Jewish Funds for Justice to Recognize Rabbi Stephanie Kolin at Women of Valor Award Celebration

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Founders of the first Seminary leadership program join long list of distinguished award recipients at gala of Jewish Funds for Justice.

Jewish Funds for Justice will hold its signature Women of Valor awards celebration on Tuesday, April 27 in New York City. This year’s honorees are Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, Jeannie Appleman, and Rabbi Mychal Springer.  Rabbi Stephanie Kolin graduated from HUC-JIR/New York in 2006.

The Women of Valor Award celebrates the achievements of outstanding Jewish women who lead through their activism, accomplishments, philanthropy, and commitment to social justice. This year’s honorees will receive the Women of Valor Award in a ceremony hosted by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor three women integral to establishing the first leadership program for the next generation of synagogue leadership,” said Simon Greer, president and CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice. “Our honorees have transformed congregations around the nation by inspiring rabbis and cantors to bring social justice in the heart of their rabbinates.”

Since 2005, the program has graduated 170 rabbis and cantors from every denomination. Through relationship-building and inter-faith community organizing, graduates are building dynamic and engaged congregations, and making social change in their local communities.

Past Women of Valor honorees include U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, and the late activist and former Congresswoman Bella Abzug.

The awards will be held at the City Winery at 155 Varrick Street in New York City from 6:30-9:30pm on Tuesday, April 27. Please contact JFSJ if you are interested in covering the event or would like to schedule an interview.

Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) is a national public foundation guided by Jewish history and tradition. JFSJ helps people in the United States achieve social and economic security and opportunity by investing in healthy neighborhoods, vibrant Jewish communities, and skillful leaders. Our holistic approach to social change includes grantmaking and community investing, service learning and leadership development, organizing and advocacy.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu