Moishe Hellman and Mel Zachter, co-presidents of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, warmly invite the community and Ohel’s many friends and supporters to the agency’s annual gala on Sunday, February 10, at the New York Hilton Hotel, NYC. The gala event kicks off with a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Ohel–and its many friends and supporters–are committed to the fundamental principle that every child and adult counts and deserves to be cherished and loved and part of our community. For more than 43 years, Ohel has provided critical programs and services to help ensure that children are protected, well cared for, loved, and encouraged to thrive. Ohel foster families, its domestic abuse shelters, summer camp, programs for the siblings of children with developmental disabilities, and its residential facilities are just some of the many ways in which Ohel has ensured that all individuals of all abilities count!

Support for the annual gala will give children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to attend summer camp alongside their typically developing peers; respite and support to the parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders; access to the best medical care for children living with Ohel foster families; among many other important programs and services.

Ohel is proud to share this special evening with deserving honorees. Annual gala honorees this year have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to elevating the lives of people of all ages and are among Ohel’s most loyal friends and supporters.

Corporate Guest of Honor: Saul N. Friedman & Associates. Saul Friedman has been an Ohel board member vice-president for over 21 years. Saul is passionate about helping Ohel’s children and families and has combined his loved for Ohel’s children with his corporate and personal philanthropy. Saul N. Friedman & Associates is celebrating 40 years of excellence.

Special Tribute: Chaim Kaminetzky, zt’l. Ohel’s beloved vice president was well known throughout the community as a man dedicated to chesed. Chaim’s love for Ohel’s children was immeasurable. Ohel is proud to honor his memory and dedicate the Bais Chaim Kaminetzky Women’s Residence in Hillcrest.

Guest of Honor: David Brecher. David is president of First Meridian Mortgage, a residential mortgage bank. David, his wife Leah, and four children have been active in community organizations for many years, seeking to better the lives of those in need. David’s father-in-law is Irving Langer who has been an active Ohel board member for over 15 years.

Children’s Advocacy Award: Robert and Hinda Mizrahi. Robert is the global head of trading for the Precious Metals division of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Hinda is currently a managing partner in Manhattan Ridge Advisor, a wealth management company, and recently took on an entrepreneurial challenge by opening two Koko FitClub franchises in the Five Towns. These Long Beach residents recognize the importance of Ohel Bais Ezra and how their critical services impact the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities as well as their families. Hinda will share an important and poignant message with all gala attendees.

Community Award: Jason Cury and Joel Beritz of the Gruss Life Monument Funds. The Gruss Foundation has generously contributed several computer systems to Ohel’s residences and day habilitation centers as well as the outdoor recreation center in the Arlington Residence in Cedarhurst. The playground equipment, customized for adolescents with disabilities, was recently installed and withstood Hurricane Sandy!

Theme: Everyone Counts at Ohel. The numbers speak for themselves: 2,500 children whose parents could not care for them placed in safe, loving foster homes; 1,150 Holocaust survivors provided with services to help them age safely with dignity, comfort, and support; 1,000 children, teens, and adults provided monthly with counseling to help them manage life’s challenges; 450 individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities living in Ohel Bais Ezra residences; and countless other individuals and families supported with programs, services, and resources to help them thrive.

Ohel looks forward to welcoming you on February 10. Visit or call 718-972-9338 to make your reservation or submit a journal ad today. Ohel’s children and families are counting on you! v


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