Shari and David Shapiro
Shari and David Shapiro
Shari and David Shapiro

On Saturday evening, November 15, Emunah of America is to host its annual Circle of Life Benefit Dinner, where it will present the Keter Shem Tov Award to Shari and David Shapiro of Lawrence, in recognition of their outstanding devotion to Emunah’s children in Israel. The dinner will take place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

Shari previously served as Five Towns Chapter president, and has always sought to make a difference for children in need. She is joined in these efforts by her husband, David, whose passion for Israel is renowned.

Lisa and David Zaslowsky of Cedarhurst are the dinner chairmen.

The event will also celebrate Emunah’s accomplishments in Israel. The organization continues to be a leader in providing outstanding social welfare, educational, cultural, and humanitarian services to every segment of Israeli society, spanning the entire circle of life.

This year, the benefit dinner seeks to raise funds to upgrade the technology at Emunah children’s residential homes and its educational network. According to Karen Spitalnick, Emunah National President, keeping up with modern technology is an integral part of educating children. “The children and young adults in our care rely on us to prepare them for a successful future in today’s hi-tech society,” she says. “If they don’t keep up, they will be left behind. Emunah vows to never let that happen.”

The dinner will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to people who have been, and still are, instrumental in enriching and strengthening the lives of Emunah’s children and families in Israel. The Gladys Baruch a’h Memorial Tribute will honor the memory of a cherished past national president who served Emunah with distinction. The Presidential Award will be bestowed upon Amy and Daniel Gibber, Felicia and Steven Hoenig, and Shaindy and Daniel Brothman, all from Teaneck, NJ. All three women serve as co-presidents of the Teaneck Libby Kolb Chapter of Emunah.

Emunah maintains 250 social service and educational projects throughout Israel. It nurtures abandoned infants, provides thousands of children with safe and secure daycare and afterschool programs, cares for teens “at risk,” counsels families in crisis, and serves Israel’s senior citizens. Emunah’s award-winning educational programs prepare Israeli youth for a successful future.

For reservations, journal ads, and information, please call Emunah at 212-564-9045, ext. 303 or register at


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