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CRO Gala 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8 Tammuz 5780

8:30 PM - 9:30 PMZoom

Join us for our Virtual Annual Dinner
to celebrate the installation of 
Rabbi Aviad Bodner

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
at 8:30 pm

Attire: Fancy Dress (from the waist up)



Though we wish we could be together in person, please join us for the virtual celebration of the installation of Rabbi Aviad BodnerRecognize and celebrate the contributions Rabbi Bodner and his family have made to our community in their first year at Congregation Ramath Orah. Given what these unusual times have presented us, Rabbi Bodner has risen to the occasion, showing his preeminent abilities in tirelessly tending to and supporting our community while enhancing the vitality of our core activities—Torah Learning, Tefillah, and Chesed.

Our Annual "Dinner" is a major source of income that we rely upon every year, making your participation especially critical to us now to meet our operating expenses. Our goal—to raise $36,000—is attainable with the generous participation of all who are able. The unusual circumstances we find ourselves in allow us to keep the costs to a minimum and make sure the maximum amount will go directly toward our shul's needs. Even if you are unable to attend, we ask that you contribute and participate in paying tribute to Rabbi Bodner. Contributing toward our virtual gala will provide us with the support we need today to ensure our ability to welcome our community back into the building soon.

Please join us for the unforgettable evening we have planned of entertainment, celebration, and community.  Party with us and partner with us to make our 2020 event more than memorable.

Please note, this year, the dinner is 100% tax-deductible.


Committee (in formation)
Deborah Kerzhner
Abbey Soclof
Lindsey Bodner
Elana Fishman
David Steinberg
Orah Burack
Ann Goldhirsch
Jane Blumenstein
Meredith Schizer
Beth Moritz
Galit Mizrahi
Sharon Papernik

Honorary Committee
Paul and Dede Appelbaum*
Shellee and Rabbi Saul Berman
Marly Herscovici and Jeff Bogursky**
Jay and Jane** Blumenstein*
Ari Goldman and Shira Dicker
Daniel and Becky Greenwald*
Mendy Haskel*
Daniel and Alisa Henkin*
Tibor (z"l) and Stella Herdan*
Rachel and Jamie Hirsch*
Andre and Shalhevet Jacobovitz*
Barry Love and Ann Goldhirsch*
Valerie Mast*
David and Meredith Schizer*
David and Elana Steltzer*
Dvorah and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin*
Ester Fuchs and Daniel Victor*

*Past Honoree(s)
**Past President


Sponsorship Levels
Our target fundraising goal for this dinner is $36,000, which will go toward ongoing operating expenses.
Sponsorship levels come with the following (optional) benefits (additional raffle tickets can be purchased, below):

****Full amount of contribution is tax-deductible

This year we will offer purchased gift certificates from local establishments as our prizes to help support them in these times. Contributions of $1000 and above include (5) raffle tickets; $180 and above include (1) raffle ticket. Increase your chances by buying more below!


Credit Card Convenience Fee: We request that you consider adding an additional amount to your payment to cover our credit card processing fee. You will have an opportunity to do this before submitting your payment.

Rabbi, lawyer, soldier, teacher 

Rabbi Aviad Bodner brings experience, sensitivity, a wealth of knowledge and just the right mix of humor and gravitas to everything he does for Ramath Orah.

Rabbi Aviad Bodner joined Ramath Orah as Senior Rabbi in September 2019. He had served as the rabbi of the Stanton Street Shul in Manhattan’s Lower East Side since 2014. With his leadership and that of his wife Lindsey, the historic congregation grew from 30 members to over 110, and Stanton became a thriving center for Modern Orthodox Jewish life downtown.

Rabbi Bodner received his smicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, while completing his LLB in law at Bar Ilan University. He worked as a corporate attorney at one of Tel Aviv’s top firms before moving to New York. Rabbi Bodner served as a combat fighter in the IDF’s armored corps during the Second Lebanon War. Having grown up in Israel, Rabbi Bodner learned in various yeshivot including Yeshivat Hesder at Netivot and the Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies at Bar Ilan. In 2016, he received a second smicha for Rabbinic Professionals at YCT. Rabbi Bodner is a frequent scholar in residence at the Eldridge Street Museum and a JOFA certified chatan teacher. He also teaches juniors and seniors at the Ramaz Upper School in the Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law and Thought departments.   

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