Howard “Shaya” Avner
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Shaya, who pitched in college at Yeshiva University,
started the Rochelle Zell High School baseball team several years ago. This
year, when the brand-new team at Skokie Yeshiva lost their coach before their
first game, Shaya volunteered to coach the team and offer the students an
opportunity he didn't have in high school.
He is extremely involved at
his synagogue, Darchei Noam of Glenbrook. He has served on the board for many
years, runs frequent programs, and helps to maintain the building. He also
serves as gabbai, helping prayer services run smoothly, and during the
pandemic, he ran a program to provide free produce to congregants.
the Jewish community, when Shaya's startup company, Phaxio,
was acquired by Inteliquent, he helped every one of his employees find a
beneficial place in the acquisition. He treats his employees as family and never
refuses the call to lend a helping hand.
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of Phaxio, Sr. Director of Product at Inteliquent
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