a few words about me
Businessman Robbie Rothenberg lives in Woodmere, N.Y., with his wife Helene.
Though a successful businessman and philanthropist, Robbie considers his greatest achievements to be his three daughters, all alumnae of HAFTR Yeshiva and Midreshet HaRova in Jerusalem. Like their parents, the three ladies have expressed an unrivaled passion and love for Israel and are all planning to make Aliyah in the near future. Robbie and Helene’s oldest daughter, completed medical school at Sackler School of Medicine and is a pediatric intern at Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Her husband Jeremy Ross, from New Zealand, works in finance in Tel Aviv; Robbie and Helene visit with her often at the homes they maintain in Jerusalem and Caesaria.
Robbie and Helene's second daughter is the director of strategic initiatives at Aleph Beta Academy, a startup, online education program, and director of The Rothenberg Charitable Foundation. Her husband, Marc Friedman, is a group manager in an international advertising and marketing company.
Robbie and Helene's third daughter is graduating Queens College with a major in mathematics, and plans to attend dental school in the fall of 2017. Her husband, Josh Prawer, is studying to be a physical therapist.
Robbie’s wife, Helene, is a practicing real estate attorney in Cedarhurst, N.Y., who was graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass., in 1984.
Like his family, Robbie takes education very seriously, having been graduated from Queens College in 1980 and then from the Harvard Business School for his graduate degree in 1984.
He is also a managing member and co-founder of RedRock Real Estate Group LLC, which owns residential communities in Chicago, Ohio and the greater Midwest. Robbie, as principal and sponsor, organized partnerships to acquire more than 13,000 apartments throughout the United States.
In his spare time when not working or taking care of his granddaughter, Robbie devotes himself to philanthropic work.
Philanthropically, Robbie focuses on education, outreach and improving the world at large. He is active in several local, national and Israeli charities. Besides being an executive board member of the America-Israel Friendship League, Robbie is proud to sit on the board of Isralight, an organization working toward a “Jewish Renaissance” through education; Carmei Ha’ir, a charity feeding the poor of Jerusalem; and Ohr Torah Stone, an educational institute founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.
His strong connection to Israel is exemplified by his having volunteered, under the Sar-El program, with the Israeli Army on a base near Be’er Sheva.
In addition, Robbie is one of the founders of Yeshivat Orayta, a Jerusalem yeshiva for high school graduates; and serves on the advisory committee of the Eagles Wings Israel Experience Program, which sends Christian college students to Israel to empower them to become advocates for Israel on their respective campuses and beyond. He is a founding board member of Aleph Beta Academy, an online learning program that is creating a paradigm shift in Jewish education, and, together with his wife, Helene, is a founding member of Kulanu Academy, which offers services to special-needs children and their families.
Robbie and Helene have consistently supported education through funding new text editions of Torah study, prayer and Jewish philosophy, including the recently published Koren Mahzor for Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, as well as several books by Rabbi David Aaron and Rav Dovid Vatch of Jerusalem. Robbie is also currently working with a translator to produce an anthologized and adapted work on the writings of the Maasei Hashem, Rav Eliezer Ashkenazi, on the haggada and the Torah.