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Federation Celebrates Leadership Through the Ages

June 10, 2010
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1959 Federation Young Leadership Award winner Edward H. Rosen -- the very first honoree -- celebrated the 50th anniversary of the awards with 2009 honoree Robin Batoff. Photos by Jordan Cassway

The Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center at Temple University was a particularly apropos setting for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Federation's Young Leadership Awards program. After all, Rosen won the first Meyer and Rosaline Feinstein Young Leadership Award back in 1959.

In the five decades since, numerous young leaders have received this honor, in addition to the Mrs. Isidore Kohn and Jack Goldenberg awards.

All three awards recognize exemplary service to Federation and to the larger Jewish community. Award-winners receive a plaque, the recognition of their peers, and the opportunity to represent the Greater Philadelphia area at the national conference of Jewish volunteer leaders and professionals.

Many of the winners have enjoyed considerable success in their professional and communal lives.

Federation President Leonard Barrack, a 1982 Feinstein Award winner, stated that the honorees share a common commitment to Jewish continuity.

"Each of us at one point in our lives realized that preserving our Jewish community, its culture and its values, and ensuring Israel's future were important endeavors," he said. "And to that end, we all stood up to be counted, to volunteer, to learn, to lead."

Robin Batoff, one of the 2009 honorees and co-chair of the 50th anniversary celebration with Edward H. Rosen, commented that receiving her award "put me in a group of men and women who have inspired me along my path and, frankly, continue to inspire me every day."

Through her friendship with fellow award-winners and their work together on numerous Federation boards and committees, she learned the essential elements of effective communal leadership.

Her involvement, she explained, has "sparked and ignited my passion for the welfare and well-being of our community. I now firmly know what true leaders must do and do on a daily basis: Inspire others and bring others along to assure the continuity of our community and our people." 

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