Honorees Bios

Barbara & Dr. Howard Weiner
Michael Schreck Memorial Community Service Award

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas this past August, an SAR family that had relocated to Houston was actively involved in the relief efforts. In the aftermath of the hurricane, SAR reached out to Barbara and Howard Weiner to ask how our community could best help their new community. At their suggestion, SAR students focused chesed efforts to help the Robert M. Beren Academy, the local yeshiva day school which had been badly damaged by the storm. 

During their years as SAR parents, the Weiners lived in White Plains where Howard was president and board member at the Young Israel of White Plains (YIWP).  

Howard is Chief of Neurosurgery at Texas Children's Hospital, the largest children’s hospital and among the busiest and most experienced neurosurgery units in the U.S., and Professor and Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Previously, he worked at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. He was recently honored by the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro for his work on behalf of Israeli children with disabilities. Howard has served countless children and families (including many SAR families) with his wisdom, compassion, talent, and selfless dedication to caring for others.

Barbara has volunteered at SAR many times over the years. As an SAR parent, Barbara taught the Learning to Look visual arts education program to Academy students for years. She co-chaired SAR's Junior Shabbaton in White Plains, coordinating between SAR, YIWP, and the local community. She also  worked on two SAR auctions which raised critical funds for the annual campaign. Barbara was a head teacher for the two’s and three’s at Congregation Kol Ami for nearly 15 years, and worked as a docent for the Neuberger Museum of Art. 

The Weiners are parents of Hannah (AC '10, HS '14), Noah (AC '10, HS '14), and Leo (AC '13, HS '17), and members of United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston.