About Us

   Honors is the premier bridge club in Manhattan and was founded in 1993 by Gail Greenberg. In 2008, Honors became a Not For Profit Corporation, realizing Gail Greenberg’s concept that Honors be owned and operated by and for the Honors Community at large. Honors offer lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. We have Novice, Nonlife Master and Open duplicate games.

   Honors’ Bookstore is located on the 14th floor and has a full line of bridge publications including books and computer software. We have a variety of bridge equipment-- cards, boards, bidding boxes, convention card holders, and tablecloths.

Honors Faculty

Gail Greenberg
   You can be sure that if it is bridge related, Gail is there. When it comes to competing at the highest level (representing the United States and winning five world championships and numerous National titles) or teaching bridge over the course of thirty years to hundreds of eager students in small and large classes, or to establishing two world class bridge clubs, Hartes in White Plains and Honors in Manhattan., Gail does it all. And she manages to accomplish this with a dedication to the highest standards of professionalism and with what at times is the most necessary of all attributes, a wonderful sense of humor.

Andrea Hayman
   Andrea Hayman has been Chairman of the teaching program since Honor’s founding in 1993. She says she doesn’t need her two law degrees (J.D. from NYU and L.L.M. from Columbia) to teach bridge but it doesn’t hurt either. She believes that while learning bridge can be hard, breaking it down in logical steps makes it easier. Many of Honor’s regular duplicate players who have achieved life Master rank owe their start to classes with Andrea, who has taught literally thousands of students over the years. Of course she still loves to play bridge competitively and has won numerous regional tournaments.

Alene Friedman
About your teacher you want to know
Well lets have a brief “Alene” bio
For seven long years I lived in Asia
So, hoping I wouldn’t get aphasia
I took up bridge morning, noon, and night
And kept on playing ‘till I got it right
Teaching, directing and playing some more
And even representing Singapore.
I came home and again worked in Social Service.
Then turned fifty and got real nervous
Decided winning the lottery was truly reaching
So I resurrected my career of bridge teaching

Mike Kallman
   After graduating from the Columbia school of Architecture, Mike worked as an architect, designer, wood-worker, urban planner and painter having exhibited in a New York gallery. Cards were just a hobby to him until he encountered bridge. And he was a natural. Combining his high IQ, competitive nature, with his diversified creative talents made Mike an immediate winner. And when he turned to teaching bridge, his students became the winners as well.

Marin Marinov
   In a prior life, Marin worked as an architect in Bulgaria and Canada, but always played bridge and directed. He came to New York in 1981 and has been with Honors almost from its inception. Marin is no stranger to our duplicate players, as he is widely regarded as a top-of-the-line director. This term, in addition to directing, he will be showcasing his teaching talents for beginner students. Marin’s easy manner as well as bridge expertise combines to make him an excellent teacher having amassed quite a loyal following in the Tri State area. He won the Bruce Life Master Pairs in 2005 and the Open Swiss Teams in 2006 with a student. He likes music and dogs.

Sherry Kavaler

Joseph Byrnes

Tom Ng

Supervised Play Teachers

Jack Greenberg
   Combine an excellent knowledge of the game, an ability to express that knowledge clearly with much wit and you have Jacks credentials as a supervised play teacher. A retired Tax attorney Jack finds teaching bridge far less “taxing”.

Jacqui Mitchell
   It would be impossible to list all of Jacquis accomplishments and talents when it comes to bridge. As a player she has won five World Championships, more national titles then she can remember and was selected into the Bridge Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on very few. As a teacher she is beyond first class. Anyone who has ever attended her supervised play sessions raves about her ability to communicate, explain logically and her endless patience.

Yefim Shoykhet

   Yefim has been a part of Honors for nine years. He is a Certified Teacher and a Club Director and has a lot of experience with one-on-one and small groups teaching. Even when he goes on vacations most of his vacation time is spent on cruise ships teaching and directing bridge.

Ellen Friedman

Jess Jurkovic

Game Directors

  • Omer Ekinci
  • Elliott Grubman
  • Jeff Hearn
  • Kerry Kappell
  • Mike Kallman
  • Paul Kirby
  • Irina Levitina
  • Marin Marinov
  • Paul Morris
  • Christopher Rivera
  • Aviv Shahaf
  • Yefim Shoykhet

Honors Board of Directors

  • Claire Alpert
  • Luna Benardete
  • Cynthia Colin
  • Maynard Engel
  • Joan Finsilver, Marketing and Communications
  • Susan Friedman
  • Vicky LeFrere
  • Scott Levine, President
  • Connie Mazur, Secretary
  • Roberta Meadow
  • Cheryl Minikes
  • Madeline Nagel
  • David Parshall
  • Bill Rabin
  • Pat Rousso
  • Margo Sinclair, Vice President
  • Linnie Smith
  • Susan Tane
  • Richard Weissman, Operations

Hartes' Bridge Club
- www.hartesclub.com
Greater New York Bridge Association - www.gnyba.org
American Contract Bridge League - www.acbl.org


Mid Manhattan Location: 133 East 58th St. 14th Floor N.Y., N.Y. 10022 tele 212-230-1230