Elan S. Carr, Daniel Elbaum and Hon. Ronald Klein have been awarded the Gitelson Silver Medallion by the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation. The award recognizes AEPi alumni for their commitment to Jewish communal services. Only 55 AEPi alumni (out of more than 120,000) have received this prestigious honor in the 108-year history of the organization.
Elan Carr, an attorney, served as the United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism from 2019-2021. During his two years in office, Carr negotiated groundbreaking agreements with foreign governments, convened the first-ever U.S. government-sponsored conference on combating online hate and drove the establishment of important new policies on anti-Zionism, anti-Israel discrimination and campus antisemitism. He is also a JAG Corps officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Iraq War veteran. Previously, Carr prosecuted violent crimes for more than a decade as the Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Carr is a 1990 graduate of the University of California, where he was a member of AEPi’s Chi Alpha chapter and earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University. He served as the international president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity from 2012-2014. He resides in Southern California with his wife and three children.
Daniel Elbaum is currently the head of North America for The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), as well as the president and CEO of The Jewish Agency International Development (JAID). He leads and oversees the over 90-year-old organization’s work connecting Jews to Israel and each other throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to his current position, Elbaum was the Chief Advocacy Officer for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), leading the organization’s advocacy efforts in combating antisemitism and protecting Israel’s security. Elbaum’s Jewish communal career began with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where he was the Midwest Region’s civil rights Counsel and Director of Development. Previously, Elbaum was a felony prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1996, where he was a member of AEPi’s Delta chapter, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1999. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
Ron Klein has worked in the private sector as a business and transactional attorney for over 25 years and in the public sector as an elected official. He is currently a member of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group. He is also the co-chair of the firm’s Israel Practice Group, where he works with the firm’s attorneys, clients and others in identifying and facilitating investment and business collaboration opportunities between Israel and the United States. Since 2017, Klein serves as the founding chair of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA). Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate and as a member of Congress representing Florida’s 22nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Klein has also served as the co-chair of the House Anti-Semitism caucus and played a significant role in the drafting and passage of the comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010. He is a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he was president of AEPi’s Eta chapter. He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He resides in Boca Raton, Fla., with his wife, Dori.
“AEPi Alumni Carr, Elbaum and Hon. Klein exemplify everything that the Gitelson Medallion represents,” said Executive Director Jay Feldman. “Their commitment to leadership in our Jewish community is inspirational and critical during these challenging times. Brothers Elbaum, Klein and Carr personify the mission of Alpha Epsilon Pi — the development of the leaders of the world’s Jewish communities.”
The Gitelson Silver Medallion, Alpha Epsilon Pi’s most historic alumni honor, is presented in memory of the scholarship and communal activity of Nehemiah Gitelson, Talmudic scholar and father of M. Leo Gitelson, a 1921 graduate of New York University. The Gitelson Medallion is awarded by a vote of the AEPi Foundation Board of Directors.
- Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
- Business Brief
- Elan S. Carr
- Daniel Elbaum
- Hon. Ronald Klein
- Gitelson Silver Medallion
- Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation
- Jewish communal service
- United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism
- U.S. Army Reserve
- Iraq War
- University of California
- Northwestern University
- The Jewish Agency for Israel
- The Jewish Agency International Development
- American Jewish Committee
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- University of Illinois College of Law
- Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group
- Israel Practice Group
- Jewish Democratic Council of America
- The Ohio State University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Jay Feldman
- Nehemiah Gitelson