The Unsung Hero Awards honor volunteers, professionals, and high school students whose work and leadership efforts inspire others and have an impact on Jewish life in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont (Windham and Bennington Counties.)

To nominate an Unsung Hero, click on the appropriate nomination form below.


Who is eligible?


The Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award is given to any individual

  • whose volunteer efforts have had significant impact on Jewish life in western MA and southern VT.
  • who has been involved in a volunteer capacity for a minimum of two years at a Jewish educational or community organization in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and/or Berkshire counties (MA) or Windham or Bennington counties (VT).

The Outstanding Professional Leadership Award is given to any individual

  • whose professional work has had significant impact on Jewish life in western MA and southern VT.
  • who is currently employed by and has worked for a minimum of two years at a Jewish educational or community organization in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and/or Berkshire counties (MA) or Windham or Bennington counties (VT).

The Outstanding Teen Leadership Award is given to any high school student

  • whose leadership and commitment to Jewish values inspires others and makes a difference in their local Jewish community.
  • who lives in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and/or Berkshire counties (MA) or Windham or Bennington counties (VT).

Nominations from Hebrew High School of New England are also welcome. Employees of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are not eligible.

What do winners receive?


Winners of the Outstanding Volunteer and Professional Leadership Awards each receive a $500 cash award and a $500 tzedakah award to be donated to a Jewish organization of their choice.

Winners of the Outstanding Teen Leadership Award receive a $250 cash award and a $250 tzedakah award to be donated to a Jewish organization of their choice.

All winners receive public recognition at the spring Educator's Award Banquet, in the Jewish Ledger, and other media outlets.

Who are the 2013 winners?


The 2013 Outstanding Professional Leadership award winner is Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, Jewish Geriatric Services, Longmeadow, MA.

The 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership award winner is Sue Donnelly, Beit Ahavah, Florence, MA.

The 2013 Outstanding Community Leadership award winner Arnold Friedmann, Institute of Holocaust, Genocide, & Memory Studies, UMass, Amherst, MA.

The 2013 Outstanding Teen Leadership award winner is Rebecca Mitrani Marmor, Northampton, MA.

2013 Award Winners Photos

Contact

Marla Shelasky
413-439-1928