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yehuda-sarna2Rabbi Yehuda Sarna ‘95 was named 2013 Alumnus of the Year and honored together with his wife Dr. Michelle Sarna, for their tremendous contributions to the Jewish community at New York University and to klal Yisrael. 

Rabbi Sarna is the Executive Director of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University (NYU), the University Chaplain for NYU and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1995-1997 before earning his B.A. in English Literature and Judaic Studies from Yeshiva College. Rabbi Sarna is a 2003 graduate of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He came to NYU in 2002 and has expanded the Bronfman Center into one of the strongest Jewish institutions for college students. Since coming to NYU, he has founded the Jewish Learning Fellowship, which offers intensive courses of study for students without yeshiva backgrounds, has worked to strengthen interfaith relationships on the NYU campus and has worked to bridge the different sects of Judaism within NYU.
heshe and harriet seif22013 Guests of Honor Heshe and Harriet Seif.

Parents of Rabbi Yehuda Seif '95, Heshe and Harriet are both long-time Etzion Foundation board members and supporters of the Yeshiva and Migdal Oz.

They were instrumental in the establishment of the Migdal Oz Advanced Scholars Program in Talmud and Halacha. “The participants are chosen for their leadership potential and the program is providing them with advanced Talmudic and halachic skills so that in the future, when they go out to teach and take leading roles in their communities, they will be ready and able to take full part in the Torah discourse of our generation.”
adler ben and aviva22012 Guests of Honor Ben and Aviva Adler live in Raanana, Israel. They made aliya in the summer of 2009 from Teaneck, New Jersey with their eight children - Yoni, Elisheva, Atara, Ari, Gilad, Eitan, Rami and Meital. Their oldest son,Yoni, joined the Hesder program at Yeshivat Har Etzion and is currently serving in the infantry unit Nachal. Their oldest daughter, Elisheva, is learning at Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz.

Ben is a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is the co-General Counsel for the Merchant Banking Division. Prior to joining Goldman, Ben was a corporate partner at Fried Frank. Aviva taught at Yeshiva University High School for Girls for 9 years and at The Moriah School of Englewood for 2 years. She is currently retired.

For over a decade, long before their children began their learning at Gush and Migdal Oz, Ben and Aviva have supported the important work of theHar Etzion Institutions with their generosity and time. Aviva and Ben were the Etzion Annual Dinner Chairmen in 2007 and have served on numerous dinner committees. Ben and Aviva take great pride in their move to Israel and are honored to be associated with Yeshivat Har Etzion.
nasanayl-braun2Rabbi Nasanayl '92 & Tamar Braun - 2012 Rabbinic Leadership Award! Rabbi Nasanayl and Tamar Braun live in Long Branch, New Jersey with their six children, twins Avi and Tova (12), Ariel (10), Eitan (6), and twins Talia and Shai (3). Rabbi Braun studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1992 to 1994. He then attended Yeshiva University, earning a BA in Economics in 1996, Rabbinic Ordination in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education in 2003. After completing Semicha, Rabbi Braun served as a Torah Mitzion scholar, assistant Rabbi and then senior Rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan. He also served as Program Director at the Council of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, and taught Jewish Studies to Junior high school students. In addition, he spent time as an adult education teacher in Capetown, South Africa.

Since August 2005 Rabbi Braun has served as the senior Rabbi at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Long Branch, New Jersey. He is also a member of the area Va’ad HaKashrut – the Jersey Shore Orthodox Rabbinate (JSOR). Rabbi Braun is a founding board member of the Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore, and currently holds the positions of first vice president, Posek and major fundraiser. Rabbi Braun is married to Tamar, née Wadler. Tamar studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum before and after college and graduated from Stern College. She taught Judaic Studies at SAR Academy in Riverdale, and taught Tanach and Jewish History at Hillel High School while also giving classes at Congregation Brothers of Israel.
andrew_borodach2012-webMazal tov to Andrew Borodach '87, 2012's Alumnus of the Year. Andrew Borodach lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Andrew attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1987-1988 and from 1990-1991. Since 2011, he has been Managing Director - Global Treasury and Capital Markets at AIG, a leading international insurance organization serving customers in more than 130 countries. Prior to that, Andrew practiced as an international mergers and acquisitions attorney for more than 13 years, first at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (including a three-year stint in London) and then at AIG (with a recent focus on its restructuring and the divestiture of its Far East Asian operations). Andrew graduated from Brown University with a BA in History and Medieval Studies and a JD from Harvard University Law School.

