S. Daniel Abraham, Humanitarian Award, Patron of Jewish and Higher Education in the United States and Israel

Daniel Abraham is a leading American entrepreneur and pioneer in both the pharmaceutical and diet food business. Mr. Abraham is a generous and thoughtful philanthropist dedicated to a variety of causes, among them improving health care and nutrition, encouraging Middle East peace, and broadening educational opportunities. His gift to the Mayo Clinic served to create the highly innovative Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, whose opening in 2007 received national media coverage. A passionate advocate and supporter of higher education, Abraham has endowed an S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University, and a Chair in Nutritional Medicine at Harvard University Medical School. He has also funded the Dan Abraham School for Business Administration and Economics at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program at Yeshiva University, and the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women.

Mr. Abraham has strong ties to Israel, which he expresses through deep personal involvement and commitment. In 1989, Mr. Abraham and the late Utah Congressman Wayne Owens established the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, which works to promote a just and comprehensive resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In the course of Mr. Abraham’s travels, he became convinced that Israel’s greatest security would come from peace with its neighbors, and this spurred his efforts to support the peace process. He is a close friend of many top leaders in the United States, Israel, and throughout the Middle East, and through those personal channels has worked tirelessly over the past two decades to help bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

Mr. Abraham and his wife Ewa reside in Palm Beach with their two children. He is a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He holds honorary doctorates from Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University and Yeshiva University.

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David and Rebecca Zwillinger, Patrons of Education

As longtime Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School Parents, David and Rebecca Zwillinger are dedicated supporters of the school community.

As an active member of the Park East Parent Association as well as the Parent Association Leadership Council, Rebecca has served as the chair of many of the school’s key events. David is a member of the Park East Parent Leadership Committee and is Chief Executive Officer of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (“DESRI”), a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., and a member of the D. E. Shaw group’s U.S. Private Equity investment unit.

The Zwillingers are the proud parents of five children; their son, Ben, is currently a sixth grade student at Park East. Their three daughters, Ayla, Livya and Suri, are graduates of the school’s Early Childhood program, and their son Jacob will attend preschool at Park East this fall.

Beyond Park East, Rebecca and David are Board members and supporters of Shalva, an organization in Israel that supports mentally and physically challenged children and their families as well as Teach NYS, which helps fundraise for Jewish Day School education.

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Dayna Langfan and Lawrence Heller, L’Dor V’Dor Award for Jewish Continuity and Education

Dayna Langfan, a native New Yorker, earned her AB in Art History at the University of Chicago and JD at Cardozo School of Law.  After practicing corporate and real estate law, she joined her family’s national commercial real estate investment firm, The Langfan Company, where she has been a managing partner for thirty years. A member of the New York Bar, Dayna has served as a Board member, Secretary of the Board, and Trustee Emerita of the Horace Mann School, a Treasurer of The National Council of Jewish Women – NY Section, a co-Treasurer of The Bard High School Early College – Queens PTA, and a member of the National Advisory Council of Bard Early Colleges. Dayna is a trained facilitator with Parents In Action, an organization dedicated to fostering parental networks and encouraging communication between parents and children at home. She currently serves as Chair of the University of Chicago Library Council.

Larry Heller was born in Manhattan and raised in Yonkers, NY. Larry received his AB degree with Honors from the University of Chicago, where he and Dayna met. He also earned an MBA degree with Honors from the Booth School of the University of Chicago. Larry currently manages Propeller Capital Management, which is a unit of Millennium Management, LLC. He is also an active commercial real estate investor. Larry has previously been honored by the Synagogue as Chatan Torah.

Larry and Dayna reside on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and are the parents of four children: David, Bennett, Penelope and Eve, all of whom grew up attending Toby Einsidler’s Shabbat Childrens service and celebrated their B’Nai Mitzvot at Park East Synagogue. Penelope and her new husband Hemy Shushan were married in August 2020 by Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt. Eve is a graduate of the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School. The Heller family have been proud members of Park East Synagogue since 1998.

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