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Meet Our 2023 Gala Honorees!

Shira and David have given their time and energy to our community for years, most recently serving as Co-Presidents through a demanding, complex time. In partnership with dedicated committees and individuals, they shepherded the shul back into the building following Covid and our large renovation, supported the reopening of the Thrift Shop, brought in a nursery school tenant during the week to provide additional cash flow, and helped to bring Rabbanit Atara Lindenbaum onto our religious leadership team. They continue to partner with teams overseeing the completion of outstanding building items, establishing new catering and kiddush protocols, and furnishing and beautifying our spaces. These are just some highlights of their contributions to the community. Their daily, behind-the-scenes work has been far-reaching, focusing on every aspect of the shul’s current and long-term needs.

Shira grew up in New Jersey and attended Columbia University, where she double majored in English and Religion. She later completed a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, and works in marketing in the investment industry. After graduating college, Shira settled in White Plains and raised her three children – Adina, Akiva, and Ariella – here. She has been a member of HIWP since 1996 and is thrilled to see how the community has grown and flourished over the years. Shira has served the shul in various capacities, including  as Co-Chair of Adult Education, Chair of the Covid committee, head of website and digital communications, and as Co-President. She feels delighted and grateful to be a part of such a warm, inclusive, and forward-thinking kehilla!

David and his wife Leah Portnoy Worenklein moved to White Plains and joined HIWP in 1996. Their daughter Eliana was born and raised here. David grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and double majored in Computer Science and Religion at Columbia University. David is Head of Technology for a small hedge fund in Connecticut specializing in mortgages and commercial real estate. David has a long history of volunteer work at the Hebrew Institute – he served on the Board of Directors and was Secretary at the turn of the century, was Co-Chair of the youth committee, was co-chair of security, and served as Co-President. David is very appreciative to be part of such a vibrant and open community.





Sun, March 26 2023 4 Nisan 5783