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Celebrate Hillel 2024

Celebrating the
“Drexel Hillel Bat Mitzvah”
of Rabbi Isabel de Koninck

In honor of her 13 years leading Drexel Hillel (and 15 years in the Hillel movement), we are excited to recognize Rabbi Isabel de Koninck’s achievements and the impact she has had on this community with a special “Bat Mitzvah.”

Date/Time: Monday, June 3, 2024 from 6 PM – 8 PM

* Note new location this year:

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106)

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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 Exemplar of Excellence Awards

Student Exemplar of Excellence Zoe Kronish ’25
For the last two years, Zoe Kronish has overseen our inaugural prospective student recruitment program as our Drexel Hillel Admissions Ambassador. From coordinating tours to attending open houses to communicating with families, almost every new Jewish student who attends Drexel has spoken with Zoe. She is the first friendly face our prospective students see when they visit and a reassuring, welcoming asset to our current and future Hillel community.

Student Exemplar of Excellence Cameryn Thaler ’24
Even though her first term at Drexel was virtual due to COVID, Cam Thaler jumped into Drexel Hillel immediately through attending first-year Zoom programs and learning fellowships. She helped spearhead our newest prayer community at the time, “Soulful Shabbat,” and eventually became our Jewish Student Association Co-President in 2023. Her most memorable achievements were planning a Purim Prom, and her beautiful chanting of the kiddush during many Hillel Shabbat dinners. In her role, Cam has gone above and beyond in supporting the Drexel Hillel community over the past four years.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We are deeply grateful our sponsors, and to all contributors in support of this year’s event. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Chai Society

Joel and Margaret 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, Board of Directors

Supporter

Tom Ben-David and Cody Phillips
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Drexel University Division of Student Success and 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