Honoring Dr. Larry and Ann Neuman – Guests of Honor


We are thrilled to announce the Park East Synagogue Annual Dinner Guests of Honor, Dr. Larry and Ann Neuman! Join us on Tuesday, June 6 for our Annual Dinner as we honor Larry and Ann in support of our Synagogue and Jewish Education.

Dr. Larry and Ann Neuman have devoted the last 40 years to treating the medically underserved community and to supporting the spiritually underserved Jewish community. With a subspecialty in the field of geriatrics, Dr. Neuman operates a large practice in upper Manhattan. Currently he is also the Medical Director of a chain of assisted living facilities in New York City and Long Island, responsible for the medical care of 2,000 senior citizens.

Ann is a Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the field of renal dialysis, oncology, and psychology. Later on she joined her husband in the medical practice where she serves as a nurse and also as the Medical Director of the multi-specialty medical practice.

Larry is a child of parents who were both Holocaust survivors who rose from the ashes of Auschwitz and came to this country with no language skills or means of support but succeeded in raising three generations of Torah-observant descendants. Larry holds a MD from SUNY Downstate medical school and interned at Long Island Hospital in Brooklyn and did his residency at Stamford Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

Dr. Neuman is past President and Baal Koreh of Congregation Brothers of Israel in Westchester. He has been honored by Aish Hatorah, Project Inspire, Chabad, and various Yeshivas for his work in the field of kiruv and for sponsoring Talmudic scholars to ensure the preservation of the Jewish faith for generations to come. No one reads the Torah at a moment’s notice as beautifully and as brilliantly as Larry. He is often called upon at Park East Synagogue and the Hampton Synagogue to read the Torah and Haftorahs. 

Larry and Ann have two children. Jonathan is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary where he majored in Psychology, English, and Judaic Studies. Jonathan is presently setting up various entrenpreneur businesses involving medicine and mobile medical diagnostics throughout the city. Larry and Ann’s daughter, Alexandra, received her BA degree in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA degree in Fine Arts from the University of California in San Diego. She is an accomplished artist, working in the field of film, video, and performance art. Her work has been shown in various countries throughout Europe. She has also taught Hebrew at Park Avenue Synagogue Day School for the past five years.

In honoring Larry and Ann, Park East Synagogue and its Day School are delighted to reflect their admiration for such a leading couple who have added so much to the quality of the shul and its unique services. 

Honoring Louis & Eva Galpern – Guests of Honor

We are thrilled to announce the Park East Synagogue Annual Dinner Guests of Honor, Louis & Eva Galpern! Join us on Tuesday, June 6 for our Annual Dinner as we honor Louis and Eva in support of our Synagogue and Jewish Education.

Louis & Eva, married for 50 years, are proud parents of four children; David, a doctor in Richmond, VA whose wife Robyn is an occupational therapist, Elliot an attorney who is getting married to Ali on June 17th, Michelle who cares for her two young children and whose husband, Shir Abramov, is an investment banker, and Ariel, an RN who now works in finance in the family business and is married to Jonathan Stern, a realtor who also serves as a cantor. The Galperns’ grown children attended Yeshiva of Flatbush from nursery school through high school. Louis & Eva have nine loving grandchildren. 

Louis’ parents survived the Holocaust in Lithuania. He and his brother Robert were born after the War and soon afterwards the family moved to Israel. In 1960, the family came to the U.S. where Louis’ parents started a ladies wear manufacturing company. Louis and Robert took over the business when their parents became older and later expanded into real estate ownership and mortgage financing. 

Eva’s parents survived the Holocaust in Poland. Living as Jews in Poland, the effects of discrimination permeated their lives. Eva’s family immigrated to the U.S. in 1967 with the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Louis met Eva, the love of his life, when he was 18 and she was 15. They shared the same values, both worked and studied at Brooklyn College at night and married in 1973.  

Chesed has always been a big part of Louis & Eva’s lives. Louis was on the Board of Directors of Yeshiva of Flatbush. He was on the board of Congregation Sons of Israel in Brooklyn where he built, financed and restored the synagogue into a thriving institution. Louis created Friends of Israel Fire Fighters (FIFF) and sent fire trucks to Israel, and later, under the umbrella of JNF, helped build Fire Stations in new developments in Israel. Louis serves on the board of JNF. He is also a board member of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre. Louis assumed responsible positions in and is involved with Hadassah, AIPAC, RJC, UJA and various other Jewish charitable organizations. Eva is actively involved with UJA Women’s Philanthropy. She is a past Chair of UJA Federation of New York in charge of five boroughs and was formerly honored by UJA Women’s Division. She serves on the board of UJA. Eva is also involved with various other philanthropies.

Louis and Eva formed a Foundation to assure the endowment for their children and grandchildren to continue in their footsteps.

The Galperns moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan in 2020 when they joined Park East Synagogue. Louis is inspired by and admires Rabbi Arthur Schneier and is very glad to have joined this wonderful institution – Park East Synagogue.


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. 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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