The Robert S. & Ceil N. Levy Young Leadership Award recognizes young leaders who devote time and energy to better the Jewish community of the Palm Beaches. 

Named for the founders of Federation’s young leadership division, the award has honored dozens of young leaders in the Palm Beaches who have continued building toward the Levys’ vision of a strong, vibrant Jewish community.

2022 Robert S. & Ceil N. Levy Young Leadership Award Recipients


Scott Holtz
is an alumnus of the Mandel Leadership Institute Cohort 1 and went on to chair Cohort 2. He is a member of Federation’s Board of Directors, where he also sits on the Human Resources Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council Board. He is on the board of his synagogue and is about to start the inaugural Wexner Heritage Leadership cohort.
Elana Kanel Rickel
is an alumna of the Emerging Leadership Program Cohort 6. She has been heavily involved in young women’s leadership, winning the women’s young leadership award in 2019. She serves on the board of the Mandel Jewish Community Center. Elana grew up in this community, attended Meyer Academy and began participating in Federation’s fundraising when she was 16 years old.


Click here to watch one of the 2021 Levy Young Leadership Award recipients, Brett Sandala, introduce our 2022 recipients.


Robert S. Levy (z”l)

“It’s emotional to me to see young leaders providing hope that the Jewish heritage will continue.”
– Robert S. Levy 

Know a young leader in the Palm Beaches?

Past Award Recipients:

Barry S. Berg
Jonathan Chane
Andrew R. Comiter
Pamela Comiter
Sara Balas Densen
Jill Fenster
Jonathan Gilbert
Susan Handler
Michelle Jacobson

Amy Jonas
Michael Jonas
Ilan Kaufer
Michael A. Lampert
Gary S. Lesser
Jennifer Lesser
Tami Lesser
Lisa Lickstein
Jeffrey Mooallem

Justin Paul
Shaina Rappoport
Jason Rogers
Brett Sandala
Alyson Seligman
Brian Seymour
Lisa Seymour
Debbie Shapiro

Kevin Shapiro
Geoff Stahl
Craig S. Storch
Muriel Strosberg
Lauren Stuhmer
Paul Michael Tochner
Beth Wayne
Mark E. Yadgaroff


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