Matt and Sheli LeVee are the OU-JLIC/YU fellowship couple for Drexel University. Along with their sweet sabra son Yochanan (22 months) they hope to create long lasting relationships with Drexel as well as inspire and be inspired by everyone.
Matt LeVee grew up in the hippie city of Berkeley, California. He and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois for high-school. Matt spent a year in Israel on Year Course Young Judaea before starting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During his time at U of I, Matt was very involved with the campus community as president of Hillel a nd an active brother of AEPi. It was during this time as a student that Matt fist became involved with OU-JLIC. It was because of those interactions that drove Matt to be a part of OU-JLIC today. Matt graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and minor in Sociology. For a few years he worked in medical sales and then decided to go to Israel where he learned at Shapell’s Darchei Noam and Machon Meir for over three year. In Israel he met and married his beautiful wife Sheli. Matt is currently learning for his rabbinic ordination at RIETS Yeshiva University as well as completing a Master’s in Education from Azrieli Yeshiva University.
Matt loves hanging out with a whisky and having deep conversation or running around playing basketball. He is also a skilled artist and painter hoping to learn safrut. In addition to being a part of OU-JLIC, Matt acts as the madrich (guide) for the JSS Program at Yeshiva University where you can find his Shabbat table full of aromatic Iraqi food and nice scotch.
Sheli LeVee was born and raised in Canarsie in Brooklyn, New York. After Flatbush Yeshiva she attended seminary at Midreshset Amit where she volunteer with children from troubled backgrounds and learned intensively. After seminary Sheli made Aliyah and attended Michlala Yerushalayim where she graduated with a B.Ed. in Computer-Science. While in school, she worked as an office manager and dental assistant in Jerusalem and helped run a chesed organization part-time. Sheli is currently a senior accounts receivable representative at B&H Photo in Manhattan.
Sheli is a vicious reader and consumes books. When she is not not-following a food recipe for some new delicious treat, she knits and sews with family and friends. Aside from their sweet sabra son Yochanan, Matt & Sheli are looking forward to meeting a new member of the family soon (iyH)!