Annual Tribute Event: Building Community

Sunday, April 8 2018, 5:30 pm

Annual Tribute Event: Building Community Image


Enjoy dinner, drinks, live performances by Ari B. and Longy School of Music performers, exciting auction with WBZ's Jordan Rich, and sumptuous dessert inside our nearly 100-year-old historic Jewish landmark building!

Honoring Marilyn Okonow and Karen and Gilbert Winn

Corporate Sponsorships available. Click here to view Corporate Sponsorship information.

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For more information, please call 617-523-2324 or email

Read About the Honorees
Marilyn Okonow is currently Vice President of the Board of the Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture. She has held leadership positions in all aspects of the organization, including marketing, programming and development. An avid genealogist, she co-founded the Vilna Shul Genealogical Project and was instrumental in locating 500 living descendants of the original founders of the Vilna. She leads a chorus for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers at JF&CS, and is the Outreach Coordinator for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Marilyn and her husband Dale have two grown children, Hannah and Ben.

The great-grandson of a Vilna founder, Gilbert J. Winn is the Chief Executive Officer of WinnCompanies, an award-winning multifamily housing development and management company operating in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in Boston in 1971, WinnCompanies manages more than 100,000 apartments nationwide, including affordable, senior, mixed-income, market rate, military and mixed use housing. Gil leads the company’s strategic vision for growth on behalf of 3,000 employees. He is active in many local charities and is a member of Vilna’s Board of Directors, serving on the Building Committee. Gil graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts studying History and Psychology.  He resides on Beacon Hill with his wife, Karen, and two children.

Karen Winn is an adult nurse practitioner and writer based in Boston. She sits on the Board of Directors and the Program Committee at the Vilna. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Masters of Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  As a clinician, she works with Life Line Community Health Care mobile unit, administering preventative health care services across New England. As a writer, Karen is currently completing her first novel and serves on the Board of the Writers’ Room of Boston. 

Corporate sponsorr logos

Jim Kutchin
Wendy Perlman‡

Katie and Seth Rosenzweig
Sandy and Jack Swartz
Arthur Winn
Deanna and Sidney Wolk

HOST COMMITTEE as of 2/5/18
Susan and Aron Ain
Jenna and Jason Aronson
Sara and Leonard Aronson
Nicole and Dennis Baden
Beverly and Donald Bavly
Robert L. Beal‡
Susan and Cary Benjamin
Georgette and Sol Boucai
Anne Blumberg and Jonathan Dorfman
Michael L. Carucci
Roberta and Irwin Chafetz
Carol‡ and Eldon Clingan
Kathy and Scott Cohen
Garrison Corben
April and Bill Cowin
Anita Diamant and Jim Ball
Elisa Entine
Deborah Feinstein*
Linda and Michael Frieze
Alexandra Fuchs and Gideon Argov
Margi Gad and Dr. Daniel Bley
Boris and Shanna Gershman
Lisa and Abbot Gilman
Brittany Greenfield
Gary Greenfield
Maxine*‡ and Don Goldberg
Mimi and Ron Golub
Alina and Jay Gordon
James Gould
Natty and Carl Hoffman
Carol Lee Hayon
Jill and Jeff Karp
Kristen and Jonathan Keith
Lauren and Jerald Korn
Marilyn R. Kudisch


Debbie*‡ and Geoffrey Kurinsky
Lisa Lebovitz
Aimee Lenar and Morgan Crooks
Gloria and Laurence Lieberman
Michael Lieberman
Barbara and Frank Litwin
Peggy Lowenstein and Steve Berez
Ben Okonow
Dale Okonow
Hannah Okonow and Ross Esbrook
Wendy and Richard Polins
Susan and Michael T. Putziger
Sari Anne Rapkin
Paula Restrepo
Betsy and Stephen Rosen
Susan and David‡ Rosen
Sharon Shane
Jennifer K. Silver and Mark J. Brenner
Heidi and Rabbi Joel Sisenwine
Jennifer Slifka Vidal and Luis Vidal
Marjorie and Rabbi Mark Sokoll
Nancy Sorkin
Barrie and Jeff Steinberg
Cantor Jodi Sufrin
Geraldine and Gabe Sunshine
Tyler M. Swartz
Liliane Sznycer and Abner Taub
Drs. Shari and Robert*‡ Thurer
Lisa and Neil Wallack
Barbara Wasserman and Andrew Pearlstein
Jennifer Winn Aronson and Eric Aronson
Rebecca Winn Matchett and Christopher Matchett

* Event planning committee
‡ Board of Directors

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Please visit our "Getting Here" page for more information on discounted parking and transportation.
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