Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 JCSA Young Professional Award. Download flyer and nomination form today! All nomination materials due to the JCSA office by Monday, August 20th, 2012.
Recognizing the Achievements of Outstanding Young Professionals in the Jewish Community
A Message from the Young Professional Award Committee Chairs
The JCSA Young Professional Award is given annually to Young Professionals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service in their agencies and communities. This competitive and prestigious award provides an opportunity to recognize talented individuals who are dedicated to professional careers in the Jewish community. Through this recognition, we not only reward outstanding work and behavior, we also pay tribute to the invaluable contributions of professional leadership in the Jewish communal sector. While the selection process is competitive, nominating a younger colleague and recognizing his or her contributions is, in itself, a significant honor. Please consider nominating a worthy colleague and sharing this announcement.
Young Professional Award Committee Chairs
Howard Charish Jay Spector, JEVS Philadelphia
2011 Award Winners:
Sarah Eisenman and Shauan Waltman were named the 2011 winners of the Young Professional Award of the Jewish Communal Service Association, it was announced by Howard Charish and Jay Spector, Co-Chairmen of the JCSA Awards Committee.
Past Award Winners:
* 2010 Award Winners Eva Stern and David Cygielman were the 2010 winners of the JCSA Young Professional Award. The announcement came from Howard Charish and Jay Spector, co-chairs of JCSA’s Awards Committee.The winners were honored at the 2010 General Assembly.
* 2009 Award Winners: Zhanna Beyl and Ruthie Warshenbrot were the 2009 winners of the JCSA Young Professional Award, the most prestigious honor for young professionals in Jewish community service. The announcement came from Howard Charish and Jay Spector, co-chairs of JCSA’s Awards Committee.
* 2008 Award Winners: David Michaels, Naomi Leah Sage and Cara Unowsky were the 2008 winners of the Jewish Communal Service Association Young Professional Award; it was announced by Howard Charish and Jay Spector, Co-Chairmen of the JCSA Awards Committee. The winners were honored during the General Assembly of United Jewish Communities meeting November 16-20, 2008 in Jerusalem, Israel. The JCSA Award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium, was underwritten by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, the Mandel Foundation and the Bernard Rodkin Fund of the United Israel Appeal – Federations of Canada.
* 2007 Winners: Edward M. Bruckner and Shoshannah D. Frydman were the 2007 winners of the Jewish Communal Service Association Young Professional Award, it was announced by Howard Charish and Jay Spector, Co-Chairmen of the JCSA Awards Committee. The award was presented during the General Assembly of United Jewish Communities in Nashville, November 11-13, 2007. The JCSA award was underwritten by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and the Mandel Foundation
* 2006 Winners: Alisha Goodman, Ilana Aisen, and Alyssa Abrahamson were the 2006 winners of the Young Professional Award. JCSA thanks the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, the Mandel Foundation and the Professional Leadership Project for underwriting these awards.
*2005 Winners: Amy Wagner Biloon, Lisa Colton, and Leonard Petlakh were the 2005 winners of the Young Professional Award and were recognized at the UJC General Assembly in Toronto. The award was funded by the Mandel Foundation and the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.
* 2004 Winners: Melanie Kohler Levav and David Rosenberg were the 2004 winners of the Young Professional Award and were honored at the General Assembly of United Jewish Communities, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio, November 14-17, 2004. The JCSA Young Professional Awards were funded through generous support from the Mandel Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies in New York.
The 2012 Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award!
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award to a Jewish Communal Organization Professional.
Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award
2011: Peter Friedman, Michael Kotzin, and Michael Tarnoff
2010: Lou Solomon
2009: William S. Bernstein
2008: Daniel Allen and Steven Morrison
2007: Phyllis Cook and Jeffrey L. Klein
2006: Maxyne Finkelstein
2005: Jacob Solomon
2004: Jay Yoskowitz*
2003: Dr. John Ruskay
2002: Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon
2001: Cindy Chazan and Stephen H. Hoffman
2000: Max L. Kleinman
1999: Peter H. Wells
1998: Darrell Friedman and Norbert Fruehauf
1997: Howard M. Rieger
1996: Ferne Katleman
1995: Stephen Solender
1994: Michael Schneider
1993: Martin Kraar*
1992: Melvyn H. Bloom
1991: Dr. Steven B. Nasatir
1990: Irving Kessler*
1989: Ben M. Mandelkorn*
1988: Charles Miller* and Carmi Schwartz
1987: Ted Kanner*
1986: Irving Bernstein*
The Norman Edell Scholarship
The Edell Award sends one young professional to experience the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America for the first time, with preference given to those from a small or intermeidate agency. Through this national exposure to Jewish leaders, colleagues, and best practices, the Scholarship hopes to give younger professionals a clearer sense of the national system, unique opportunities for learning practice and most importantly, the motivation to continue their careers in Jewish community work.
2012 Ted Comet Exemplar Award
The Ted Comet Exemplar Award is given to an individual who exhibits outstanding leadership and skill in unifying & strenthening the Jewish People.
Exemplar Awards will be presented to exceptional North American Jewish Community Professionals. The Award includes complimentary regisrtation for the World Conference of Jewish Communal Service 12th Quadrennial Conference, to be held in Jerusalem, Israel and a $2500 stipend toward an educational mission to Israel.
The Bernard Rodkin
~June 17-27, 2012
Applications are no longer being accepted for the Bernard Rodkin Professional Development Israel Fellowship.
Louis Kraft, born in 1891 in Moscow, Russia, became a model and an example for his work in the Jewish communal profession. After serving as Executive Director of the Bronx YM & YMHA, Kraft became involved in the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) where he finally became the Executive Director of the organization. In 1947, Kraft helped establish the World Federation of YMHAs and Jewish Community Centers and has often been referred to as "the architect of the Jewish community center movement." Click here to view past Kraft Award recipients.
The Kraft Award:
The Young Professional Award was preceded by the Kraft Award, an award named after Louis Kraft, for exemplary work in Jewish communal service. The award began in 1972 and continued until 1995.