How Generosity Can Move You To Riches

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How Generosity Can Move You To Riches

When Dan Levenson says it’s impossible for him to describe who he is and what he has done in his life, it’s hard to argue with him.

For starters, Levenson has lived out a rags-to-riches story that continues to inspire millions of people to immigrate here every year. How Generosity Can Move You To Riches How Generosity Can Move You To Riches How Generosity Can Move You To Riches

He started in Russia with nothing, he said, and today boasts a net worth of about $6 million made in the construction industry in New York and Miami.

He has been generous with his money, endowing enough chairs at enough universities, hospitals and children’s homes to have collected more than 200 — what he referred to as a museum — commemorative plaques, cups, bowls, menorahs, crystal pedestals and certificates in his honor. How Generosity Can Move You To Riches How Generosity Can Move You To Riches How Generosity Can Move You To Riches

And he has lived to be 102, which is an achievement in itself.

Levenson’s story began on March 27, 1900 when he was born to a rabbi, Jacob Levenson, and his wife, Eva, parents of five children.

Levenson said he remained with his family until age 6, then was sent to live with a Women’s Organizational Rehabilitation Training group because his parents couldn’t support him.

The ORT group trained children of all ages in the skills they needed to earn a living. Levenson said he received food and board while he studied to become an engineer.

By the time he was 17, he said, he graduated at the top of his class and decided to go to college. But he had no money and when he applied to attend a Russian university, “I was answered immediately, `Jews are not allowed.’

“That put a knife in my heart,” he said. “I went out on a vow to raise money for children that needed that kind of education and schooling.”

A Jewish agency in Russia eventually made it possible for him to reach New York, he said. In the United States, he worked at any trade where a quick mind could earn a good living, from finance to insurance to construction.

By the time he moved to Hollywood, he was 42 and worth millions and wanting to give back to the world.

His generosity isn’t confined to institutional giving. A man’s request for a wedding dress for his daughter prompted Levenson to send needy families in Israel dozens of wedding gowns.

By-Elizabeth Roberts