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 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.

Past Award Winners

Janet Kurland

Jewish Family Services, 2001

Rena Rotenberg

Macks Center for Jewish Education, 2002

Lou Jacobs

Jewish Big Brother Big Sister League, 2003

Steve Solomon

Jewish Family Services, 2004

Carol Pristoop

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, 2005

Ken Gelula

CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., 2006

Nancy Kutler

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

Dale Busch

Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, 2010

Leora Pushett

Macks Center for Jewish Education, 2011

Dr. Paul Schneider

Krieger Schechter Day School, 2012

Karen Nettler

Jewish Community Services, 2013

Michael Friedman

THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 2014

Debra S. Weinberg

ACHARAI The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute, 2015

Cindy Goldstein

The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center, 2016

Larry Ziffer

Macks Center for Jewish Education, 2017

Leslie Pomerantz

THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 2018

Sharon Seigel

JCC of Greater Baltimore, 2019