Joanie Plous BayerYoung Leadership Award
The Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership award is given annually by the officers of the Birmingham Jewish Federation to a volunteer 40 or under who had distinguished himself or herself over the years through their involvement in the Federation and Jewish community. It is in memory of the late Joanie Bayer, who was an outstanding young leader.
This year’s winner is Andy Saag.
Andy is a board member of The Birmingham Jewish Federation and serves as Treasurer for the Levite Jewish Community Center. He is very involved with the Birmingham Jewish community and has proved himself as a leader among his generation.
Andy grew up in Birmingham, attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree, and received a joint J.D./M.B.A. at Cumberland School of Law. He is now a partner at Sirote & Permutt Law Firm. Andy specializes in Mortgage Banking Law, Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law.
Andy and his wife Brittany have been married for four years and are members of Temple Emanu-El.
Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award
The award, in the memory of the late Susan Goldberg, goes to volunteers who have distinguished themselves through their leadership roles, character, community activities and philanthropy. The winner is decided by the officers of the Federation after nominations have been reviewed and recommended by an advisory committee.
This year’s winner is Sheryl Kimerling. Sheryl has been a longtime volunteer leader for The Birmingham Jewish Federation. Both she and her family have made a lasting impact on the Birmingham Jewish community.
Sheryl is also involved with the Federation movement at the national level. She is a vice chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America. Sheryl and her husband Jon are past chairs of the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. In addition, Sheryl currently serves as The BJF’s Jewish Community Relations Coalition chair and has previously served as the Lion of Judah chair for the BJF.
Sheryl is a member of the board of directors of both The Birmingham Jewish Federation and The Birmingham Jewish Foundation. She has also been heavily involved in volunteer roles in the broader Birmingham community and has played major leadership roles in the YWCA of Central Alabama and the United Way of Central Alabama.
N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award
The N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement award is named for the late Dr. Nathan E. Miles, who demonstrated a lifetime of philanthropy and devotion to our Jewish community. The Birmingham Jewish Foundation established this award to honor exceptional individuals who have made provisions through the Foundation to endow their annual Federation campaign gift in perpetuity and who have demonstrated a lifetime of generosity, involvement and caring on behalf of our Jewish community. The officers of the Foundation select the winner.
This year’s winners are Louise and Jim Abroms.
Louise and Jim have been deeply involved in Jewish life for many years. Through their generosity and passion they have inspired many in our community, and especially their three children all of whom attended the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, where Louise served as President.
In addition, Louise has been on the boards of Hadassah, Temple Beth-El, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation and Federation, and received Channel 13’s “Making a Difference Award” for her work with Hand in Paw.
Jim received a Presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (Board of Trustees) of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he served from 2003-2008. He also has served on the boards of our Federation, Jewish Day School, and Temple Beth-El. He has served on the Alabama Holocaust Commission and was appointed by then-Governor Bob Riley to serve in the Alabama Department of Senior Services.