Showing posts from December, 2012

Mayanot Points of Light Gala Banquet

Wednesday night, the 14 th of Kislev (November 28 th , 2012) at the Hilton Hotel, was a night to remember. The inaugural Mayanot Points of Light Banquet Gala hosted over 600 guests, donors, supporters and alumni in celebration of sixteen years of Mayanot’s achievements. Guests at the event were greeted by  Rabbi Shlomo Gestetner , Dean of Mayanot, and  Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov , Executive Director.  Gani Goodman opened the evening with greetings from an alumna. Rabbi Yona Metzger , Chief Rabbi of Israel, highlighted the unique educational role of Mayanot and  Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky brought greetings from World Lubavitch Headquarters. Steven C. Witkoff was featured as the Guest of Honor. In his response to receiving his award, Mr. Witkoff related: “It is human for people to lose their way, and the mission statement of Mayanot – as I understand it – is to be there for those young people”. Awardees also included Yitzchak and Tamar Tessler , who were introduced by their son, Maya

Honorees at Mayanot's Inaugural Banquet Gala

GUEST OF HONOR Mr. Steven C. Witkoff Steven Witkoff, Mayanot’s Guest of Honor, is the founder of The Witkoff Group , a fully integrated, privately-held real estate investment firm, comprising both acquisition and management components. As the Witkoff Group’s chairman and principal shareholder, Steven emphasizes innovation, flexibility and teamwork as his methodology in always staying a step ahead of the market. For all of his noted achievements and successes in the business arena, however, Steven Witkoff’s greatest priority is to live a meaningful and purposeful life. Over the years, Steven has been involved in numerous charities and has championed many humanitarian causes. He is an ardent advocate on behalf of the State of Israel and feels very strongly about the obligation of American Jews to stand solidly behind her. Mr. Witkoff sees Judaism as a “point of light” – a positive and compelling force – that can bring people together in the pursuit of common human goodness a

Mayanot Channukah Trip to MASA

By: Dana Driscoll My first Channukah in Israel would not be the same without thanking those who helped me get to Israel in the first place. What better way to thank them than with fresh sufganiyot ?  This afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting the Jerusalem office of MASA-Israel Journey in Kiryat Moriah along with a fellow Mayanot student, Liz Halpern, and shared my journey to Israel with them.  Liz & I shared our Jewish backgrounds and why we specifically chose Mayanot as a post-college program. I personally explained to them that coming from a large Jewish population at Binghamton University and being extensively involved with its Chabad center, I knew my Jewish journey needed to continue.  It was important for them to hear that although my shluchim , who I love dearly, provided me with guidance, it was ultimately the MASA grant that funded the continuation of my Jewish journey. They were very grateful to hear how Mayanot has provided us with adequate resources to