Guests of Honor


Mr. & Mrs.

Guest of Honor

Jonathan Farrell has been active in the Five Towns Jewish community since he moved here in 1995. He is a Partner at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP, in Mineola, co-chair of the firm's labor and employment law practice group, and a member of the firm’s employee benefits and litigation groups.

An employment and labor relations specialist, Jonathan regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state courts, and federal and state human rights’ agencies. He counsels employers and litigates in a variety of labor and employment-related laws including the NLRA, OSHA, EEOC, ADA, FMLA and ERISA. Jonathan is counsel to manufacturing, service, commercial, and management companies, non-profit organizations, private educational institutions and insurance companies. In the Jewish community, Jonathan’s clients include Mesivta of Long Beach, Bnos Malka Belz, Shulamith School for Girls, Bais Ruchel D’Satmar dba Central UTA, UTA of Kiryas Joel, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Yeshiva of Long Beach, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Mesivta Chaim Shlomo and Masores Bais Yaakov.

Jonathan is proud of the many recognitions he has received from the Bar and the professional community. He is particularly proud to be Vice-Chairman of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission. He has been selected several times as a "New York Super Lawyer" in the area of labor and employment law and has repeatedly been named as one of Long Island’s leading labor and employment law attorneys by Long Island Business News.

In addition to his passion for the Jewish community, Jonathan has recently taken up mountain climbing. He summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and will, with God's help, summit Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina in February.

“When I was looking for a shul, I was struck by the diversity and openness of Chabad of the Five Towns. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Wolowik were warm and welcoming to my family, as they are to everyone. They have been a part of our lives every step of the way, and we are proud to be honored by Chabad of the Five Towns this year.”

Jonathan has three children, Zachariah, a freshman at Queens College, Abigael, a senior at Long Beach High School, and Yakov, a freshman at Rambam Mesivta.

Jon grew up in Bellmore, Long Island, where his parents, Georgie and Sheldon, still reside. He has two sisters and an identical twin brother.

Born in suburban Chicago, Marcy moved to the East Coast in 1997 and to the Five Towns in 2014. A former newspaper editor and reporter, Marcy worked for The City News Bureau of Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, The Home News Tribune, the Associated Press and The Jewish Week.

Marcy worked and volunteered in teaching, bar/bat mitzvah tutoring, marketing, and alumni relations for Jewish organizations in Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey and New York. She is training the Farrell’s dog, Rosie, to be a therapy dog and hopes to work with the Friendship Circle.

Marcy has two children, Samuel and Elana Frank, who attend the Jewish Educational Center. Marcy’s brother, sister, father and stepmother live in the Washington D.C. area. Her mother lives in Chicago.


Dr. & Dr.

Guest of Honor

By the grace of Hashem, Arye and Valerie Kremer are honored to accept recognition at the Chabad of the Five Towns Annual Dinner. They have been living in the FIve Towns community since 2013 and together with their children, Benjamin and Rafaella, they are proud members of Chabad.

Originally from Bobruisk, Belarus, Valerie moved to Brooklyn at the age of 14 to make a better life for herself and her family. In the former USSR, it was difficult to be Torah observant and outwardly Jewish. This was a driving force for her decision to move to New York and has given her strength to lead a Jewish life in America.

Arye was born in Montreal, Canada. He grew up in a traditional Jewish community and was interested in connecting more to Judaism and regularly attended shiurim at the local Chabad yeshiva in Montreal. He became shomer Shabbos at the age of 20 after a Shabbos spent in Crown Height.

The couple met in medical school on the Island of Saba and regularly organized Jewish events and Shabbos and holiday services for the other students at the school. Although there were few Jews on the island, the events drew participation from many students who appreciated the joy of Shabbos.

This love for Judaism and strong connection to Chabad eventually led them to settle in Chabad of the Five Towns.

Although there are always challenges in raising children on the right path, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Wolowik have helped tremendously. With the help of Rabbi Meir and Rebbetzin Hadassah Geisinsky, Benjamin regularly attends Rabbi Meir’s youth minyanim on Shabbos and participates in the boys Mitzvah Club. Rafaella regularly attends Shabbos groups and learns valuable Torah lessons that she brings home to the Shabbos table. May they continue to grow in Torah learning and mitzvah observance!


