Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld to receive Patrons of Education Award

Philanthropists are honorees at Park East Day School Gala



NEW YORK – Philanthropic power-couple Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld will be recipients of the Patrons of Education Award at Park East Synagogue’s 126th Anniversary Dinner Dance, Tuesday June 7, 2016 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.


It is the latest in a long line of honors bestowed upon the couple, recognizing their valued charitable efforts to the synagogue and its school.


With its $2 million fundraising goal, the Dinner Dance will benefit Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School.


The School welcomes children from age two through eighth grade, from Jewish families from all walks of religious and cultural life. Located adjacent to historic Park East Synagogue (163 E 67th St.), the school integrates academic and religious studies, with exposure to art, music, dance, drama, and athletics.

The Park East Day School focuses on accomplishing Yiddishkeit (Jewish insight) and menschlikeit (traits of goodness) in the context of academic excellence,” remarked Elie Hirschfeld, also noting their youngest son Jacob is a student there.

“Sarah and I are incredibly humbled to receive the award. And we’re delighted to be joined with the other honorees – five other distinguished couples and three individuals – who in their own right have helped the school go from strength to strength.”

As President of Hirschfeld Properties since 1997, Elie Hirschfeld has engaged in the development or ownership of many renowned Manhattan landmarks including: The Grand Sutton, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Park Avenue Court, the Gotham, and Exchange Tower.


Sarah Hirschfeld is currently Senior Attending Physician and Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation at The Rockefeller University. She was Clinical Director of the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Steinman, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine.


In addition to his corporate works, Elie Hirschfeld’s philanthropic works have made a difference in the lives of countless individuals.


He created the Hirschfeld Foundation, which supports a vast array of educational, healthcare, and Jewish causes.

Among the charities that have benefited from the Hirschfeld Foundation are Roosevelt, St. Luke’s and Beth Israel Hospitals and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In addition, the Foundation funded the Beitar Hirschfeld Park, the largest park in the City of Beitar, Israel.

This year, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and Ramaz School – where Hirschfeld children also attend – named their Rabbi’s Suite of Offices in honor of Sarah and Elie Hirschfeld.

In keeping with his Jewish education support, Elie Hirschfeld contributed $18,000 to the Rome Jewish Day School in January, following the privilege of being among the few delegates from America to attend Pope Francis’ visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome.

Elie Hirschfeld has been active on boards or leadership of several organizations and hospitals, including Brown University, Beth Israel Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital, The Weizmann Institute, Israel; Jewish National Fund, Israel Bonds, and Lincoln Center among numerous other causes.



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Contact: David Balas of Kosher Media at 212-564-4309.

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