Berkowitz Family Foundation

Lecture Program

The Seventh Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Program is presented by The Cooper Foundation, Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. This event is funded by The Berkowitz Family Foundation. 

Guest Speaker

Rana Awdish is the author of In Shock, a critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoir based on her own critical illness. After suffering a sudden critical illness, she has special interest in improving empathy through connection and communication. She was awarded the Speak-Up Hero award in 2014 for her work establishing a workshop based program called CLEAR (Connect, Listen, Emphasize, Align, Respect), which trains faculty and trainees in relationship-based communication skills utilizing improvisational actors.

Dr. Rana Awdish currently serves as a critical care physician and faculty member of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, she completed her medical degree at Wayne State in 2002, her residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, and her fellowship training at Henry Ford Hospital.



Tuesday, August 27, 2019
4:00 p.m.Hors d’oeuvre Reception 
5:00 p.m. Lecture

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, 401 S. Broadway, Camden NJ

Monday, August 12, 2019 to



About the Berkowitz Family Foundation

The Foundation was created to support a variety of philanthropic activities, locally and around the world, with a special interest in activities related to medical ethics, education and programs for seniors.

Mr. Berkowitz was the Chairman of the Board of JE Berkowitz, LP Architectural Glass, which was founded by his father in 1920 in Philadelphia. At its outset, the company manufactured mirrors for furniture and department stores in Philadelphia. Mr. Berkowitz then led the company to provide glass for the military and many of the Northeast’s leading homebuilders and apartment developers. Now run by his son, the company has grown to provide glass for many prestigious buildings, including the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, the Bank of America headquarters in Charlotte, NC, the Omni Hotel in Dallas, PNC world headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and many others. The company operates out of a 250,000 square foot, state of the art facility in Pedricktown, NJ.

Mr. Berkowitz was very committed to the local community. He was the driving force behind the funding and the construction of the Hillel House at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as President of the Uptown Home for the Aged, President of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, and was the past president of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

On a personal level as a patient, Mr. Berkowitz observed the importance of ethical behavior and empathy by health care professionals. He was passionate when discussing the role of medical ethics in everyday care and the ethical considerations in the development of unique treatments and medical technology.

Mr. Berkowitz had an interest in new “personalized medicine” cancer treatment programs that identify genetic changes within the tumor itself.

We celebrate the Seventh Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Program in his memory.

For more information, contact:

Amber Oakley