Mr. & Mrs.

Guest of Honor

Marc & Natalie Sellouk moved to the Five Towns 13 years ago from Queens, where they were both born and raised. They were active in their community in Jamaica Estates and knew that they would continue on that path in their new neighborhood. They are the proud parents of their son Leeor, a junior at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, and two daughters Danielle, a freshman at North Shore and Ella, 9, who attends The Brandeis School in Lawrence.

Almost immediately, Natalie became involved at Brandeis, where she sat on the Board of Education, organized Sukkot & Chanukah dinners, served as Raffle Chairperson and eventually chaired the school’s Annual Gala Dinner. Whether serving lunch, being class mom or running an event, Natalie is always present in the school and happily volunteering.

In 2012, Marc became President of The Brandeis School where he spent two years overhauling the school during a critical time, in essence saving the long standing school from closing its doors. He continues to sit on the Executive Board and is passionate about keeping the school growing for years to come.

Marc and Natalie are active members of their shul, Ohr Torah in North Woodmere. Marc served as Vice President for two years. Natalie is always excited to help plan events and activities for the youth of the shul.

Marc comes from a 20 year career in the internet technology industry, where he pioneered voice and broadband services for businesses across the globe. As an entrepreneur, he focuses on emerging technologies and opportunities to innovate new paths in the business world. He has recently fulfilled a lifelong passion of becoming a pilot.

Natalie left a career in technology to raise her children. Anyone who knows her knows there is always something delicious cooking in her kitchen. She always has an open door and welcomes her guests with true warmth. Recently, Natalie has stepped back into the workplace, opening her own event planning company, EventmuZe.

Marc and Natalie’s connection to Chabad runs deep; they met as teenagers while working at a Chabad Day Camp in 1990. They came full circle when they met Rabbi and Chanie Wolowik many years ago when they moved to the neighborhood. Whether it was Marc looking for spiritual guidance or Natalie attending a women’s shiur or Hebrew class, they instantly felt connected and at home with Chabad of the Five Towns. More recently, Natalie has had the pleasure of working with Hadassah Geisinsky on the wonderful CTeen and CTeen Junior events. They hope to continue to be inspired and grow with this wonderful community.


Mr. & Mrs.

Gan Chamesh Parents of the Year

Ian and Sophie accept the honor of Gan Chamesh Parents of the Year due to the tremendous respect and gratitude they have towards the institution. They wish that their honor serves to further acknowledge and support the amazing work that Chabad of the Five Towns does for the community.

Ian grew up in Deal, New Jersey while Sophie grew up in London, England. They met while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Ian majored in Finance and Biology and completed a Masters in Biotechnology, while Sophie majored in History, and then received a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University Law School in London. After completing their degrees and working in New York for two years, Ian and Sophie went on to study in Jerusalem, Ian at Machon Yaakov and then Mir, and Sophie at Neve Yerushalayim. They lived in Jerusalem for two years after which they returned to Manhattan for four years before moving to Woodmere three years ago.

Ian is a Principal at Monarch Alternative Capital while Sophie raises their children Binyamin (7), Yosef Yitzchak (4), Daniel (3) and Yonason (3). Binyamin is currently at the Yeshiva of South Shore, and Yosef, Daniel and Yonason are all extremely happy students at Gan Chamesh. Yosef was fortunate to be a student in the Red, Blue and now Green room. He has thrived under the caring, watchful and experienced eyes of Morah Laura, Morah Chaya Rachel and now Morah Etel. Daniel and Yonason just started their school life in the Purple room where they are receiving the most wonderful love and care from Morah Rachel, Morah Ariella and Morah Tami. As parents, Ian and Sophie could not feel more blessed to have found a school that nurtures their children and instills in them a deep love for and connection to their yiddishkeit. The incredible time and hard work that the administration and Morahs put into the school and student body deserve recognition and appreciation.