Music Education and Exceptional Care

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The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's 2019 New York Gala at The Plaza Hotel.

The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra held its 2019 New York Gala at The Plaza Hotel, drawing four hundred attendees in support of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and music education. The evening was a tremendous success, with high-profile attendees including Helgard Field-Lion and Irwin Field, Marielle and Edmond Safra, Rita and Charles Bronfman, Ambassador Dani Dayan, Alex Roepers, John Paulson, Lyor Cohen and Tanya Zuckerbrot.

The New York celebration was chaired by Elana and Aryeh Bourkoff and Stacey Bronfman, along with Honorary Chairs, Suzanne and Jacob Doft and Tricia and Jason Pantzer, and Young Patrons Circle Gala Chair Stephanie Yoshida. Singer-songwriter David Broza and fashion designer Nili Lotan were honored with the Creative Spirit Award for their contributions to Israel and the arts – and the tribute video that captured their enduring love as a couple was a highlight of the evening, as was David’s performance.


Israeli-Ethiopian artist Ester Rada.

The Gala opened with a tribute to women in jazz featuring Israeli-Ethiopian artist Ester Rada and nine IPO musicians, concluding with a poignant, thought-provoking farewell video from the IPO’s former Music Director Zubin Mehta. The IPO brings the best of Israel to life: its passionate pursuit of excellence; its rich diversity of cultures; its epic past—and its vibrant present. Supporters old and new were inspired by an unforgettable celebration of positivity and new artistry.


Charles and Sara Fabrikant.
Sheryl Kohanzadeh, Ralou Stern, Orna Stern, and Jane Stern Lebell.
Irwin Field, Helgard Field-Lion, David A. Hirsch, and Theodore Mirvis.
Sherri Donghia Eulau, Roger Eulau, and Peggy Low.
Andrew Hoine, Tricia Pantzer, Lisa Kohl, Michael Bennett, Stacey Bennett, and Jason Pantzer.
Rita Bronfman, James Snyder, and Rivka Saker.
Mary Jane Marcasiano and Michele Cohen.
Jon and Caroline Carter.
David Lowy, Margo Lowy, Daniel Lowy, and Elana Lowy.
L. to r.: Nizza Heyman and Isabella del Frate Rayburn; Robin Kaplan and Rebecca Raphael Feuerstein.
Arlene Blau, Michael Pantzer, Peggy Low, Edward Pantzer, and Pamela Pantzer.
Stacy Bash Polley, Avi Shapira, and Erika Marsh.
L. to r.: Alex Roepers and Chris Mack; Stephen and Marjorie Fiverson.
Mitchell Rice, Susie Rice, Edward Cohen, and Joan Cohen.
Pierre Amour, Ramon Broza, David Broza, Adam Broza, and Danielle Steinberg.
Tzilli Charney, David Broza, Iris Shavit, and Gidi Shavit.
Helgard Field-Lion, Jason Hirsch, Irina Nanca, and Kai Qian.
L. to r.: Suzanne and Jacob Doft; Nili Lotan and David Broza.
David and Rochelle Hirsch.
Pamela Pantzer, Stacey Bennett, and Tricia Pantzer.
Rebecca Oved, Rochelle Hirsch, and Terrence Oved.
Rita Bronfman, Alex Roepers, Stacey Bronfman, Uzi Zucker, Rivka Saker, and Charles Bronfman.
Stephanie Yoshida, Ila Zeff, Eduardo Tamraz, and Nevena Rakonjac.
Elana and Aryeh Bourkoff, with Stacey Bronfman.
David Lowy, Wendy Fisher, and Margo Lowy.
Marjorie Fiverson, Stacey Bennett, Sara Fabrikant, and Stanley Bogen.
Reuven Hahn, David Doft, Gillian Sandler, and Aryeh Bourkoff.
Jordan Pantzer, Michael Bennett, Marcie Pantzer, and Andrew Hoine.
Julia Williams, Harlan Peltz, Jacob Ruttenberg, William Kuhel, Lauren Veronis, Greg Kelly, Judith Grey, and Sheila Wolfe.
Ingeborg Rennert, Ira Leon Rennert, Rochelle Hirsch, Cheryl Halpern, and Gail Propp.
Xin Li and Lyor Cohen.
Vivienne Roumani and Marc Zimbler.
Marielle Safra and John Paulson.
Jenny Paulson and Edmond M. Safra.
Julie Perlman, Barbara Lane, and Richard Lane.
Nate Millstein, Yoni Lotan, Jonathan Porat, and Mia Lotan.

NewYork-Presbyterian held its annual Amazing Kids, Amazing Care Dinner on Tuesday, November 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan to celebrate the exceptional care provided at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women. NewYork-Presbyterian Trustee and Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, and his wife, Tina, served as trustee co-chairs of the evening’s event, which raised over $1.3 million in support of both NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women.

Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, were joined by several guests at the evening’s event. Tamron Hall, host of The Tamron Hall Show, acted as the evening’s emcee. The evening also featured a special performance by multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Gavin DeGraw.


Tamron Hall.

A leader in research and patient care since its predecessor institution was established as the Babies Hospital in 1887, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital opened in 2003 and is internationally known for providing the highest quality, compassionate care for pediatric and neonatal patients. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks in more pediatric specialties than any other New York metro area hospital in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey. 

When it opened in 1887, the Sloane Hospital for Women was the first hospital in New York solely devoted to women’s healthcare. Its innovative treatments linked obstetrics to gynecology, and it quickly developed a reputation for exceptional patient care and low mortality rates. Now part of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Sloane Hospital for Women brings together a vast spectrum of specialists, resources and programs uniquely designed to meet the health needs of women throughout their lives.


Gavin DeGraw.

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, located in New York City, offers the best available care in every area of pediatrics — including the most complex neonatal and critical care, and all areas of pediatric subspecialties — in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. Building a reputation for more than a century as one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is Manhattan’s only hospital dedicated solely to the care of children and one of the largest providers of children’s health services in the tri-state area with a long-standing commitment to its community. It is also a major international referral center, meeting the special needs of children from infancy through adolescence worldwide. 

NewYork-Presbyterian also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division, NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation.

For more information, visit www.nyp.org.


Tina Swartz, Tamron Hall, Gavin DeGraw, and Steve Swartz.
Dr. Steven J. Corwin and Ellen Corwin.
Dr. Mary D’Alton, Dr. Jordan Orange, and Katie Orange.
Steve Swartz, Dr. Craig Albanese, and Dr. Laura Albanese.
Dr. Angela Mills and Joan Steinberg.
Dr. Robert Downey, Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Laura Albanese, Dr. Craig Albanese, and Lisa Keller.
Richard and Abby Elbaum.
Cheryl Milstein, Dr. Robert Downey, and Dr. Joanna Milstein.
Maureen and Tom Wipf.
Rachel Kushnick and Josh Milstein.

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