The Associated Announces Leadership Award Winners

Leadership award winners

The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore announced its 2023 award winners at a special ceremony at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. These eight exceptional leaders were recognized for demonstrating outstanding dedication and contributions to The Associated and the broader Jewish community.

This year’s awardees include: 

Pammy Franklin and Jordan M. Halle: Fred Walpert Young Leadership Award 

The Fred Walpert Award honors one man and one woman between the ages of 23-40 who are growing young leaders within The Associated community.   

Pammy currently serves on the Young Adult Division (YAD) Board and chairs the Collectives initiative, which launched this year and she had a significant hand in its envisioning.  

Jordan serves on the YAD Board and is co-chair of Ben-Gurion Society and vice campaign chair of YAD. He also serves on the Board of the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Sarah R. David and Isaac Pretter: The Harry Greenstein Young Leadership Award 

This award is in recognition of community members’ dedication to the Baltimore and global Jewish communities.  

Sarah is the vice chair of the Macks Center for Jewish Connections, having played an integral role with the board and staff of Jewish Volunteer Connection as they transitioned to a new organization. She also co-chaired The Associated’s Baltimore City Partnerships Commission and continues to be an advocate for young adult involvement in the community.  

Isaac Pretter

Isaac currently serves as the co-chair of Solomon Society and is an active member of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet.  Isaac played a critical role in the formation of Jewish Educational Services, a reorganization of services previously provided by the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE) and SHEMESH. Isaac has made significant contributions to Associated Jewish Charities’ Real Estate Committee and involves others in the community’s work. 

Yanky Schorr: Julius Rosenberg Memorial Award 

The Julius Rosenberg Memorial Award is presented to an emerging campaign leader between the ages of 30-45, who demonstrates successful solicitation, motivates other solicitors and offers potential for a future leadership role within The Associated system. This award, created to honor Julius Rosenberg by his friends and mentees, reflects his devotion to the Jewish community and improving the lives of Jews everywhere in the world. 

Yanky Schorr

Yanky Schorr is an avid advocate for The Associated, through engagement and fundraising. He attends phonings and fundraising events and works with the professionals to implement creative fundraising strategies. In 2022-23 Yanky helped to launch the Shabbat initiative with the Young Adult Division and Pearlstone, engaging over 60 people in its first year. He is constantly talking about The Associated as the “mutual fund” of Jewish Baltimore and encouraging others’ involvement and giving.  

Michael Fuld and Lauren Sibel: Zelda Miller Award 

The Zelda Miller Award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding advocacy for young adult philanthropy, as well as their successful solicitations for the 2023 Annual Campaign.  

Michael has served as chair of YAD for the past two years, where he has not only continued to solicit members of the Young Leadership Council (YLC) class that he co-chaired, but also  solicit members of the YAD Board. Mike has actively participated in phonings, collaborated with the YAD Campaign Chair on strategy setting and served as a champion of fundraising in young adult spaces.  

Lauren Sibel

Lauren has served as a solicitor for The Associated since her earliest involvement with the organization. She is someone who actively engages others in service and philanthropy. Lauren consistently solicits a large number of people and has had success in increasing their gifts. Lauren currently serves on the YAD Board and is co-chair of YAD’s Couples Committee.  

Robert A. Manekin: Carole Sibel Outstanding Fundraising Achievement Award 

The Carole Sibel Outstanding Fundraising Achievement Award recognizes one individual who has shown commitment to The Associated over a significant period of time as a dedicated fundraiser.  

Robert A. Manekin with Marc B. Terrill

Robert has played an active and ongoing role at The Associated. A graduate of the Young Men’s Leadership Council, which he chaired, he has served as President of the JCC, President of the Jewish Addiction Services, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Associated and the Associated Jewish Charities. In addition, he served on the executive committee of the National Young Leadership Council. He currently co-chairs The Associated’s Real Estate Committee and is heading the Task Force for redeveloping the Park Heights Campus. In Campaign, he has served several terms on the Campaign Cabinet and headed numerous industry groups and giving levels, as well as attended countless Super Sundays. 

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