Karen Aflalo, WHP Member (Montreal 17), for winning a Gertrude and Henry Plotnick Young Leadership Award.

Jesse Gabriel, WHP Alum (Los Angeles 15), on his election to the California State Assembly.

Avichai Levit, WIF Alum (Class 15), on receiving his doctorate.

Yeheskel Levy, WSL Network Member (Class 15) and Director of the Barzilai Hospital, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ministry of Health.

Doug Liberman, WHP Member (Montreal 17), for winning a Gertrude and Henry Plotnick Young Leadership Award.

Doug Mandell, WHP Alum (San Francisco 14), for being named General Counsel at Nauto, Inc., a big data/AI company in the autonomous vehicle space; and for joining the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Nimrod Sheffer, WIF Alum (Class 16), on his appointment as CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Rada Sumareva, WHP Alum (New York RSJ 16), for her election to the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.

Helen Zukin, WHP Alum (LA/Bear Stearns), for her appointment to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


Elisa Spungen Bildner and Rob Bildner, WHP Alumni (Metrowest), on the marriage of their son, Eli Bildner to Astrid Schanz-Garbassi.

Modi Ephraim, WSL Network Member (Class 2016), on the marriage of his son, Amir.

Mike Friedman, WGF (Class 26), and Anna Schuettge, on the birth of their son, Ari Benjamin Friedman.

Anita Luden Greenwald, WHP Alum (NY/Westchester 07), on the marriage of her son.

Sharon Mazel, WHP Alum (Washington DC 13), and her husband Jay, on the marriage of their daughter, Daniella to Ben Dayanim.


Michael Borkow, WHP Alum (Los Angeles 05), on the death of his mother, Susan Borkow a”h, Sarah Yocheved bas Avrohom Halevi a”h, z”l.

Debbie Kurzweil, WHP Alum (Atlanta 10), on the death of her father.

Mally Rutkoff, WHP Alum (Chicago III-99), on the death of her husband, Alan Rutkoff, z”l.

Lisa Stern, WHP Alum (LA/Bear Stearns), on the death of her father.


Rabbi Aaron Panken, PhD, z”l, WGF Alum (Class 8), President of Hebrew Union College, died at age 53 on May 5, 2018 when a plane he was piloting crashed in the Hudson Valley.

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