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Honoree Bios

Honoree Bios


Mr. Daniel Levy

Mr. Daniel Levy will be receiving the Leadership Award for his longstanding steadfast support of Chabad at the Beaches. Daniel Levy is a proud Naval officer (ret.). He was a Naval officer stationed at NAS Jacksonville as a navigator on the P-3 Orion aircraft. After serving our country for 10 years Daniel left the Navy to pursue a career in finance in the New York area. Daniel met his lovely wife Brittany here in Ponte Vedra. Despite their geographical distance from our community, he and Brittany still remain an active part of the Chabad Beaches community and try to share in its simchas. He continues to serve on the Annual Gala Fundraising and Journal Committees. Daniel sets an example to many as a true friend, loyal at his core. He is kind too, often doings acts of chesed (loving kindness) quietly and without fanfare.

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Rabbi & Rebetzin Kahanov

It is with great pride that we will present Rabbi and Mrs. Kahanov with the Pillar of the Community award. The Kahanovs are the pioneers and founders of Chabad in North East Florida. Sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Jacksonville over 25 years ago, it is they who had the vision and leadership to grow Chabad in North East Florida and make it what it is today. Six Chabad centers, 9 Chabad Rabbi and Rebbetzin couples, a school, camp, preschool and numerous other incredible accomplishments are due to their leadership and hard work. Rabbi Kahanov is a prolific writer; his weekly articles are read by countless people worldwide. Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov and his wife Rivkie are a lot more than just organizational figureheads of Chabad. Their love of their fellow Jew is extraordinary. They have literally touched the lives of thousands and continue to do so throughout their years in the Jacksonville area. The Kahanovs truly exemplify the vision of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of making this world a dwelling place for G‑d..


Mrs. Samara Gilbert

Samara Gilbert will receive the Aishet Chayil/Community Service Award for her outstanding dedication to Chabad. Samara’s positivity and willingness to help others is infectious. Samara has been coming to Chabad every day to volunteer. She has become such an integral part of the Chabad staff that hardly anything transpires without her. Samara and her husband Chris have done a beautiful job of educating their two children. Her daughter Chana Leah and Son Yochanan have been keeping Shabbat for months. Chana Leah will soon be married to Yishai Lee at the Aaron and Blanche Scharf Chabad Center and Yochanan Yoseph (Ian) will have his Bar Mitzvah at the Aaron and Blanche Scharf Chabad Center on Shavuot. They are both dedicated volunteers who give their time to many causes including Chabad. Samara demonstrates selflessness and concern for others on a regular basis. We are proud to call her a friend, honor her and recognize her efforts.