October 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Nancy K. Levin of Pepper Pike became the fourth recipient of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Ruby Bass Challenge Award, at the Lion of Judah event on October 5. Lions of Judah are women who make individual gifts of $5,000 or more to the Federation’s annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. The annual award, established in memory of Ruby Bass by her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Stephany Bass, and Stephany’s mother, Lenore Kessler, recognizes Ruby’s lifelong passion for and commitment to the Federation and the Women’s Campaign. Ruby recruited more Lions of Judah than any other campaigner in Federation history.  She said it was important to think of others and make a difference.

Nancy began her involvement at the Federation as a staff member in the Young Leadership Division more than 20 years ago. After leaving the Federation, she remained a committed volunteer. Over the years, Nancy has taken on many leadership roles in the Federation as a whole, and other community agencies. She is a past chair of the Women’s Campaign and the Women’s Division. She has served on the Federation’s Development Committee, Overseas Connections Committee, Human Resources Development Committee and the Board of Trustees. She is a current vice chair of the Campaign for Jewish Needs and a trustee of the Agnon School and the Cleveland Hillel Foundation.

Nancy rarely turns down an opportunity for involvement because she cares so deeply about the strength of the Jewish community. She has taken more prospects than any other women’s campaign solicitor in the past several campaigns. Just as Ruby Bass did, Nancy takes pride in encouraging women to become Lions of Judah and she is responsible for four new Lion level gifts in the past two years. In addition to all of these leadership roles, Nancy has served as a role model to other women, bringing in many new people to the Federation’s work. She has also taught her children the value of volunteering in the community, and they have served in important leadership roles as well.

In honor of Nancy, the Ruby Bass Challenge Endowment Fund has made a donation to the Campaign for Jewish Needs.

 – Jewish Federation of Cleveland –

Left to right: Nancy K. Levin, Jonathan and Stephany Bass, Lenore Kessler


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