Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
6:00 p.m. Cocktails & dinner
7:30 p.m. Program & dessert reception

Our Gala is the school’s annual fundraiser. This year, we honor Michael Alan Stein ’69 and the Max and Bella Stein Charitable Trust. During the cocktails and dinner portion of the evening, we will celebrate with an amazing array of incredible food – level of observance is Glatt Kosher. This will be followed by our program, where we will hear from featured speaker Bret Stephens. We will end the evening with a special dessert reception for all.

More about our honoree

Michael is a native Philadelphian and Akiba grad who is still close with his classmates. Michael’s higher education was rich and diverse, with degree programs in English lit, acting, law and electrical engineering at the area’s most prestigious institutions. He then joined the world of high-tech, managing development of electronic materials and leading the global expansion of family-owned ESL Electro-Science. Since selling the company, he has pursued adventures in real estate, Ag-tech, film production, and Jewish education. Michael is passionate about giving back and has served on the boards of IMAPS, BMFI, Muhlenberg College, JBHA, and JNF. He finds time to weight train and run, scuba dive, ski, collect rare books and lead Torah study. Nonetheless, Michael’s daughters Kira and Juliet ‘07 remain his greatest passions.

Michael established the Max and Bella Stein Charitable Trust in 2014 to honor the legacy of his grandparents, courageous immigrants through whose hard work, devotion of family, and relentless pursuit of a better life have blessed their descendants. MBSCT is devoted to Jewish and Israel education, the performing arts, and animal welfare, and is now guided by Michael’s remarkable daughter Juliet ’07.

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There are several levels of support: sponsorship levels, patron levels, tickets to attend one or both tiers of the event or Tribute Journal ads only. Various prices may be obtained by clicking here.

There will be complimentary valet parking at the door. Should you not want to use valet, instructions on alternate parking will be emailed to attendees a few days prior to the event.

The couvert portion of your payment is non-tax deductible, however there are a variety of funds to which you may direct your gifts.

Annual Fund

Supports the overall operations of the school.

Opportunities Fund

Driven by the philosophy that a Jewish day school education is a birthright, we aim to make Barrack accessible to all. It is our fervent desire that financial considerations not preclude any child who wants a Barrack education from receiving one.

Innovations Fund

At Barrack, we are invested in being on the cutting edge of innovation and progress. We integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) into holistic, hands-on learning that fosters critical thinking skills. This fund supports enhancement of STEAM programs for middle and high school students, including additional courses, the launch of a Business and Entrepreneurship Institute for Upper School with support of staffing, curriculum design and materials, field trips and the development of a Mixed-Media, Communications, and Collaboration Lab.

Arts and Culture Fund

We believe in fostering our students’ creative outlets as a critical complement to a rigorous academic curriculum and a valuable cultural expression of our Jewish learning and values. This fund focuses on the expansion of the art program for grades 6-12, including the launch of our Upper School Art Institute, with new and broader class offerings across all grades, renovation of art spaces and additional staffing. This fund also supports an investment in the drama program, including continued partnership with WolfPAC, a diverse range of course offerings, upgrading of lighting and sound equipment and support of multiple shows including sets, costumes and more.

Jewish Education Fund

At its core, the Barrack community is connected through our commitment to Jewish life and learning. This fund fosters a growing investment in Jewish learning and Jewish life programs – the undercurrent of all we do – including curriculum development for grades 6-12, continued growth of the JBHA Muss Fund, Shabbatonim across all grades, Israel trips, Israel-focused activities and speakers and resources for the newly designed Center for Jewish and Student Life.

Legacy Pathway Paver Program

With nearly 3,000 graduates around the globe, our impact is undeniably significant. Every day, our faculty and administrators inspire our students through Jewish values and principles to live their lives with meaning and purpose. You, too, can inspire not only today’s students but so many others who will walk through our doors for years to come by participating in our Legacy Pathway Paver project. Inscribe your own inspirational message on a paver that will be used to construct a pathway leading to our school’s doors. To learn more here.

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Guests may also mail in their completed reply device enclosed with the invitation.

The registration deadline for the cocktails and dinner portion of the evening is March 17th. This option also includes the program and dessert reception.

The deadline for the program and dessert reception portion of the evening is also March 17th.

The deadline for all Tribute Journal ads is March 1st.