April 6 Dinner to Honor Mrs. Abby Lerner, Rabbi Mark and Jill Wildes, Rafael and Shifra Yehoshua, and Megan HLZacks
Yeshiva University High Schools will present their Annual Dinner of Tribute on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Marina del Rey in the Bronx, NY.
This year’s guests of honor are Mrs. Abby Lerner and Rabbi Mark and Jill Wildes. Rafael and Shifra Yehoshua will be honored as Parents of the Year and Megan HLZacks will receive the Faculty Recognition Award. In addition, thanks to a generous gift, the Yeshiva University High Schools Board of Trustees has announced a $1 Million Challenge: Every donation toward this year’s dinner will be matched dollar for dollar with the goal of raising $1 million to help strengthen the future of YU High Schools.
Lerner, of Great Neck, NY, serves as director of admissions at Yeshiva University’s Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls (Central) and has taught at the high school for 28 years.
“After 28 years at Central, standing in front of my classroom is still the brightest part of my day,” said Lerner, a 1970 Central alumna. “I still wake up excited to teach because when we teach, we are the link between our mesorah [tradition] and the future—and what an amazing future my students represent. Each day they stand up to the challenges of the world and I get to be a part of that with them.” Lerner is the mother of four Central graduates: Shayna YUHSG ’97, Yehudit YUHSG ’99, Zahava YUHSG ’01 and Yosefa YUHSG ’04.
The Wildes, of New York City, are founders of the Manhattan Jewish Experience and work together to connect unaffiliated Jews in their 20s and 30s with Judaism and the Jewish community. They both have strong connections to YU. Rabbi Wildes graduated from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/ Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and went on to earn a BA in psychology from Yeshiva College, a law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and rabbinic ordination at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Jill earned her master’s degree in social work at YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. The Wildes are the proud parents of Yosef YUHSB ’15, Ezra YUHSB ’17, Yehuda and Avigayil.
The Yehoshuas, of Great Neck, New York, have shown outstanding dedication to Central and their local community. They are deeply committed to Torah values and Jewish lifer and are the proud parents of Ben, Yitzchak, Keren YUHSG ’14, Yael YUHSG ’16, Doron-Yosef, Shira and Yasmin-Tikka.
Megan HLZacks, of New York City, chairs the Science Department at MTA, where she has helped implement the Scientific Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs. She teaches engineering, computer programming and biology, oversees the science laboratory program, and leads the New Teacher Induction Mentoring Program.