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Celebrate Hillel 2021

Thank you for making Celebrate Hillel
an enormous success!

On March 24, 2021, we shared a joyful evening honoring Leon L. Levy, and recognizing young alumni student exemplar Max Kahn ‘12 and student exemplars Jonathan Coopersmith ‘20 and Karoline Robb ‘21.
Thank you to all of the students, Drexel Hillel board members, and Levy family members who helped to make the evening a success. With your help, we raised significant funds to help us continue our critical work of building Jewish life on campus.

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About Our Honorees

Drexel Hillel Leadership Award

Leon L. Levy, whose dedication to Jewish life has made an indelible mark on Drexel Hillel

photo of Leon L. Levy

A distinguished philanthropist and longtime leader in the Philadelphia and South Jersey Jewish communities, Leon L. Levy is parnas emeritus (president emeritus) of the historic Congregation Mikveh Israel, where he served as president for 31 years.

Levy has served on the boards and committees of some of the region’s most prominent historic, cultural, educational and charitable institutions, including Christ Church, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the Golden Slipper Club and Charities, and the Politz Day School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is a founder and past board member of the National Museum of American Jewish History and the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. He also was a founding member of the South Jersey Lupus Foundation. Levy continues to be active in a variety of organizations, including the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Susan G. Komen Foundation Philadelphia.

Levy’s leadership and service have been recognized by many awards, including the Horatio Alger Award and the Gold Medallion Award from the Golden Slipper Club and Charities, an Honorary PhD from Gratz College for Humanitarian and Philanthropic work, the Haym Salomon Award from Congregation Mikveh Israel, and the prestigious Four Chaplains Award.

A native Philadelphian, Levy is the founder of Leon L. Levy & Associates in Center City, a national firm specializing in the sales and servicing of life insurance products, estate planning, benefit planning and wealth management. He and his wife of 59 years, Fran, have three children, Suzanne (Gary), Victor (Suzanne), and David (Jaimi), and eight grandchildren (all boys).

Student and Alumni Honorees

Max Kahn ’18, Alumni Exemplar of Excellence

Jonathan Coopersmith ’20 and Karoline Robb ’21, Student Exemplars of Excellence

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We are deeply grateful our sponsors, and to all contributors who helped make this year’s event a success. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

A. Douglas Stevens
Alan and Carolyn Lindy
Alan and Phyllis Schapire
Albert E. Gabbai
Amy, Howard and Jolie ‘18 Chafetz
Andrew Borans
Arlene and Albert Perlstein
Arlene Pedovich
Bernard Eizen
Cozen O’Connor
Curt Golkow
David Vessal
Delta Rho Alumni Chapter, AEPi at Drexel University
Dr. Alvin Dubin & Lynda Hendrickson
Edward Chacker
Elana DiCristo Herron
Erica Shatz-Spry and Emerson R. Spry, Jr.
Fran and Leon L. Levy
Fran and Neal Cupersmith
Gail M. Lindo
Geltzer Family Foundation
Gwen Borowsky
Hallee and David Adelman
Howard Silverstone
Hugh & Hedda Chairnoff Family Fund
Ira Taffer
Irene and Allan Becker
Irene Birenbaum
Jackie and Stan Silverman
Jaimi and David Levy
Jenna Levin
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Jill and Mark Fishman
Joel Cohen
Joel Lipkin
Joel Muderick
Joy and David Boonin
Judy Cymerman
Ken Goldman and Winnie Wang
Lev Boonin
Levy Family
Levy Wealth Management Group
Lynne and Harold Honickman
Marci and Steven Laderman
Marjorie and Ken Roshkoff
Mark Taplinger
Marlene and Alan Castle
Marlyn and Mark Stutman
Max Kahn
Moshe A, Vessal and Elissa Susan Vessal
Paula Marantz Cohen and Alan Penziner
Peter, Leslie & Amanda Tilles
Robin & Steven Katz
Sandra and Burton Klein
Sandy and Steve Cozen
Shayna Golda
Shelly and Jerry Abramson
Sidney & Elaine Grobman
Sue and Rick Gettlin
Sue Levy-Polikoff & Gary Polikoff and family
Susan and Eric Pearson
Susan Alan Daroff
Tammy Coopersmith
Tara Cherwony
The American College of Financial Services
The Dash Family: Ken, Sue, Larry, Steve and Evan
The Ross Family Fund