February 20, 2014

MAZON mourns the loss of a remarkable man

We have lost a giant of a man who was, without question, the dictionary definition of mensch and tzedek. MAZON claims Mark Levy as our own but we are joined by innumerable groups in the Jewish community, nationally and locally, who call him “our Mark.” He, along with his beloved Peachy, was a man of unending generosity, warmth and good will. He believed in and supported the many causes here and in Israel that furthered the well-being and advancement of the Jewish community.

Mark was one of the earliest supporters of MAZON – a commitment that continued throughout his years. He was elected to the MAZON Board of Directors in 1994 and became Board Chair in 1996. Before and after his chairmanship, he served on many of the various committees of the board and supported a myriad of MAZON initiatives. His committee assignments included Grants Advisory, Executive, Nominating and Board Development. 

Even when Mark rotated off the board, he was always the “go-to” person for advice, moral support and encouragement. He opened his home time and again to MAZON and its visitors, who marveled at his museum-quality collection of Judaica. And while he was serious about all his undertakings, he had a delicious sense of humor – quick with a smile and a joke. Mark’s synagogue affiliations were plural – he was active at Leo Baeck as well as Valley Beth Shalom along with a Reform congregation in Israel.

There are so many Jewish organizations that benefited from Mark’s intelligence, passion and support that we can only mention a few here. He served on the boards or committees of the URJ, the Jewish Community Foundation, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Funds for Justice, American Jewish University, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Jewish National Fund, the Progressive Jewish Alliance and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to name just a few. Both Mark and Peachy were honored time after time by so many who knew and treasured them both. 

Members of MAZON’s Board of Directors and staff, past and present, extend our heartfelt sympathies to Peachy, Mark’s children and grandchildren and his many, many friends. Mark Levy truly helped to make this a better, more just world. We will miss him. His name will live forever as a blessing.