STF Honors Outstanding Community Leaders at Annual Brunch on November 17th, 2019

October 16, 2019

New York, NY – October 16, 2019

Shalom Task Force will be holding its Annual Brunch on November 17, 2019. Shalom Task Force (‘STF’) is pleased to announce Mrs. Miriam Ellenberg as the Guest of Honor, Rabbi Yehudah and Lisa Septimus, will receive the Community Leadership Award, and Shaindy Urman, the Pillar of Strength Award. Shalom Task Force is also recognizing the critical support of government and bestowing the honor of Distinguished Public Service Award to New York City Council Member Rory I. Lancman, New York State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, and New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky. They each work tirelessly on behalf of the community to ensure core funding to provide critical financial resources for Shalom Task Force and victims of domestic violence. This award recognizes this dedication as they represent the New York City Council, New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate in their commitment to the needs of the most vulnerable.


Miriam Ellenberg

Miriam Ellenberg, a resident of Great Neck, has been an active volunteer with Shalom Task Force for the past eighteen years. She serves as a Board member, an Education program presenter, Shalom Workshop leader and co- chair of the Annual Brunch. Miriam is a graduate of Columbia University and has taught English in the New York City public school system. She is currently teaching Contemporary Fiction in the continuing education program of the Great Neck Public School System.


Miriam is married to Dr. Gilad Ellenberg. They are the proud parents of Ari (and Rachel), Dani (and Cheryl), Josh (and Danielle) and Dr. Leah Ellenberg, and the proud grandparents of many wonderful grandchildren. She has served on the boards of North Shore Hebrew Academy, Yeshiva Har Torah and Emunah and has been active in the Young Israel of Great Neck, Great Neck Mikveh Association and Amit.


Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus has served as the Senior Rabbi of the Young Israel of North Woodmere since September 2008. The Rabbi focuses first and foremost on close relationships with and addressing the needs of each of the families in his shul. He has worked to make North Woodmere a hub of communal activity through lectures, youth, and chesed programs attracting the entire community. As the community has grown, Rabbi Septimus has worked to develop close relationships with all the rabbis and all of the shuls, making YINW an anchor shul to an exploding young Jewish community. 


Rabbi Septimus received Semikhah as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Yeshiva University and received his PhD in classical Jewish history and literature from Yale University. More recently, Rabbi Septimus completed a Master of Arts degree at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and he is currently doing post-graduate training at the Trauma Studies Center of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in Columbus Circle.


Lisa Septimus

Lisa Septimus is the Yoetzet Halacha of the Five Towns and Great Neck. A graduate of Stern College’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies, she subsequently served as the program’s shoelet u’meishiva. She teaches Talmud at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, NY, where she also serves as director of Special Programs. In her active role as rebbetzin at the Young Israel of North Woodmere she is integrally involved with adult education and youth programming. She has taught at The Jewish Center in Manhattan, Riverdale Jewish Center, Drisha, and Yeshiva University’s Summer Learning Program. She and her husband, Rabbi Yehuda Septimus, are the parents of four children.


Shaindy Urman

Shaindy Urman is a survivor of domestic violence and is actively working to break the silence ar


ound domestic violence and abuse in the Jewish community. She writes and speaks of her experience through various platforms and her story has been shared widely via the The Times of Israel. Shaindy is a graduate student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and supervises the intake department at OHEL Family Services. This year’s Brunch will take place on:


Date: November 17th, 2019 Time: 9:30 am

Place: Sephardic Temple 775 Branch Boulevard Cedarhurst, NY

Sponsorships available Men and Women Invited For reservations, visit

For more information, email or call 1-516-773-3399

Shalom Task Force is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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