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Yael and Eli Davidovics



 

Where did you grow up?  Yael grew up in Israel/ America and Eli grew up in Brooklyn .

Where did you meet?  We were set up by a friend of Eli’s, blind date!

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat?  We lived in Brooklyn, moved to Teaneck in 2004 and joined Rinat shortly after.

Tell us about your children. We have 3 wonderful children, Eitan is 15 and loves theater, Naama is 13 and loves to play soccer, and Yishai is 10 and loves to play the violin.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn?  Yael- I’m an identical twin and Eli- speaks a perfect Yiddish.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat?  The youth department.

 

Sharon and Michael Rifkind

Where did you grow up?  Sharon grew up in Peekskill, NY (no the Facts of Life didn't really take place there!) and Mike is from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Where did you meet?  We met  in Arad, Israel while we were both spending a year post-grad there.

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat?  We came here from Brookline, MA where we got married and lived for two years. Sharon went to grad school at Brandeis and Mike came along for the ride. We moved to Teaneck in August of 2000 and joined Rinat right away.

Tell us about your children. Eli is 18, graduating from TABC in June and heading to Israel for a year to study at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). Natan is 16, finishing his junior year at TABC. Avigayil is 15, a freshman at Ma'ayanot. And Maytal is in 5th grade at Yeshivat He'atid.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn?  I don't know if people would be surprised - but we are HUGE New Orleans Saints fans and we love traveling to New Orleans. We also love Queen and good single malt Scotch. Mike plays the guitar and has recently started long distance bike riding. Sharon has no real hobbies, but seems to keep very busy anyway.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? We really connect with the hashkafa at Rinat, Rabbi Adler as our mara d'atra, our wonderful friends and a it's a special place for our kids to grow up.

 

Carolyn and Danny Diller

    

Where did you grow up? I grew up in New Rochelle and Danny came from Raanana, Israel at the age of 7 to live in Pelham Parkway. 

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? This is a second marriage for both of us and so we are enjoying the perks of being a blended family.  I have been living in Teaneck for 24 years and Danny lived in Teaneck at some point during his first marriage, but then moved to Monsey.  When we married, Danny acclimated very easily back to Teaneck and felt immediately comfortable making Rinat his home for all things shul-related.

Tell us about your children. Danny has three children, Samantha, Justin and Katie, all married with children so we currently enjoy the status of Saba and Savta.  I have 5 sons, Raphael, Eitan, Gideon, Gabi and Yonatan.  So far, two have completed their service in the IDF, one is currently serving and two will be drafting in the coming months.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn?  Danny and I will be making Aliyah this summer and though we are looking forward to this next step in our journey, the Rinat community, Rabbi Adler and Rabbi Wiener will always have special meaning for us. 

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? As a former single mother, I will always be grateful to Rinat for being a safe haven and warm community for myself and my children.  

Susan and Michael Richmond

  

Where did you grow up?  Michael grew up on the Lower East Side and Susan on the Upper West Side.

How did you meet? Michael was working in Bankers Trust with Susan’s brother and when her brother got married, Susan's parents invited Michael to Sheva Brachos in their home Friday night and the rest is history!

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? We lived in Forest Hills for four years and moved to Teaneck in 1985 and immediately joined Rinat.

Tell us about your children.  We have B’H four children. Jenny, who is a pharmaceutical scientist for a contract research organization,  is married to Duvie Nachbar who teaches in the GPATS program at Stern College and is a Rebbe in TABC, and they live in Teaneck with their four children. Ricki, is a Middle School teacher and LMS coordinator at Yeshivat Noam as well as the Educational Technology Integrator at Naaleh High School lives in Bergenfield with her husband Judah Kurtz, who is a manager at Deloitte and Touche, with their four children. Our son, Effie is a bankruptcy attorney at Pryor Cashman and lives in Woodmere with his wife Rena, who is an assistant controller of a wholesale apparel company, with their four children. Our son, Yitz, is a Psychotherapist at a clinic in Rockland County and is applying for a PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn? Since we are pretty transparent, can’t think of anything about us that would surprise people!

What's your favorite thing about Rinat?  Our favorite aspect of Rinat are all the wonderful people we have met and with whom we have cultivated lasting friendships with!

