HC Bestows Four Awards at Spring Event

Hebrew College on Wednesday honored three outstanding civic leaders and two partner institutions for their ongoing work in advancing Jewish learning and leadership in Greater Boston and beyond.

president daniel lehmann and honorary degree recipient george kruppDuring the college’s annual spring celebration at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass., President Daniel L. Lehmann conferred the following awards:

  • An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to George Krupp (pictured), co-founder and senior partner at Berkshire Property Advisors and a member of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees. “George has been one of the great champions of Jewish education and arts,” Lehmann said. “His leadership and generosity have reshaped the landscape of Jewish learning in Greater Boston.”
  • The Hebrew College Award for Innovative Leadership in Jewish Pluralism to Lisa and Neil Wallack, philanthropic leaders on behalf of Jewish causes, both locally and nationally. “Your philanthropic pursuits within the Jewish community, particularly the good works you support through Combined Jewish Philanthropies, are a testament to the inspiration you derive from your embrace of Jewish life and learning,” Lehmann said.
  • The Hebrew College Award for Innovative Leadership in Interfaith Learning to The Henry Luce Foundation for its “unyielding support of theological education efforts that foster understanding of the role of religion in national and international policies and politics.” The Luce Foundation, which was represented by its chair, Margaret Boles Fitzgerald, provided the grant establishing the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education, a joint initiative of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School.
  • The Hebrew College President’s Award for Community Leadership to Brookline Bank for “championing a diverse range of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves.” The bank, which was represented by its chair, Joseph Slotnik, assisted Hebrew College in the refinancing of its Newton Centre campus last year, enabling the school to remain in its award-winning building.

The event, attended by approximately 200 guests, also highlighted the many academic programs and initiatives of Hebrew College, including its Rabbinical School, School of Jewish Music, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Center for Global Judaism as well as its popular youth and adult-learning programs. Kol Arev, Hebrew College’s musical ensemble, performed two numbers.

Elizabeth and Dan Jick and Jamie and Harold Kotler served as co-chairs of the event, which marked Hebrew College’s 91st year working with individuals and community institutions to help cultivate a deeper appreciation for Jewish life and thought.

Lehmann told those in attendance that their continued dedication and support would allow the college to thrive today and into the future.

“Your support and financial generosity have been an inspiration and enabled us to endure and grow,” he said. “I ask that you recommit today, support our work and help us continue to take on an even more important role as “the” center for pluralistic Jewish higher education in America.”

— April 25, 2013