Honoree Bios

Please meet our 2013 award and honorary degree recipients:

Lisa and Neil Wallack
Innovative Leadership in Jewish Pluralism Award

Neil Wallack is president of ZBI Ventures, the private-equity practice of Ziff Brothers Investments. He sits on the board of directors and serves as treasurer and chair of the budget and administration committee of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He also serves on the board of Jewish Vocational Service of Boston. Wallack is a graduate of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Young Leadership Cabinet and CJP’s Acharai program, and is a past recipient of CJP's Young Leadership Award. 

Lisa Wallack is an attorney by training who volunteers at numerous community organizations, including CJP, where she serves as a member of the board, chair of the governance and nominating committee, co-chair of the Acharai leadership-development program and member of many committees. She also served as co-chair of the organization's 2011 annual campaign. Ms. Wallack is a board member at the Rashi School in Dedham, Mass., and serves as co-chair of the school's $30 million capital campaign. She also serves as a board member and chair of major gifts at Gann Academy. Wallack is a graduate of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Young Leadership Cabinet and CJP’s Acharai program, and is a past recipient of CJP's Young Leadership Award. 

The Wallacks have three children: Harris, who attends Gann Academy, and Perry and Sydney, who attend theRashi School. The Wallacks are members of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass., and their three children have all attended URJ’s Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, Mass. In addition to supporting a variety of Jewish causes, the Wallacks are strong supporters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; the couple are chairing that organization’s Israel Initiative.



George Krupp 
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

George Krupp is a member of the board of trustees at both Hebrew College and Brandeis University, and is one of the founders of Gann Academy. He is also a trustee emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a former campaign chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Krupp and his wife, Liz, established the Liz and George Krupp Gallery at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. Along with George's brother, Douglas, the Krupps established the Philip and Bernice Krupp Natural Sciences Building at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in honor of George and Douglas' parents, Bernice and Philip.

After spending many years building his real-estate investment company, Krupp earned a bachelor's degree in classics at Harvard Extension School and a master's degree in history from Brown University. He then took a sabbatical from the business world and taught history at Gann Academy for five years. 

Krupp has given substantially of his time, talent and philanthropy to Hebrew College and was a leading force in organizing and arranging the refinancing of the college's Newton Centre campus, in 2012. 



The Henry Luce Foundation
Innovative Leadership in Interfaith Learning Award

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents, who were missionary educators in China. The foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership.  

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthening international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

Founded in 2008 with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education is a joint initiative of Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. CIRCLE’s mission is to help prepare religious and ethical leaders for service in a religiously diverse society.

The work of CIRCLE is rooted in the cultivation of authentic relationships across lines of difference. It is our conviction that through study, dialogue and joint action, we can help to heal and transform the world. CIRCLE engages seminary and graduate students, academics and communal leaders, locally and nationally, through our in-person and online initiatives.



Brookline Bank
Hebrew College President's Award for Community Leadership

Brookline Bank supports a diverse range of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves. The bank’s primary focus tends towards affordable-housing programs, nonprofit and public school-based programs and programs supporting the arts.

Often, Brookline Bank will provide assistance to organizations on multiple levels, indlueint direct donations, affordable-loan programs, direct investments and event sponsorship. In recent years, Brookline Bank has provided support to Hebrew College and many other worthy organizations in the community, including:

  • Allston/Brighton Community Development Corporation
  • Barry Price Rehabilitation Center
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Brookline Music School 
  • Brookline Teen Center
  • CACHE – Medford/Mystic River Arts Festival
  • CAN-DO  –  Newton Affordable Housing
  • Caritas Communities
  • Epiphany School
  • Housing Families
  • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
  • Jewish Vocational Services 
  • New Art Center
  • Perkins School
  • Somerville Homeless Coalition