A Y member for over seventy years, Marvin is one of three members of his family to serve as President of the Board of the Y. He credits his uncle Henry “Bud” Weiser, and his uncle’s friends, for his involvement. In the early 60s, Marvin joined his uncle on a site visit to what was to become the Y Country Camp. He served on various Y committees – one of which was successfully co-chairing the Chai Y Raffle, now named the Ian Karper Y Raffle, for two years. Marvin is a Past-President of the Y, past Chair of the Board of Trustees and currently the President of the Y Foundation. Marvin’s decades-long relationship with the Y started when he was 10 years old. Back then, every time he visited the Y, which was located on Mount Royal at the time, for $0.05 he would receive a bar of soap and a key attached to a strap to access a locker. Marvin recalls all of the great times he had not only going swimming but watching movies at the Y, in particular Westerns on Sundays. When the Y moved to Westbury, Marvin, who was in his high school years, joined the Wise Guys social club, , which seemed to almost do nothing without the Y Rockets women.
After getting his MBA at Columbia University, Marvin rejoined the Y and has been involved ever since.
“The Y was the place to go. The Y still is the place to go. The Y continues to be the heart of our Jewish community.”