Doreen & Marshall Lerner
Dr. Doreen Lerner is a licensed psychologist. She has been in independent practice for over 20 years. Doreen grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.
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Doreen has had a passion for volunteering for most of her life, beginning in her teens with Glasgow’s Jewish Youth Voluntary Service and also with two suicide prevention hotlines. Recently she served for six years on the board of Congregation Brith Shalom’s Sisterhood, leading many successful programs, including chairing a cookbook fundraiser and a memorable “Dancing with the CBS Stars” event. She has also raised money for other worthy causes including breast cancer research. Presently, Doreen serves as the chair of the Chesed committee at United Orthodox Synagogues, holds two board positions with Marc Chagall Hadassah, and volunteers with the Jewish Federation.
Marshall is founder and CEO of Primary Arms, LLC, a manufacturer, e-Commerce retailer and wholesale distributor in the firearms industry. In addition Marshall is managing partner of another company and has a new hybrid e-Commerce concept in the funding stage.
Hospitality, welcoming guests, is one of Doreen and Marshall’s deepest values. They love to invite friends and neighbors for Shabbat meals. To accommodate all their guest they went as far as Koshering their home, now everyone can feel comfortable joining them for a meal. Their spiritual journey continues, and this year they made the remarkable transition of becoming Shabbat observant.
Esty and Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofsky have been friends, advisors and mentors for our spiritual journey almost from the first day we met, eight years ago. Marshall studies with Rabbi Yossi on a weekly basis and is a regular at the Sunday morning Lox and Bagels - Tefillin club. The Lerners clearly recognize how The Shul of Bellaire serves the community by connecting with the individual, wherever they currently are on their spiritual journey, and does it in a way that presents no limits as to where that journey can go.
PARENTS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Victoria & Alex Lazar
Alex Lazar is a native of California and grew up in the Fort Worth area, attending Austin College and then UT Southwestern Medical School earning both MD and PhD degrees there. Victoria Lazar, the only child of parents who survived World War II in Europe, is a native of Montreal and grew up in Houston...
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attending Cornell University and The University of Chicago Law School. The Lazars met in Dallas, moved to Boston where Alex finished his medical and research training, and made their home in Houston over a decade ago. Alex is a Professor in the Department of Pathology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, focusing both his clinical work and research lab on cutting edge research to cure melanoma and soft tissue cancers, promote molecular diagnostics for personalized cancer care, and develop new methods of immunotherapy. He has written numerous scholarly research articles and books on these subjects. He also believes strongly in mentoring up-and-coming physicians, and lectures all over the world on these topics. He serves on the alumni board of his college and on the board of Stages Theatre in Houston as well as numerous other professional organizations.
Victoria is an executive counsel at GE Oil & Gas, leading a team of attorneys that support all divisional legal needs and specializing in all aspects of Oil & Gas commercial law. She is also active in numerous professional organizations, including being on the Advisory Board of the Womens’ Energy Network. She serves as the President of the Houston chapter of the American Jewish Committee, whose mission is to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance democratic, pluralistic values globally and has also sponsored Tahirih Justice Center, whose mission is to advocate and protect women and children fleeing violence.
Both juggle busy professional careers with life at home with their children, Elliott (12) and Abigail (9), who attend the Awty International School. Also an important part of their home is Sara, Victoria’s mother, who resides together with them in Bellaire. They love traveling as a family and have toured four continents together. Victoria and Alex believe very strongly in the foundational principles of Judaism—love of learning, family, logic and history, and appreciate the work that Rabbi Yossi and Esty Zaklikofsky do to ensure these principles are communicated to the community in a meaningful and enlightening way. They supported ‘The Shul’ from its initiation in Bellaire, and their children have attended the Bellaire Hebrew School since its inception. There is room for many expressions of Judaism, as Yossi always says, and they believe that the Zaklikofskys “walk the talk” in this regard – making sure that all Jews are welcome in everything they do. They love the energy and enthusiasm for Judaism that Yossi and Esty exhibit, and the deep knowledge and commitment they communicate to everyone who enters their community. The Lazars are very much looking forward to celebrating Elliott’s Bar Mitzvah later this year, with The Shul of Bellaire.
