The annual Emunah dinner, one of New York’s premier Jewish fundraising events, will take place on Sunday evening, November 10 at Chelsea Piers. The gala will raise critical funds for Emunah’s lifesaving work in Israel.

Emunah operates over 160 unique projects — residential homes, trauma counseling centers, and early childhood education centers — serving over 10,000 vulnerable Israelis every day. The dinner’s theme will highlight how Emunah’s children Beat the Odds, breaking cycles of poverty and neglect, enabling them to grow into healthy, successful adults.

Emunah’s annual dinner relies heavily on the support from the community to ensure that it can continue to provide award-winning programs and services to all those who turn to Emunah for help. Please join on November 10 to enable vulnerable children in Israel to “Beat the Odds.” For more information, visit

In addition to generating vital funds for its work with children and families at risk in Israel, the annual dinner raises awareness about critical programs and allows Emunah to celebrate the inspiring accomplishments of its 2019 honorees.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Shirley Billet, a’h. The award will be accepted on her behalf by her children, Dr. Lynn Sugarman and Dr. Mark Billet. Shirley was a pillar of Emunah — a past national president and treasurer. During Shirley’s tenure, the Sally and Ata Solomon School of Geriatric Nursing was opened and Shirley was instrumental in securing funding and grants for many more capital campaigns. Shirley was an all-around powerhouse who helped build Emunah with dedication and tenacity.

Her volunteer efforts started with collecting funds for Israel on the New York subway and culminated in constructing buildings and innovative social-service programs in Israel. Last November, despite being very ill, she continued to advocate for Emunah, securing a sizable gift which, along with her legacy at Emunah, will forever change the lives of Emunah’s children.

Dor L’Dor Award: Chani Chesner and Odit Oliner. The acceptance will include a tribute to their late grandmother, Dr. Leila Bronner, a’h. Chani and Odit’s involvement in Emunah is a continuation of their grandmother’s legacy. Chani notes that her grandmother “made an everlasting imprint. She was extremely generous to her family and those in need, giving tzedakah to our community and many throughout the U.S., South Africa, and Israel.”

Young Leadership Award: Rachel Gindi. Rachel sets an inspiring example for other young people to follow. Rachel was first introduced to the work of Emunah as a college student. She led the first summer trip to Emunah’s Achuzat Sara Children’s Home in 2016 and has been going back for the past four summers, in addition to visiting during the year. Rachel also has been involved in many other Emunah programs. She played a critical role in the creation of Kol HaNearim, arranged a weeklong trip to Los Angeles for eight Neve Michael children, and ran a half marathon with the children of Bet Elazraki.

Special Guest Speaker: Sara Tegau Samay. Sara will share how Emunah enabled her to Beat the Odds, overcoming disadvantaged circumstances to become a nurse, get married, and start a family.



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