Dan has been a member of the Huntington Jewish Center for nearly 30 years and despite his NJ-1 immigrant status has always felt warmly welcomed by his fellow HJC members. For Dan, coming to HJC has been a transformative Jewish experience — ritually, linguistically, socially, and educationally. If he’s learned anything Judaically, it’s that there’s always more to learn.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dan grew up in New Jersey but credited his birthplace and being born in the winter with always feeling impervious to the cold. Dan received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton and his MBA in Finance and MA in International Studies from Penn. He worked for six years in London as a management consultant before wending his way back to America and to Long Island and persuading his lovely Scottish bride to come along for the ride. He managed the development of an aircraft ice detection system and of an emergency voicemail system to help those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. For the past twenty years, Dan has managed his own business helping software companies sell their products over the Internet.

Over time, Dan has worn many kippot at HJC — as member and chair of too many committees, as Trustee and member of the Executive Committee, and recently, for his sins, President of the synagogue. With his wife, Patricia, he has also enjoyed celebrating many important milestones at HJC, including the Bnei Mitzvah of his intelligent and good-looking children, Sam, Nathan, and Hannah.

Dan is greatly humbled to be recognized by HJC’s Men’s Club and to receive this honor.

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Nicole Feibel is an honor student and Senior at Harborfields High School. She started attending the Huntington Jewish Center Religious School in the first grade after spending a few years at a private Jewish day school. She also attended the SHMA Hebrew High School for the final year of the program. Nicole was proud to receive the honor of Judaic Scholar three times while in religious school as well as the Akiba Award in recognition of her personal achievement and active synagogue involvement. 

Huntington Jewish Center is Nicole’s spiritual home, and she has spent much time there providing community service and helping when she can. Nicole has participated in babysitting services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and during the synagogue’s Friday Night Live services, as well as run booths at the Hanukkah Happening and Purim Carnival. In the fall of 2020, she worked in HJC’s religious school as an administrative assistant and helped to ensure the office was running efficiently. Nicole has also helped to make sandwiches for the homeless at the Jewish Nutritional Network and participated for several years in the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.

As an active member of the Huntington Jewish Center United Synagogue Youth (USY) chapter, Nicole has served on the executive board for the last four years and has been chapter president for three of those years. What she most enjoys about participating as a Board member is welcoming new members, coming up with new activities, and running and participating in fundraising events for the group.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys tennis, dancing, and enjoying family vacations. Nicole is planning on pursuing a career in business. She hopes to continue to be involved Jewish life and community service in college next year. 

Nicole would like to congratulate Dan Schoeffler on his well-deserved honor. She also wants to thank the Men’s Club of Huntington Jewish Center for all they do for the synagogue, and for this special honor.

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