IGNITE 2022 | Shalom Austin


A Celebration of Community

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Registration is now closed.
If you are still interested in attending, please contact Amelia Baxter at amelia.baxter@shalomaustin.org at (512) 735-8034.


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Date - Time - Location

Sunday, April 3, 2022

5:00 PM – Schmoozing; Wine and Hors d’oeuvres
6:15 PM – Program
7:00 PM ish – More Schmoozing; Dessert Reception

JW Marriott Austin
110 E 2nd Street
Austin, 78701 

Purpose - Attendees - Philanthropy

Celebrate as a community on one special evening to connect, share our impact, and spark the light of giving and getting involved.

We are excited to bring the entire Jewish community of Greater Austin and Shalom Austin supporters together!

To raise funds for Shalom Austin’s programs and services!
All attendees will be asked to make a meaningful gift to the Annual Campaign.

Event Format - Food - Attire

IGNITE! will highlight Shalom Austin’s impact in the community and around the world with plenty of time for schmoozing before and after the program.

In lieu of formal entertainment, we look forward to connecting with each other and the community, with fun elements sprinkled throughout the night.

IGNITE! is a theatre-style seated event.

Food & Drink 
Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and Dessert

Austin Chic (anything goes!)


$90 General Admission

$50 YAD (40 and under) // Preschool Family Rate*

Ticket price is per person and includes food and wine.

Click here to buy tickets now!

*This year we are offering a special rate for families who have children in pre-school (to help offset babysitter costs) and for YAD (40 and under.)



Joseph Krassner Campaign Leadership Award Recipient: Dan Kraus
Hymie & Louise Samuelson Leadership Award Recipient: Phil Loewy

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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 

Make a Tribute Gift

Make a tribute gift in honor of our 2022 Joseph Krassner Campaign Leadership Award Recipient, Dan Kraus.

Click here to make a gift now.

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

Make a Tribute Gift

Make a tribute gift in honor of our 2022 Hymie & Louise Samuelson Leadership Award Recipient, Phil Loewy.

Click here to make a gift now.


Ignite tickets

$90 General Admission

Ticket price is per person and includes food and wine.

Buy tickets now!


$50 YAD (40 and under)

Ticket price is per person and includes food and wine.

Buy tickets now!


$50 Preschool Family Rate

Ticket price is per person and includes food and wine.

Buy tickets now!


1 ticket = $100
5 tickets = $250
15 tickets = $500

Buy raffle tickets now!

You do not have to be present at IGNITE! to win.
The winner will be notified Monday, April 4.




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Sherrie & Bob Frachtman
Julie & Ari Franklin

Host Committee Chairs

Robin & Marty Davis
Tami Gamliel
Lauren & Seth Halpern
Rachel & Zack Jamail
Michelle & Adam Kaman
Noa & Eddy Levy
Frances & Adam Meltzer
Brett Merfish & Christina Gorczynski
Nathalie & Hillel Miller
Terry & Steven Milman
Lainie & Jonathan Polland
Syd Popinsky & Charles Mandelbaum
Elyse & Rick Rosenberg
Debbie & Ricky Rudy
Carly & Aaron Sansom
Ian Spechler
Lorena & Joel Waxman
Shelley & Gary Zausmer


