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.