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Celebrate Hillel 2024

Thank you for making Celebrate Hillel
an enormous success!

On June 3rd, 2024, we shared a joyful evening honoring the “Drexel Hillel Bat Mitzvah” of our very own Rabbi Isabel de Koninck. We also recognized two student exemplars Cam Thaler ’24 and Zoe Kronish ’25. Thank you to all the students, Drexel Hillel board members, attendees, and donors who helped make the evening a success. With your help, we raised over $155,000 to support Jewish life on campus.

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Program Highlights

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About Our Honorees

Rabbi Isabel de Koninck

Drexel Hillel Leadership Award Honoree

Rabbi Isabel de Koninck has served as Executive Director and Campus Rabbi for Hillel at Drexel University since 2010. Complementing her role as Drexel Hillel’s Executive Director, Rabbi de Koninck regularly serves as an adjunct University instructor, teaching courses such as Civic Engagement 101, the Contemporary Queer Jewish Experience, and Great Works: Harry Potter as a Sacred Text. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Rabbi de Koninck is a graduate of Brandeis University, and received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she also completed a graduate certificate in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies in a joint program with Temple University. Rabbi de Koninck previously served as Director for Israel and Intercampus Initiatives at Hillel of Greater Philadelphia and as Rabbinic Advisor to Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. She is a proud alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and a member of the Mandel Foundation’s Executive Leadership Cohort IV. Beyond her work at Hillel, Rabbi de Koninck currently serves on the boards of Reconstructing Judaism and Tribe12.

Rabbi de Koninck’s passion for Jewish life starts with the belief that Judaism is a relevant and inspiring framework for engaging the daily opportunities and challenges of today’s world. While her personal roots are in progressive Jewish community, her experiences with Jewish pluralism as an undergraduate and as a part of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship have affirmed for her that there is a mode of Jewish practice and identity for each person who seeks one, and that the diversity of Jewish expression is an asset to Jewish community and the Jewish future.

At Drexel, Rabbi de Koninck is most excited by the start-up energy embodied by the University’s commitment to entrepreneurship, and by Drexel’s passion for using the talents and skills of all of its community members to solve today’s biggest civic challenges. She is eager to meet each Jewish student and stakeholder, learn their story, and help them to discover their own pathway into Jewish living, learning and leadership.

Student Honorees

Cam Thaler ’24, Student Exemplar of Excellence

Zoe Kronish ’25, Student Exemplar 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.

Chai Society
Joel and Peggy Cohen
Geltzer Family Foundation
Stanley z”l and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Sandi and Max Paul, Central City Toyota/Ardmore Toyota

Stakeholder
Benjamin Perwien

Champion
Hugh and Hedda Chairnoff Family Fund
Jill and Mark Fishman
Emily Selter and Mark Gorton
In Memory of Ruth and David Gorton
Dr. Sidney M. Grobman and Elaine I. Grobman
Jay Roberts Jewelers
Henri and Debbie Levit
Fran and Leon L. Levy
Carolyn Hirsh Lindy and Alan Lindy
Arlene and Albert Perlstein
Lyn M. Ross
Matthew Schwenderman and Lisa Hirsch Schwenderman
Marlyn and Mark Stutman Charitable Fund
Peter and Leslie Tilles and Family

Partner
Hallee and David Adelman
Cozen O’Connor
Steve and Sandy Cozen
Ken Goldman and Winnie Wang
Skip Vichness, Immediate Past Chair, Hillel International
Dr. Barry Mann

Supporter
Tom Ben-David and Cody Phillips
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Drexel University Division of Student Success & Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture
Richard and Susan Gettlin
Anne Malmud, Malmud-Kravitz Foundation
Joel and Lisa Muderick
Anne and Mark Pepper
Valerie and Norman Riback
Garett and Bethany Shiner
Susanna Lachs Adler and Dean Adler

Patron
Sherry and Larry Thaler and Family
Joan and Jay Bloch
Caitlin and Gil Douek
Jessica de Koninck
Parkway Corporation
Rachel Wedeen

Friend
Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz
Benjamin Gorton and Anne Weismann
Levy Wealth Management Group
Marjorie and Ken Roshkoff
Herm and Patty Shelanski
Joyann Kroser MD ’90
Gail Handler and Diane Derow