Outgoing Ambassador Michael B. Oren, who
has served as Israel’s envoy to the United States for four years, will keynote
this year’s Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Annual Meeting, set for Thursday,
Sept. 12, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.
Oren, who will end his term this fall,
has played a leading role in shaping relations between Israel and the U.S. A New
Jersey native who made aliyah in 1979, Oren served in Israel’s paratroopers
brigade and volunteered as a military liaison officer before taking on his
The Federation’s 113th Annual Meeting
also will feature the State of the Federation address by President Dr. Steven
B. Nasatir, and the presentation of several major leadership awards.
Foremost among them will be the
organization’s highest honor, the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, which this
year goes to Lawrence E. Glick. The award, named for the iconic Chicago
business leader and philanthropist of the early 1900s, is presented each year
to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding dedication and
service to the Jewish community.
Glick, a passionate supporter of Jewish
education who started the Nancy & Lawrence Glick Center for Early Childhood
Services, has been involved with the JUF/Federation since 1955. He currently
chairs the JUF Legacies and Endowments Committee, and also serves on the
Campaign Cabinet. He previously has served as Chairman of the 2002 Annual
Campaign, as a Vice Chairman of the Centennial Campaign, and as a member of the
Board of Directors.
Jennifer D. Leemis and Josh D. Rinkov
will receive the 49th annual Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award,
presented to volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and have
made significant contributions to Chicago’s Jewish community.
Leemis serves on the board of the Young
Women’s City Council of the JUF/Federation as Campaign Chair, and also is a
member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, a program of the Jewish
Federations of North America. She previously has served as President of the
Young Leadership Division of the JUF/Federation. Most recently, Leemis served
as a Vice Chair for the Women’s Division’s Spring Event and as Vice President
of the YWC’s Winter Campaign Event. Professionally, Leemis is the Senior
Manager of Consumer Marketing at Cars.com.
Rinkov recently was named Chairman of
Metro Chicago Hillel, and also serves on the Jewish Federation Legacies &
Endowments Committee. In 2011, Rinkov became the youngest recipient of the JCYS
Director for Life award. He is the Chicago chair for the National Young
Leadership Cabinet, and is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the JUF/Federation’s
Jewish Leaders Institute. Rinkov also participated in two Nachshon Mission
trips to Israel, and has helped recruit and engage younger Nachshon
participants. Professionally, Rinkov is the Director of Private Client Services
at Credit Suisse Securities.
As part of the Davis, Gidwitz &
Glasser award, the honorees are given the opportunity to attend the annual
General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which this year
takes place in Israel in November.
Two exceptional young professionals who
have shown outstanding performance in their work at a Jewish agency in the
Chicago area will receive the Samuel A. Goldsmith Award, now in its 26th year.
This year’s award will be presented to Emily Muskovitz Sweet and Rachel H.
Sweet is Executive Director of the
Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago. During her tenure, Sweet has engaged 73
new women as trustees of the Foundation, and raised close to $1 million in new
pledges to the Foundation’s endowment. She spearheaded the JUF/Federation’s
participation in the national Women Moving Millions campaign, a project of the
international Women’s Funding Network, and recently participated in Leadership
Greater Chicago’s 2013 fellows program.
Schwartz is the Early Childhood Program
and Social Services Manager at JCC Chicago. Schwartz, who began working for the
JCC as a social worker supporting Early Childhood teachers and children in
2002, also has served as the Early Childhood Site Director at the Mayer Kaplan
JCC. She has represented the JCC on the JUF/Federation’s Jewish Community
Emergency Resilience Team (J-CERT) and also serves on the Project Esther
advisory committee, a Jewish adoption support project of Jewish Child &
The Federation’s Annual Meeting is held
in two sessions, beginning with a business meeting at 10 a.m., followed by a
The business meeting, open to all
Federation members, will feature the election of Directors, and presentations
to outgoing Board members and the recipients of the young leadership awards.
The lunch session will feature
Ambassador Oren’s speech, the annual State of the Federation report by
President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir, and presentation of the Rosenwald Award to
is a charge of $40 to attend the luncheon session; $20 for senior citizens,
rabbis, Jewish communal professionals and students. There is no charge for the
business meeting. To RSVP, go to www.juf.org/annualmeeting. For
information, contact Pam Dierking at 312.357.4876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.