Bill Silverstein, a longtime leader in Chicago's Jewish community,
will receive the 56
annual Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, the Jewish Federation's highest honor.
The award, presented each year at the Federation's Annual Meeting, goes to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding dedication and service to the Federation and the entire Jewish community. It is named for Julius Rosenwald, the iconic Chicago business leader and philanthropist of the early 1900s.
real estate developer and philanthropist, has an extensive record of leadership both within and beyond Chicago's Jewish community. He chaired the JUF/Federation Board from 2014 to 2016, the JUF Annual Campaign in 2011, and has served in many other roles, including as Chair of the Overall Planning and Allocations Committee. Since 2017, he has chaired JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council.
In 2006, he received the Federation's Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award.
Silverstein has joined missions to more than 20 countries to explore Jewish life and attend to Jewish needs. And here in Chicago, he has been a foundational supporter of the award-winning, transformative Silverstein Base Hillel since its inception.
In the broader community, Silverstein is a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago and a Board Member of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He also has long served on the Solomon Schechter Day School Board.
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