Mar 31, 2016

Federation Mourns Passing of Community Pioneer Mildred Levine

With the utmost sadness and deepest respect we share the news of the passing of Mildred Levine. Mildred’s funeral will take place in New York on Sunday, April 3.

Mildred, along with Abner “Abby,” her late husband of nearly 70 years, was a leading figure in developing the South Palm Beach County Jewish community, and a dedicated philanthropist to numerous local and overseas organizations. Together, they formed a stalwart force in creating a strong foundation for one of the fastest-growing, most vibrant Jewish communities in the world.

On moving here from Lawrence, Long Island, 40 years ago, Mildred quickly called our Federation office to offer her help. She became renowned for her enduring efforts to build Women’s Philanthropy at our Federation into the powerful force we know today, receiving the Clarice Pressner Crown of Judah Award in 2012. Mildred was extremely proud to have co-chaired bringing the Lion of Judah program to our community, and to have hosted our first Lion of Judah luncheon in her home.

Mildred and Abby have a permanent presence at the Federation as members of our prestigious Ketubah Society and in the Levine Boardroom that bears their family name in our Federation building. By endowing her Lion of Judah gift, Mildred’s compassion, foresight, guidance and generosity have ensured that she will always be a significant part of our Jewish community. We could not be more fortunate and grateful that the Levines chose this community as their home.

Locally, the Levines have been honored for their charitable endeavors by the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Donna Klein Jewish Academy and B’nai Torah Congregation. They were also instrumental in Jewish life here at Florida Atlantic University, creating the Hillel center as well as the Mildred & Abner Levine and Ruth & Saul Weinberger Jewish Life Center.

They were further honored by the Anti-Defamation League, Hadassah, Israel Bonds, the Jewish Theological Seminary, United Jewish Appeal and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Mildred and Abner were also co-founders of the Dr. Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Lab at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mildred and Abby’s three children, and their grand- and great-grandchildren. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may Mildred’s memory always be a blessing.