Hillel Renaissance Gala Dinner - 2015.

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

Hillel's Renaissance Award


Cindy and David Shapira

The Maimonides Award

Donna E. Shalala

University of Miami

The Edgar M. Bronfman Award

Michael Brooks

University of Michigan

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Pierre Hotel
New York City
6:00 P.M.

Dietary Laws Observed
Business Attire

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

Cindy and David Shapira

Cindy and David Shapira David Shapira
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.,
President, David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation

During his thirty-plus years as chairman, chief executive officer and president, David Shapira positioned Giant Eagle, Inc. as an industry leader, and grew the company from a local chain of 50 grocery stores to an organization now employing 36,000 with more than 420 locations and $9.6 billion in revenue. Named President and CEO in 1980 and Chairman of the Giant Eagle Board of Directors in 1992, David led the company during its peak years of growth and transformation, which included his application of a world-class customer loyalty program.

Since stepping away from Giant Eagle’s day-to-day operations in 2013, David has applied the entrepreneurial approach developed at Giant Eagle to the world of philanthropy. Through the Foundation he leads with his wife Cindy, David has led the development of projects that demonstrate real and meaningful positive impact on the formation of strong Jewish identities and attachment to Israel for large numbers of young Jews. These ventures include Onward Israel, which transforms young adults through professional summer internships with Israeli businesses and organizations, and the Comprehensive Excellence initiative at Hillel International, currently being piloted at the Hillel Jewish University Center in Pittsburgh, Penn State Hillel, and Hillel of Central Florida. David is also a member of the Hillel International’s Board of Governors.

David’s civic involvement reflects his commitment to advancing and investing in the communities Giant Eagle and the Foundation serve. David has served on numerous corporate and civic boards, including EQT, Mellon Bank, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. David is the Immediate Past Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees, and the current Chairman of Carnegie Mellon’s Investment Committee, as well as a Trustee at Oberlin College, and a Founding Co-Chairman of The Pittsburgh Promise Campaign. David’s philanthropic board service has also included the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Extra Mile Foundation and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

David has a B.A. in economics from Oberlin College and an M.A. in economics from Stanford University.

Cindy Shapira
Vice President of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation

Cindy Shapira leads the development and implementation of the Foundation’s initiatives, including the pilot of the Comprehensive Excellence initiative at Hillel International and Onward Israel. She is co-chair of the Task Force on the Government of Israel/World Jewry Initiative: Securing the Jewish Future.

Cindy is a trustee of Brandeis University, Corporate Secretary of the Jewish Federations of North America, and a governor of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Her Jewish community work also includes serving as the campaign co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. She also sits on the board of the Jewish Funders Network. Cindy was Vice Chair of the Transition Team for Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf. She is a member of the Board of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. She was appointed by Governor Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women and was a member of the 2012 Pennsylvania Electoral College. In Pittsburgh, she chairs the Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University and also serves on the boards of Point Park University, United Way of Allegheny County, The Pittsburgh Promise, and WQED Pittsburgh.

Cindy was Honorary Co-Chair of Allegheny 365, an initiative to ensure access to individuals of varying abilities in Allegheny County, and founded the 21 & Able policy project to address the needs of youth with disabilities aging out. She was a management consultant for twenty years in the non-profit and education sectors, including ten years as executive vice president of Pappas Consulting Group, Inc.

Cindy has a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Donna E. Shalala

Donna_E_ShalalaDonna E. Shalala became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001 and has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. One of the country’s first Peace Corps Volunteers, she served in Iran from 1962 to 1964. From 1980 to 1987, she served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York, and from 1987 to 1993 as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Donna U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.” Donna has been elected to seven national academies and has more than four dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Michael Brooks

BrooksFor a third of a century Michael Brooks was the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel, one of the most active and broadly-based centers of Jewish life in North America. He lectures and consults widely for Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Centers, synagogues and day schools on strengthening and stretching the boundaries of the Jewish community and creating an institutional and community culture that will signal to Jews that it is a privilege to be a part of, participate in, and support the Jewish community. A graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard University, Michael was a founding member of the Havurat Shalom community in Boston. He continued his training at The Hebrew University and Merkaz Ha-Rav Kook in Jerusalem and at The University of Michigan, where he was a Lecturer in the Program on Studies in Religion. He has served on the faculties of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute and of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Summer Institute. In 1997, he received the Covenant Award for his role as one of the country’s exceptional Jewish educators.

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