E. Billi Ivry, a trustee of The Jewish Theological Seminary from 1992 until her death on October 18, 2008, was a financial advisor with Prudential Securities, Inc. until her retirement in 1996.
A member of the President's Club of Israel Bonds, in 1987 she became the first woman ever elected to the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University. At Yeshiva's Stern College for Women, she endowed a Chair in Jewish History as well as the Department of Jewish Studies and a dormitory student center. Billi served on the boards of the Friends Bezalel Academy, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, and Boys Town Jerusalem, to which she gave several scholarships. She has also given scholarships to the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and to Jerusalem College of Technology. At JTS, she endowed the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School and the E. Billi Ivry Chair of Talmud and Rabbinics.
The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor is a supplementary Jewish school (grades seven to twelve) in which all members are learners and participants in the study of Jewish texts and tradition in relation to current events and concerns. The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor and its network of affiliated schools throughout the tristate area are run under the auspices of JTS's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education.
Over the span of more than fifty years, the Ivry Prozdor has built its reputation on a commitment to the academic study of great issues, texts, and literature in Judaism. Under the guidance of its renowned faculty, students are encouraged to develop their own interpretations through close textual readings, class discussions, and special projects. Hebrew language classes provide students with a window into Israeli culture while developing skills in speaking, reading, and writing. The students also have the opportunity to participate in community service and cultural projects throughout the tristate area as well as the opportunity to learn about and lobby on Jewish issues in Washington DC.
To honor E. Billi Ivry's memory with a gift to Ivry Prozdor, please contact Marion Dienstag at (212) 678-8849.