Since joining the Five Towns community over 23 years ago, Rabbi Zalman and Rebbetzin Chanie Wolowik and later Rabbi Meir and Rebbetzin Hadassah Geisinsky have created a welcoming haven for all levels of observance while serving as models of warmth, kindness, creativity, and enthusiasm as they embrace each day as a chance to do good. Thousands have gathered to celebrate various holidays and festivities with Chabad. Through Friendship Circle for families with special needs, Hebrew School and public-school clubs, Smile on Seniors, and many other initiatives, no one is left out at Chabad. With continuous classes and social gatherings, body and soul are nourished.
Chabad of the Five Towns invites the community to support and honor the contributions of four special families.
Guests of Honor: Jonathan and Marcy Farrell. Jonathan Farrell grew up in Bellmore, Long Island, and has two sisters and an identical twin brother. Jon has been active in the Five Towns Jewish community since he moved here in 1995. He is a partner at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP, in Mineola, co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment law practice group, and a member of the firm’s employee benefits and litigation groups. An employment and labor relations specialist, Jonathan regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state courts, and federal and state human rights agencies. Jonathan is counsel to manufacturing, service, commercial, and management companies, nonprofit organizations, private educational institutions, and insurance companies. In the Jewish community, Jonathan’s clients include Yeshiva of Long Beach and Mesivta of Long Beach, Bnos Malka Belz, Shulamith School for Girls, Bais Ruchel D’Satmar dba Central UTA, UTA of Kiryas Joel, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Yeshiva Darchei Torah and Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, and Masores Bais Yaakov.
Jonathan is vice chairman of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission, has been selected several times as a “New York Super Lawyer” in the area of labor and employment law, and has repeatedly been named as one of Long Island’s leading labor and employment law attorneys by Long Island Business News.
In addition to his passion for the Jewish community, Jonathan has recently taken up mountain climbing. He summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and will, with G-d’s help, summit Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina in February.
“When I was looking for a shul, I was struck by the diversity and openness of Chabad of the Five Towns. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Wolowik were warm and welcoming to my family, as they are to everyone. They have been a part of our lives every step of the way.”
Born in suburban Chicago, Marcy moved to the East Coast in 1997 and to the Five Towns in 2014. A former newspaper editor and reporter, Marcy worked for the City News Bureau of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the Home News Tribune, the Jewish Week, and the Associated Press. Marcy worked and volunteered in teaching, bar and bat mitzvah tutoring, marketing, and alumni relations for Jewish organizations in Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, and New York. She is training the Farrell’s dog, Rosie, to be a therapy dog and hopes to work with the Friendship Circle.
Marcy has two children, Samuel and Elana Frank, who attend the Jewish Educational Center. Jonathan has three children, Zachariah, a freshman at Queens College, Abigael, a senior at Long Beach High School, and Yakov, a freshman at Rambam Mesivta.
Gan Chamesh Parents of the Year: Ian and Sophie Glastein. Ian Glastein grew up in Deal, New Jersey, while Sophie grew up in London, England. They met while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Ian majored in finance and biology and completed a master’s in biotechnology; Sophie majored in history, and then received a graduate diploma in law at BPP University Law School in London. After completing their degrees and working in New York for two years, Ian and Sophie went on to study in Jerusalem—Ian at Machon Yaakov and then the Mir, and Sophie at Neve Yerushalayim. They lived in Jerusalem for two years after which they returned to Manhattan for four years before moving to Woodmere three years ago.
Ian is a principal at Monarch Alternative Capital while Sophie raises their children. Binyamin (7) currently attends the Yeshiva of South Shore, and Yosef Yitzchak (4), Daniel (3), and Yonason (3) are all extremely happy students at Gan Chamesh. Yosef was fortunate to be a student in the Red, Blue, and now Green rooms. He has thrived under the caring, watchful, and experienced eyes of Morah Laura, Morah Chaya Rachel, and now Morah Etel. Daniel and Yonason just started their school life in the Purple room where they are receiving the most wonderful love and care from Morah Rachel, Morah Ariella, and Morah Tami.
