Hillel International Renaissance Gala 2014.

The International Board of Governors, Board of Directors, students and professionals of Hillel International proudly present

Hillel's Renaissance Award


Mark R. Shenkman

Founder and President, Shenkman Capital Management

The Edgar M. Bronfman Award

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit

Tufts University

The Maimonides Award

Scott S. Cowen & Yvette M. Jones

Tulane University

Monday, June 9, 2014

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For further information on the event and purchasing tickets, please contact Amy Biloon.

Hillel's Renaissance Gala 2014

The June 9th event includes a number of activities:

Mark R. Shenkman

Mark Schenkman.

Mark R. Shenkman, Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer of Shenkman Capital Management, Inc., is considered one of the pioneers in the leverage finance market. In 1978 he managed one of the first dedicated high-yield mutual funds at Fidelity Investments. Shenkman went on to launch and co-head one of the first broker-dealer leverage-finance departments on Wall Street at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. Prior to founding Shenkman Capital in 1985, he was President and CIO of First Investors Asset Management responsible for First Investors Fund for Income, the largest high-yield mutual fund at the time. He has built Shenkman Capital, a New York-based investment advisory firm, into one of the leading asset managers exclusively focused on companies in leveraged finance.

Shenkman has dedicated much of his time and philanthropic endeavors to higher education. He is the immediate past Chairman and a current member of the UCONN Foundation’s Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University, and a member of the Mason School of Business Board of Advisors at the College of William and Mary. Shenkman has co-authored two textbooks on the leveraged financial markets. In 2007, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Connecticut. Shenkman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University.

Shenkman has been a member of Hillel’s International Board of Governors since 2005. He is also a board member of the Museum of American Finance and an avid collector of American political flags. He and his wife, Rosalind, have three sons and six grandchildren.

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit

Rabbi Jeffrey Summit.

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, the Neubauer Executive Director of Hillel at Tufts University, has served the movement for 35 years. He holds appointments as Research Professor in the Department of Music and in the Judaic Studies program, and serves as Tuft University's Jewish Chaplain. He received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Ph.D. from Tufts. He is the author of The Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship. He currently directs Tufts’ Cummings/Hillel Program on Holocaust and Genocide Education. Rabbi Summit was awarded B’nai B’rith’s Jacob Burns Prize for the Promotion of Ethics on Campus and has been named an Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel. He has also received the Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award for distinguished achievement in Jewish educational leadership.

Scott S. Cowen

Scott S Cowen.

Scott S. Cowen, Tulane University’s 14th President, was named by TIME magazine as one of the nation’s Top 10 Best College Presidents. Cowen has held leadership positions in the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the NCAA, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation. In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves as a board member of the University of Notre Dame and as an overseer of TIAA-CREF, which honored him with the 2014 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. The author of five books, his most recent is The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his masters and doctoral degrees, respectively, from The George Washington University in the fields of finance and management.

Yvette M. Jones

Yvette M Jones.

Yvette M. Jones has served as Tulane University’s Executive Vice President for University Relations and Development since 2009. As the Chief Advancement Officer, Jones successfully completed the 2008 “Promise and Distinction Campaign for Tulane,” which exceeded its $700 million goal making it the largest university fundraising effort in Louisiana history. Jones currently is leading Tulane’s efforts to plan and execute a $1 billion-plus campaign in support of the university’s long-term future. She serves as a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and is also involved in the New Orleans community as a member of the Boards of Tulane University Medical Center, Idea Village, Greater New Orleans BioDistrict, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Louisiana Audubon Society. She earned her B.A. and M.B.A from Tulane University.

For further information on the event and purchasing tickets, please contact Amy Biloon.