Join us as we celebrate our commitment to the State of Israel and 35 years of our signature Israel Study Abroad Program.

Honoring Michele S. and Robert C. Levin

Michele S. and Robert C. Levin have been and continue to be steadfast supporters of Israel across a wide spectrum of impactful projects and philanthropic endeavors. Together they have invested their personal time and philanthropic resources in so many local, national and international organizations focusing on enhancement of Jewish life and strengthening Jewish continuity. Congratulations to Michele and Robert as recipients of our annual Legacy & Leadership Award.

This special night includes an inspirational keynote address by Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, renowned expert on Middle East affairs, bestselling author, and diplomat.

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Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue | 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6:00pm: Cocktails & Dinner I 7:30pm: Program & Dessert

Event Co-Chairs:

Michelle & Jeffrey Barrack, Suzy & Scott Goldstein, Tracy & George Gordon,
Lori & Raymond Levin, Holly & Norm Nelson, Michie & Skip Pasternak

Glatt Kosher • Business Attire • Complimentary Valet Parking

Reservations due by March 1, 2018
Tribute Ads due by February 15, 2018

Guests of Honor

Michele S. and Robert C. Levin are passionate about their philanthropic endeavors, focusing their efforts on Jewish education and the support of Israel. Michele is the Immediate Past President of the Barrack Board of Directors and Rob lends his real estate experience and expertise to the school through committee work. Currently, they are the Philadelphia chapter chairs of the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University. In 2012, they co-chaired the Greater Philadelphia Mega Mission to Israel. Combining a love for baseball and Israel, Rob and his family built and dedicated the Alvin M. Levin Baseball/Softball Field, in memory of his father. Located in Maor, Israel, a moshav that is part of the Menashe Regional Council, near the city of Hadera, they also created a young player baseball training and educational project, named "Ball and Glove.” Michele is the vice-chair of the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Negev Now initiative and is the chair of the Negev Funding Coalition (NFC). Both support projects designed to strengthen the Negev. They are active members of Har Zion Temple, and dedicated supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Learning Venture and the JDC. However, their proudest achievement is their three Akiba-Barrack alumni, Jake ’11, Sammi ’13 and Andrew ’16.

Michele has a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from St. Joseph’s University and is currently working on her executive coaching certification. She is a lead consultant at Gestaltworks, a consulting firm in New Hope.

Rob has worked for Alvin M. Levin & Son Inc. for 32 years, a 108-year-old third generation real estate building, investment, and management company, located in Center City, Philadelphia, and has held the position of President and Director of Operations since 2004. He holds active roles in several real estate and construction related associations and professional groups on the local, regional, and national board levels.

Ambassador Dore Gold is a world renowned expert on Middle Eastern affairs, a bestselling author, and an accomplished diplomat. During his career as the Prime Minister of Israel's Foreign Policy Adviser and later as Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Gold distinguished himself in negotiations with world leaders which included the President of the United States, the US Secretary of State, and the British Foreign Secretary. He also served as a special envoy to the leaders of Arab states.

At the forefront of the defense of Israel's rights before the world community, Dr. Gold is continuously consulted by members of the governments of United States, the United Kingdom, and other Western Powers. And he is often seen on news broadcasts sharing his views on world affairs.

Dr. Gold is an accomplished writer and speaker whose experiences behind the scenes and in the limelight make him a constant source of valuable information about international terrorism, the Iranian nuclear program, Israel's security needs, the Jewish claim to Jerusalem, and many other current topics.

