Jewish Federation to honor award winners and leaders

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will honor individuals who exemplify leadership and elect its new board and officers at its Community Celebration & Annual Meeting on June 12.

The event will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and is free and open to everyone.

After two years as president, Eva Levitt will be turning over the gavel to President-Elect Gary Fromer (see more on page 3). Fromer and his wife, Carol Bub Fromer, will also receive the Kobrovsky Award for Campaign Leadership for their chairmanship of the Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Carah Tenzer, a long-time dedicated volunteer at several Jewish agencies, will be this year’s recipient of the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership. Most recently, Tenzer has served as co-chair of Jewish Family Service’s major fundraiser.

The Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction will be given to the Branches of Love Initiative. The 18 women involved with the initiative raised $35,000 for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last year by selling tree of life necklaces after the tragedy that took place. The group is continuing its efforts to fight prejudice and hate (see more in the May issue of HAKOL).

Amy Golding, head of school at the Jewish Day School, will be the first-ever recipient of the new Mark L. Goldstein Award for Jewish communal professionals. The award in Goldstein’s memory seeks to honor his life-long commitment to serving the Jewish community in a professional role. Goldstein, who served as the executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley for 16 years, passed away in October.

The event is sponsored by Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Embassy Bank and RCN.

The Jewish Federation’s Community Celebration & Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Dinner buffet and open bar, free and open to everyone. RSVP by June 7 to 610-821-5500 or or register online at