 

Syliva and Jules Nachtigal

Where did you grow up? Jules grew up in the lower East Side of Manhattan. Sylvia grew up in Passaic, N.J.
How did you meet? We met on a blind date under the clock in Port Authority. We were set up by a friend from YU.
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? Boro Park, Forest Hills, Elizabeth, Edison, and Paramus. We moved in June 2017 and immediately joined Rinat.
Tell us about your children. We have two daughters,Sara Leah married to Nachum Barishansky living in Teaneck, and Lori married to Mitch Rothschild living in Englewood. The Barishanskys have 6 children,
4 sons and  2 daughters, and three recent granddaughters. The Rothschilds have one daughter.
What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn? We share one of our great granddaughters with two other Rinat couples - Marcia & Len Barishansky and Marcia & David Jacobowitz.
What's your favorite thing about Rinat?  The beautiful davening and the decorum, all the learning/educational opportunities, and most particularly our beloved  Rabbi Adler and Rabbi Weiner.

 

Ruth and Daniel Hartstein

Where did you grow up? Ruth grew up in Eastern Long Island. Dan grew up in Englewood.
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat?
We met through friends our sophomore year in college. We moved to Teaneck in 2009 from Riverdale.
Tell us about your children.
We have 3 charming children- Naava, age 12, Aaron, age 10 and Maytal, age 7. They attend Yeshivat He'Atid.
What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn? 
People might be surprised to know that Dan is a black belt in several styles of martial arts and Ruth is devoted to meditation.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? Our favorite features of Rinat include the many opportunities for high level Torah study, the progressive stance of our kehilah toward the inclusion of women, and our wonderful close friends who daven here with us.

 

Sarah and Bruce Feder

Where did you grow up? Sarah moved around as a child, her parents now live in Binghampton and Bruce grew up in Staten Island.
Where did you meet? A friend set us up and as they say the rest is history.
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? We lived in Staten Island and moved to Teaneck in 2016. We joined Rinat a few months later.
Tell us about your children. Leora and Yael are twins and are Juniors in Stern College, Michal is a junior in Maayanot and Arielle is in the 4th grade at Noam.
What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn?  We have 20  year old twins, Sarah is a speech therapist and Bruce is IT Director.
What's your favorite thing about Rinat? There is so much but to name a few- Rabbi Adler and Rabbi Weiner, the youth department, The beautiful davening, all the shiurim that are given, all the lay leaders and members who give shiurim.

 

Maureen Ash

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit in a city called Oak Park Michigan, but Orin Golubtchik will tell you I'm from ROCHESTER New York...
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? I moved to Teaneck in July of 2006 and I joined Rinat almost before I came.
Rabbi Adler also has a Rochester connection...everyone does, don't they? I moved to Teaneck with my kids for the Jewish life and the schools in the area.
Tell us about your children. Terri, Matthew and Julia are currently living in Modi'in. They moved in August of this past year and Julia my granddaughter, loves Gan! Sam, Hudit, Yosef Chaim and Shay live in Edison NJ and my grandsons both love sports.  Lenny and Alona got married this past October and live in Washington Hts on the Breuer's side. Hannah and Yehudah have been married for a year and a half and have been living in Israel for the last five years...they live in a Caravan in Shaalvim.
What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn?  That I used to live in Rochester, NY...:)  AND that I was a Finalist to host a Kosher Cooking show that in the end never ended up airing on TV, maybe because they chose someone else to be the host :).
What's your favorite thing about Rinat? I know it's cliche but I have to say my favorite thing about Rinat is the friendship and community I've become a part of....that and the fact that there are very meaningful Drashot that are never longer than 18 minutes! Oh and the Good Shabbos greetings from the CSS each week!

Shira and Howie Forman

Where did you grow up? Howie in Tampa, Florida. Shira in Brooklyn, NY.
How did you meet? We were set up by Shira’s high school friend who became Howie’s medical school
classmate.
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? We lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan before moving to Teaneck 3 years ago.  We joined Rinat after being kicked out of every other local shul.
Tell us about your children. Eli is almost 8.  Arielle is 3.  They think of the one lollipop rule at groups as more of a suggestion.
What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn? We are a family of country music fans and NASCAR fans.
What's your favorite thing about Rinat?  Manny Landau

 

Iris and Elie Borger

Where did you grow up? Hewlett, NY
How did you meet? Camp Mesorah
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? We lived in Edison, NJ, and moved to Teaneck three years
ago.
Tell us about your children. Arielle - graduated Maayanot, and is currently attending MMY. Dani is a
junior at Maayanot. Max and Ami attend Yeshivat Noam and love to play hockey.
What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn? I used to be an arms dealer (I bought weapons for the Israeli Army.)
What's your favorite thing about Rinat? Rabbi Adler and Rabbi Wiener’s Shabbat drashot.

