Dr. Ben Chouake of Englewood is among the honorees at Yeshiva University’s 91st annual Hannukah Convocation and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Sunday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m.
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the keynote speaker, will receive an honorary degree. YU President Richard M. Joel will confer honorary degrees on Norman Sternthal of Montreal, and Mark Wilf of Livingston, as well as on Dr. Chouake. Rabbi Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky of Riverdale, N.Y., will receive the Presidential Medallion.
Dr. Chouake, national president of Norpac, the nation’s largest pro-Israel political action committee, first became involved with Yeshiva University when his son Jason attended Yeshiva College. He is a board member of both Yeshiva College and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, both at YU. He and his wife, Esther, established the Esther and Ben Chouake Scholarship at Yeshiva College in 2003. Dr. Chouake also is on the boards of Touro College, New York Medical College, the Orthodox Union, the Frisch School in Paramus, and the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey in River Edge, is the vice president of the Zionist Organization of America, and is the secretary of the American Jewish Congress.
Mark Wilf of Livingston, co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings, serves on the YU board and is a member of the YU Institutional Advancement Committee.
For information, go to www.yu.edu/hanukkah.