Estelle and Murray Appelbaum, left, Cherie and Dr. Steven Starkman, and Caroline Starkman

Migdal Ohr, Israel’s premier education-focused organization for underprivileged, orphaned, abused and new immigrant children, will hold its annual gala dinner on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. Supporters from across the tristate area are invited to attend and raise funds for the at-risk children Migdal Ohr serves, and also honor distinguished supporters who have contributed significantly to its success over its 45-year history.

Murray and Estelle Appelbaum of Monsey, the guests of honor, became involved with Migdal Ohr 30 years ago when they met Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman. Murray Appelbaum soon became a board member of the American Friends of Migdal Ohr. Estelle Appelbaum has volunteered with Amit, Yeshiva University, and Ashar School. The couple have been active members of the Community Synagogue of Monsey for more than 40 years.

Dr. Steven and Cherie Starkman, the Tower of Light awardees, and their daughter, Caroline, the Lev Tov – Young Leadership award-winner, are from Englewood. Steven and Cherie Starkman have been involved with Migdal Ohr for more than 25 years and are longtime members and supporters of Congregation Ahavath Torah. Caroline Starkman, a member of the Young Leadership Committee of the American Friends of Migdal Ohr, has been involved with the organization since she was a young girl.

Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Migdal Ohr’s founder and dean, and an Israel Prize winner, will present the awards. This year’s gala theme celebrates Israel@70. It will feature a musical performance by the Frisch school choir. 

Call (212) 397-3700 or go to www.migdalohrusa.org/2018gala.