Naomi Oppenheim and Rephael Hirsch

Where did you grow up? Naomi grew up on the Upper West Side of NY.  Rephael grew up on Long Island.

How did you meet? We met on JDate.
Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat?
Naomi moved to Teaneck with her first husband, Barry Stern, in August 1984. They joined Rinat right away. Rephael was living in Fair Lawn, and joined her when they got married, this past June.

Tell us about your children. Naomi has 4 grown daughters. Tzippy and Devora live in Israel, and have 5 children between them. Rivky lives in Washington Heights and Zahava is in the Boston area. Rephael has a daughter, Ruti, who is 9, as well as 2 grown sons, Zacharia (who is married with a daughter) and Noam, who both live in Israel.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn? Naomi spent the summer of 1977 in Brazil.  Rephael is the oldest of 10 children.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat?  The accepting, non-exclusionary atmosphere.
And Rabbi Adler.

Marcia and David Jacobowitz

Where did you grow up? Marcia was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT; David was born in the Zeilsheim DP Camp and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa.

How did you meet? We met at Stern and YU.

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? We moved to the Terrace Circle apartments the night after our wedding. We were among Rinat's "Founding Fifteen". Because of our children, we had a stint at CBY, but then returned to Rinat around fifteen years ago.

Tell us about your children. Our oldest child, Adina, lives in Boca Raton, is married to Brian Galbut and is the mother of seven; our middle child, Tammy Jacobowitz (SAR HS), lives in Teaneck, is married to Ronnie Perelis (YU), and is the mother of four; our youngest child, Moshe Jacobowitz (Torat Moshe) lives with his wife, Batya and seven children in Ramat Eshkol, Yerushalayim.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn. Unbelievably, we are about to welcome our first great grandchild!

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? The shul's devotion to Torah and Medinat Yisrael.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Elana and Noam Lefkovitz

Where did you grow up? Elana is from Teaneck and Noam is from Cleveland

How did you meet? We were set up on a blind date by Rinat member Heidi Fuchs

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you movie to Teaneck/join Rinat? We moved to the Teaneck apartments when we got married 11 years ago. Elana has been a Rinat member her entire life and Noam and Elana joined as a family when they moved out of the apartments to a house in Teaneck.

Tell us about your children. We have three children. Kayla is 7. She attends a private school in Fair Lawn and is a huge fan of the Rinat Youth Department and her wonderful shadows. Isaac is 5.5 and is in Kindergarten at Yavneh Academy. He loves superheroes, Pokemon, sports and building with Lego. Jordana is 1 and attends daycare.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? Groups (Thanks Martin and Divsha!) and how kind the Rinat community is to our children.

Marcy and Stephen Glicksman

Where did you grow up? Marcy grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Stephen grew up in Livingston, New Jersey.

How did you meet? We met in Camp HASC.

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? We moved to Teaneck from Riverdale around 20 years ago, and joined Rinat the day we arrived.

Tell us about your children. Our oldest, Yonatan, is currently working for the OU and is the founder of Yesh Olam (follow on Facebook and Twitter). Our second, Amitai, is doing kiruv in Oakland, California. Simi is spending the year in Israel at Migdal Oz.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn. The surprising thing about Stephen is that he went to Uman for Rosh Hashana. The surprising thing about Marcy is that she let him.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? Our favorite thing about Rinat is a tie between Rabbi Adler’s shiurim and seeing Elliot Rothschild every Shabbos.

Esty and Avi Shafar

 

Where did you grow up? We both grew up in Brooklyn

How did you meet? We met in Florida when our families were vacationing over Pesach.

Where did you live before Teaneck/When did you move to Teaneck/join Rinat? Before Teaneck we lived in Brooklyn/ we moved to Teaneck in 2004 and joined Rinat in 2005.

Tell us about your children. We have 4 kids. Our eldest Shimmy is 18 and currently at Netiv Aryeh for his gap year in Israel and B”h doing great. Shmuely is our second son, he’s fifteen and a sophomore at Kushner. Our girls are Chaya and Sara. Chaya is 11 and a fifth grader at Yeshivat Heatid, Sara is three and in Nitzanei Noam.

What's something about you that people would be surprised to learn. Avi got his finger chopped off, accidentally thrown out a car window and then reattached.

What's your favorite thing about Rinat? ”The row”

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