Gala Committee

Event Co-Chairs
Michelle & Jeffrey Barrack, Suzy & Scott Goldstein,
Tracy & George Gordon, Lori & Raymond Levin,
Holly & Norm Nelson, Michie & Skip Pasternak

Head of School
Sharon P. Levin

Board President
George G. Gordon

Gala Committee*
Ruth & Robert Anolik
Sheryl & Jeff Bartos
Debbi & Michael Bass
Caryn* & Jack Becker
Carole & Matzi Ben-Maimon
Liz & Jeff Berger
Freda Pepper & Howard Bernstein
Nancy & Martin Black
Cecily* & Warren Carel
Peggy & Joe Carver ’64*
Laya & Rabbi Gary Charlestein*
Judy & Joel Eisner
Lee Ann & Scott Erlbaum*
Abbie Green Friedman ’75*
Judith & Oren Friedman ’89*
Kelly & Chaim Galfand ’82
Lisa Glassner
Marcia* & Scott Glickman
Jodi & Jared Gordon*
Andrea & Richard Gottlieb
Amy Spitofsky & Matt Handel
Rochelle* & Robert Hirsh
Jennifer Sherwood & Philip Hirshman
Amy & Elliot Holtz
Abby & David Horowitz
Mindy & Jay Horrow*
Helene & Greg Jaron
Avi Watman Katz ’59* & Alan H. Katz
Robin & Steven Katz
Kimby Schwartzman Kimmel ’88* & Wayne Kimmel
Anna Kornbrot & Barry M. Klayman*
Rachel & Charles Korman ’75*
Cyndilee & David Kosloff ’86
Linda & Jake Kriger
Yoella Epstein ’01* & Jeremy Kriger ’01
Bryna & Joshua Landes ’80
Sharon* & Jonathan Levin
Francine & Robert Lipstein*
Alicia Felton & Sherrill Neff*
Mindy & David Oppenheimer*
Naomi Prusky ’76* & Rabbi David Levin
Belinda* & Steven Raikin
Joyce & Jeff Retig*
Elizabeth & Hershel Richman ’59*
Judy and Yossie Rothman
Shari & Stuart Rudoler
Carolyn Saligman*
Lisa* & Bradford Sandler
Julie & Jordan Savitch
Shana Schwartz
Liz & Bill Shaid
Lori Ferrara Shapiro ’91 & Josh Shapiro ’91
Marilyn Kutler* & Ira Silberman
Cindy* & Ben Singer
Constance Smukler
Tracey & Shanin Specter
Jennifer & Michael Stein ’69*
Sandra* & Paul Steinfield
Ali & Lee Sussman
Ronit & Howard Treatman*
Jenifer Kiefer Wachs ’89 & Marty Wachs
Rachel Wachs
Margie Perilstein Wargon ’89
Jennifer & Michael Willner
Carol & Bob Wilson
Debra & Mark Zweben

Committee as of 12/21/17
*JBHA Board of Directors


RESERVATION deadline is March 1st.
TRIBUTE JOURNAL deadline for placing your ad is February 15th (to allow for printing).

When and where is the Gala?

Wednesday evening, March 14th, at the Hilton Philadelphia on City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Schedule: 6:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner – 7:30 PM: Program & Dessert

Can you describe the event?

The Gala is our annual fundraiser. Celebrating our commitment to the State of Israel, this year we will honor Michele S. and Robert C. Levin, steadfast supporters of Israel across a wide spectrum of impactful projects and philanthropic endeavors. Michele and Robert will be presented with Barrack’s annual Legacy & Leadership Award.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, renowned expert on Middle East affairs, bestselling author, and diplomat.

How will the money be used?

Gala proceeds benefit Jewish continuity initiatives at the school, including Israel education and travel programs. Also, many of our students receive tuition assistance. Your generosity enables students who would not otherwise be able to attend the school to receive a Barrack education.

What is the cost?

There are many levels of support. Visit our website at for details and to easily register online and/or place a Tribute Journal Ad. Special package pricing is also available.

• Program & Dessert for $150 per person ($300 per couple, beginning at 7:30 PM)
• Dinner, Program & Dessert for $613 per person ($1,226 per couple, beginning at 6:00 PM)
• Place a personalized Tribute Journal Ad for as little as $72. AD DEADLINE: February 15th

What is the best way to register for the Gala or place an ad in the Tribute Journal?

To quickly and easily register online and/or place a Tribute Journal Ad, please visit our website at We accept Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX.

Where do I park my car?

There is complimentary valet parking at the door. Should you not want to use valet, instructions on where to park will be emailed just prior to the event

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