Barb & Arthur Altman

Amy & Jeffrey Antonacci

Dana Baruch & Mike Krell

Sam Berg

Jason Berkowitz & Matt Smith

Judith & Richard Berkowitz

Anne & Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Michele & Ted Boeglin

Marvin Brittman

Dana Brodsky

Jordan & Ariel Bruck

Coco & Daniel Carl

Holly & Alan Cohen

Beth & Erik Cohen

Karen & Dan Cohen

Laura Corman

The Cukierman Family

Beth Danziger & Adam Helsinger

Ian Davis

Patricia & Mitch Davis

Katie Dochen

Carol & Sandy Dochen

Dana Epstein

Jennifer Failla Hoffman & Joshua Hoffman

Marsha & Noam Fein

Orly & Matthew Feldman

Lindsay & Fritz Fitzpatrick

Bettie & Brian Forman

Pam & David Frager

Sandra Freed

Lori & Rabbi Alan Freedman

Cindy & Ed Fudman

Suzy Gallagher & Kit Thompson

Linda & Robert Geller

Lynne & Steve Gellman

Lora Ann & Steve Gerson

Helen & Jerry Gilbert

Yael & Ben Glazer

Shira & Adam Goldberg

Saundra Goldman & Rabbi Steven Folberg

Candy & David Goldstein

Karine & Elan Gordon

Abby & Michael Gostein

Jill & Roger Graham

Jennifer & Brad Greenblum

Crystal & Michael Gultz

Sharon & Ken Herman

Cheryl Hersh

Marsha & Lewis Hoffer

Debra & Brett Hurt

Karee & Loren Jones

Andrea & Walter Kalmans

Julie & Josh Katzowitz

Cara & Thomas Kelly

Ashley & Robert King

Jenna & Shelby Klein

Susan & Phil Klein

Jerrod Kogut

Karen Kogut & Stuart Fearnley

Rochelle & Dan Kraus

Heather & Michael Krol

Melissa & Justin Krost

Mary & Burt Kunik

Emily & Danny Kupersztoch

Eileen & Brent Ladd

Renee & Michael Lafair

Heilla & Ted Lain

Laraine & Leon Lasdon

Riley & Bennett Leader

Jessica & Joel Levine

Mae & Mark Levitan

Sarah Levithan Daniels & Michael Daniels

Rabbi Kelly Levy & David DeAngelo

Marcia & Bruce Levy

Kayna & Mark Levy

Nora & Allen Lieberman

Kim & Jared Lindauer

Phil & Adam Loewy

Audrey & Ray Maislin

Sandra & David Mann

Melisa & Craig Markman

Amanda & Robby Marks

Amy & Ryan Martasin

Janet Marz

Arlene & Lawrence Maze

Rachel & John McCarthy

Stephanie & Jeff Miller

Jessica & Scott Miller

Matthew Miller

Amy & Adam Mosier

Diane & Robert Nason

Aron Neesman

Ilana Nesher & Ben Brown

Lindsay & Jordan Neuren

Suzanne & Stuart Newberg

Val & Jeff Newberg

Janet & JP Newman

Doran Oatman

Vicki & Billy Osherow

Loren Paeglis

Lauren & Chris Patten

Keri Pearlson

Aly & Brandon Phillips

Janice Pierce & Don Grefe

Amanda & Russ Poses

Carli & Jonathan Price

Stephanie & Sebastian Puente

Diane Radin

Abby Rapoport & Sam Baker

Shannan & Chris Riemer

Rachel & Alex Robinson

Marianne & Martin Rochelle

Tom Rosen

Steven Rosenberg

Carol & Jay Rubin

Lily & Yigal Saad

Jeri & Paul Saper

Stephanie & Craig Saur

Ben Schapira

Suzanne & Jeffrey Schlesinger

The Schocket Family

Randi Shade & Kayla Shell

Molly & Adam Shain

Lisa & Will Shapiro

Dana Shapiro Spaeth & Stuart Spaeth

Beth & Aaron Sher

Toby Shor

Carol & Kaylen Silverberg

Margo & Arthur Smith

Tori Smith

Lily & AJ Smullen

Jan Soifer & Patrick O’Connell

Patti Sokol

Tracy & Rob Solomon

Robyn & Rich Sperling

Shelby Staples & Nathan Zucker

Lynne & Brad Stein

Keri & Josh Stern

Marissa & Todd Sternberg

Lecia & Jim Sud

Joan & Peter Swartz

Rabbi Gail Swedroe & David Goodman

Carson Van Wart & Andrew Zucker

Susannah Waite

Julie & Ben Waltzer

Erica & Ashton Weinberger

Honey & Phil Weinstein

Phyllis & Marc Worob

Stephanie Yamin

Leora & Ben Yardenay

Cindy & Harry Zimmerman

Linda & Keith Zimmerman

Nancy & Bruce Zimmerman

Lily & Brian Zucker

Maxine & Richard Zucker

Steven Zucker

As of 3/9/2022

Want to Join the 2022 IGNITE! Host Committee?

Contact ignite@shalomaustin.org to sign up!


Interested in becoming a corporate partner, which includes visibility at IGNITE?
Contact us now at corporatepartnerships@shalomaustin.org
Click here to view our 2022 Corporate Partnership Packages. 


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