Moishe Hellman and Mel Zachter, co-presidents of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, announced that the organization’s annual gala will be held on Sunday, November 24, at the New York Marriot Marquis. The gala event kicks off with a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The focus of this year’s gala is “Ohel Sees the Star in Everyone.” Over 1,000 friends and supporters are expected to attend.
Guests of Honor: Chani and Jay Kestenbaum. The Kestenbaums, of Lawrence, have been actively involved at Ohel for over two decades. Jay is vice president of the board of directors and is the chairman of the development committee. He is also a member of the Camp Kaylie and Etta at Ohel (Los Angeles) boards. Chani has devoted countless hours driving Ohel children back and forth to appointments with various professionals.
Corporate Guest of Honor: investorsBank. Headquartered in Short Hills New Jersey, investorsBank now has nearly 150 branches throughout New Jersey and New York and is a supporter of Ohel’s work.
Tribute to Ohel Golf Chairpersons. Ben Englander, Izzy Kaufman, Michelle Sulzberger, Jonathan Marks, and Jeffrey Schwartz—all residents of the Five Towns—are responsible for an outstanding decade of successful and sold-out golf events at the annual Ohel Omni Golf Classic.
Celebrating All Stars Of Camp Kaylie. For the first time, Ohel will be celebrating two all stars of Camp Kaylie, Ohel’s premiere summer camp—Nina Bernheim, daughter of Malkie and Josh Bernheim of Bergenfield, and Malkie Rubin, daughter of Tzivia and Yossie Rubin of Teaneck. Ohel is proud to pay tribute to each of these worthy honorees.
Chani and Jay Kestenbaum share their reason for agreeing to be honored: “We are proud to be strong and passionate advocates for Ohel’s children. We are awed by the breadth of Ohel’s programming. But, really, year after year, despite being involved in business, other communal activities, and in caring for our family, we stay involved with Ohel. And we always will. Why? Because Ohel is constantly there, 365 days a year, 24/7 to serve the community.”
For almost 45 years, Ohel has provided critical programs and services to help ensure that children are protected, well cared for, loved and encouraged to thrive. Ohel’s legendary foster care program, its domestic abuse shelters, Camp Kaylie, programs for the siblings of children with developmental disabilities, and its residential facilities serving 450 clients from New York, New Jersey and beyond are just some of the many ways in which Ohel has ensured that all individuals of all abilities are able to shine.
Support for the annual gala will give children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to attend summer camp alongside their typically developing peers; respite and support to the parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders; access to the best medical care for children living with Ohel foster families; all among many other important programs and services.
Friends of Ohel’s children and families together recognize and uplift the many people among us who can seem invisible—a child who has been neglected, a teen with autism who struggles to communicate with peers, a young mother who finds herself in an abusive marriage, a Holocaust survivor suffering with mental illness and afraid to seek counseling, a “sandwich generation” couple coping with the needs of both young children and aging parents. For nearly 44 years, Ohel has worked every day to ensure that those who feel invisible receive the support they need to thrive and shine. Hence the theme of the Gala—Ohel sees the “star” in everyone.
Ohel looks forward to welcoming you on November 24. Visit www.ohelfamily.org/gala or call 718-972-9338 to make your reservation or submit a journal ad today. Ohel’s children and families are counting on YOU!
Since 1969, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises. Driven by service excellence, Ohel’s professional staff meet the myriad social service needs of the general community, while at the same time providing culturally-sensitive services to the Jewish community, including Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian speakers. Through highly-rated foster care, developmental disability, mental health, and other programs and services. v