A long-time supporter of the Yeshiva and its programs, Andrew has served on the Board of Directors of the Etzion Foundation since 2009. Andrew has also been actively involved with The Jewish Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years, where he serves as gabbai, its Secretary and a member of its Administrative Committee. Andrew recently became engaged to Rachel Wolf, who is the Chief Operating Officer at the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
mort-esther-fridman2011-webMazal tov to Drs. Mort '75 and Esther Fridman, 2011's honorees at the Annual Har Etzion dinner. Drs. Fridman live in Teaneck, New Jersey and are the proud parents of Ari, Daniel, Michael and Elisheva. Mort, Ari and Daniel attended Yeshivat Har Etzion  and Michael is currently learning at the Yeshiva.
Esther and Mort practice child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Englewood, New Jersey. Esther is a member of the Yavneh Academy Board of Education and Board of Directors. Mort is a member of the Frisch School Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Frisch Strategic Planning Committee, a former Board and Rabbinic Search Committee Member at Congregation Keter Torah, AIPAC National Council Member, Vice-President of NORPAC and a Berrie Fellow.
Ari is Counsel to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.  Daniel is in his fourth year of Smicha at Yeshiva University, and a resident scholar at the Jewish Center on the West Side of Manhattan.  Michael, a graduate of the Frisch School, is currently a talmid at Yeshivat Har Etzion and will attend Yeshiva University next year.  Elisheva is an eighth grade student at Yavneh Academy.
The Fridmans are very grateful to Yeshivat Har Etzion for its profound influence on their family and Klal Yisrael.
jay-rachel-jubas2011-webMazal tov to Jay and Rachel Jubas, 2011's honorees at the Annual Har Etzion dinner. Jay and Rachel live in Stamford Connecticut. Jay attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1980 to 1982. He is a Senior Partner at Mckinsey & Company, the international consulting firm where he specializes in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Rachel studied in Israel at Midreshet Lindenbaum She is a psychiatrist specializing in mood and anxiety disorders and women’s’ reproductive psychiatry. Both Rachel and Jay are involved with Jewish communal institutions in Stamford. Currently, Jay is a member of the Board of Directors of Bi Cultural Day School in Stamford and is chair of its development committee. He is also a member of the strategic planning committee for Jewish Family Services of Stamford. Rachel is chairperson of the Congregation Agudath Sholom mikvah committee, on the board of directors of the UJF of Greater Stamford and a member of the SAR High School parent liaison committee.
Jay and Rachel have four children. Ben attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 2008 – 2010 and is currently a freshman at Princeton University. Talia, a senior at SAR High School, plans on studying at the Stella K Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz in the fall. Daniel and Maya are students at BiCultural Day School.
NY_Dinner_Rabbi_Seth_and_Leba_Grauer-webMazal tov to Rabbi Seth and Leba Grauer, honorees at the 2010 Har Etzion dinner. Rabbi Seth Grauer attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1996 to 1998, received his Semicha from RIETS, has a JD from Fordham Law School and is currently working on his dissertation towards the completion of his doctorate in education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Rabbi Grauer has devoted countless hours to Yeshivat Har Etzion originally serving as their director of alumni affairs and now as a member of the board of the Etzion Foundation. Rabbi Grauer works as the Assistant Rabbi at the 5th Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan and is a veteran faculty member of the Ramaz Upper School.
Leba learned in Israel at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim, graduated from the Sy Syms School of Business at Stern College and is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. In addition to caring for their children, Leba works part time at the Hunter College Hillel. Rabbi Seth and Leba Grauer live in Manhattan with their three children, Yonina (6) Yosef (4) and Gila (2).
NY_Dinner_David_and_Faye_Landes-webMazal tov to David '73 and Faye Landes, honorees at the 2010 Har Etzion dinner. David and Faye live in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.  David attended Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1973-74 and 1977-78, and served as Chairman of the Board of the Etzion Foundation from 2001 through 2007.  David is a private investor and recently received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University. Faye is a securities analyst and a managing director at Consumer Edge Research, an independent equity research firm.
Faye and David have four children.  Chana, an editor at Random House, was among the first American students to attend the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz in 2001-2002.  Yitz is presently learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion.  Previously, he was a student at the hesder yeshiva in Otniel, and served as a tank commander in the IDF.  Matanya is a student at SAR High School, and Adir is a student at SAR Academy.