Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2020 Heschel Vision Experience

JUFJ’s Heschel Vision Awards celebrate members of our community who take action with deep moral commitment and who inspire and empower others. It’s a chance for all of us to be reminded of our values and to be together in community.

This year’s event kicked off on Sunday November 15 with an online celebration showcasing inspiring honorees and the accomplishments of the JUFJ community, then continued on November 17 and 19 with community conversations, trainings, and much more. Archived information about this year’s event is below. Thank you to everyone who joined us and made an incredible week possible!

The 2020 Honorees

Attorney General Karl A. Racine

Toni Holness

The England Family Foundation

ADAT SHALOM Reconstructionist Congregation

Schedule at a glance

Sunday, November 15




A look back at a year of JUFJ’s work.

JUFJ in Celebration

The Heschel Vision Awards is an online celebration showcasing inspiring honorees and the accomplishments of the JUFJ community.

2020 JUFJ Heschel Vision Award Honorees

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Toni Holness
The England Family Foundation
DC Attorney General Karl Racine



Tuesday, November 17


JUFJ in Conversation:
Impact of the 2020 Elections

We will hear from notable changemakers how national efforts impact our local work and how JUFJ fits into the national effort for racial and economic justice.

Then join one of our group sessions for deeper conversation about JUFJ’s work and the lessons at the heart of it.

Session choices:
How We Organize for Change
Torah for this Moment



Thursday, November 19


JUFJ in Action

Choose JUFJ campaign sessions you’d like to attend for a detailed look at how we’re building power in DC, Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Maryland, and how you can be part of it.

Session choices:

Racial Equity in DC Government
Eviction Prevention in Maryland
Police Accountability in Maryland
Raising Revenue for a Just Recovery in DC



Conversation Leaders

More than 40 speakers will join the Experience this year over three nights of conversation. Hear from energizing organizers, faith leaders, movement visionaries, and JUFJ community members over the course of the event.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Sponsors make our work possible, now and all year long, and we are honored to have support from individuals, families, congregations, and organizations.

Sponsorships are available at a wide variety of levels. The full list of sponsorship levels are included on the Heschel registration form.

About the Heschel Awards

JUFJ was founded by a small group of longtime activists and younger community organizers who were inspired to action after attending a class on the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. He saw the teachings of the Prophets as a call for social action in our time, and was a prominent leader in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s.

Many of the hallmarks of JUFJ’s work—commitment to multicultural and interfaith coalitions, and concern for the most vulnerable in our society—are founded on Heschel’s teachings and the movements he helped lead.

For many of us the march from Selma to
Montgomery was both protest and prayer…
Even without words, our march was worship.
I felt my legs were praying.

— Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1965

Previous Heschel Honorees

Abigail, Emma, and Zoe Levine
Ana María Archila
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Barbara Kraft
Ben & Beth Wikler
Betsy Krieger & Karen Kreisberg
Rabbi Bob Saks
Bruce and Susie Turnbull
Claire Landers
David (z”l) & Carla (z”l) Cohen
David Fishback
David Krakow
Rabbi David Shneyer
Eli & Kavitha Kasargod-Staub
Elissa Froman (z”l)

Councilmember Elissa Silverman
George Derek Musgrove
Gustavo Torres
Heather Booth
Ilyse Hogue
Isabel “Liz” Dunst
Jerry Levine & Sarah Pokempner
Jessica Champagne & Max Toth
Joanna Blotner
Joelle Novey
Jonathan Stern (z”l) & Karen Paul
Joslyn Williams
Kesh Ladduwahetty
Margie Klein

Governor Martin O’Malley
Mary Ann Stein
Nikki Lewis
Roberta “Bert” Ritvo
Roxie Herbekian & Ken Zinn
Rubie Coles
Ruth Messinger
Ruti & Nicole Berner-Kadish
Sam Rosen Jewler
Shelley Moskowitz
Simon Greer
Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation
UFCW Local 400’s Political & Community Affairs Team, represented by Dyana Forester and Kim Mitchell

There are many ways to support the Heschel Awards and honor local leaders. Most of all, we hope you can attend the ceremony and celebrate our community and powerful local leaders. But we also appreciate your sponsorship, and offer program ads to individuals, organizations, and businesses. Please be in touch if you would like to support the Heschel Awards. Thank you!

Questions? Email Carla Hashley,