Congregation Mikveh Israel, the second oldest synagogue in North America, honored its retiring parnas (synagogue president) Leon Levy with the first Haym Solomon Award at a gala banquet at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sunday, December 4. The Sephardic synagogue, founded in 1740, is located at 4th and Market Streets in Philadelphia.
Levy’s firm, Leon L. Levy & Associates, has provided employee benefits and insurance services for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and its employees for many years. He and his wife and their children have been major philanthropic supporters of Federation activities as well.
Leaders of Federation, including past presidents Neal Cupersmith and Michael Partnow, and Jewish Community Foundation executive director Jeff Klein, represented the South Jersey Jewish community at the tribute dinner.
Levy has served more than 30 years as synagogue president, more than any other previous parnas. Among the speakers at the dinner were former US Senator Arlen Spector and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
In the video player below, you can watch the tribute documentary video that was shown at the dinner. The video was produced for Mikveh Israel by Voice CompuSchmooze columnist Steve Lubetkin’s firm, Lubetkin Global Communications LLC.