Today is January 28, 2020 -

Kol Hakavod – “All the Honor”

In May 2013, for my first Friday post, I wrote: “I start my tenure with a healthy community, a fantastic and dedicated office team, and incredible lay leaders.” Six months later, as if to prove my point about the office team, I sat in a reception hall overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem as our own KB Goodkin, Director of Community Engagement and Advancement, received the Bernard Rodkin Professional Development Israel Fellowship, a prestigious international award recognizing KB’s work in community engagement and leadership.

Emphasizing my point further, on Wednesday morning, Shelly Shapiro, our Director of Community Relations and Director of the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center, was presented the Director’s Community Leadership Award by the Albany Office of the FBI. In May 2015, she will be recognized in Washington by the FBI National Director for her “extraordinary contributions to education and the prevention of crime and violence in (our community).”

Working every day to make a difference in the world is rewarding, but being recognized by others for that hard work is special. For me, working with them is really exceptional. I hope our community understands how really lucky we are.

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