Philly Hillel to Honor Its Past Leadership

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Hillel of Greater Philadelphia is set to honor its past presidents at the organization's third annual Vision and Values Celebration. 

On Tuesday, June 2, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia will honor its past presidents for their leadership and vision at the third annual Vision and Values Celebration. 
 
This signature fundraising event, chaired by David and Lenore Forsted, will feature a cocktail hour and dessert catered by Six Points Kosher Events and will take place at Steinhardt Hall at Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania beginning at 6 p.m. The program will also include a video presentation with tributes from past presidents and students.
 
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia honorees include immediate past president Jeffrey Barrack, Marshall Brooks, Ann C. Lebowitz, Craig Blackman, Harry Sauer, Walter Ferst,  Barry Levin, James Rosenstein, Richard Steinbrink and Alan Molod, along with the now deceased presidents, Mattie Gershenfeld, Tom Jacoby, Norma Furst and Joe Smukler. Also being honored are Mary Ellen Bernstein, past chair of the Board of Overseers at Hillel at Temple University, and Martin Lautman, past chair of the Board of Overseers at Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Current president Jeff Wilson praised the past presidents, saying, “They committed so much of their time and resources to building the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia that we have today. Our success is largely due to their energy and efforts in preparing the next generation of leaders and innovators in the Jewish community. They have been role models to our students, staff and volunteers, and many have continued to be involved for decades.”
 
The event will also honor five students as student exemplars: Maddie Driban of West Chester University; Tara Levine of Temple University; Daniela Jinich of the University of Pennsylvania; Jessica Stern of Grad Network; and Neal Strauss of Drexel University. The students were nominated by their peers and Hillel directors in recognition of their outstanding efforts as community leaders and organizers.
 
Honorary chair and 2014 honoree Sherrie Savett, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phila­delphia’s immediate past president, shared why this fundraising event is so crucial: “I think Hillel is more important than ever before. It provides a safe home on campus for Jewish students to enjoy their Judaism in whatever manner is comfortable to each of them.” Hillel also allows students “to gain the skills and the confidence to advocate on behalf of Israel in what has become an increasingly hostile environment on many campuses,” she added.
 
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia was founded by B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations and the Federation of Jewish Agencies (now the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia) in 1972.
 
This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia provided $384,450 to Hillel of Greater Philadelphia through its Center for Jewish Life and Learning to support student engagement, leadership and Jewish identity programs for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in Greater Philadelphia.
 
For more information about the Hillel Vision and Values Celebration, contact Brooke Schostak, director of Institutional Advancement, at: bschostak@phillyhillel.org or call 215-898-8265. 

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