The Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service Award
This award was created in 2000 to honor and recognize Dr. Daniel Thursz for his achievements as former Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and co-founder of the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development (formerly BIJCS). He also had served as former Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith International.
This award pays tribute to the invaluable contributions of an individual who has worked in the field of Jewish communal service for at least 20 years and is currently serving the greater Baltimore community. The individual has demonstrated leadership, exemplary professional skills, and a lifelong commitment to the field.
Marc B. Terrill
President, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore
Marc B. Terrill’s service to the Baltimore Jewish community as President of The Associated over the past 19 years has been remarkable. Serving as President of an organization the size of The Associated and in a community as demanding as Baltimore is a rewarding yet challenging role. Marc’s connection to our donors is unparalleled; his deep relationships connect our community in ways that enable us to achieve projects other communities can only dream of. He has led our Associated network through difficult times always striving for a vision that ensures that Jewish Baltimore is thriving and collaborative. He is always responsive to donors and constituents- day, night and weekend -often at the sake of his personal time.
Marc serves as a role model/mentor for less experienced Jewish communal workers Given that he is a product of the Jewish communal field of study, Marc is devoted to and strongly believes in the sacred work that our professionals do to serve the many different facets of Jewish life in Baltimore. He strives to recruit new professionals to the field and often mentors colleagues on the hard and soft skills he views as critical to a successful Jewish communal professional.
At a National level, Marc served as Chair of the Jewish Communal Service Associated (now JPRO) from 2012-2014 and received the nationally recognized Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award in 2015.
Marc cares deeply about our community and has dedicated the bulk of his career towards Baltimore, ensuring it is representative of the excellence that our community deserves and that we offer the plethora of resources needed to serve a community of our size. He has relationships with every sector of the Jewish community to celebrate its diversity and represents The Associated’s contributions in the greater Baltimore community. He works daily to maintain the vibrant network that we have in place and under his leadership we have created new and innovative programming like JVC, Na’aleh and the two new organizations forming in 2022.
Marc’s commitment to this community was undoubtedly on display throughout the Covid pandemic and in The Associated’s Centennial initiative. Through Covid The Associated worked with its network of agencies and the entire Jewish community to discuss the challenges of the day and ensure that our community remained whole. We raised the necessary funds and made difficult decisions that ultimately served us well during the most challenging of days. In addition, Marc ensured that the Centennial Initiative continued despite the extraordinary economic challenges facing the world. As the groundwork for securing The Associated network for the next generation, he worked diligently to keep it moving forward and to date the campaign has raised roughly $120 million in funding for our collective future.
Marc is also deeply connected to ensuring The Associated network’s role in building a healthy Baltimore. He serves on boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation, Sinai Hospital and other organizations while also building relationships with public officials, business leaders, charitable organizations and other faith-based leaders. He does this to position The Associated as a pivotal part of our entire community, to highlight that we are a vital partner and work towards a common cause.
Marc is a visionary. He knows what he wants and works with stakeholders – professionals and lay leaders alike – to achieve his vision, knowing that the collaboration between pros and lay leaders will make the final product flourish. One of his hallmark projects was the creation of Jewish Volunteer Connection which helped give community members outlets for involvement in addition to the monetary gift. This vision also helped change the brand identity of The Associated to be a more welcoming organization that is dedicated towards bettering the Baltimore community. Marc is most deserving of this recognition by his peers, particularly at this critical point in The Associated’s history.
Past Award Winners
Jewish Family Services, 2001
Macks Center for Jewish Education, 2002
Jewish Big Brother Big Sister League, 2003
Jewish Family Services, 2004
Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, 2005
CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., 2006
THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 2007
Louis “Buddy” Sapolsky
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, 2008
Joan Grayson Cohen
Jewish Community Services, 2009
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, 2010
Macks Center for Jewish Education, 2011
Dr. Paul Schneider
Krieger Schechter Day School, 2012
Jewish Community Services, 2013
THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 2014
Debra S. Weinberg
ACHARAI The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute, 2015
The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center, 2016
Macks Center for Jewish Education, 2017
THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 2018
JCC of Greater Baltimore, 2019
Beth Land Hecht
Jewish Community Services, 2021
The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, 2022