YINR’s 51st annual dinner will take place on Sunday evening, March 11, 2018, recognizing Dina and Marc Sterman as Guests of Honor, and Mickey and Doni Nyer as recipients of the Young Leadership Award.
In a letter to members, the shul describes Dina and Marc as “the ultimate chesed power couple. It is a great privilege to honor and thank them for their graceful leadership and countless contributions to our shul. They are consistent long-term leaders who have devoted time, energy, wise counsel, and abundant skills to our community.”
For two decades, Marc provided YINR with his IT expertise. He has worked, often late into the night and from far-flung locations, to solve YINR’s technical issues. Marc served in the challenging roles of gabbai for seven years and on the Shiva Committee.
Under Rabbi Fink’s guidance, Dina helped establish the YINR Chevra Kadisha, providing members with the ultimate chesed shel emet. Dina was also part of the team that founded the Mikvah of New Rochelle and she continues to serve on the mikvah committee. As president of the Women’s League, Dina led the restructuring of the shiva committee and launched the annual mishloach manot project.
Dina also served in numerous board of trustees positions, culminating in her elevation as the original executive board chair, a position created to enable YINR to place Dina as a shul lay leader. It was during her tenure that the outstanding mezzanine loan on the new shul building was retired and that she helped establish the Ruach program. After completing her executive board term, Dina continues to dedicate time to the annual dinner and other shul programming.
Dina and Marc are the parents of Rachel and Zev Rosenbaum, Zach, Evan and Perri, and have their siblings Lolly and Hertzie Bak in the YINR community.
In only five years, the Young Leadership awardees, Mickey and Doni Nyer, have taken on many active roles. Doni was raised in New Rochelle by his parents, Esther and Dr. Kenny Nyer. He joined the shul’s security team and helped developed programming for Yom Ha’atzmaut and Hoshana Rabbah. He currently serves as co-chair of the Youth Department and has implemented many new learning initiatives for children, including the Shabbat afternoon parent-child learning program and revitalized youth davening groups. Dr. Doni, as his New Rochelle patients know him, regularly assists in the distribution of matanot l’evyonim on Purim and is a baal tefillah, leading YINR in Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbats and Selichot preceding Rosh Hashana.
Mickey previously co-chaired the Hospitality Committee welcoming many new YINR families. Currently, she co-chairs the annual Purim break-fast event, the Women’s League mishloach manot project and the annual Chazzan Shabbat weekend and concert. In addition, Morah Mickey, a Ganon teacher to many local children at Westchester Day School, helps conduct the Tot Shabbat morning groups. Along with their children, Ephie, Abigail, Jacob and Aaron, they are central members of a large extended YINR family and in-laws.
Mickey grew up in Boston where her parents volunteered for many different programs in their shul. Her mother was the sisterhood president and continues to work on various different programs. In addition, the Nyers feel it is important for children to see/experience that going to shul is not a once-a-week ritual. Lastly, when they moved in, they met so many people who were extremely passionate about enhancing the shul and its programs, they felt compelled to join and get involved.
They admit it’s not always the easiest to find the time to volunteer, but “when you have an idea and you find a team that’s excited about it, it makes it worth it. We have made really great friends working on different programs and initiatives, and that makes it worth it, too!”
By Judy Berger