Annual Heschel Awards


JUFJ’s annual Heschel Vision Awards honor local leaders who fuse activism with deep moral commitments. These leaders inspire and empower people from all walks of life. Your donation supports JUFJ's grassroots Jewish community organizing to win meaningful change across Greater Washington and Baltimore.

The Heschel Awards typically take place in October or November each year, and the announcement of awardees takes place each summer. Please check back for information about the 2017 awards!

About the Heschel Awards.

JUFJ was founded by a small group of longtime activists and younger community organizers who were inspired to action after attending a class on the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. He saw the teachings of the Prophets as a call for social action in our time, and was a prominent leader in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s.

Many of the hallmarks of JUFJ’s work—commitment to multicultural and interfaith coalitions, and concern for the most vulnerable in our society—are founded on Heschel’s teachings and the movements he helped lead.

For many of us the march from Selma to
Montgomery was both protest and prayer...
Even without words, our march was worship.
I felt my legs were praying.

— Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1965


Previous Award Winners.

Abigail, Emma, and Zoe Levine

Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Barbara Kraft

Rabbi Bob Saks

David (z”l) * Carla (z”l) Cohen

David Fishback

David Krakow

Rabbi David Shneyer

Eli & Kavitha Kasargod-Staub

Elissa Froman (z”l)

Elissa Silverman

Gustavo Torres

Heather Booth

Isabel “Liz” Dunst

Jerry Levine & Sarah Pokempner

Jessica Champagne & Max Toth

Joanna Blotner

Joelle Novey

Jonathan Stern (z”l) & Karen Paul-Stern

Joslyn Williams

Margie Klein

Governor Martin O’Malley

Nikki Lewis

Roberta “Bert” Ritvo

Rubie Coles

Ruth Messinger

Ruti & Nicole Berner-Kadish

Sam Rosen Jewler

Shelley Moskowitz

Simon Greer

Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation

Support the Heschel Awards.

There are many ways to support the Heschel Awards and honor local leaders. Most of all, we hope you can attend the ceremony and celebrate our community and powerful local leaders. But we also appreciate your sponsorship, and offer program ads to individuals, organizations, and businesses. Please be in touch if you would like to support the Heschel Awards. Thank you!

Questions? Email Carla Hashley,