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Young Leadership Awards

Young Leadership Awards

Applications Due by March 2, 2020

Every year, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is pleased to identify and honor three young people from our community for their outstanding leadership skills. Federation’s Young Leadership Awards acknowledge these role models while seeking to stimulate their continuing participation in Jewish communal affairs.

Under the direction of the Philanthropic Advancement department and the Executive Offices of Federation, the goal of the Young Leadership Awards Selection Committee is to ensure that the very best candidates are considered each year.

Mark-Lis Family Young Leadership Award

The Jewish Federation always has honored our community’s emerging leaders from NEXTGen. The William H. Boesky Award recognized young leaders from the former Junior Division for close to 30 years. Since 1993, the Mark-Lis Family Young Leadership Award has sought to continue to honor these young leaders in the Boesky tradition.

The Mark-Lis Family Young Leadership Award was established in 1993 by Florine Mark and her family. It recognizes an established leader in NEXTGen who has shown outstanding commitment and achieved remarkable success within NEXTGen. In addition, this young adult will have demonstrated significant involvement in Federation’s Annual Campaign. The current president of NEXTGen is ineligible for this award.

The Mark-Lis Award acknowledges this role model and seeks to stimulate the person’s continuing interest and activity in Jewish communal affairs. The award takes the form of a grant, enabling the recipient to attend a Jewish Federations of North America Conference. The award is presented at the NEXTGen Annual Meeting in June, as well as at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Awards Night in the spring.

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Past Winners

2019 Matthew Ran
2018 Joshua D. Goldberg
2017 Steven Migliore
2016 Jay Hack
2015 Adam Blanck
2014 Marty Maddin
2013 Ilana K. Liss
2012 Rabbi Leiby Burnham
2011 Rachel Wright
2010 Joshua Levine
2009 Jennifer L. Friedman
2008 Gayle Friedman Gold
2007 Brian Y. Satovsky
2006 Lorne B. Gold
2005 Brad “Bubba” Urdan
2004 Sheri Wagner
2003 Joshua Opperer
2002 Barbra Giles
2001 Scott Kaufman
2000 Paul R. Silverman
1999 Sari M. Cicurel
1998 Joshua D. Mondry
1997 Eric J. Gould
1996 Richard C. Blumenstein
1995 Elizabeth Kanter Groskind
1994 Suzan Folbe Curhan
1993 Richard B. Broder

Sylvia Simon Greenberg Leadership Award

The Sylvia Simon Greenberg Award was established in 1965 by the late Samuel S. Greenberg and Ronald and John Greenberg as a memorial to their beloved wife and mother. The award recognizes exceptional leadership potential and service to the Jewish community on the part of a young woman. The award winner will be this year’s exceptional, emerging female leader in the community who has demonstrated outstanding promise, interest in and service to the Federation and its constituent agencies and Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Winning this award is expected to stimulate the recipient’s continuing interest and activity in Jewish communal affairs. The award takes the form of a grant, enabling the recipient to attend the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. The award is presented at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Awards Night in the spring.

Nominate a candidate

Past Winners

2019 Carole BenEzra
2018 Rachel L. Opperer
2017 Dr. Jennifer Sobol
2016 Stacy Doctoroff
2015 Regina Colton
2014 Molly Chernow
2013 Amy Shefman
2012 Dona Stillman
2011 Sherrie Singer
2010 Anessa Kramer
2009 Barbara Zaltz
2008 Francine Newman
2007 Jodi Goodman
2006 Heidi Fischgrund Budaj
2005 Amy Carson Schlussel
2004 Jennifer C. Silverman
2003 Karen Alpiner
2002 Sari M. Cicurel
2001 Elizabeth K. Groskind
2000 Lisa Lis
1999 Suzan Folbe Curhan
1998 Terri Farber
1997 Marcie Hermelin Orley
1996 Janis Roszler
1995 Stacey A. Deweese
1994 Caren Landau Levine
1993 Lynn Sachse
1992 Kathleen Wilson-Fink
1991 Susan E. Alterman
1990 Diane S. Ash
1989 Marta S. Rosenthal
1988 Lauren Kogan-liss
1987 Beverly Liss
1986 Cheryl Guyer
1985 Marcy Feldman
1984 Sally Krugel
1983 Sharon Hart
1982 Linda Lee (Z’l)
1981 Susan Citrin
1980 Janet B. Levine
1979 Judy Frankel
1978 Donna Slatkin
1977 Diane Shekter
1976 Edie Slotkin
1975 Nancy Hirsch
1974 Shelby Tauber
1973 Renee Mahler
1972 Bernice N. Greenberg
1971 Jane Sherman
1970 Sissi Lapides
1969 Lee Jaffe
1968 Dulcie Rosenfeld
1967 Shirley Barnett Harris (Z’l)
1966 Carolyn Greenberg
1965 Ruth Kahn Broder

Frank A. Wetsman Leadership Award

The Frank A. Wetsman Young Leadership Award was established in 1961 by Mrs. Frank Wetsman and William M. Wetsman as a memorial to their beloved husband and father. The award recognizes exceptional leadership potential and service to the Jewish community on the part of a young man. The recipient will be this year’s outstanding, emerging male leader in the community who has demonstrated exceptional promise, interest in and service to the Federation and its constituent agencies and Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Winning this award is expected to stimulate the recipient’s continuing interest and activity in Jewish communal affairs. The award takes the form of a grant, enabling the recipient to attend the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. The award is presented at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Awards Night in the spring.

Nominate a candidate

Past Winners

2019 Zachary Liss
2018 Adam M. Finkel
2017 Rabbi Yisrael Pinson
2016 Josh Levine
2015 Brian Y. Satovsky
2014 Jason Klein
2013 David Kramer
2012 Jeffrey Camiener (Z’l)
2011 Robb Lippitt
2010 Lee Hurwitz
2009 Joshua F. Opperer
2008 Brian D. Siegel
2007 Matthew Lester
2006 Mark Adler
2005 Scott Kaufman
2004 Todd Sachse
2003 Jeffrey Schlussel
2002 Dennis S. Bernard
2001 Eugene S. Sherizen
2000 Hannan Lis
1999 Scott A. Eisenberg
1998 Robert B. Kleiman
1997 Steven R. Schanes
1996 Gary Torgow
1995 Mitchell A. Mondry
1994 David R. Victor
1993 Lawrence S. Lax
1992 Ronald A. Klein
1991 Douglas M. Etkin
1990 Dr. Owen Z. Perlman
1989 Benjamin F. Rosenthal
1988 Howard J. Tapper
1987 Norman A. Pappas
1986 Dr. Dan G. Guyer
1985 Michael S. Feldman
1984 Peter M. Alter
1983 Mark E. Schlussel
1982 Dr. Martin Hart
1981 Dr. Richard Krugel
1980 Joel Gershenson
1979 Robert M. Citrin
1978 Robert H. Naftaly
1977 Robert Slatkin
1976 Lawrence S. Jackier
1975 Michael W. Maddin
1974 Stanley Frankel
1973 Dr. Conrad L. Giles
1972 Allan Nachman
1971 David K. Page (Z’l)
1970 Joel D. Tauber
1969 Thomas I. Klein
1968 Robert A. Steinberg
1967 Kaye G. Frank (Z’l)
1966 Alan E. Luckoff (Z’l)
1965 Herbert A. Aronsson
1964 Ronald L. Greenberg
1963 N. Brewster Broder (Z’l)
1962 Robert Kasle
1961 Merle A. Harris

Please respond by March 2, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Ari Witkin at (248) 203-1460 or witkin@jfmd.org.


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