Guests of Honor: Arye and Valerie Kremer. Arye and Valerie and their children, Benjamin and Rafaella, are proud members of the shul and have been living in this community since 2013. Originally from Bobruisk, Belarus, Valerie moved to Brooklyn at the age of 14 to make a better life for herself and her family. In the former USSR, it was difficult to be Torah observant and outwardly Jewish. This was a driving force for her decision to move to New York and has given her strength to lead a Jewish life in America. Arye was born in Montreal, Canada. He grew up in a traditional Jewish community. He was interested in connecting more to Judaism and regularly attended shiurim at the local Chabad yeshiva in Montreal. He became shomer Shabbos after a trip to spend Shabbos in Crown Heights at the age of 20.
The couple met in medical school on the Island of Saba and regularly organized Jewish events and Shabbat and holiday services for the other students at the school. Although there were not many Jews on the island, the events drew participation from many students who appreciated the joy of Shabbat that was regularly celebrated.
This love for Judaism and strong connection to Chabad eventually led them to settle in Chabad of the Five Towns. Benjamin regularly attends Rabbi Meir’s youth minyanim on Shabbos and participates in the boys’ mitzvah club. Rafaella regularly attends Shabbos groups and learns valuable Torah lessons to bring home to the Shabbos table. May they continue to grow in Torah learning and mitzvah observance!
Guests of Honor: Marc and Natalie Sellouk. The Sellouks moved to the Five Towns 13 years ago from Queens, where they were both born and raised. They were active in their community in Jamaica Estates and knew that they would continue on that path in their new neighborhood. They are the proud parents of Leeor, a junior at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School; Danielle, a freshman at North Shore; and Ella, 9, who attends the Brandeis School in Lawrence.
Almost immediately, Natalie became involved at Brandeis, where she sat on the Board of Education, organized Sukkot and Chanukah dinners, served as raffle chairperson and eventually chaired the school’s annual gala dinner. Whether serving lunch, being class mom, or running an event, Natalie is always present in the school and happily volunteering.
In 2012, Marc became president of the Brandeis School where he spent two years overhauling the school during a critical time, in essence saving the longstanding school from closing its doors. He continues to sit on the executive board and is passionate about keeping the school growing for years to come.
Marc and Natalie are active members of Ohr Torah in North Woodmere. Marc served as vice president for two years, and Natalie is always excited to help plan events and activities for the youth of the shul.
Marc comes from a 20-year career in the internet technology industry, where he pioneered voice and broadband services for businesses across the globe. As an entrepreneur, he focuses on emerging technologies and opportunities to innovate new paths in the business world. He has recently fulfilled a lifelong passion of becoming a pilot.
Natalie left a career in technology to raise her children. There is always something delicious cooking in her kitchen and she always has an open door and welcomes her guests with true warmth. Recently, Natalie has stepped back into the workplace, opening her own event-planning company, EventMuze.
Marc and Natalie’s connection to Chabad runs deep; they met as teenagers while working at a Chabad day camp in 1990. They came full circle when they met Rabbi Zalman and Rebbetzin Chanie Wolowik. Whether looking for spiritual guidance or attending shiurim or Hebrew class, they instantly felt connected and at home with Chabad of the Five Towns. More recently, Natalie has had the pleasure of working with Hadassah Geisinsky on the wonderful CTeen and CTeen Junior events. They hope to continue to be inspired and grow with this wonderful community.
Dinner chairmen Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Yitzchak and Penina Batsheva Popack, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Shira Eisenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Israel and Sharon Garber, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Susan Sachs welcome everyone to the annual dinner at the Sephardic Temple on Sunday, February 25. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.; awards presentation at 7:45 p.m. Visit www.Chabad5Towns.com or call 516-295-2478 to reserve and purchase raffle tickets or journal ads.