Dr. Ben Chouake of Englewood and Mark Wilf of Livingston were among the honorees at Yeshiva University’s 91st annual Chanukah Dinner and Convocation at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on December 13.
Dr. Chouake, the national president of Norpac, the nation’s largest pro-Israel political action committee, is a board member of both Yeshiva College and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He and his wife, Esther, established the Esther and Ben Chouake Scholarship at Yeshiva College in 2003.
Mark Wilf is co-owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings football team. Mr. Wilf sits on Yeshiva University’s board of trustees, and his support of YU is also a family legacy — he is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf and the nephew of the late Harry and Judith Wilf. He is a YU benefactor and serves as a member of the YU Institutional Advancement Committee.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered the keynote address and received an honorary doctorate.
Approximately $4 million was raised at the dinner and convocation; the evening is the university’s main annual fundraising event.