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JUFJ’s annual Heschel Vision Awards honor local leaders who fuse activism with deep moral commitments. These leaders inspire and empower people from all walks of life. Your donation supports JUFJ’s grassroots Jewish community organizing to win meaningful change across Greater Washington and Baltimore.

The Heschel Awards typically take place in October or November each year, and the announcement of awardees takes place each summer.

In 2019, the Heschel Awards will honor George Derek Musgrove, Betsy Krieger, Karen Kreisberg, SEIU 32BJ, and Bruce and Susie Turnbull. Join us on Sunday, November 17 at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center to honor these leaders and to celebrate 10 years with JUFJ’s Rabbi-in-Residence, Rabbi Elizabeth Richman.

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 Award Winners

Abigail, Emma, and Zoe Levine
Ana María Archila
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Barbara Kraft
Ben & Beth Wikler
Rabbi Bob Saks
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
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

Support the Heschel Awards

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, carla@jufj.org