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Please join us on Sunday, April 30th at 5:00 pm for the 73rd annual HIWP Gala, which we are excited to hold in our own social hall, at 20 Greenridge Avenue!
We will be honoring Shira Goldman and David Worenklein, treasured leaders in our community who have given tirelessly of themselvesboth visibly and behind the scenesin their ongoing dedication to helping our shul thrive.
Please sponsor the gala to help support our fundraising efforts and to share a message for our honorees and the community. When you sponsor, you will also have the opportunity to reserve a spot at the gala—it should be a wonderful evening and we hope you can make it!


Messages for Honorees & the Community

Mazal tov Shira and David! Thank you for all you do for our community. Diane & Gary Yaira, Gidi, Matan, and Hava Katz
Shira and David, We can’t thank you enough for your tireless work on behalf of our kehila! You approached all tasks with wisdom, grace and much needed humor, as you navigated the path forward in our new home. Mazal Tov on this well deserved honor! - Rena Fredman and David Lichtenstein
David, thank you for being a good friend for so many years, and an amazing partner as Co-President! Thank you also to my parents, siblings, children – Adina, Akiva, and Ariella – and to my wonderful, big bustling, extended family. Thank you also to Rabbi Marder and Rabbanit Atara, and to our extraordinary, one-of-a-kind community at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains! Onward and upwards! With love, Shira Goldman
To Shira, my co-president, who is good at the things that I am not. To Eliana, who makes me want to make the world a better place. To Leah, who keeps me sane. And to all of you, the members of HIWP, who make this job worthwhile. Thank you for two wonderful years as co-president. - David
Our warmest wishes of congratulations and admiration to our son David Worenklein and Shira Goldman for your success in strengthening further a great institution with your kindness, warmth, commitment and hard work. Kol Hakavod! Jacob and Cindy Worenklein, Marion and Arthur Cronen
David and Shira, Yasher Koach to both of you. What a team! You are the masterminds that held us together as a community for the past two years…. You brought us past Covid, past the majority of the construction of our new building, past a world of uncertainty. You both, as one team set a high bar for the management and growth of HI as we begin a new era in our new home. Great job. Debbie and Marc Guthartz
There are no words to capture just how grateful we are to Shira and David for their above-and-beyond leadership of our shul during the challenging period encompassing both the renovation and Covid. You have accomplished so much and given so much of your energy, time, and spirits, all to keep HIWP going strong and building for the future. You so deserve to be honored by all of our community that has tremendously benefited from your incredible work. Mazel Tov! - Michelle Brody and Hal Blumenfeld
Congratulations Shira on this well-deserved honor! We are so proud of you! With love from your family: Tami & Perry, Elana, Adam & Family, Talia, Amiel & Family + Ziba, Gabe, Rafi, Joanne & Joel, Daniel, Kim & Family, Joshua & Jacinta, Aliza & Nick + Gia
Thank you and Yasher Koach to David and Shira for all you have done during this transitional time for HI. Your warmth, friendship and seemingly 24/7 presence at HI is so appreciated. Thanks, Wendy Leibowitz
Mazal Tov & Yasher Koach to Shira and David for all you do for the Community. - Judy & David Gilberg
Mazel Tov to Shira and David! Your tireless efforts during your tenure have been an inspiration to us all. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our community. Best wishes always, Terence & Lisa Schwartz
David and Shira- I don't think our move to White Plains would have been possible without either of you, literally! You welcomed us in both with loving care and taking care of logistics. David Worenklein, we will say that you physically keep the building warm and lit up, but that is also a metaphor for how you take care of our community. And Shira, your constant support means that I can lean on you for advice. I couldn't think of a better seat buddy! With love, Rabbanit Atara Lindenbaum and Jeremy Bressman
Shira and David have devoted themselves in every way to the needs and promise of our shul as our Co-Presidents. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we have for all they have done, and the selfless way in which they have done it. - Suzie and Rabbi Chaim Marder
Mazal tov, Shira and David, on this honor! Thank you for all that you do for the HIWP community. - Julia Friedman Rubin & Michael Rubin
Mazel Tov to David and to Shira from David’s whole family. We are so proud of you for all of your hard work. Marion and Arthur, Jacob and Cindy Worenklein
Mazel tov, Shira and David. We are so appreciative of all your hard work on behalf of our community. With gratitude, Nicola and Jordan, Yonah, Eytan, Ilan and Talia
David and Shira -- you have stepped up BIG during a pivotal time for our community, and we are incredibly grateful for all you have done, both in the forefront and especially behind the scenes. Thank you for your vision, your follow-through, and your inspiring leadership. With love and gratitude, Lisa Kahn Kriegel & David Kriegel
Shira, מזל טוב on an honor well deserved. The last few years have presented challenges to you as co-president, both Covid and the renovation of the shul building. Through patience, creativity and intellect you succeeded. You care deeply for family, the synagogue, and the Jewish community. Continue the good work. Love, Esther
Mazal Tov to our fearless leaders, David and Shira! You have led our shul through some of the most trying times imaginable and it will be very hard to fill your shoes. Thank you for all of your hard work  !חזקו ואמצו - Michael Kellman and Idana Goldberg
Mazel tov, Shira! You continue to amaze us with your sensitivity, energy, creativity and intellect. Your parenting, organizational skills and commitment to your community are phenomenal. May you continue to thrive in good health and nachat from your incredible children, Adina, Akiva and Ariella. We're so proud of you. May you go from strength to strength. Love always, Mom and Dad (Shirley and Ira Stein)
Mazal Tov to David and Shira for all their tremendous efforts and leadership on behalf of the HIWP family. You are the Presidents who finally got us through the ReBuild! Yasher Koach! - David and Alex Kahn
Mazel Tov to the honorees - Doris and Leo Dreyfuss
Shira & David - thank you so much for all that you have done (and will surely continue to do!) for our community. What a crazy time to be a shul president - and you handled all with grace and tenacity and kindness. Mazel Tov and hope you enjoy some well deserved rest! - Jonathan Waitman and Rebecca Amaru
Mazal Tov to Shira and David. You give so much to the shul and we are deeply appreciative for that, as well as for the friendship and love you share with all of us. - The Steinbergs
Mazal Tov and Kol HaKavod to our honorees this year. David and Shira thank you both for your inspiring leadership and dedication to our community. We are so appreciative of all the hard work you put in to making our shul the amazing place that it is. This honor is well deserved! - Talia and Marc Metson
Mazal Tov Shira and David! We so appreciate and admire everything you do for our community. - Shara and Yirmi Yolkut
David and Shira -Best wishes on this wonderful honor for you both and your endless contributions over the many years to our shul and community! - Eric and Rox
Mazel Tov to Shira and David on this very well deserved honor. The tremendous amount of work and time. you have both contributed to the Hebrew Institute of White Plains is so greatly appreciated. You are a GOLDMine for our shul. It is no wonder the shul was so ENKLEINed to honor you. Best wishes, Bobby & Shoshana
Dear David and Shira, Mazel tov and Mabrouk on this incredibly well-deserved honor! Thank you for for your efforts in building, re-building, nourishing, and shepherding our community! וכל מי שעוסקים בצרכי ציבור באמונה, הקדוש ברוך הוא, ישלם שכרם With love and gratitude, Sara Labaton and Gavy Posner
Kol Hacovid to the Honorees - Judy & Judah Roher
Yasher Koach to Shira and David! With our sincerest appreciation for all your time and effort on behalf of our community. - Diane & Michael Werner
Mazal Tov to our wonderful honorees David and Shira. They have been great leaders and have served as inspiring examples of hessed and kindness. - Norma and Jerry Hurwitz
David and Shira we are so honored to count you as our friends! Mazal Tov on this well deserved honor. - Jerusha & Doug
Shira and David - Mazal Tov! Our sincerest thanks for all that you do for the HIWP Community. - The Brasch Family
Mazel Tov, Shira and David! What a well deserved honor. You both have made us feel so welcome in the community and radiate kindness and inclusivity. We are so grateful for all that you do and wish you much hatzlacha in all of your endeavors. Michelle, Orrie, Noam, Amalia, and Kobi Levy
Shira and David, Mazal Tov on this well deserved honor! Thank you for your hard work on behalf of HIWP and for 23 plus years of friendship! - Julie and Andy
- Dana Erdfarb and Joey Weiner
Mazal Tov to Shira and David. You both are powerhouses and our shul is so lucky to have you at the helm. Your tremendous efforts, energy and service is beyond appreciated! Rhonda & Gerard Rose
Mazal tov Shira and David! Thank you for your amazing leadership during difficult times and for all that you have done for the shul and the community over the past few years. You serve as an inspiration for all of us. - Arielle and Yehuda Cohen
Shira and David, Thank you for all your hard work! Wishing you much success and happiness with all future projects at the synagogue. All our best, Heda Silverstein and Susan Ross
Mazel Tov Shira and best wishes on this well-deserved honor! We are so proud of you and wish you continued success in all your endeavors! Much Love, Aunt Libby & Family
Warm congratulations and best wishes on this well-deserved honor! We are all so very proud of you! Cousins Pearla & Norman, Sheri & Marc, and Caron & Michael
A donation in honor of our dear cousin, David Worenklein. Yashar Koach on all the wonderful work you do for the community. We are proud of you. Raizy Kaplun and Simmy
- Dr. Pamela Mund & Jon Bellman
- Rachel Federman and Hillel Greene


Sun, March 26 2023 4 Nisan 5783