Friends of Yemin Orde • Tikkun Ha’Lev Award Gala


Monday, November 18, 2019
Cocktails 6:00 PM
Dinner and Program 7:00 PM
Dietary Laws Observed           Business/Cocktail Attire

The Pierre
2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Gala Co-Chairs
Anny Dobrejcer and Rabbi Michael Paley
Sarah and David Schwarz

Join us at the presentation of this year’s Friends of Yemin Orde Tikkun Ha’Lev Award honoring Anne Heyman z"l and Seth Merrin. Tikkun Ha'Lev means Mending the Heart.

10% of net proceeds will support Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in honor of Anne, Seth and the Heyman-Merrin family.

About the Honorees

Honoring the Achievements of Anne Heyman and Seth Merrin

Seth Merrin is an entrepreneur, global business leader and philanthropist who has reinvented how Wall Street can work for good and use technology to make the markets safer and more efficient for investors. As founder and CEO of Liquidnet, Seth has built a different kind of financial services company that is dedicated to rewiring the asset management industry by eradicating market inefficiency, driving investment performance and enabling the efficient flow of investable assets around the world.

Seth’s ability to anticipate and meet the needs of investors is supported by the unique culture he has built at Liquidnet - one that is focused on the sharing of knowledge and the pursuit of innovation. This extends to the pursuit of a better world. Through Liquidnet for Good the company is helping to define a new vision for how progressive companies can re-imagine the total impact they can have on communities, the world, and ways to improve society.

When Seth and his wife, Anne Heyman z"l, learned about Rwanda’s orphan crisis following the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Anne was inspired by Yemin Orde’s model to create the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Within three years, she had gathered support from Rwandans, Americans, and Israelis, and built the Village. In 2008, ASYV welcomed its first class of genocide orphans, giving 128 young men and women the first intact families they had ever known.

A native of South Africa, Anne became active in Young Judaea as a teen, and spent a year in Israel with the program, where she met Seth. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School, Anne was an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting white-collar crime. After she had her third child, she decided to focus more on her philanthropic work within and outside the United States.

Anne was most passionate about Tikkun Olam, the Jewish obligation to repair the world, and in addition to being an active supporter of important Jewish youth causes like the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York, Tufts University Hillel, University of Pennsylvania Hillel, and the Jewish Community Centers of America, Anne was the President of the Board of Directors of Dorot.

Anne was an avid equestrian and competitive show jumper who passed away after falling from her horse while competing in a Masters jumper competition on January 31, 2014.

Seth remains engaged in philanthropic work globally in areas that include African social and economic development. Inspired by Anne and the ASYV in Rwanda, in 2018, together with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee he launched Tikkun Olam Ventures (TOV). TOV provides training and loans to smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, enabling them to purchase and effectively use innovative agricultural technology. Liquidnet provides philanthropic support to this blended finance project through Liquidnet for Good.

Together, Seth and Anne excelled in many vital communal and philanthropic realms, always with enduring impact. Individually, each dedicated themselves to inspire and improve the lives of others, both domestically and globally, through innovation, volunteerism, hard work and a giving heart.


Kate Bolduan, CNN Anchor

Kate Bolduan is anchor and host of CNN's "At This Hour.” Previously, Bolduan hosted “State of America" on CNN International and co-anchored "New Day" and "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Bolduan plays an instrumental role in the network's coverage of America's Choice 2020.  Every weekday at 11:00 am, ET, Bolduan goes behind the headlines to bring viewers critical live events as they happen, smart analysis of hot topics and news-making interviews with key players in politics and beyond.

Dr. Chaim Peri

Chaim Peri, Founder, Yemin Orde’s Village Way Educational Initiatives, is recognized as one of Israel’s leading experts on the education and rehabilitation of at-risk youth. He served as the visionary educator and director of Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel for three decades, impacting and lifting the lives of thousands of children, both immigrant and Israeli born.

In 2018, Chaim was awarded the Tikkun Ha’lev Award from Friends of Yemin Orde in New York City, where he was surrounded by friends from around the world. In 2014, he received the World of Children Alumni Award, which is considered the Nobel Prize for child advocates.

Shimon Solomon

Shimon Solomon served as a member of Israel’s Knesset (Israel's parliament) for the Yesh Atid party between 2013 and 2015. From 2016 to 2019, Shimon served as Director of Kfar Silver Youth Village, near Ashkelon.

Shimon immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1980 with his parents and five brothers and sisters. Yemin Orde Youth Village welcomed him shortly after his arrival in Israel. Shimon’s professional career has focused on Ethiopian and refugee issues in Israel. He successfully applied Village Way Educational Initiatives’ (VWEI) educational methodology, the Village Way, as Director of Education at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, a youth village serving young victims of genocide and modeled after Yemin Orde.

