Aaron Gorodzinsky, Director of Community Relations and Outreach at the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, has been awarded the J-Pro Network’s 2014 Norman Edell Award for a Young Jewish Communal Professional. Gorodzinsky received his Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles in 2013.
The Norman Edell Award was established in 2000 by the family of Norman Edell to recognize a promising young Jewish communal professional – in the field for less than 5 years – and provide for their first attendance at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (Washington, DC, Nov. 9-11). The JPro Network (formerly the Jewish Communal Service Association) is the national association of Jewish communal professionals. Its Norman Edell Award serves to give younger professionals a clearer sense of the national system, unique opportunities for learning practice, and the motivation to continue their careers in Jewish community work.
Leah Kitz, Associate Director of Development at New Community Jewish High School, received the Mark Meltzer Young Professional Award from the Jewish Community Professionals of Southern California (JPSC) on September 17, 2014. Kitz received her Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly Jewish Communcal Service) and MSW in 2004.
Sponsored by Mark Meltzer, Executive Director of the Jewish Free Loan of Los Angeles, the Mark Meltzer Young Professional Award acknowledges a young professional — under 45, with a minimum of 10 years in the field — who has made impact in their work in The Jewish Community. It recognizes the creative initiative prevalent in our professional community.