The 28th annual Hadassah Greater Atlanta Chesed (loving-kindness) Student Awards May 5 at Temple Emanu-El honored excellence and menschlichkeit in Atlanta’s Jewish teens.
Hadassah partnered with JumpSpark to honor 22 of the best and brightest young leaders and “mensches,” representing synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations in our community.
New this year were three individual awards with monetary gifts. The Phyllis M. Cohen Chesed Leadership Award was presented to Jereme Weiner, nominated by Creating Connected Communities. She was one of two Chesed essay contest winners. The Linda and Michael Weinroth Chesed Community Service Award essay contest winner was Grant Chernau, nominated by Congregation Etz Chaim. Each recipient received $500.
The Change Maker Award was presented by JumpSpark, Atlanta’s initiative for Jewish teen engagement, to Steven Resnick, youth director of Etz Chaim. The Change Maker Award recognizes a Jewish professional who has made an impact in the lives of Jewish teens and has shown great dedication to the Atlanta Jewish community.
Resnick was chosen from nominations by Chesed Award teen recipients and received $1,000 for programming and supplies for his youth group.
Other Chesed student award recipients were:
Miriam Sirota, Atlanta Jewish Academy
Elaine Berger, Congregation Beth Shalom
Robbie Garber, Congregation B’nai Torah
Alex Rothenberg, Congregation Dor Tamid
Morgan Cushing, Congregation Gesher L’Torah
Sarah Jeffres, Congregation Or Hadash
Paulo Ariel Fulgenzi, Congregation Or VeShalom
Sam Trotz, Congregation Shearith Israel
Jacob Rubin, The Davis Academy
Zoe Sokol, Jewish Kids Groups
Nolan Siegel, NFTY-SAR
Melina Stein, Temple Beth David
Leah Faupel, Temple Beth Tikvah
Jacob Sloman, Temple Emanu-El
Alexa Phillips, Temple Kehillat Chaim
Zoe Alexander, Temple Sinai
Julia Harris, The Epstein School
Molly Edlein, The Temple
Adam Cohen, The Weber School
Tzipora Estreicher, Torah Day School of Atlanta