Gala Leadership

Gala Co-Chairs

Anny Dobrejcer and Rabbi Michael Paley
Sarah and David Schwarz

Host Committee (in formation)

Barbara and Allen Applbaum*
Susan and Marv Berenblum
Pam and Berle Berger
Harriet and George Blank*
Susan and Mark Claster*
Alisa and Dan Doctoroff
Lisa Weitzman and Howard Edelstein
Rabbi Shira Milgrom and Dr. David Elcott

Edith Everett
Peter E. Feinberg
Laurie Toll Franz
Susie Kessler and Peter Geffen
Leslie Gelb and Dafna Priel
Paula Gottesman
Kathy Harris
Kimberly and Jeffrey Hirschfeld*
Janet and Doron Krakow
Jill and Eric Lavitsky
Dr. Rachel and Rabbi Yosie Levine
Judith B. Bass and Jack Levy
Kate Liebman
Linda Mirels
Talee and Harvey Potter*
Nancy and Will Recant

Daria and Daniel Ripps
Afton and Michael Rosenfeld*
Fran and Eric Rosenfeld
Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein
Amanda and Michael Salzhauer*
Susan and Henry Salzhauer
Jay Sanderson
Daryl Shore*
Roanna and Morris Shorofsky
Chana Spielberg
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit
Lauren and Adam Turteltaub
Judy and Josh Weston
Robin Wishnie

*  Steering Committee

About Friends of Yemin Orde

Friends of Yemin Orde is the U.S.-based philanthropic partner of Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives, both located in Israel. Our mission is to transform immigrant and at-risk youth into productive members of Israeli society through value driven education and support.

Yemin Orde Youth Village is located on 77 acres in the serene Carmel Forest region of northern Israel, just outside Haifa.

It is home, school and safe haven to more than 400 at-risk immigrant youth from all over the world, including Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, France, Eastern Europe and Brazil, as well as troubled teens born in Israel.

Most of the youth at Yemin Orde have experienced trauma: from family abandonment and cultural isolation to overwhelming loss and extreme poverty. With the help of the Village’s dedicated staff, Yemin Orde’s fragile teens develop self-esteem, leadership skills, strong cultural identity and a positive outlook on life.

Graduates receive a wide range of services throughout their lives including scholarships, care packages for lone soldiers, and emergency financial support.

Yemin Orde Youth Village was the model for Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.

Village Way Educational Initiatives expands the methodology throughout Israel.

Village Way Educational Initiatives (VWEI) extends Yemin Orde’s unique methodology, called “the Village Way”, to youth villages, therapeutic residential communities and high schools in Israel, including schools in Arab communities. The overall goal of VWEI is to have a positive impact on Israeli society by elevating education and lifting the lives of at-risk youth.

Organizations from around the world are inspired by the Village Way methodology. In the United States, political leaders and educators and renowned scholars have acknowledged its importance and success in transforming lives. In Israel, leading educational colleges and prominent universities have incorporated the Village Way methodology into their curriculum for future educators.

VWEI Conference, a group discussion.

Today, VWEI is partnered with 49 educational communities throughout Israel. By 2021, VWEI hopes to partner with a total of 61 educational communities, thereby changing the nature of education for Israel’s at-risk youth. Since its launch in 2006, Village Way Educational Initiatives has impacted 18,500 youth and 2,300 educators in Israel.

Visit for more information, email [email protected], or call 202-237-0286.

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, consistently gives our organization a Four Star rating, its highest ranking, for sound fiscal management. Our EIN number is 22-3090463.

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2019 Friends of Yemin Orde Board of Directors


George Blank

National Campaign Chair

Robert Arogeti

Immediate Past Chair

Charles Gwirtsman

Chair Emeritus

Michael Frieze

David Amar
Allen Applbaum
Michael Azeez
Mimi Bengio
Harriet Blank
Mark Claster
Michelle Copelin
Jonathan Cordish
Alan Cornell
Don Crawford Jr.
David Frieze
Victor Hammel
Jeffrey Hirschfeld
Judy Kaye

Beth Landman
David Lonner
Dale Okonow
Rabbi Michael Paley
Harvey Potter
Steven Rosenfeld, M.D.
Michael Salzhauer
Eric Schwartz
David Schwarz
Lewis Shubin
Robert Shubin
Barry Shrage

Board Observers

Michael Rosenfeld
Daryl Shore

Lifetime Trustees

Dr. Chaim Peri
Paul Silberberg
Mark I. Solomon

Honorary Trustees

David Cordish
victor gelb z"l

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