Honoring Rachel S. Kronowitz and Mark E. Plotkin as recipients of the Phil Berg Distinguished Alumni Award and Nelson F. Migdal as recipient of the Kol Echad Award.
About the Honorees
By day, Nelson F. Migdal is a Principal Shareholder in the law firm of Greenberg Traurig and co-chairs its global hospitality practice group. On nights, weekends and between client meetings, Nelson is a secret weapon for BBYO. As a member of the NRE Adult Board, he led BBYO’s Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) fundraising activities for the past four years. Recently, Nelson was promoted to the role of International FAN Co-Chair. He and his wife Joyce, a former BBG N’siah in Buffalo, NY, are active BBYO parents as well. Their daughter, Talia, is a former Nava BBG N’siah and son, Corey, is a current member of both Melech AZA and Richard Anderman Shalom AZA in BBYO Northern Region East DC Council. In addition to his work with BBYO, Nelson has served as a board member and song leader at Adat Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Potomac. He was a member of the first class of DC-area Wexner Fellows, led missions to Israel and the former Soviet Union for the Jewish Federation, and joined the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet with a special portfolio of fundraising/solicitation.
Mark E. Plotkin served as the 55th Grand Aleph Godol of AZA (1978-79); he also served as Grand Aleph S'gan; Washington Council Godol; and co-founded Theodore Herzl AZA. He is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School (J.D., with honors). Today he is a partner at Covington & Burling, one of the nation’s oldest and best-known law firms, where he chairs the national security and defense practice and also handles bank regulatory matters. Mark is co-editor of two books: Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States and E-Commerce Law & Business. He also teaches national security law at Georgetown University and lectures at Yale Law School. Mark has been married for 26 years to Teresa Cavalier Plotkin, his law school classmate. They live in Bethesda, Maryland, with their daughter Natalie, a senior at Sidwell Friends School. Their older daughter Sarah is a college student studying computer science.
About the Phil Berg Distinguished Alumni Award
Phil believed strongly in the principles of BBYO: Building character, leadership, confidence and a sense of identity among Jewish youth. As a teen, he was active in Lincoln AZA, D.C. Council and Northeastern Region. As an adult, he served on the Adult Board, providing guidance and support for the BBYO community. Philip was an accountant who brought vision of financial stability to BBYO through his consummate fundraising and the establishment of Friends of BBYO. Today, program supporters include many of Philip’s colleagues, family and friends.
Rachel S. Kronowitz was elected President of the BBG chapter in Savannah, GA that was named for her aunt, Dorothy Levy Wexler. She served as sweetheart to the local AZA chapter; President of Dixie Council; and Vice President of District V. Rachel spent a summer in Israel with BBYO and attended the International Leadership Training Conference. She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A., cum laude), Columbia University (M.S.), and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude). Rachel is a founding partner of the DC law firm of Gilbert LLP, where she focuses on insurance recovery and strategic risk management. Rachel is a recent Board Chair and current board member of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. In addition, she is a board member of Equal Justice Works and a member of the Georgetown Day School Parent Service Association. Rachel is married to Mark Lewis, a reading specialist in the DC Public Schools. They live in Washington with their two children, Daniel and Tessa.
About the Kol Echad Award
Kol Echad translates to “one voice,” or “all as one.” This award was introduced in 2009 to honor someone in the community who has advanced the mission of engaging Jewish youth. Past honorees have all contributed to the success of BBYO through their leadership roles and philanthropic support.