Young Israel of Brookline Annual Gala 2018

Please join us for a special Yom Iyun, a Day of Learning,

centering around the theme of “Journeys”

Celebrating our Shul Community

and honoring

Davida & David Zimble


Debbie Cohen


Sunday, June 24th

1:00-5:00 PM

Welcome Reception followed by

Sessions with Distinguished and Engaging Speakers

Young Israel of Brookline • 62 Green Street

About the Honorees

David and Davida are a true YIB couple: they met at a Kiddush in the old building over 30 years ago and since then have been active in almost all facets of shul life.  They have generously given of their time and resources to the shul both publicly and privately. Their four children, Eli, Asher, Jacob and Ezra, all grew up in the shul and the family celebrated many bris milot, bar mitzvot, and even an aufruf and sheva bracha in the shul.  


As a couple they have contributed to virtually every worthwhile institution in Brookline and Israel and have supported numerous other communities and causes.  They have helped welcome individuals moving to or visiting Brookline, including many who needed access to the local hospitals.

Davida helped create Eim Chai, an organization affiliated with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, that enables women to connect to their Jewish roots and impart them to their children. David was a long-time partner at Wellington Management Company where he built and managed an internal family office that provided advice on a wide range of tax, legal, estate, charitable gifting and financial planning matters. More recently, David established Navone Consulting Company to collaborate with individuals, families and their advisers on turning financial success into long term impact.

Currently David and Davida split their time between Brookline and Jerusalem where their favorite activity is babysitting their grandchildren Yosef, Hadar, and Netanel.



Debbie Cohen moved to Brookline from Malden when she was a child and her family immediately became an active part of the Young Israel community. Her parents, Lotte & Erwin Katz, z”l, were builders of the shul and were very involved in hachnassat orchim and in fundraising. Debbie followed in their footsteps by devoting herself throughout her life to the shul in numerous ways, big and small. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly to stuff envelopes for mailings, pack and deliver mishloach manot, edit the Kesher, organize the Mother’s Day oneg, and led the project to create the inaugural Yizkor Book four years ago.

Debbie raised her two sons in the shul. Her older son, David, who left for his post-college year in yeshiva in 2007, fell in love with Israel and never returned (except to visit). He lives in Givat Shmuel with his lovely wife, Channa. Debbie’s younger son, Yoni, lives in Boston and is completing his nursing degree.

A graduate of Maimonides School and Boston University, Debbie enjoyed a long nursing career that spanned many disciplines from neonatal ICU to gerontology, ending with 17 years in clinical research. She retired in February to start packing up her belongings for her move to Jerusalem in August. Debbie already has a long list of things she is looking forward to doing in Israel, including finding a new organization for which to volunteer.