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Yeshiva University High Schools to Honor Community Leaders and Dedicated Faculty at June 17 Dinner

Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will present their Annual Dinner on Tuesday, June 17 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Sheon and Rena Karol are the guests of honor, and Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz will receive the parents of the year award. Faculty honorees include Rabbi Gary Beitler from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and Miriam Borenstein from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central).

Rena and Sheon Karol

Rena and Sheon Karol

Sheon Karol is a YUHS board member, and a graduate of Yeshiva College, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yale Law School. He previously practiced law and is now a restructuring advisor and director at Deloitte. Sheon is the former vice president of Religious Zionists of America – Mizrachi in the United States. Rena, an alumna of Yale University, works in early childhood education. The Karols are active members of the Riverdale Jewish Center, where Sheon served as an officer and is a longtime gabbai, and Rena is co-head of the Chevra Kadisha and treasurer of the local mikvah. Their oldest daughter is a Central graduate, their son is a junior at MTA and their younger daughter will attend Central in the fall.  

Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz

Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz

Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz and their children are all proud alumni of various YU institutions, with their youngest graduating from Central this year. For the past 26 years, the Schwartzes have served as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Congregation Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

A graduate of MTA, Yeshiva College, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Rabbi Schwartz has been teaching at YU since 1983, where he holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair of Jewish Studies. He has written curricula for Jewish schools and led workshops on teaching. Alisa, an alumna of Central, gives kallah classes and mentors young new rebbetzins. She also volunteers for Emunah of America, Bikur Cholim of the West Side and the Sisterhood of Ohab Zedek.

Rabbi Gary Beitler

Rabbi Gary Beitler

Rabbi Gary Beitler has taught at MTA for the past 10 years and currently serves as a 10th grade maggid shiur, director of the Madrich Program and as athletic director. A graduate of Yeshiva College and RIETS, he also mentors RIETS students interested in pursuing a career in education, helping them sharpen their teaching skills.

Miriam Borenstein

Miriam Borenstein

Miriam Borenstein is the religious programming coordinator at Central and a member of the Judaic Studies Department, as well as assistant coach of the softball team. She is a graduate of Central and Stern College for Women, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Borenstein initiated the Alumna/Senior Chabura Learning Program at Central in 2008 and also serves as the school’s NCSY JUMP coordinator, enabling her students to conduct outreach programs around the country.

For dinner reservations, to place an ad in the journal or for more information, please contact Beth Gorin, director of institutional advancement for YU High Sschools at 212-960-5489 or beth.gorin@yu.edu, or visit www.yu.edu/hsdinner.