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Annual Scholarship Breakfast 2017

Over the past four years, Miriam and Ezra have been at the forefront of the growth and vibrancy at TABC. Miriam serves on the Board of Trustees and is co-chair of our Annual Dinner. Her involvement with the nominating and recruitment committees demonstrates her dedication to TABC’s long-term growth. Additionally, Miriam embraces her love of Torah as co-chair of TABC’s Shavuot Community-Wide Learning Program. Her deep commitment to working for the tzibbur began in high school with the Lenox Hill Bikur Cholim where she now serves as a hospitality director for their bikur cholim apartments. As a family, the Lightmans founded and coordinate the Lenox Hill Bikur Cholim Junior Division. Miriam’s communal involvement also includes past and current leadership roles at Congregation Beth Abraham, RYNJ, Bergenfield Planning Board and OU’s Teach NJS. Professionally, Miriam works as a speech-language pathologist at SAR Academy.  Ezra, Managing Director of Investment Banking at Raymond James & Associates, is co-chair of NORPAC Teaneck and serves on AIPAC’s Regional Board. Ezra has enhanced TABC’s commitment to Eretz Yisrael, initiating the school’s first delegation to Washington for AIPAC’s student leadership seminar and strengthening TABC’s Israel Advocacy Club most notably through their son Meir’s leadership. In addition to their strong volunteerism, the Lightmans are extremely dedicated to ensuring the financial strength of our Yeshiva. Miriam and Ezra are the devoted parents of Meir ’17, Lily and Kovi, fostering in their children values that will last a lifetime.

Michele joined the TABC Board four years ago and has been involved in many aspects of the school. She worked on the Chanukat HaBayit for our beautiful, newly expanded campus, served on the tech committee and consults on a variety of building issues related to third party rentals and maximizing resources. Michele has also arranged the setup for the TABC Shavuot Community-wide learning program at Congregation Beth Aaron since its inception.  Michele, a lawyer who works part time from home, is also involved in a variety of community organizations and is especially proud of her leadership of the Beth Aaron Centerpiece Gemach. She previously served on the Teaneck Zoning Board for many years and is a volunteer matchmaker currently with NJ Shuls Connect. An avid biker, Michele is training for the upcoming Tour D’Simcha in July.  Ben, a radiologist, works for two major medical centers. He served on the boards of both Congregation Beth Aaron and The Jewish Center of Teaneck. They are both Den Leaders of Pack 613 Arrow of Light Cub Scouts. Michele and Ben care deeply about TABC and its important place in our community serving as advocates, ambassadors and supporters.  They are the proud parents of Avi ’17, Akiva, Rebecca, Alexander and Asher.