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About the Honorees


Lisa Stone Pritzker is a passionate advocate for the health, wellness, and education of children, teens, young adults, and women. Founder and Chair of the LSP Family Foundation, she advances cutting edge organizations that address emotional health, the arts, and Jewish life. A Chicago native, Lisa’s commitment to philanthropy and community service were a central part of her upbringing.


Nadine and Steven Foldes are first generation Americans with a deep sense of responsibility for supporting Jews around the globe. Steven is the son of Holocaust survivors from Hungary who supported Israel from its earliest days, and Nadine’s family can trace its lineage in Israel back 12 generations. Together, they established the Foldes Family Philanthropic Foundation to involve future generations in caring for Jews in the US and Israel and other Jewish enclaves worldwide.   

Tikkun Ha'Lev Celebration Sponsors (as of October 13)

Village Way

Kathy and Michael Azeez
Harriet and George Blank
The Cordish Family
Linda and Michael Frieze
Paula and Jerry z"l Gottesman
Nancy Grand
Charles Gwirtsman and Nancy Reichman

Tikkun Ha'Lev

Linda Dresner and Ed Levy Jr.
Nadine and Steven Foldes
Beth and William Landman
Paula and Mark Solomon
Helen Marie Stern Fund
The Zalik Foundation Fund

Tikkun Olam

Argo Family Fund
Donna and David Frieze
Judy and Steve Kaye
Ira and Sheila Stone

Anchors in the Past

Edith Everett
Marilyn and Dale Okonow
Sidney Wolk

Anchors in the Future

David Amar
Tamar and Kenneth Frieze
Dena and Morey Goldberg
Marcia and John Goldman
Dena and Vic Hammel
Harry Heiman and Abby Friedman
Heyman-Merrin Family Foundation
The Koret Foundation
Carol and Larry Levy
Jamie and Marc Lunder
Rachel and Eric Schwartz
Seltzer Family Foundation
Joanie and Lewis Shubin

With You All the Way

The Brodie and Pertnoy Families
Lisa and Alan Engel
Stew and Susan Fisher
Alan Franco
Anita Friedman
David A. Friedman and Paulette J. Meyer
Shifra and Terry Gardner
David A. Gitlitz
Ellen and Rabbi Doug Kahn
Ann and Michael Kay
Marianne and Kenneth Novack
Aviva and David Rubin
Arlene and Bernard Potter
Luly and Maurice Samuels
George Sarlo
Cyma and Ed Satell
Marilyn Shubin
Debbie and Rich Silverstein
The Swig Foundation


Hal Abroms
Janet and Ed Antoian
Judith B Bass and Jack Levy
Lois Blonder
Maddie Brady and James Arogeti
Rita and Joel Cohen
The Colony Group
Rick & Roberta Cummings Charitable Trust
Scott Fisher and Marcy Bass
Laurie Toll Franz
Judith Ganz
Beth and Louis Guttman
Alice and Jacob Klein
Prof. Alicia F. Lieberman
Karen and Ron Sallerson
Sarah and David Schwarz
Lori Kagan Schwarz and Herman Schwarz
Nanci and Doug Sharon
Steinberg Family Charitable Fund
Judi Haberman Stern and Haberman Family


Katie Albright
Phyllis and Eliot Arnowitz
Beth and Joel Arogeti
Marlin and Edward Barad
Robert Berrin & Linda Schechter
Corey and Nikki Bialow
Kathe and Morris Brown
Judy and Jeff Cohen
Michelle and Bill Copelin
The Clergy of Congregation Emanu-El
Barbara and Jeffrey Farber
Lourdes Gabriela Suarez and Isaac Fisher
Laura and John Fisher
Lois and Larry Frank
Laura Stein and Sam Goldfeder
Belinda Getler
Jonathan and Lynne Greer
Susan and Neil Gordon
Thomas Gottlieb and Carol Kirsh
Sandra and Jerome Helman
Carolyn and David Hockstein
Barbara and Michael Horowitz
Peggy and Harold Kamins
Michael C. Kane
Eve and Marc Karstaedt
Theo Koffler
Laura and Gary Lauder
Adam and Beth Leaderman
Alan and Renee Levow
Susan Moldaw and Bob Stallings
Yvette Lowenthal-Mulderry and Peter Mulderry
Pamela Gellen and Arthur Palmer
Debra Pell
Susan and Steve Pepper
Ellen and Michael Plasker
Varda Rabin
Cheryl Reinhardt
Trevor and Jen Resnick
Salzhauer Family
Rhoda and William Sapers
Marcia and Albert Schmier
Lori Kagan Schwarz and Herman Schwarz
Donna Bitterman Shepard and John Shepard
Leigh and Morrie Siegel
Barbara and Malcolm Sherman
Ellie and Barry Shrage
Mindy and Paul Smolevitz
Joanie Stone
Maryon Happy Stone and Richard Henriksen
Betty and Alan Sunshine
Ingrid Tauber and Frank Taforo
Stephanie Tolleson and Peter Johnson
Cheryl and Martin Turchin
Jeff and Christie Weiss
Toni Young
Diane and Howard Zack
The Zeger Family
Michelle and Rafi Zitvar

