors.
“The Tikkun Ha’Lev Award Gala provides a great opportunity to bring our community together in the spirit of generosity. Yemin Orde’s Village Way methodology, which provides the foundation of learning and healing at Agahozo-Shalom, can have universal appeal by elevating education and lifting the lives of at-risk youth,” said David Schwarz. “Leadership by example is a powerful way to create energy for our event and our mission.”
Sarah Schwarz added, “Our family has been involved with Friends of Yemin Orde for many years and I’ve seen, first hand, the positive outcomes for Israel’s at-risk youth generated by the Village Way methodology. It is an honor and privilege for David and I to serve as Co-Chairs for this gala and to help build a bright future for Israel’s next generation of leaders.”
David Schwarz is a Managing Director at Colony Capital, a global real estate and investment management firm. In his current role, David oversees the company’s expansive hotel platform. Sarah Schwarz is the Co-Founder & President of fashion incubator and operator ID Brands LLC, which recently launched the new women’s fashion brand SENLIS. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry.
“The Village Way is universal in its approach to saving young lives and providing hope for a bright future to deserving youth, whether in Israel or in Rwanda,” said Robert Arogeti. “We are grateful to our Co-Chairs, Rabbi Paley and his wife, Anny Dobrejcer, and Sarah and David Schwarz, for leading the way to help make this important event memorable and meaningful.”
Proceeds from the gala will support the excellent academic programs and extra-curricular activities for the at-risk youth at Yemin Orde Youth Village, as well as the expansion of Village Way Educational Initiatives educational methodology throughout Israel. Ten percent of net proceeds from the gala will be contributed to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in honor of Anne, Seth and the Heyman-Merrin family.