H0nored Guest Speaker
MRS. EVA SCHLOSS
STEP-SISTER OF ANNE FRANK
Mrs. Eva Schloss will share her experiences as the childhood friend and step sister of Anne Frank, including accounts of the publishing of Anne's famed diary. This is a special opportunity to hear a first-hand account from someone whose life intersected with one of the most compelling figures in our history.
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In 1938, Germany invaded Austria, causing many Jewish families to flee Austria to avoid persecution. Among the emigrants was 8-year old Eva Geiringer, who with her mother, brother, and father moved first to Belgium and then to Holland, where one of her neighbors was a German Jewish girl of the same age.
The two girls became friends and playmates (though, as Eva would say many years later, the girl was "much more grown-up and mature than me"). They passed the time by skipping, playing hopscotch and marbles, and drinking lemonade that the girl's mother prepared.
Ultimately, both girls and their families were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later they would become step sisters.
Eva survived her concentration camp experience and made her way to England, where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. She worked as a studio photographer and ran an antique shop.
Her step-sister did not survive Auschwitz, but kept a diary that did. Her name was Anne Frank.
Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. In 1999 Eva signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raul Wallenberg, a legendary figure who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.
Eva joins many courageous individuals who work tirelessly to end the violence and bigotry that continue to plague our world. Eva’s story is sensational and difficult to imagine, yet her insightful message reminds us that life is precious and fragile, that the creative spirit is stronger than fear, that the power of good is immeasurable, and that love makes a difference.
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Guillermo Guefen is Founder and CEO of Guefen Construction. He has over 25 years of experience in all phases of development and construction. Having been directly involved in projects ranging from site development to high-rises, he brings a unique insight and perspective to the Guefen Development Company. Mr. Guefen has been involved in numerous projects across the country, most notably in Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Denver, CO, and Fort Worth, TX.
Over the last 10 years, his primary design for Guefen projects has been luxury multi-family. Having hand selected each member of the Guefen team with this project design in mind, Mr. Guefen has insured that all projects are well managed and completed in a timely manner. Mr. Guefen has also developed strategic alliances with other major firms in the industry allowing him to attract institutional partners as well as high net worth family offices.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. He has served in the advisory board of the Houstonian and Bank of Texas, and is currently on the board of trustees of the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Rhoda & Steve Saka
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Rhoda and Steven Saka are residents of Bellaire, Texas. They are both very active in the Jewish community.
Steve is an active member of AIPAC, serving both on the Houston Council board and the National Council board.
Rhoda serves on the board of Seven Acres and the Texas chapter of Friends of the IDF. She is also involved in the Jewish Federation's business and professional women's club.
They have two children, a daughter Esther, who lives in NYC and works for CBS radio and a son Joseph who lives in Washington, DC with his wife Claudia. Joseph is an attorney with Lowenstein Sandler.
The upcoming Historic Event with Eva Schloss is particularly meaningful to both of them as Rhoda's father was a Holocaust survivor in Germany. They are very excited to co-chair and look forward to a remarkable evening.
Marcia & David Solomon
Becca Cason Thrash & John Thrash
In cooperation with Holocaust Museum Houston
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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5:30 - VIP Reception
7:00 - Program
Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002
About The Shul of Bellaire
The Shul of Bellaire is a growing community of Jewish families from diverse backgrounds, affiliations, and convictions in the heart of Houston. Through social, educational, and spiritual services we make Judaism relevant.
We nurture Jewish ownership, shaping the Jewish future today.
The Shul is an affiliate of Chabad Lubavitch of Texas. For more info, visit www.JewishBellaire.com
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