Debbie Davidman
Debbie Davidman
Debbie Davidman

Debbie Davidman from Woodmere will be one of six women who have achieved great success in their chosen fields and will be lauded at the upcoming Emunah of America “Empowering Women” Spring Luncheon on May 22, at The Westin Grand Central, New York.

Ms. Davidman and Dr. Merryl Tisch, Miriam Arond, Vicky Harari, Miriam Morgenstern, and Felicia Zwebner are at the vanguard of women with successful careers and notable accomplishments.

“Women like our honorees serve to inspire other women of all ages, motivating them to achieve their full potential,” explains Woodsburgh resident Fran Hirmes, national president. “I am proud to say that Emunah has been at the forefront of empowering women in Israel since 1935. Our honorees exemplify this mission.”

Emunah was established in 1935 by a group of visionary women who were committed to improving the quality of life for the Jewish people in Israel. Today, Emunah, a recipient of the Israel Prize, has grown into a network of 250 social welfare and educational projects throughout the country, providing crucial services to children and families from every spectrum of society.

Since its inception, Emunah has made it a priority to educate, inspire, and protect women and their rights. It provides an excellent education to young women, giving them the tools to attain economic independence. Emunah operates four high schools for girls including the Jerusalem Prize-winning Torah and Arts High School in Jerusalem and the Emunah Florence and Joseph Appleman College of Arts. The Charlotte Dachs Mechina Program gives disadvantaged young women, who have faced great challenges, a “second chance” to complete their high school education, matriculate, and the opportunity to go on to higher education. Emunah operates crisis centers open to all women in distress from every segment of Israeli society and has established networks for women in business.

Dr. Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of New York State Board of Regents–the first woman to hold that position–will be the Guest of Honor and featured speaker. Dr. Tisch has distinguished herself both in her illustrious career in education and in her leadership of many charitable and national policy causes.

Debbie Davidman is a principal at Marks Paneth & Shron LLP (MP&S), a leading accounting, tax, and consulting firm in New York and nationally. One of the firm’s first female partners/principals, she holds multiple roles within the firm, all of which focus on the integration of technology and finance. As the chief technology officer, she oversees the firm’s technology infrastructure and provides strategic guidance and oversight for all of the firm’s technology initiatives. She works closely with the firm’s leaders and plays a key role in strategic planning. As the head of the firm’s analytical portfolio services group and MP&S Fund Administration LLC, she works directly with clients to provide fund investment reporting services and to facilitate regulatory and tax compliance for fund managers.

Miriam Arond from Scarsdale, NY, is director of research at Good Housekeeping Institute after working as editor in chief of Child magazine from 2000-2007. She serves on the national board of trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation and has been an adjunct professor in magazine publishing at New York University.

Vicky Harari from Brooklyn is a registered nurse and school psychologist and has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and EMDR. She has a private practice, working predominantly with the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish communities of Brooklyn. She is also the rabbanit of Kol Israel Congregation.

Miriam Morgenstern, who lives in NYC, is the VP Publisher for M. Shanken Communications, publisher of Wine Spectator, which is published 15 times a year with 2.8 million readers. It offers an insider’s view of the good life, including fine dining, wine, travel, and entertainment.

A resident of Teaneck, Felicia Zwebner founded her interior design firm, Art de Triomphe, 15 years ago. She has been featured in such national magazines as Traditional Home as well as on TV in NBC’s Open House, and HGTV’s Selling NY.

Ms. Hirmes notes, “We began as a women’s Zionist organization and now that Emunah has grown into a vast network of projects throughout Israel, we have never lost sight of the fact that this was the result of the work of dynamic women with vision.”

Karen Spitalnick, Great Neck, NY, and Rena Steigman, Teaneck, NJ, serve as the spring luncheon chairmen. For information and reservations, call 212-564-9045, ext 306, or RSVP at v


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