On April 30, Temple Kol Emeth honored Diane Lidz of SJC Ventures with the 2022 Avodah Award for Community Service on behalf of her tireless dedication to Temple Kol Emeth (TKE) and the community during the Travel the World with Avodah gala.
Lidz has been a Kol Emeth member since 1985 and has served as a pro bono legal consultant for the congregation since 2006. During her tenure, she has counseled every past president and senior administrator of the temple on a wide range of issues.
She previously led negotiations with the Jewish Community Center to bring their preschool to the Temple Kol Emeth location and has worked to protect the congregation’s interests as she guided it through negotiations for contract renewals. Lidz was also a member of the rabbinic search committee that brought Rabbi Sernovitz to TKE.
Earlier this year, Lidz joined SJC Ventures as the firm’s general counsel and senior vice president. In her role there, she manages outside counsel, leads transaction closings and manages litigation and loan reporting, among other duties.
“Diane has been a part of our community since almost its founding,” said Jodi Roberts, president of Temple Kol Emeth. “She has made a tremendous impact on the life of this community and Temple Kol Emeth, and we are very grateful for her continuing contributions.”
The gala was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy at Cumberland Mall and included hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, an awards ceremony, raffle and live auction.
Lidz, Brad Miehl and Karin Miehl were presented with the award for their community service efforts. SJC Ventures was a sponsor for the event.