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Chatanim Torah Tribute Celebration
October 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Join us for a virtual Simchat Torah Celebration!
This special program will feature a tribute by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, presentation to our Chatanim, children’s participation, and a special musical performance. This year’s Chatanim Celebration is honoring:
With children’s participation and special musical program.
ABOUT OUR CHATANIM:
SOL LESH was born in Berlin and is the youngest of three children. Thanks to the wisdom and foresight of his mother, his family fled Germany just prior to the Holocaust. Sol attended Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. Together with his late wife Diane (Z”L), Sol raised his three children Michael, Tamara, and Amy. He is also a proud grandfather. Sol is active in many aspects of Park East Synagogue and Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School. Much
of his time is dedicated to the Scholarship Committee, ensuring an opportunity for more children to receive a stellar Jewish education.
Thanks to a significant endowment to Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School, many students benefit from Sol’s benevolence. His leadership has helped the Synagogue continue to flourish.
Sol began a career in medical sales and founded Cardiographics, Inc. and
Precision Charts, Inc., manufacturers of electrocardiograph papers to the medical industry. He continues to serve as Chairman and CEO. Sol established an electrocardiograph paper processing plant in Israel which was eventually gifted to Kibbutz Ein Charod Hameuchad so that their elder members can feel functional and continue to work in their later years. He is the founder and past president of the Lake Success Jewish Center.
Our Synagogue and Day School has greatly benefited from his leadership and generosity. He is a regular Baal Maftir and rejoices in participating in our services and programming.
ISRAEL (IZZY) TAPOOHI joined Birthright IsraelFoundation as President and CEO in 2016, after serving as President and CEO of Israel Bonds since October 2011. Under Izzy’s leadership, Israel Bonds’ US domestic sales increased from $600 million per year to more than $1 billion per year.
Izzy is a graduate of Melbourne University, with a major in Economics, Business Administration & Accounting. Izzy is also a Certified Chartered Accountant in Israel and Australia. In 1979 Izzy moved from Australia to
Israel with his family.
In 1996 Izzy served as Chairman of the Board of Africa-Israel Investments, and in 1997 was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Bezeq – Israel’s telecommunications provider and the largest corporation in the country, with a turnover of $2.5 billion. During his tenure at Bezeq, the company developed from an “old school” telephone company into a multifaceted communications powerhouse.
Izzy sat on several Boards including the Board of Tadiran Communications Ltd. through September 2005, the Board of Israel Electrical Corporation until October 2007, and as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Harel Insurance Investments Ltd. until January 2009. Through September 2008 Izzy was also Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Strauss Group Ltd. In this capacity, and as a member of the Merger Committee, he was closely involved in the merger of Elite and Strauss, one of the most complex mergers of the Israeli economy.
In June 2010 he was appointed a Director and Chairman of Tel Aviv Centennial Properties Ltd., a company that invests in and manages commercial properties in the center of Tel Aviv. Izzy also served, until 2011, as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Shikun VeBinui Holdings Ltd. and Menora Mitvachim Holdings Ltd. and sat on the Boards of Paz Petroleum Company Ltd. and Paz Ashdod Refinery Ltd. Izzy also sat on the Board of Bank Hapoalim.
Izzy was a member of the British-Israel Business Council and served as a board member on a number of Chambers of Commerce. He was also a member of the Council and Advisory Committee of the Central Bank of Israel. Mr. Tapoohi previously sat on the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute.
From 1996 to 1999 Mr. Tapoohi acted, on a voluntary basis, as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s emissary for foreign investors and was the coordinator of the think tank that advised PM Netanyahu on economic policy. Mr. Tapoohi was also the honorary treasurer, on a volunteer basis, of the Likud Party from May 1993 until April 1997, and was responsible for its financial rehabilitation. In March 2009 Izzy joined the “100 days” team that was involved, inter alia, with preparing for the Netanyahu government the economic guidelines necessary to stabilize the economy as a result of the world economic crisis.
Izzy is married to Regina, and they have three daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren. Regina is a graduate of Melbourne University with a combined Law/Arts degree majoring in Economics and Philosophy. Regina, before coming to the United States, was an attorney in the Israeli Justice Ministry and was a Deputy to the Attorney General in the International Criminal Department, within the Public Prosecutors Office.
Izzy and Regina joined Park East Synagogue on their arrival in New York in 2011 and have been involved in the community ever since. They have made many new friends and find the shul atmosphere warm and inviting. Their shul experience has been both intellectually stimulating and rewarding thanks to Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt,
Rabbi Harold Einsidler and the Cantors, Yitzchak Meir Helfgot and Benny Rogosnitzky.
DR. RICHARD SEAMAN is a composer, lyricist, performer, and producer whose songs have been heard on the big screen, radio, YouTube, at Lincoln Center, on Broadway, and in cabaret theatre. His works include commercial jingles, pop ballads, jazz, and classical pieces as well as Jewish-themed parodies to popular songs.
In his spare time, Dr. Seaman moonlights as head dentist and director of the Cambria Family Dental Center in Cambria Heights, Queens, specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry.
A graduate of Union College and New York
University College of Dentistry, Dr. Seaman first entered into practice with his father, Dr. Charles Seaman of blessed memory, before establishing
his own practice in 1991.
“I take great pleasure in carrying on the traditions started by my dear father in helping to relieve dental pain, improve smiles, and rid patients of their dental fears and anxiety.”
Dr. Seaman enjoys Torah study and is profoundly grateful to Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Elisabeth Schneier, President Herman Hochberg, Dr. Polly Etkind Hochberg OBM, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, Avital Goldschmidt, Rabbi Harold Einsidler, Toby Einsidler, Chief Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and Cantor Laivi Freundlich and the entire Park East Synagogue staff for all their kindness, encouragement and amazing work they do for our community and the Jewish people at large.
Dr. Seaman is the son of Mrs. Ina Seaman, brother of Eric and proud uncle of Charlotte and Evann, and resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.