Laurie and Dr. Eli Bryk, residents of Lawrence and New York City, will be the Guests of Honor at the AMIT Annual Dinner, Sunday evening, November 4, at Pier Sixty-Chelsea Piers in New York City. More than 400 AMIT supporters from throughout the tri-state area are expected to attend.

The 2012 Annual Dinner is being chaired by Joyce and Daniel Straus, who have residences in Englewood and New York City. Co-Chairs are Harriet and Heshe Seif of Englewood, and Judy and David Lobel and Jillian and Daniel Miller, all New York City residents. Robyn Price Stonehill and David Stonehill are serving as New Generation Dinner Co-Chairs, Elizabeth and Daniel Strauss are the Young Leadership Dinner Co-Chairs, and Elizabeth Markovitch is the AMIT Future Leaders Initiative Dinner Co-Chair. All make their home in New York City.

For further information and reservations, please call AMIT at 212-477-4725, or visit AMIT at (See ad on Page 32.)

About the honorees. Laurie Bryk has been an active Life Member of AMIT since the 1980s. She was a founding member of the New Generation Board and served as its chair of leadership and development. She focused on events and involvement for the college and professional age group, which led to the formation of the AMIT Future Leaders Initiative. She now serves on the AMIT Board of Directors. Laurie has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way and the Salute to Israel Parade. She is a past sisterhood president of the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst and was a member of the Board of Education and the Executive Board of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway.

Laurie is a graduate of Barnard College and Brooklyn Law School. She is a practicing attorney and partner in the law firm of Stern, Bryk and Hoffman. She has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and guardian ad litem for the Surrogates Court of Kings County. She has been treasurer of the Barnard College Alumni Association and a member of Barnard’s President Advisory Council.

Dr. Eli Bryk’s family has been deeply involved with AMIT for several generations, where his mother, a’h, aunts, and cousins have served in leadership positions. His aunt Norma Holzer was a past president of AMIT, as was Norma’s mother, Dina Dyckman, when the organization was known as Mizrahi Women.

Eli is chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York Downtown Hospital in Manhattan, an affiliate of New York Presbyterian Hospital, and is a professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopaedic Association. Eli also has served as chairman of the section on orthopaedic surgery of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained in both general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Eli served for nearly a decade as chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of Columbia College and continues to serve as a member of Columbia’s Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ramaz School.

Laurie and Eli are the parents of six children, all of whom have continued the family’s involvement with AMIT.

AMIT enables Israel’s youth to realize their potential and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, religious values, and Zionist ideals.

Some 70 percent of AMIT students live in development towns or other “peripheral” areas of the country. AMIT approaches each child as an individual, maximizing his or her potential, and enabling the students to become vital, productive members of Israeli society. The AMIT schools promote religious tolerance, service to the state and the recognition that every child is blessed with unique talents and abilities. Founded in 1925, AMIT operates 108 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs, constituting Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies. v


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