After 66 Years, Gladwyne Couple More In Love Than Ever

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Gwen and Al welcome Levi Eshkol, Israel's Prime Minister, to Los Angeles, 1968.
Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer, courtesy of the Gilens.
Gwen and Al welcome Levi Eshkol, Israel's Prime Minister, to Los Angeles in 1968.

Sixty-six years since their wedding, Gwen and Alvin Gilen of Gladwyne are still delighting in each other’s company every single day, writes Kellie Patrick Gates for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Al and Gwen Gilens in their wooded backyard.
Al and Gwen Gilens in their Gladwyne backyard.
Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer, courtesy of Al and Gwen Gilens.

After they met, the pair were often brought together by their leadership roles in Hillel.

Their admiration for each other grew, and within two years they were married.

While still living in Los Angeles, Gwen launched an indoor landscaping business, and Al became an insurance broker.

They had three children, Martin, Todd, and Sharona.

When the United Jewish Appeal asked Al to take over as its western regional director, he accepted and the family moved to the Gladwyne home where the couple still lives.

Several years later, Gwen became the first director of development for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote.

Today, Gwen Gilen is enjoying retirement while Al Gilen is still working in his latest career, photography.

They have lived their lives together following the advice Gwen’s mother gave them just before their wedding. “She said it’s 60/40, with both of you expecting to give 60% and get 40%, and we are both doing that,” said Gwen.

“We overflow with happiness because that’s 120 percent,” said Al.

Read more about Gwen and Alvin Gilen of Gladwyne in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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