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AWARDS, HISTORY AND HONOREES

 


The Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Meeting

Honoring our Community Volunteers


Humanitarian of the Year Award
•    Dr. Howard Gendelman

Phil and Terri Schrager Spirit of Federation Award
•    Sharon Kirshenbaum and Jon Meyers

Bruce Fellman Memorial Young Leadership Award
•    Troy Meyerson

Lois Jeanne Schrager Memorial Young Leadership Award
•    Jamie Meyerson

Community Service Award   
•    “Welcoming the Stranger” : Beth El Synagogue

Robert and Ellen Gordman Jewish Teen Leadership Award
•    Emily Kutler
•    Mikayla Langdon

Jody & Neal Malashock Award for Professional Excellence   
•    Julee Katzman

Volunteer of the Year
•    Danny Cohn | JFO
•    Albertha Schmid | IHE
•    Suzanne Singer | The Jewish Press
•    Renee Kazor| RBJH
•    James Polack| JFS
•    Carol Bloch | ADL-CRC
•    Shira Abraham | JCC

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Humanitarian of the Year

The Humanitarian of the Year is awarded to an exceptional person, who need not be Jewish, who has performed an outstanding service to humanity. This is our community’s most significant award. The Humanitarian of the Year, awarded annually since 1979, is selected by the Federation’s Executive committee. The honoree’s name is engraved on a plaque in the JCC hallway and the award is presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

The Phil and Terri Schrager Spirit of Federation Award

The Phil and Terri Schrager Spirit of Federation Award is given annually to honor one man and one woman, over the age of 45, who have demonstrated personal commitment, dedication and leadership to the Jewish Federation of Omaha and/ or its agencies. Recipients receive a stipend to participate in a community mission or national conference. This award, which began in 2006, is selected by the Federation’s Executive Committee. The honoree’s names are engraved on a plaque in the JCC hallway and the award is presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

This award - given every two years by The Jewish Federations of North America - honors extraordinary women who exemplify the spirit of the Lion of Judah through their high standard of philanthropy and volunteerism.

Lois Jeanne Schrager Memorial Young Leadership Award

The Lois Jeanne Schrager Memorial Young Leadership Award is given annually to honor a young woman, under age 45, who has demonstrated personal commitment, dedicated involvement and exemplary leadership qualities in rendering service to the Jewish and general community. This honoree receives a $1500 stipend to attend an approved Jewish or Israel related experience. This award is selected by a representative of the Schrager family and two previous award honorees. The honoree’s name is engraved on a plaque in JCC hallway and the award is presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

Bruce Fellman Memorial Young Leadership Award

The Bruce Fellman Memorial Young Leadership Award is given annually to honor a young man, under age 45, who has demonstrated personal commitment, dedicated involvement and exemplary leadership qualities in rendering service to the Jewish and general community. This honoree receives a stipend of $1500 to attend an approved Jewish or Israel related experience. This award is selected by a representative of the family and two previous award honorees. The honoree’s name is engraved on a plaque in the JCC hallway and the award is presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

Robert and Ellen Gordman Jewish Teen Leadership Award

The Robert and Ellen Gordman Teen Leadership award was first given in 1985 and each year since has recognized a high school young man or woman who have exhibited outstanding leadership skills in BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) or a synagogue youth group. Winners receive a stipend of $1000 to participate in his/her choice of a convention, conclave or summer camp under Jewish auspices or a recognized Israel experience. The honorees are selected by a committee made up of representatives from each of the three synagogues (Beth El, Temple Israel, Beth Israel) and the BBYO Director. The honoree’s name is engraved on a plaque in the JCC hallway and the award is presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

Community Service Award

The Community Service award is given to annually to recognize a creative community program that has made a significant impact on the community. Programs from throughout the Jewish community are eligible to be nominated. This award, given annually since 1979, is selected by the Federation’s Executive Committee. The honoree’s name is engraved on a plaque in the JCC hallway and the award is presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

Jody & Neal Malashock Award for Professional Excellence

The Jody and Neal Malashock Award for Professional Excellence is presented annually to a professional in the Omaha Jewish Community who has shown exemplary performance in advancing the mission of their organization. The Jewish Federation of Omaha Board of Directors selects the recipient of the award from those nominated.

Volunteer of the year award

Volunteers of the Year are selected by the Jewish Federation of Omaha and each of its agencies (Jewish Social Services, JCC, Jewish Press, ADL/CRC and The Center for Jewish Life). Volunteers are awarded for ongoing and outstanding service to the organization. The honorees have their names engraved on a plaque in the JCC hallway and are presented their award at the Federation’s Annual Meeting.