IGNITE was held on Sunday, April 3, 2022
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INSPIRING JEWISH JOURNEYS: SHALOM AUSTIN’S IGNITE RETURNS IN PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS
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7. Eric Abrahams, Sarah Abrahams, Myra Abrahams, Bob Abrahams. Credit: David Finkel
8. Alex Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Corrie MacLaggan, Oliver Bernstein, Credit David Finkel
9. Mussy Levertov, Rabbi Mendy Levertov, Bob Frachtman, Rabbi Levi Levertov, Menucha Levertov, Rikki Hertz. Credit: David Finkel
10. Saar Schwartz, Eran Ashkenazi, Nathan Litinski, Dali Litinski, Ofir Hagay Nevel, Shelly Schwartz
11. Elissa Jean-Pierre, Ben Schapira, Matthew Miller, Ian Spechler, Alachua Haskins. Credit David Finkel
12. Phil and Adam Loewy. Credit: Jerry Hayes
Joseph Krassner Campaign Leadership Award Recipient: Dan Kraus
Hymie & Louise Samuelson Leadership Award Recipient: Phil Loewy
Dan Kraus Bio
Dan’s parents, Shlomo and Lea Kraus (z”l), who both escaped Europe, were lifelong supporters of Hadassah and Jewish life in Massachusetts and Texas. Many people in the Austin Jewish Community know Dan’s in-laws, Marvin and Leslie (z”l) Brittman who have been deeply involved as both lay leaders and philanthropists in the Austin Jewish community as well as the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera, and Conspirare.
Dan was very involved in Young Judaea as a teen growing up in the suburbs of Boston. He attended Camp Tel Yehudah for multiple years and was the New England region president of Young Judaea his senior year of high school. Dan attended Year Course in Israel after high school and went on to co-found the Young Judaea Hamagshimim chapter at Binghamton University.
A few years into their lives in Austin, Dan took Jay Rubin out to coffee and asked him if there was a Jewish Foundation. Jay said there wasn’t yet, but if they did ever get people together to create one, he would let Dan know. In the meantime, he connected Dan with Dana Baruch. Dana suggested Dan get involved with the Allocations Committee and he has been deeply involved ever since. He joined the board the following year, chairing the Allocations Committee, and joined the inaugural Jewish Foundation Committee. Dan was also very active in the Finance Committee for many years, as Treasurer in 2013-2014 and then for six years as Shalom Austin Board Chair Elect, Chair, and Past Chair. During that period Dan was also on the Shalom Austin Executive Committee, the Generations Leadership Committee, the CEO Search Committee, and relaunched the Past Presidents Council serving as its first chair.
Dan and his wife Rochelle moved to Austin in December 2003 from New York City. They have two children, Noah, a junior at Anderson High School and Kir, a sophomore at LASA. Both grew up on the J campus attending ECP, Camp Shalom, and the Austin Jewish Academy. Dan is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Austin Private Wealth.
Previous Joseph Krassner Campaign Leadership Award Recipients
2020 Keith Zimmerman
2019 Ian Spechler
2017 Adam Loewy
2015 David Goldstein
2014 Jason O’Krent
2013 Arthur Smith & Stuart Wallock
2012 Billy Osherow
2011 Michael Chase
2010 Margo Smith
2009 David Brenner
2008 Michael Voticky
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Phil Loewy Bio
Originally from St. Louis, Phil Loewy came to Austin to attend The University of Texas McCombs School of Business. After devoting a large part of her career to recruiting in Dallas/Fort Worth at a Texas hedge fund and later at Goldman Sachs, she moved back to Austin in 2015.
Within a few weeks of landing here, Phil attended the Mosaic luncheon and was inspired to dedicate the majority of her time to Shalom Austin. Although all facets of Shalom Austin are vital, she is most passionate about Women’s Philanthropy and legacy giving, as an endowed Forever Lion. Phil feels honored to serve on the Shalom Austin Board and Executive Committee, on the Women’s Philanthropy Committee as Immediate Past Chair, and previously as Lion of Judah Co-Chair and Forever Lion Co-Chair.
Additionally, Phil is excited to be the 2022 Annual Campaign Co-Chair with her wonderful husband, Adam. Phil is also privileged to be a Board Member of Fertility Foundation of Texas and on the Advisory Board of Texas Book Festival. Adam and Phil are the proud parents of sons Clayton and Lochlan.
Previous Hymie & Louise Samuelson Leadership Award Recipients
2020 Kim Schocket
2019 Julie Franklin
2017 Julie Waltzer
2016 Brian Deitch
2015 Abby Rapoport
2014 Lauren Halpern
2013 Caryn Abraham
2012 Ian Spechler
2011 Helen Gilbert
2010 Joe Felner
2009 Seth Halpern
2008 Diana Ginor
2007 Lisa Goodgame
2006 Brian Feld
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