Benefit Honorees

Gila Pfeffer
Guest of Honor

Miriam Reinitz-Kops
Guest of Honor

Given their strong family history of cancer – their mother passed away from breast cancer at 42, and their grandmother passed away from breast and ovarian cancer at 49 – Gila and Miryam were destined to be breast health advocates, and unfortunately, to carry a BRCA gene mutation. Today, they are both active Sharsheret volunteers supporting other women facing cancer and educating the community about cancer genetics and breast health.

Gila is a fashion marketing and advertising professional, PTA volunteer and shines a humorous light on her post-cancer family life in her blog, The Mom Who Knew Too Much (www.the-mom-who-knew-too-much.com). Gila, a mother of four, lives in London, England and is married to Philip. She has met Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, but not the Queen. And, no, she cannot get you an invitation to the royal wedding!

Miryam is an apparel marketing and sales professional and recently joined the staff at TIKVA Children’s for Jewish Orphans in the Ukraine. She volunteers at Manhattan Day School and Chabad of the Upper West Side, and her home is always open to anyone who wants some top quality Shabbat chulent or an intense viewing of an Eagles game. Miryam, a mother of four, lives in NYC, and is married to Michael.

Jonathan Blinken
Lisa Altman Volunteer Award

Jonathan Blinken has been a longtime volunteer and Sharsheret Board member serving 6 years as Treasurer. As a member of Team Sharsheret, Jonathan raises awareness and funds for Sharsheret’s programs while working up a good sweat. He has competed in various marathons and triathlons for Team Sharsheret. With the energy he has left, Jonathan inspires others, coaches men going through divorce, enjoys endurance sports, skiing, Judaic studies, and is a huge NY Giants fan. Jonathan has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years and advises clients in protection first philosophy. He is dedicated to supporting the community and is a Board Member at The American Friends of Bar Ilan University, and East Hill Synagogue. Jonathan, a father of four, lives in Englewood, New Jersey and is married to Barbara.