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Recently, I attended the funeral of Mark Levy, z"l, in Los Angeles and had the honor of celebrating his life. Mark and his wife, Peachy, have been deeply committed to the future of the Jewish people for decades. Through their incredible leadership, they have distinguished themselves as two of the Reform Movement's most generous donors. Particularly devoted to camp and youth initiatives, the Levys provided scholarships that enabled thousands of students to attend the URJ's west coast camps (camps Newman and Kalsman) and NFTY events, and they expanded the URJ's camping network to include URJ Camp Kalsman, named for Peachy's parents.
Last year Mark and Peachy, widely beloved for their tremendous warmth, menschlichkeit and generosity, were honored as lifetime members of NFTY. This video provides a glimpse of the warmth of the Levys and the love they receive from our young people. Indeed, our Movement is diminished by the loss of Mark. May his memory be for a blessing, and may Peachy and their family – and all of us – find comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.