Jerry Held, Jahan Berns To Be Honored By BJF

    Distinguished Volunteer, Young Leadership Awards Announced
    Jerry Held (left) and Jahan Berns (right) will be two of the award recipients at BJF’s Annual Community Event in the fall.
    A veteran and gifted volunteer leader and a rising young volunteer star will be honored by the Birmingham Jewish Federation at our annual community event this fall.
    Jerry Held, who recently completed six years of service in major Federation roles, will receive the Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award. The award is named for Susan Goldberg, who passed away while serving as BJF President. It recognizes outstanding volunteerism and leadership.
    The officers of the Federation select the recipient and Jerry was the unanimous choice of the Federation’s new officers. Jerry served two years as Campaign Chair with his wife Ginger, two years as Co-President with Ginger, and then an additional two years solo as president.
    “Jerry is an outstanding recipient and was a natural choice when our other new officers and I considered candidates,” said BJF President Hilary Gewant. “For six years, he has inspired us with his dedication and determination and has made an impact in many Federation areas.”
    One of the Federation’s younger volunteer leaders, Jahan Berns, will receive this year’s Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award, named in memory of an exemplary young Federation leader who passed away. The award is presented to someone 40 or under who has done outstanding work on behalf of the Federation.
    Jahan, who also was selected by the Federation’s new officers, is a member of the BJF Board of Directors, a tireless fundraiser and advocate for Israel, and has been at the forefront of our Federation’s efforts to combat anti-Semitism globally. Born in Uganda, Jahan was raised a Muslim, converted to Christianity and over the years has developed a deep love and dedication to the well-being of the Jewish people.
    “Our Federation is proud to have Jahan on our board. She is an incredible asset and has helped us in important ways,” said Hilary. “Jahan is a unique treasure and we look forward to honoring her.”
    Our annual community event will be held in the fall. Details and other award recipients will be announced shortly.

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