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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 now works in marketing as an investment writer in the asset management 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 most recently as co-Chair of Adult Education, Chair of the Covid committee, and head of website and digital communications. 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, and, more recently, was co-chair of security. David is very appreciative to be part of such a vibrant and open community.
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