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Community Menschen honored at JFGO's Annual Meeting


Nancy Ludin and Rhonda Forest.

One of the longstanding traditions of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) Annual Meeting is the public recognition of outstanding community volunteers and professionals who have made a significant impact on the Central Florida Jewish Community in the past year.

"Each of their stories is unique, yet they share a common mission: helping our Jewish community to thrive," said JFGO Executive Director Olga Yorish. "They are the builders, the visionaries, the leaders and philanthropists whose collective energy could move mountains."

In total, 11 individuals were honored during the 2016 Annual Meeting on Aug. 17:

• Bruce Gould: Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Award;

• Eric Sugarman: Byron B. Selber Young Leadership Award;

Rhonda Forest and Eric Sugarman

• Rabbi David Kay: Community Relations Award

• Dr. Edward Zissman and Ryan Lefkowitz: Federation SuperMensch awards;

• Nancy Ludin: Jewish Communal Professional Award;

• Our Jewish Orlando Steering Committee (Leah Silver, Aleah Mathews, Lauren Bubis, Marissa Branisavljevic): Creative Jewish Programming Award.

• Susan Bierman was presented with the Heritage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award by Heritage Publisher Jeff Gaeser. Bierman, who was traveling and unable to pick up her award in person, recorded an acceptance video that was played at the meeting.

Tribute videos for the award winners were played during the Annual Meeting. The videos can be viewed online at http://www.jfgo.org.


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