Micha Biton

A pioneer in the ethnic-rock genre of Israeli music, singer-songwriter Micha Biton released his critically acclaimed Live album in November 2016. Micha’s mesmerizing concert “From Sderot to Jerusalem” utilizes anecdotes and song to tell the famous story of his childhood as a refugee. Today, Micha performs sold-out concerts in Israel’s most popular venues and is traveling the world both solo and with his band.

Rabbi Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, and has devoted her rabbinate to reinvigorating Jewish tradition and practice. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.4 million people and translated into 23 languages.

Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein is a seven-time Tony Award nominee for his celebrated performances in Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Moulin Rouge!

Burstein was raised in New York City, attending the High School of Performing Arts and Queens College before heading to the University of California, San Diego to pursue an MFA in acting. He graduated in 1990 and would embark on what would become a highly acclaimed career on stage.

Itzhak "Itzik" Cohen

Itzhak "Itzik" Cohen is an Israeli actor, filmmaker, and television producer. He is best known for portraying Captain Gabi Ayub in the political thriller television series Fauda. 

After serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he received his BA with honors in 1993 from the Department of Theater at Tel Aviv University.

Jake Cohen

A self-professed nice Jewish boy who studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Jake worked the line at several NYC culinary institutions before transitioning to food media, contributing to dozens of food publications. He is the author of the recently published Jew-Ish: A Cook Book.

Noa Tishby

Noa Tishby is an Israeli-American actress, producer, writer and activist. A Tel Aviv native, Tishby served in the Israeli army before landing a starring role on the nation’s highest-rated prime time drama, Ramat Aviv Gimmel. After becoming a household name and appearing in numerous TV shows, films, theater productions and fashion campaigns, Tishby moved to Los Angeles where she sold the Israeli TV show In Treatment to HBO which made history as the first Israeli tv show to become an American series. Tishby earned a Peabody Award and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work on the show. She is the founder of “Act for Israel,” Israel’s first online advocacy organization and is the author of Israel: a Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth.

2021 ImpactIsrael Board of Directors


Robert Arogeti

Immediate Past Chair

George Blank

David Amar
Allen Applbaum
Michael Azeez
Jeremy Barnett
Erica Bloom
Mark Claster
Michelle Bond Copelin
Jonathan Cordish
David Frieze
Michael Frieze
Charlie Gwirtsman
Victor Hammel

Judy Kaye
Beth Landman

Dale Okonow
Rabbi Michael Paley
Harvey Potter
Steven Rosenfeld, M.D.
Michael Salzhauer
Eric Schwartz
Barry Shrage
Lewis Shubin
Robert Shubin
Paula Solomon

Lifetime Trustees

Dr. Chaim Peri
Paul Silberberg
Mark I. Solomon

Honorary Trustees

David Cordish
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About ImpactIsrael

ImpactIsrael (formerly Friends of Yemin Orde) is the U.S.-based philanthropic partner of Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives, both located in Israel. Our mission is to transform immigrant and at-risk youth into productive members of Israeli society through value driven education and support.

About Yemin Orde Youth Village

Yemin Orde Youth Village, located on 77 acres atop Mount Carmel in northern Israel serves more than 430 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world. Most of the children have suffered trauma in their young lives including loss, neglect, abandonment and extreme poverty. At Yemin Orde, they find a home, a family, and a future.

Jewish and Israel education is integrated into daily life at Yemin Orde in a vibrant and meaningful way. Graduates remain connected to the Village, and this lifelong support is a unique element that makes Yemin Orde a model of excellence.

The Village was named for Major General Orde Charles Wingate, an ardent supporter of the Zionist cause. “Yemin Orde” means “in the memory of Orde”

About Village Way Educational Initiatives

In 2006, the Israeli Ministry of Education, impressed by the accomplishments of Yemin Orde, encouraged the Village to expand its innovative methodology to other at-risk populations in Israel, including secular, Ultra-Orthodox, Druze, Bedouin, and Arab Israelis. This resulted in the formation of Village Way Educational Initiatives. This transformative program has enhanced the spiritual well-being, character development, and leadership potential of first-generation and native-born Israelis who come from poverty-stricken families and broken homes. Village Way Educational Initiatives is impacting all of Israel in many positive ways.

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