Each year, the Birmingham Jewish Federation, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and Israel Bonds come together to recognize outstanding individuals at a combined community celebration.
That will again be the tradition this year as the three organizations come together to pay tribute to an outstanding group of honorees. The event will be Sunday, Oct. 29 at Temple Emanuel-El. There will be a light reception at 4:00 pm and the program will begin at 5:00 pm. It is free and open to the public.
Long-time Federation volunteer leader Jerry Held, a past Federation president and campaign chair, will receive the Federation’s Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award. This award goes to outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through leadership and service.
Federation board member Jahan Berns is this year’s recipient of the Federation’s Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award. This award recognizes volunteers 40 and under who have made an impact on the Jewish and broader Birmingham communities.
The Birmingham Jewish Foundation will present its N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award to another long-time Jewish community volunteer leader, Edward Goldberg. This award honors people who have demonstrated a lifetime of leadership giving to the Federation campaign and who have endowed their campaign gift through the Birmingham Jewish Foundation.
Rabbi Jonathan Miller, who retired recently after a long and distinguished career at Temple Emanu-El, will be honored by Israel Bonds. During his tenure, Rabbi Miller was a tireless and influential advocate for Israel and a strong US-Israel relationship.