A diverse crowd of about 200 people gathered at the Loews Hotel in Center City for the third annual Renaissance Young Leadership Celebration.
Live entertainment, great kosher food and drink served in an elegant hotel ballroom with incredible views of the City of Philadelphia — all the elements were in place to make the third annual Renaissance Young Leadership Celebration at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel an extraordinary evening.
Yet Marc Prine, who served as a co-chair of the event along with Elizabeth J. Fineman, Jeff Greco, Shaw Levin, Mitch Sterling and Danielle Weiss, believes that it was the diversity of the 200 people who turned out for the Dec. 6 celebration that made the event so successful. “People representing all facets of our community came together to celebrate the successes of the entire year,” he said, adding, “We are lucky to be part of a community that offers people so many avenues to get involved.”
Prine said he loved seeing people who are active in Renaissance’s Cook for A Friend group, Israel360 alumni, Leadership Development Program and Ben Gurion Society and National Young Leadership Cabinet mix it up with new and prospective members. “This celebration is just one of the many ways that Renaissance builds community and engages young people,” he said.
Danielle Weiss, who also serves as chair of Renaissance, an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for young men and women ages 22-45, concurs with Prine that the warmth and energy of the evening was palpable. She said she is particularly proud of the significant contributions that celebrants made to Federation’s Jewish Community Fund.
Each guest was required to make a minimum campaign gift of $180, and the evening raised more than $100,000 in resources to address the community’s most critical priorities in Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world.
“My generation has a bad reputation for apathy and selfishness, but this Young Leadership Celebration is living proof that Philadelphia’s young adult Jewish community is vibrant, actively engaged and extremely generous with their time and resources,” said Weiss.
She said she is impressed by the group’s commitment to “making a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable Jews here in Philadelphia and around the world.
“This year, more than ever, with the surge in worldwide anti-Semitism fueled, in part, by a controversial war in Israel,” Weiss said, “it was meaningful to stand together as young Jewish professionals to celebrate the spirit of giving and, of course, to have a great time.”
Sarah B. Solomon, director of the Renaissance Group, expressed her appreciation to the 50 members of the Young Leadership Celebration Host Committee and to Jeff Greco, Ben Gurion Society chair, Liz Fineman, Leadership Giving Chair, Shaw Levin, Celebration Giving chair, and Mitch Sterling, Renaissance Group’s immediate past chair.
Special thanks to event sponsors: Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLC; Blank Rome, LLP; Phyllis and Howard Fischer; FLYWHEEL; Hillel’s Grad Student Network; Hillel at Temple University; and Williams Family Law.
Solomon encourages all who are interested in joining this group of dedicated and passionate Jewish men and women who seek a Jewish connection and the opportunity to make a real difference in the community to visit: www.jewishphilly.org/ren
for a full calendar of upcoming programs and events.