Harry Krakowski first became acquainted with Shalva and its life transforming work 15 years ago at a parlor meeting hosted in a friend’s home. Since that evening, Harry has been a dear friend of Shalva’s. After seeing the new Shalva National Center and the hope and dedication that the entire staff of Shalva pours into enriching the lives of these special children and their families, Harry’s passion for and love of Shalva has grown exponentially.
Harry is the son of Israel and Elli Krakowski, both of whom were Holocaust survivors. Harry was raised in Queens attended Yeshiva Dov Revel, Yeshiva of Central Queens and Queens College. Today he is a hotelier who manages and operates several hotels, and an entrepreneur who runs several businesses within the hospitality and food and beverage industries. He is also involved in real estate in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
Despite his busy schedule, Harry takes great pride in the time and effort that he devotes to the communal and educational institutions to which he is committed. Harry is involved with the Birthright Israel Foundation, the National Jewish Outreach Program and is also a member of the Next Generation Council USC Shoah Foundation. Additionally, he is supportive of Chabad on Campuses and is a Board Member of both the Hamptons Synagogue and the Friends of Auschwitz Birkenau Foundation.
Most importantly, Harry is the proud father of four beautiful daughters, Rachel, Sarah, Sophie, and Leah.