2021 Heschel Vision Awards: November 7, 2021, 7 PM

Meet the 2021 Honorees

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z”l taught us that Judaism is about reaching out to the world around us and bringing to our fractured home a measure of good. For more than a decade JUFJ has been honoring leaders in our community who embody Rabbi Heschel’s values, leaders who are role models for all of us.

Nobody makes change in this world alone. We’re celebrating this group of honorees because we know that to make change we need the sum of their different kinds of work: funders who support what’s most needed and trust us to use resources wisely, partners who can build coalitions and bring deep policy expertise to advance change, and principled and passionate community leaders dedicated to making meaningful change in our region.

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Tara Huffman

Tara Huffman is the former Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program at Open Society Institute-Baltimore. She came to OSI-Baltimore with national and local experience, strong advocacy skills, and deep knowledge of the field and needs of grantees. She is a rare funder who is also seen as a partner by scores of grantees. She has played a crucial role in building the power of the criminal justice/police reform field in Maryland.

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DC Initiative on Racial Equity and its Coordinating Committee

Accepted by Alicia Wilson and Dushaw Hockett, co-facilitators of the DC Initiative

The DC Initiative on Racial Equity Coordinating Committee includes Bread for the City, CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), Consumer Health Foundation, Empower DC, ONE DC (Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC), SPACEs (Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity), and JUFJ. This coalition helped bring about key legislation to promote more equitable governmental policy and practice in DC.

Alicia Wilson’s career has grown through the social services field, providing direct services and advocating for social justice, with a consistent focus on health equity and racial equity. After 18 years with La Clínica del Pueblo, Alicia founded Alicia Wilson Strategies, a consulting practice that serves as a strategic partner for progressive organizations building power in their communities.

Dushaw Hockett is the founder and Executive Director of Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity (SPACEs).  He previously served as Director of Special Initiatives for Center for Community Change (now Community Change).  A long-time community organizer born and raised in Brooklyn, Dushaw has made the DMV his home for the past 21 years.

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Joanna Silver

Joanna Silver has been a public defender for 20 years, and a leader of JUFJ’s Montgomery County and Maryland statewide coalitions and campaigns since 2018. She demonstrates unrelenting thoughtfulness as a JUFJ leader and in her many other capacities across the region, and a steadfast commitment to justice work in court and in the community. There are many, many exceptional leaders in our community, and even among that incredible list Joanna’s work stands out.

Meet the 2020 Honorees

Rabbi Heschel’s teachings are all about how to live a moral life in reality, and that the essence of being Jewish is about how you act in the world. For more than a decade we have been honoring leaders in our community who embody Rabbi Heschel’s values, leaders who are role models for all of us.

Nobody makes change in this world alone. We’re celebrating this group of honorees because we know that what’s needed to make change is the totality of their different pieces of work: elected leaders who are champions for justice, partners who can build coalitions and bring deep policy expertise to advance change, funders who support what’s most needed and trust us to use resources wisely, and institutions that build community and develop leaders and activists.